Archaeologists have made another sensational discovery as they have found the remains of a 3,700-year old Pyramid south of Cairo.
Experts says, the Pyramid in ruins, found some 40 kilometers south of Cairo, could be one of ancient Egypt’s first attempts at building a smooth-sided pyramid.
This structure is located in the vicinity of the famous bent pyramid of King Snefru.
The remains of a pyramid from the Pharaonic XIII dynasty (1795-1650 BC), in an excavation at the necropolis of Dahshur, was discovered in Egyptian archaeological mission, south of Cairo. According to Mahmud Afif, the director of the Egyptian Antiquities Department, quoted in a statement, the discovery was been made north of the pyramid of King Seneferu, from the 4th dynasty (2613-2494 BCE).
The Bent Pyramid is unique example of early pyramid development in Egypt. This was the second pyramid built by Sneferu. It is also unique amongst the approximately ninety pyramids to be found in Egypt, in that its original polished limestone outer casing remains largely intact.
According to Alaa al Shahat, the head of the central administration of Giza and Cairo, the uncovered part of the pyramid is in a good state of conservation. He expressed his belief that the excavation will soon reveal other parts of the structure. The site which is excavated so far, shows an area inside the mausoleum consisted of a corridor that descends to the bottom of the pyramid.
Furthermore, experts have found a chamber that is connected with a ramp located in the southern parts of the pyramid with a room located in the western parts of the structure.
As Adel Okasha, the head of Dahshur necropolis, explains, the remains of the structure belong to the inner parts of the pyramid and include a corridor.
“The structure seems to be composed of a corridor that leads to the inside of the pyramid and a hall leading to a southern ramp; this, in addition to a room, found at the western end,”-Okasha said.
“An alabaster… block engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines”
He also said, “granite lintel and stone blocks showing the interior design of the pyramid” were also found.
Excavations are in early stages, and the exact dimensions of the pyramid have not been established by experts yet.