Image: Radar imaging of ancient town
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This undated combination map overlay image, released by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities on Sunday, displays a color satellite image with radar imaging in monochrome. The radar readings show the outlines of streets, houses and temples underneath the green farm fields and modern town of Tel al-Dabaa, in Egypt.
updated 6/21/2010 9:15:33 AM ET 2010-06-21T13:15:33

An Austrian archaeological team has used radar imaging to determine the extent of the ruins of the one-time 3,500-year-old capital of Egypt's foreign occupiers, the country's antiquities department said Sunday.

Egypt was ruled for a century, from 1664 to 1569 B.C., by the Hyksos, a warrior people from Asia, possibly Semitic in origin. The Hyksos' summer capital was in the northern Delta area.

Irene Mueller, the head of the Austrian team, said the main purpose of the project is to determine how far the underground city extends.

The radar imaging showed the outlines of streets, houses and temples underneath the green farm fields and modern town of Tel al-Dabaa.

Archaeology chief Zahi Hawass said in the statement that such noninvasive techniques are the best way define the extent of the site. Egypt's Delta is densely populated and heavily farmed, making extensive excavation difficult, unlike in southern Egypt with its more famous desert tombs and temples.

The Austrian team of archaelogists has been working on the site since 1975.

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