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Submission + - Space Archaeology Uncovers Lost Pyramids (

krou writes: A new technique dubbed "space archaeology" using satellites and infra-red imaging has helped uncover 17 new pyramids in Egypt, as well as some 1,000 tombs, and 3,000 ancient settlements. The mud bricks used to build Egyptian structures means it has a different density to the surrounding soil, and thus shows up in the images. Dr Sarah Parcak, who pioneered the technique, said that "Indiana Jones is old school, we've moved on from Indy, sorry Harrison Ford."

Submission + - Egypt tombs suggest free men built pyramids (

krou writes: Tombs discovered in Egypt dating back 4,500 years suggest that the pyramids were built by free workers, and not by slaves. The tombs hold the bodies of workers who died while building the pyramids of Khufu (Cheops) and Khafre (Chephren). Chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass said that 'These tombs were built beside the king's pyramid, which indicates these people were not by any means slaves. If they were slaves, they would not have been able to build their tombs beside their king's.' Other evidence suggests that local Delta and Upper Egypt farms supplied cattle and sheep on a daily basis to the 10,000 workers who built the pyramids, suggesting that 'the farmers who sent the animals were not paying their taxes to the Egyptian government, but were sharing in one of Egypt's national projects.'

Submission + - Ancieant Hominids Were Seafarers (

krou writes: The discovery of 130,000 years-old stone hand axes on the Mediterranean island of Crete suggests that a Homo species (possibly Homo erectus) used rafts or other vessels to travel from North Africa to Europe by island hopping. The axes closely resemble those used 800,000 years ago by Homo erectus in Africa. “We’re just going to have to accept that, as soon as hominids left Africa, they were long-distance seafarers and rapidly spread all over the place,” said archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College in Rhode Island, who reported the findings at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Archaeology.

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