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    Pretty cool combination...

    The Great Aten Temple at Tell el-Amarna, Middle Egypt. Even though the northern enclosure wall of the temple is buried beneath a modern cemetery, using Quickbird high resolution satellite imagery, it is still possible to see the buried wall.



    Satellites find ancient Egyptian metropolis
    Researchers say site appears to be massive regional center

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19071980/

    Updated: 12:48 p.m. ET June 6, 2007
    Satellites hovering above Egypt have zoomed in on a 1,600-year-old metropolis, archaeologists say.

    Images captured from space pinpoint telltale signs of previous habitation in the swatch of land 200 miles south of Cairo, which digging recently confirmed as an ancient settlement dating from about 400 A.D.

    The find is part of a larger project aiming to map as much of ancient Egypt's archaeological sites, or "tells," as possible before they are destroyed or covered by modern development.

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    Fantastic, I wish they had the money to excavate those sites! No telling what you could find with a little info, perhaps lost books, some Greek classics?

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    That's so true. But at least they have the info and will be able to minimize damaging the site with urban sprawl and the like. Maybe the publicity will bring some money.
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    Bonnie, Technology could allow us to see a return to major archeological discoveries. Sat's can identify dry river beds and buried cities, cuts down of the walking through the wilderness and all that. I wish some real time, effort and money was put into this.

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