WASHINGTON (TIP): Mysterious, pyramid-like structures spotted in the Egyptian desert by an amateur satellite archaeologist may indeed be long-lost pyramids, a new investigation has found. Angela Micol, from North Carolina, made the discovery of the possible pyramid complexes using Google Earth, last year. One site in Upper Egypt, just 19 km from the city of Abu Sidhum along the Nile, featured four mounds.

The two larger mounds at this site are approximately 76.2 metres in width. Some 144 km north near the Fayum oasis, the second possible pyramid complex revealed a four-sided, truncated mound approximately 150 feet wide and three smaller mounds in a diagonal alignment. Micol told ‘Discovery News’ that peculiar features have been uncovered around the structures during a preliminary ground proofing expedition, revealing cavities and shafts.

According to Micol, the Egyptian team believes they have identified a temple or habitation site near the site and a row of what may be mastaba tombs adjacent to the mounds.