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A picture has been shared repeatedly in social media posts that declare it exhibits “pyramids older than these in Egypt” present in Russia’s Kola Peninsula. However the picture in reality exhibits mountains on the Faroe Islands fashioned by tens of millions of years of volcanic exercise. An Egyptologist instructed AFP the oldest identified pyramid on the planet is the Djoser step pyramid present in Saqqara, Egypt.
“Russian pyramids older than the Egyptian pyramids,” reads the Korean-language declare shared alongside the picture right here on Fb on September 28, 2022.
The picture, labelled “Pyramids in Russia’s Kola Peninsula,” seems to indicate two pyramid-shaped mounds rising behind a grassy plain with a small physique of water.
The identical picture was shared alongside the same declare on Fb right here and right here; on YouTube right here; and on fashionable South Korean running a blog platform Naver Weblog right here.
The picture and declare have additionally circulated since not less than 2019 in posts in numerous languages, together with English, French, Italian and Russian.
An earlier model of the declare circulated in 2014, stating the “pyramid” was discovered within the Faroe Islands.
The picture, nonetheless, exhibits two mountains within the Faroe Islands fashioned naturally by volcanic exercise.
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A Google reverse picture search discovered the same picture of the dual mounds and the physique of water on the Adobe Inventory picture web site.
The picture’s caption reads: “Mountain climbing to the highest of the Klakkur mountain close to Klaksvík, the second largest city of the Faroes behind Tórshavn, positioned on Borðoy Island, Norðoyar, Faroe Islands.”
Under is a screenshot comparability of the picture shared with the false declare on Fb (left) and the same Adobe Inventory picture (proper):
Related pictures of the dual peaks may be seen right here on a photographer’s weblog from August 21, 2017. The weblog states the pictures have been taken close to the city of Klaksvík on the Faroe Islands.
The approximate location of the picture may be seen right here on Google Maps avenue view.
Klakkur is a well-liked web site amongst panorama photographers visiting the Faroe Islands, based on its official tourism web site.
Images revealed to the location present the archipelago has typically mountainous terrain all through, with different pyramid-shaped mountains equivalent to Kunoyarnakki. The tourism web site describes it as: “look[ing] like a pure pyramide (sic) once you take a look at it from the city of Klaksvík.”
The layered look of those mountains and the islands’ geography is the results of successive volcanic eruptions that constructed up a basalt plateau over time, based on the islands’ official web site, in addition to geological research of the realm right here and right here.
AFP didn’t discover information studies, bulletins or research that present historic pyramids had been found in Russia’s Kola peninsula, positioned adjoining to the Arctic Ocean on the nation’s northern shore close to Finland.
Sources equivalent to Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Guinness World Information state the oldest pyramid verified by specialists is the Djoser step pyramid in Saqqara, Egypt.
It’s believed to have been constructed in the course of the reign of a king of historic Egypt’s Third Dynasty from roughly 2650 to 2575 BCE.
College of Bristol Egyptologist Professor Aidan Dodson instructed AFP: “The Djoser pyramid may be very positively the oldest identified one on the planet.”