The Giza pyramids from space…

This post has nothing to do with aliens, Star Gate or any such things.

I came across a picture of the Giza pyramids taken by NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts from the International Space Station recently and I thought it was pretty cool.  Virts tweeted about it and you can see his picture in his tweet below:

Apparently the pyramids are quite difficult to photograph from up there… if you check out this short article on the Cairo Scene website, you’ll see another picture of the Giza Plateau taken last year by another (unnamed) astronaut… can you you see the pyramids on that picture?  They are there… my keen archaeologist’s eyes spotted them. (Isn’t this like playing where’s Waldo?)

Miniature Pyramids of Sudan

There is a nice article in Archaeology, the AIA magazine, on the Miniature Pyramids of Sudan, about fieldwork at Sedeinga. Actually, during my first dig season in Sudan back in 2000, I worked at the site with the French mission for one month (after spending the previous month with the Canadian mission at Meroe–see the Day in the life of an archaeologist chronicle). That is where I met my friend Vincent Francigny, who is now co-director of the excavations. Enjoy the article!