The Bent Pyramid located at the royal necropolis of Dahshur (around 26 miles from Cairo), may be older than even the Great Pyramid, and is believed to be constructed by Old Kingdom Pharaoh Sneferu (circa 2600 BC). And now according to Egyptian antiquities ministry, archaeologists have discovered another almost 3,700-year old ancient pyramid near the famed Bent Pyramid, within the confines of the necropolis of Dahshur. Belonging to the 13th dynasty, the discovery revealed “an alabaster…block engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines”, complemented by “granite lintel and stoney blocks showing the interior design of the pyramid” – as the ministry explained, citing the words of Adel Okasha, director general at the necropolis.
Suffice it to say, the excavation process is in its preliminary stage, with researchers still assessing the actual size and scope of this incredible structure. The aforementioned blocks and the entryway of a corridor have been visually documented with the help of photographs. And the good news for history enthusiasts is that this pyramid is believed to be in a relatively well preserved condition, judging by the numerous segments recently found and analysed.
Now in case you are wondering, Egypt with its fascinating historical legacy from the ancient times, already boasts 123 pyramids spread across the realm. In fact, the Red Pyramid of Dahshur (also patronized by Pharaoh Sneferu), the Pyramid of Khafre (in Giza) and the Pyramid of Khufu (in Giza, also known as the Great Pyramid) are among the tallest structures from the ancient world. Furthermore, researchers are working on revealing the vast and intricate interior spaces of many renowned Egyptian pyramid structures by exposing them to elementary muon particles, in the state-of-the-art ScanPyramids mission.
Via: TimesofIsrael / Images Credit: Ministry of Antiquities, Egypt