3700-year-old pyramid found in Egypt

Remains of a 13th dynasty pyramid were found in at Dahshur Necropolis, Egypt, north of King Senefru’s Bent Pyramid.

Overview of the excavation site (by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

The discovered remains are said to be preserved in good condition. The portion of the pyramid uncovered already shows part of its inner structure. The unearthed remains seem to be composed of a corridor that leads to the inside of the pyramid and a hall leading to a southern ramp. The ramp leads to a room found at the western end.

Site of excavations (by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

A granite lintel and a collection of stone blocks showing the interior design of the pyramid have also been uncovered. In addition, an alabaster block, measuring 15cm by 17cm was found in the corridor. It is engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines. The lines were studied and revealed the name of Pharaoh Ameny Qemau. Another pyramid containing artefacts bearing the name of Ameny Qemau (also spelled Qemaw) was discovered in 1957 in Dahshur, a royal necropolis in the desert on the Nile River’s west bank.

Corridor at the site (by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

Pharaoh Ameny Qemau was the fifth king of 13th Dynasty and ruled for about two years, around 1790 BC. According to the experts, why both pyramids would have artefacts bearing the name of the same pharaoh is a mystery.

Tablet found at the site (by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

(after Mirror, Egypt Independent, Madamasr, Live Science & Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities)

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