Two sets of pyramids have been discovered on Egypt by a Google Earth satellite, Discovery News has reported.
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The two separate pyramid sites are about 90 miles apart and are unusual in their groupings of mounds and orientations, according to satellite archaeology researcher Angela Micol said to the Archaelogy News Network.
The first pyramid site is located just 12 miles from Abu Sidhum on the Nile. That site features four mounds with a 620 foot triangular shaped plateau – three times the size of the Great Pyramid.
The second pyramid site is located about 9 miles further north, near the Fayoum Oasis.
Both sites have been verified as officially "undiscovered" prior to this find, according to pyramid expert Nabil Selim.
Satellite archaeology researcher Micol has said, "It has a distinct square center which is very unusual for a mound of this size and it almost seems pyramidal when seen from above."
Archaeologists are now planning an expedition to the site for further research.
Google Earth has been used extensively by Micol in her research and has even helped her find a number of other archaeological sites, including a potential underwater city off the Yucatan Peninsula.
Micol has said: "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."
"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," she told Sky News.
The two sites are significant because almost all other known pyramids were built around Cairo, but
Micol's sites are much further south.