BBC documentary: Egypt’s Lost Cities

by highand45

Just because archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak shows in this documentary of the BBC that by using satellites to probe beneath the sands, she has found hidden cities, temples and pyramids. She heads off to Egypt to discover if these magnificent buildings are really there…..the dream of every archaeologist.

At this moment it’s possible that only ONE PERCENT! of the hidden wonders of Ancient Egypt have been discovered. But now, thanks to a pioneering approach to archaeology, that is about to change.

This might be THE opportunity to get to know and learn more from this great Egyptian civilization than we’ve ever learned before. The discoveries can include these of  pyramids, temples and obelisks and may teach us about many of their (way behond) knowledge and systems. Such as that of mathematics, medicines and of building-, production- and agricultural techniques. Not to forget; the Egyptians did not only build the Great Pyramid of Giza, but aswell build the first known ships. Egyptian had amazing (yes that’s right) glass technology, new forms of literature, and the earliest known peace treaty. Egypt left a lasting legacy. Its art and architecture were widely copied, and its antiquities carried off to far corners of the world. Its monumental ruins have inspired the imaginations of travellers and writers for centuries. A new-found respect for antiquities and excavations in the early modern period led to the scientific investigation of Egyptian civilization and a greater appreciation of its cultural legacy.

Just as an example; the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years and was constructed over an ONLY 20 YEAR period. The mass of the pyramid is estimated at 5.9 million tonnes. I know, now you think ‘well well, that’s heavy’…. But just to give you a ‘visual’; Based on these estimates, building this in 20 years would involve installing approximately 800 tonnes of stone every day. Similarly, since it consists of an estimated 2.3 million blocks, completing the building in 20 years would involve moving an average of more than 12 of the blocks into place each hour, day and night.

And all of that, without any of modern technologies. Scarry no?