Remains Of A New Pyramid Discovered In Egypt

Posted: Apr 4 2017, 8:06am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 4 2017, 8:25am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Remains of a New Pyramid Discovered in Egypt
The corridor discovered during the initial excavation. Credit: Ministry of Antiquities

The new pyramid dates back to the 13th Dynasty, some 3,700 years ago

Egyptian archeologists have discovered the remains of a new pyramid that dates back to 3,700 years ago. Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the antiquities ministry on Monday made the announcement about the new discovery.

Although only a corridor has been unearthed during the initial excavations, researchers believe that it could possibly lead to the inside of a new pyramid that remained hidden for thousands of years.

The newly-discovered pyramid is located at Dahshur royal necropolis near the well known bent pyramid of King Snefru, about 40km south of Cairo. Researchers suggest it may have been the first Egyptian pyramid intended by its builders to be a smooth-sided pyramid.

The remains and the corridor belong to the inner structure of pyramid and are fully intact. Other remains include an alabaster block engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines. These ancient worlds will be studied by the professionals to decipher their meanings.

Further excavation is planned to reveal more of the structure and the kingdom to which it belongs. Researches suggest that the pyramid was likely built during the 13th Dynasty that lasted for more than 150 years.

As of 2008, some 135 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt and majority of them are located in the outskirts of Cairo, including the world famous Great Pyramid of Giza. Egyptian pyramids are actually the tombs of pharaohs or ancient rulers of the country and vary in shape and sizes.

These ancient structures are still shrouded in mystery despite the fact that they have been studied thoroughly in many recent efforts.

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