Saturday, June 18, 2011

Even Indy Is Out of a Job

Even Indy Is Out of a Job

In this modern economy no one's career is safe. Not even an archeologist. Indiana Jones may be standing in the unemployment line pretty soon as finding the hidden buried past just got easier.

Apparently a U.S. Egyptologist discovered an entire cache of pyramids hidden underground in Egypt using only thermal GPS imagery. In total they found 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements.
Seventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.

The work has been pioneered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham by US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak.

She says she was amazed at how much she and her team has found

"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.

The team analysed images from satellites orbiting 700km above the earth, equipped with cameras so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1m in diameter on the earth's surface.

Infra-red imaging was used to highlight different materials under the surface.
17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs and 3,000 settlements all in one find. This has to be the equivalent of winning the lotto for you dirt diggers.

This may very well be the biggest archeological find in Egypt's entire history. But given the extent of today's technology, and it's application in modern archeology, I shouldn't be surprised by all this.

As much as this may kill the adventure seekers like Indiana Jones, I guess he should still get his hat, as someone is going to be needed to go de-trap the pyramids.

You have to admit that it's pretty cool that we're able to uncover all these hidden treasures. Though there is a couple of things to be concerned about. First off, the Egyptian government isn't in the best state. So one concern is that these locations might end up getting leaked to the looters

The second concern is... how the hell is The History Channel going to utterly destroy this news with stupid shit.

I've only seen a few episodes of Ancient Aliens, but it's probably at the top of my list for the most intellectually disingenuous show I have ever seen in my life. First of all, you have this giant tool who doesn't own a hair brush.

Every time they bring up any mention of ancient civilizations, this asshole keeps on bringing it up how man back then were monkeys who couldn't possibly do any of that. God forbid that ancient man, who was every bit as intelligent and resourceful as we are today, do some amazing things with a somewhat limited technology and large groups of workers.

Fuck you and your hair, Giorgio Tsoukalos! Aliens had NOTHING to do with ANYTHING! I can't help but want to beat him every time I see his mug on screen.

Over all, I'm interested to find out what dynasty this find is supposed to be from. And if they were buried, or covered over, there's a strong possibility of finding sites completely intact. The biggest problem of Egyptology is that many of the structures survive, but they've been completely gutted of anything valuable over the thousands of years of looting.

But hey, there's always the comedy option that there's some Aliens and Predators hiding in there that we probably should leave it alone or face their wrath. And hey, if they don't find any of those, then I would hope that they would find at least one Stargate under there. Otherwise I'll be completely let down by all of that.

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