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Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham whose work with infrared satellite imagery led to the discovery of several lost pyramids in 2011, said via email that the findings were not authoritative.
In a separate email, Egyptologist Bob Brier, senior research fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, said the claims were premature.
"There is a slight chance that one or two could be pyramids, but it doesn't look like it to me," Brier wrote.
Robert Littman, an archaeologist from the University of Hawaii who is a director of the Tell Timai excavation project in Egypt, agreed that it's premature to say what the structures were – but said the Google Earth imagery was nonetheless "very interesting."
"It may well turn out to be a pyramid, but it may turn out to be another structure," he said in a telephone interview.