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News broadcast by BBC is inaccurate, says Hawass
The Minister of State for Antiquities announced that the BBC radio broadcast yesterday regarding the identification of 17 lost pyramids in Saqqara is inaccurate
Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 26 May 2011
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Minister of State for Antiquities (MSA) Zahi Hawass announced at the ministry in Zamalek that yesterday’s media reports that researchers from the University of Alabama in the United States had identified 17 lost pyramids and thousands of ancient Egyptian settlements via infrared images is not accurate.

Hawass told Ahram Online that satellite infrared images are only able to locate anomalies beneath the sand, which cannot be identified until archaeological research is carried out. “These anomalies could be anything: a house, a tomb, a temple or even geological features,” Hawass asserted.

He continued that these images offer assistance in discovering antiquities but are generally not accurate.

Hawass revealed that a few months ago satellite images conducted on the southern area of Saqqara necropolis revealed the existence of three huge anomalies. Archaeological inspection revealed they were remains of three pyramids previously excavated by the French Egyptologist Gustave Jequier during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Among these three pyramids is one belonging to a 13th dynasty king, Khangar.

The base of a new pyramid has been found behind it, said Hawass, and an MSA team of archaeologists is still excavating to reach the rest of it. The owner of this pyramid is still unknown.

Over the last 20 years two new pyramids were located by an archaeological team led by Hawass in Giza and Saqqara. The first was found beside Khufu’s pyramid in Giza and the second is neighbouring king Teti’s pyramid in Saqqara.

For his part Harvey Lilley, producer of BBC Satellite project sent his apologies to Hawass. In an email obtained by Ahram Online, Lilley wrote: “Many apologies to you but this story was published before the official BBC press release was approved and released by us.... So as things stand I am not quite sure yet how the story broke without us doing you the courtesy of consulting you beforehand.”

According to MSA regulations, it is prohibited for any mission to announce a discovery before notifying and obtaining the approval of the MSA.





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Mombasa69
13-06-2011 01:14pm
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Orthodox History is History
Göbekli Tepe has already been proved beyond doubt to be 12,000 years old at least, this fact alone turns orthodox history inside out and people like Hawass hate it.
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Samuel Laboy
03-06-2011 06:25am
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Great Pyramid
About the BBC Satellite Project: It called my attention Dr. Zahi Hawass comments about an inaccurate and prematurely released article published about the BBC Satellite Project. As he explains in his article, and I quote: “According to Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) regulations, it is prohibited for anyone to announce a discovery before notifying and obtaining the approval of the Ministry first. This procedure is in place to ensure that any discoveries people want to announce are real and have been officially verified. If every mission authorized to carry out work in Egypt was allowed to announce things without them being checked first, there could potentially be lots of false claims made all the time. I guess that he will use the same protocol for individual investigators and researchers about Egyptian topics. This is something I agree with him. However, I considered that in my case, he is in a big contradiction with this protocol. As a professional individual I
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Bob
02-06-2011 01:37am
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17 pyramids
Verified or not ... this sounds like a control issue. Notify us when you think you have found something so that we can watch and control ... if we allow you to continue. Somehow I doubt that Egypt was doing satellite work. I bet it was done outside the country yet they want to control the information they didn't produce or generate or even fund. Sounds like our government restrictions on new businesses and taxes on inheritances.
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Samuel Laboy
30-05-2011 08:06am
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Great Pyramid
This is in reference to Dr. Zahi Hawass today’s comments about what he considered a prematurely article released about “The BBC Satellite Project”, and I quote: “Sadly, this was the case with the BBC. I am disappointed that not only was the report published without the approval of the MSA, but also that its announcement was not accurate, showing how important it is to follow the proper protocol”. In addition, he quoted: “According to Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) regulations, it is prohibited for anyone to announce a discovery before notifying and obtaining the approval of the Ministry first. This procedure is in place to ensure that any discoveries people want to announce are real and have been officially verified. If every mission authorized to carry out work in Egypt was allowed to announce things without them being checked first, there could potentially be lots of false claims made all the time.” I considered there is a big contradiction in Dr. Zahi Hawass com
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Rubblie
29-05-2011 09:01pm
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Hawwas is a moron
Zahi Hawwas "Not even in five thousand years could carbon dating help archeology. We can use other kinds of methods like geoarcheology, which is very important, or DNA, or laser scanning, but carbon dating is useless. This science will never develop. In archeology, we consider carbon dating results imaginary." The man is an idiot
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Miriam Berthauer
27-05-2011 09:39am
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17 pyramids
Oh,dear,someone else made a discovery! Now we see the true Hawass.Over the last 20 years HE located 2 pyramids. Since then technology has changed enormously. So it's nitpicking time for the minister.Just be wise, Hawass and give younger people a chance to proof their skills!!
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