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2700BC – The first stone pyramid was built at Saqqara, just south of Giza, for the pharaoh Djoser. Unlike the later pyramids, it was made by building layers of stone on top of each other, so it resembled a set of steps.

“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 Discovery News quoted Micol wrote in her website Google Earth Anomalies.

The second site (seen at the lead) has a much bigger, triangular-shaped mound of about 600 feet. Surrounding that are more plateaus of 250 feet and 100 feet widths, respectively.

2600BC – The Great Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb for the Pharoah Khufu (Cheops). Standing 147 metres hihg and weighing an estimated 6,500,000 tonnes, it’s the largest ever discovered.

There’s something very romantic about the lives of Indiana Jones and Nathan Drake. The two trot the globe in search of history’s most coveted treasures, constantly court danger and discover ancient secrets. And they get the girl. All in a day’s work. But they also have the resources to do so at their leisure. People like us, glued to the Internet, merely have Google Earth — and that’s not such a bad thing.

Micol’s discovery actually isn’t that unprecedented. According to Gizmodo, Sarak Parcak, an Egyptologist and UAB professor, found 17 pyramids, 3,100 ancient settlements and more than 1,000 tombs with the help of infrared satellite images.

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