Have Mankind's 'Greatest Pyramids' Been Pinpointed?
New research helps support amateur archaeologist's findings
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
The site Angela Micol believes hides long-lost Egyptian pyramids.   (Google Earth)

(Newser) – An amateur archaeologist in North Carolina made headlines last year when she claimed to have uncovered long-lost pyramids in Egypt via Google Earth. Real archaeologists have been a bit more skeptical. But Angela Micol says new discoveries help prove her findings, reports Discovery News. Another amateur archaeologist recently did a ground study at one of the two sites she spotted, and claims what he saw there—pottery, shells, and signs of cavities and tunnels below the the surface—support Micol's claims. "Those mounds are definitely hiding an ancient site below them," he says.

Additionally, an Egyptian couple who are leading collectors of old maps and rare documents say they have 34 maps and 12 documents in their collection that indicate the areas of Micol's findings are pyramid sites. The couple says their documents suggest two unknown pyramids at one of the sites, Fayum, were intentionally buried. "They would be the greatest pyramids known to mankind," says the couple. "We would not exaggerate if we said the finding can overshadow the Pyramids of Giza." But real archaeologists remain uninterested in Micol's research, so she has set up a crowd-funding campaign to raise $50,000 to explore the site further with a ground penetrating radar and infrared satellite imagery. "It's very obvious what the sites may contain," says Micol, "but field research is needed to verify they are, in fact, pyramids." (Click for another fascinating archaeological discovery, this one in Scotland.)

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Jul 20, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
The satellite photo is from what altitude? This image could be a "Nazca" like drawing. See the nostrils above the openning? 1492
Jul 18, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
There is, of course, no evidence to support the claim that there is some sort of conspiracy against Angela Micol from the scientific community. Conspiracy theories, more often than not, are little more than hackneyed canards, the sort of arguments found in questionable critical thinking. Until Micol’s claims can be verified by actual evidence taking a skeptical stance on the issue is entirely reasonable. The scientific method, which should be applied to Micol’s claim, is fair and impartial. Micol has nothing to fear from it. As far as silly claims of a conspiracy goes, I think these claimants would be served well by a primer on critical thinking. Smoke and mirrors are best left to stage magicians. Finally, the ad hominem attacks against Bosda do not enhance the arguments of those using them. This applies to Bosda as well, although the rational bits of his thesis are sound in my opinion.
Jul 18, 2013 3:54 AM CDT
Of course the big name archaeologists don't want to give them any validation - they want to outwait her, then move in and steal the credit for themselves. It's politics in science - Smithsonian dictates a lot of what we get/don't get. You can check that online - try "Bones of Contention" for one example of "officials" trying to control the profession and public opinion. I say, let's help her - whatever happened to citizens backing entrepreneurs? You know he-who-has-the-gold makes the rules otherwise. Why allow the little person to be squashed? Obviously SOME sort of ancient settlement was there - let's see what. (I'll say the same when we can get civilian trips to excavate the site on Mars.)