Egypt: discovery of the remains in good condition of a 3,700-year-old pyramid

During recent excavations at the archaeological site of Dahshur, south of Cairo, the remains of a 3,700-year-old pyramid in good condition were discovered.

On Monday, April 3, 2017, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery of remains of a pyramid believed to be 3,700 years old dating to the 13th Dynasty. Discovered south of Cairo, on the archaeological site of Dahshur, the pyramid would be “ in good condition « .

Egyptian archaeologists have thus discovered a corridor leading inside the pyramid, extended by a ramp and the entrance to a room “, According to the press release. The excavations are still in their infancy and the next few days will allow to know more, in particular on the size of the old building.


The team of archaeologists has so far discovered a small blackened alabaster block displaying hieroglyphic inscriptions within the pyramid, as well as a granite lintel and stone blocks allowing to know more about  » the internal architecture of the pyramid « .  » The team will continue excavations at the site to unearth the rest of the pyramid, the statement explains.

The newly discovered pyramid is located near the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur, built by Pharaoh Snefru, founder of the Fourth Dynasty (approximately between 2670 to 2450 BC) and father of Pharaoh Cheops. According to Zahi Hawass, archaeologist and former Minister of Antiquities, these remains would indicate that the monument belonged  » to a queen who would have been buried near her husband or son. The hope now is to find any inscription that can reveal the identity of the owner of this pyramid: we could discover the name of a queen hitherto unknown, it would be an addition for History « .

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