An Egyptian excavation team has made the discovery of the remains of a new pyramid that goes all the way back to the 13th Dynasty, some 3,700 year back, said top antiquities officials.
These remains were found north of King Sneferu’s bent pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis south of Cairo, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Mahmoud Afifi said in a statement.
Because this pyramid has smooth sides, it’s believed that this pyramid was the first one they tried to build with smooth sides.
The necropolis was the burial site for courtiers and high-ranking officials.
Adel Okasha, the head of Dahshur necropolis, said the remains belong to the inner structure of the pyramid, including a corridor.
The pyramid’s inside corridors
Among the remains was a corridor structure possibly leading to inner chambers and an alabaster block bearing 10 vertical lines of hieroglyphics that are still being studied.
The new find comes just weeks after another group of archaeologists unearthed a 26-foot quartzite statue within a Cairo slum, which will likely go on display at the Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018.
The structure was found near the Dahshur royal necropolis 25 miles south of Cairo, where King Sneferu built the Bent Pyramid, whose angle changes halfway up, and the Red Pyramid, Egypt’s first smooth-sided pyramid, some 4,600 years ago, reports the AP.
Hisson Khufu went on to build the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The most recent discovery lies north of the Bent Pyramid and is estimated to have been built about 1,000 years after Sneferu and Khufu’s time. (The Great Pyramid of Giza has been found to be slightly off.)