Lesson from the past

The possible discovery of "new" pyramids in Egypt reminds us that even when today's headlines seem urgent, they are always part of the long sweep of history.

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While many of us have been captivated by the extraordinary political events in Egypt over the last 18 months - and especially the past week, which has seen newly elected President Mohammed Morsi assert his control over the military - others have been gazing a little further back in time.

Contained excitement has broken out in archaeological circles over satellite images that just might pinpoint the remains of the biggest pyramid ever built along the Nile. A mound found near Abu Sidhum, about 250 kilometres south of Cairo, could indicate the presence of a burial structure three times the size of the Great Pyramid. Another site seems to be the location of hitherto-unknown pyramids arranged in a similar fashion to those in Giza.

The discoveries were made by American researcher Angela Micol on the internet application Google Earth and, while they are yet to be verified, these potential pyramids could yield further treasures from the past.

The mere thought of undiscovered treasures serves as a timely reminder of Egypt's long and storied history, the resilience of its people, and the greatness of human endeavour. By reflecting on the achievements of yesterday, we can all recognise the possibilities of today and tomorrow.