An individual who conducted a Google Earth satellite imagery survey has claimed to discover two new pyramids in Egypt. The findings are located about 90 miles apart.
The find was made by satellite archaeology researcher Angela Micol, who maintains the blog Google Earth Anomalies.
The first find, located about 1.5 miles south east of the ancient town of Dimai, contains a complex that has a "four-sided, truncated, pyramidal shape", said Micol, of Maiden, N.C. She noted it was about140 feet in width and contained three smaller mounds in the vicinity, with a formation similar to the Giza Plateau pyramids.
"The color of the mounds is dark and similar to the material composition of Dimai's walls which are made of mudbrick and stone," Micol wrote.
According to the surveyor, the second complex, located in Upper Egypt, has two large mounds, approximately 250 feet in width, and two smaller mounds nearby, with a span of about 100 feet each. The triangular shaped formation spans over 600 feet.
"Upon closer examination of the formation, this mound appears to have a very flat top and a curiously symmetrical triangular shape that has been heavily eroded with time," wrote Micol.
According to a report by NBC News, this finding has sparked a bit of controversy.
Egyptologist Dr .Sarah Parcak, who discovered several previously unknown pyramids last year, said to NBC News in an email, "These Google Earth reports are coming from someone who is neither an Egyptologist, an archaeologist, or a remote sensing specialist, and from an area where there is no earthly reason to have a pyramid — 8 miles to the west of the Nile Valley edge in upper Egypt. ... I get emails constantly from people who have claimed to find features."
Egyptologist Bob Brier, senior research fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, told NBC the claims of pyramids were premature. He felt there was a "slight chance" these two areas could be pyramids but "it doesn't look like it to me," he said in an email.
The sites have been confirmed by Egyptologist and pyramid expert Nabil Selim as undiscovered territory, however now field work needs to be conducted to determine if these sites do, in fact, contain newly found pyramids. The information collected by Micol has been sent to other experts for analysis.
“The images speak for themselves. It’s very obvious what the sites may contain but field research is needed to verify they are, in fact, pyramids and evidence should be gathered to determine their origins. It is my hunch there is much more to these sites and with the use of Infrared imagery, we can see the extent of the proposed complexes in greater detail.” wrote Micol on her website.