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Still Mad About Pyramid Climb, Egypt Arrests 2

But it's not the 2 who were in the nude photo shoot at the top of Giza's famous landmark

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities weren't happy last week when a viral video seemed to show a couple getting busy atop the Great Pyramid of Giza. They're still not happy this week, and they're making arrests to express their continued displeasure. The Guardian and Egypt Today report that two people... More »

Viral Vid Seems to Show Couple Getting Busy Atop Great Pyramid

Egyptian authorities aren't happy

(Newser) - It's one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but some aren't filled with wonder at a video that appears to show a salacious undertaking at the landmark. CNN reports that three minutes of nighttime footage , originally uploaded Wednesday by Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, have been making the... More »

Hidden Chamber, Tunnel Beneath Mexican Pyramid

It might have been used for funerals beneath Pyramid of the Moon

(Newser) - There's more than a tunnel hidden beneath Mexico's second largest pyramid. A survey using electrical resistance technology has not only confirmed the existence of a tunnel running out the southern end of the Teotihuacan's 140-foot-tall Pyramid of the Moon, but also uncovered a chamber connected to it,... More »

A Rod, a Shadow, and a Theory for Egypt's Almost- Perfect Pyramids

Archaeologist thinks it could be tied to the fall equinox

(Newser) - Scientists have long puzzled over how the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramid of Giza (aka the Pyramid of Khufu) with such "extreme precision," per Live Science . This Wonder of the World is lined up with the compass points "with an accuracy of better than four minutes... More »

First Major Find in Great Pyramid Since 19th Century

It's a huge cavity, and it's raising a lot of questions

(Newser) - It's not every day that what is essentially nothingness would be major news, but today is that day: Scientists announced in Nature that after two years of study, they've identified a roughly 100-foot-long void in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza—built around 2500 BC, it's the... More »

Egypt Just Found Another Pyramid

Experts believe it's 3.7K years old

(Newser) - An excavation team in Egypt has found what appears to be the interior of a buried pyramid dating back 3,700 years to the 13th dynasty. The antiquities ministry says that both a corridor and a block engraved with 10 lines of hieroglyphics are in good condition, reports the BBC... More »

Inside the Pyramid Is a Pyramid. Inside That Is Something More

Inside the Kukulkan pyramid are 2 smaller, older ones

(Newser) - On the surface, the Kukulkan temple that sits among the ruins of Chichen Itza looks nothing like a Russian nesting doll, but it's essentially the pyramid equivalent, scientists say. They'd known for decades that the 100-foot-tall structure in Mexico's Yucatan state sits on top of a smaller,... More »

World's Largest Pyramid Was Mistaken as a Mountain

It withstood even the lethal advances of Spanish conquistadors

(Newser) - When Hernan Cortez and his Spanish army marched into Cholula in present-day Mexico nearly 500 years ago, they were greeted by a peaceful people prone to building pyramids instead of stockpiles of weapons. Those people and their pyramids fell, and fast, with 10% of the local population murdered in a... More »

One of World's Seven Wonders Stands a Bit Askew

Engineer speculates Egyptians plotted out pyramids on grid to achieve precision

(Newser) - Scientists scanning and mapping the Giza pyramids say they've discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the world's Seven Wonders, is a bit lopsided. And really, just a bit. The pyramid's exact size has stumped experts for centuries, as the "more than 21... More »

Carson Alone in His Unusual Pyramid Belief

'This is not an academic topic of debate,' says biblical archaeologist

(Newser) - Ben Carson on Thursday stood by his belief that Egypt's great pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain, an assertion dismissed by experts who say it's accepted science they were tombs for pharaohs. Video posted online Wednesday by BuzzFeed News shows Carson explaining his... More »

The Acropolis Is Falling Apart

And Egypt's oldest pyramid is in trouble, too: activists

(Newser) - Greece's famous Parthenon could be in danger of coming down 2,500 years after it was put up at the height of the Athenian Empire. Archaeologists have discovered "instability over quite a wide area" of the Acropolis, the flat-topped rock that holds the weight of the ancient structure,... More »

Discovered: Secret of Pyramids' Construction

In a word, water

(Newser) - When you picture Egypt's pyramids rising over the country's sands, your vision likely doesn't include water. It should, according to a new study published online Tuesday. University of Amsterdam researchers found that ancient Egyptians employed what Phys.org calls a "clever trick" to facilitate the pyramids'... More »

4,600-Year-Old 'Mystery' Pyramid Excavated

Fallen structure may reveal ancient power shift in Egypt

(Newser) - Archaeologists have excavated a 4,600-year-old pyramid in southern Egypt that was hidden under a pile of sand, waste, and its own remains, and come to a simple conclusion: They don't know what it's for. They do know the Edfu pyramid once stood 43 feet high and was... More »

Ancient Pyramid Torn Down by Developers: Peru

Firms face criminal charges

(Newser) - Peruvian authorities say a pair of real-estate developers have ruined a 4,000-year-old pyramid, and they're facing criminal charges, the BBC reports. "Irreparable damage" was done to the 20-foot-high pyramid, says an archeologist. The El Paraiso complex, near Lima, had 12 pyramids; the companies tried to tear down... More »

Team Digs Up Mexican Pyramid's First Offerings

Ornate stone mask, pots, and bones found at temple's base

(Newser) - Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe are the original offerings that Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun was built upon. The team from the nation's National Institute of Anthropology and history found the very center of the ancient Teotihuacan structure by digging extensions off an old tunnel dug by... More »

Robot to Explore Secret Pyramid Passageway

'Djedi Rover' aims to find out where mysterious tunnel leads

(Newser) - A high-tech robot is setting out to solve one of the Great Pyramid of Giza’s long-standing puzzles. Armed with a drill, a snaking camera, and other state-of-the-art bells and whistles, the “Djedi Rover” will scamper up the mysterious 8-inch tunnels in the Pyramid of Khufu’s so-called “... More »

Nicolas Cage Buys Pyramid-Shape Tomb

Wait, isn't he broke?

(Newser) - Oh, Nicolas Cage…when will you learn? Your castle-buying habit already got you in massive debt, so you go out and purchase a pyramid? The good news: It’s not an actual pyramid, just a 9-foot-tall tomb shaped like one…which he won’t use until he’s one day... More »

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