After 10 years of satellite archaeology research I decided in August of 2012 to seek help for my work from the public with a press release. The goal of this public outreach was to get help ground proofing two sites I had found in Egypt via Google Earth, to see if they were possible pyramid complexes that had remained undiscovered.
The Discovery News website was the first news outlet to pick up the press release and publish the full, intact story on August 10th of 2012. “Lost Egyptian Pyramids Found?”
|Abu Sidhum Site, Egypt- View from the ground. March 2013. © Copyright 2013 by Alex S.|
Within several days the story spread around the world and the story was aired on CNN. I was both thrilled and slightly perplexed that the press release went viral knowing that the goal of the release was to find out if the sites could be lost pyramid sites and not to declare them as such.
As I was awaiting help and confirmation about these sites from the archaeological community, the initial excitement of the story and premature claims made by websites all over the internet led many people to believe the sites were already confirmed as pyramid complex sites.
FOX News ran a story claiming the press release was just stirring up controversy and the site found, near Abu Sidhum, was nothing more than a natural butte feature.
While the debate concerning controversy was unexpected, an even more unexpected circumstance arose from the situation.
I was contacted a few weeks after the alleged controversial stories spread by a retired journalist who told me about an obscure 1930s book called “The Desert Fayum” by Gertrude Thompson and E.W. Gardner.
He contacted me specifically to let me know the site north of the lake in the Fayum region of Egypt had already been discovered by archaeologists and labeled as natural formations with man-made, ancient watchtowers built on top of the mounds. Interested in learning more about the site, I got an interlibrary loan of the book at my local library and read everything that had been written about the mound sites. In the book, the archaeologists concluded the mound sites were natural with ancient watchtowers built on top of them.
|Abu Sidhum Site, Egypt- View from Google Earth|
One thing that seemed to be misunderstood about my research is I had been searching satellite imagery for many hours that added up to many years, and the sites I had identified in Egypt were only a handful of sites I had found that had great potential and were laid out in an ordered pattern. Although the geologists had stated sites like these were numerous in the Egyptian desert that simply was not the case, especially when dealing with mounds of similar sizes with an orderly footprint that was visible from space.
Collector’s of Rare Maps and Documents Confirm Sites Could be Ancient Pyramid Sites…
After the buzz of the press release simmered down, I continued my archaeological research in other regions of the world, but Egypt seemed to have future plans for me… In September of 2012, to my amazement, I was contacted by an Egyptian couple with an incredible story to tell. “The couple, Medhat Kamal El-Kady, former ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, and his wife Haidy Farouk Abdel-Hamid, a lawyer, former counselor at the Egyptian presidency and adviser of border issues and international issues of sovereignty, are top collectors of maps, old documents, books and rare political and historical manuscripts. “
“El-Kady and Farouk have made important donations to the Egyptian state and the U.S. Library of Congress. Their various gifts to the Library of Alexandria include Al-Sharif Al-Idrissi’s map of the Earth drawn for King Roger II of Sicily in 1154.” — text via Discovery News
They told me they could not only verify that both sites I had found were indeed lost pyramid sites, they also stated I had found the largest pyramids ever built in Egypt just North of the Fayum.
According to their story, two large pyramids were completely buried by the ancient Egyptians directly near the site I had identified in the Fayum, which the retired journalist had stated was ancient watchtowers on top of natural mounds.
They also claimed they had documentation to confirm the Abu Sidhum site was also a pyramid complex site along with information detailing how to enter the pyramids and what the pyramids contained. Their story about the Fayum site explains there were two pyramids located there and they were intentionally buried by the ancient Egyptians* due to controversy surrounding the reign of the pharaoh who had built them. They had proof, via rare documents and maps that this site was hiding more than ancient watchtowers.
I decided to go visit the couple in Egypt in December of 2012 and see their documents and maps first hand. As I investigated their claims thoroughly, I did find out the couple were very prominent collectors of rare documents, books and maps and all their claims seemed legitimate.
As it turned out their interests in collecting helped legitimize my findings that both sites could definitely be lost pyramid complex sites and they had proof to back up their story. I was not disappointed and their side has yet to be told…
The Egyptian Expedition Team
I was contacted in March of this year by an expedition team in Egypt who visited the Abu Sidhum site. They sent me detailed video of the mounds, showing how they resembled pyramids, along with video of pottery shards which covered the area extensively and helped confirm the couple may be right about the site near Abu Sidhum too.
The team used a metal and cavity detector that gave positive results for tunnels and cavities inside all four mounds/possible pyramids! The team and I also believe we have identified a temple or habitation site near the Abu Sidhum site and a row of what may be mastaba tombs adjacent to the mounds!
*I am extremely interested to find more about this ancient site, for several reasons (some evident, other personal). At this point, I am almost certain that Abu Sidhum was a major pyramid complex in ancient times and I am looking forward to see the results of this expedition.
One of the personal interests in this discovery, is the original documentation stating that this site was intentionally buried by the ancients. As you may probably know, I was able to find the same claims about other famous megalithic sites, like The First Mayan Temple, The Etruscan Pyramids or Gobekli Tepe.
Very interestingly, many of the famous ancient megalithic complexes have been found buried, including the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Teotihuacan site of Mexico, the Chinese pyramids and the Bosnian pyramid complex of Visoko.
Discoveries like this one gave me many sleepless nights, and I am hunted by questions like “who were the architects and builders of pyramids, all over the planet?” and “why putting so much effort to hide, what it took so long to build?”. Have the ancient “gods” covered their tracks before returning to the stars – as our ancestors claim – or is it something else?