Friday, 27 May 2011

Dr Sarah Parcak: "To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist"

Just discovered this quote from 'space archaeologist' Dr Sarah Parcak about her satellite survey of Egypt which is believed to have identified more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements from infra-red images. Some reports have suggested 17 lost pyramids have been located.

Dr Parcak, an Egyptologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told the BBC, she was overjoyed about the discoveries: "We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the 'Aha!' moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we'd found and I couldn't believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt. To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist," she said.

How exciting must that work have been?

And I have found another clip from Egypt's Lost Cities which shows Dr Zahi Hawass and presenter Dallas Campbell inside the Great Pyramid exploring the rarely visited top chamber. Click HERE.

Meanwhile, the news of that a robot has sent back the first images of markings – ancient graffiti tags – on the wall of a tiny chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, seems to have received remarkably little attention.

Surely such a momentous event would have received the full Hawass media treatment: a TV epic on National Geographic. But nothing. Very strange.

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