Seventeen lost pyramids are believed to have been found in Egypt by a team of space archaeologists from Alabama, according to a report.

Sarah Parcak and her team at a NASA-sponsored laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham made the discoveries using a satellite survey, and also found more than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements in infrared images that show up buildings underground, BBC News reported.

The BBC said that two of the suspected pyramids had been confirmed by initial excavations.

“We were very intensely doing this research for over a year. I could see the data as it was emerging, but for me the ‘aha’ moment was when I could step back and look at everything that we’d found, and I couldn’t believe we could locate so many sites all over Egypt,” Parcak said.

She said it was likely that more buildings would be found.

“These are just the sites [close to] the surface. There are many thousands of additional sites that the Nile has covered over with silt. This is just the beginning of this kind of work,” Parcak told the BBC.

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