The pyramids of Egypt are obviously one of the most recognizable structures to have ever been built on planet Earth. They routinely see themselves entered in to the Seven Wonders of the World, and are a massive tourist attraction to boot. They spawned similar pyramids in places as far away as South America.
And now, Zahi Hawass, Egypt's antiquities chief, has announced that they have finally rediscovered a pyramid first discovered in 1842, but since lost to the sands of Egypt.
Egyptian archaeologists announced on Thursday the discovery of the pyramid, some 4,000 years old, and that was first discovered by German archaeologist Karl Richard Lepsius. Discovered in 1842 at Saqqara – the vast necropolis of Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt – Lepsius referred to the pyramid as number 29, and called it the “Headless Pyramid” due to the absence of its top.
However since then, the desert sands had swept over the pyramid, and it was only been rediscovered now. "We have filled the gap of the missing pyramid," Hawass told reporters on a tour of the discoveries at Saqqara.
Hawass said that the style of the pyramid indicated that it was from the Fifth Dynasty, a period that extended from 2,465 B.C to 2,325 B.C. The pyramid’s base, which is all that is left, was found underneath a 25-foot-high mound of sand, which had slowly been removed by Hawass’ team over the past year. This pyramid is believed to have been completed approximately two centuries after that of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The archaeologists have not found a single cartouche upon the pyramid, a pharaoh’s name in hieroglyphs, signaling the pyramid’s owner, but Hawass is estimating that, due to the period the pyramid was believed to have been built in, it belonged to Menkauhor.
Posted by Josh Hill.
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