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A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington has identified a long-lost route of the Nile River along which over 30 pyramids were constructed. Previously scholars had theorized that the Nile must have flowed by these pyramids but this is the first time it has been confirmed. The team used satellite imagery, geophysical surveys and sediment samples to positively identify the Nile’s former route. The researchers believe a drought began almost 4,200 years ago that led to a buildup of windblown sand and caused the Nile to flow in a more easterly route. The newly identified branch of the Nile once flowed past the Dahshur, Saqqara, Abusir, and Giza pyramids and was likely used by the ancient Egyptians for transporting building materials.

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