Dahchour (Egypte) : Remains of 13th Dynasty pyramid discovered

Archaeologists have revealed a portion of the pyramid's internal structure, described as being in very good condition

Nevine El-Aref

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2017 636268147549491282 949The newly discovered corridor in Dahshour.(Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities)

The remains of a 13th Dynasty pyramid have been discovered by an Egyptian archaeological mission working in an area to the north of King Snefru's Bent Pyramid in the Dahshur Necropolis.

Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the antiquities ministry, announced the find, adding that the remains are in a very good condition and further excavation will take place to reveal more of the structure.

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Adel Okasha, director general of the Dahshur Necropolis, explained that the portion of the pyramid uncovered so far shows a part of its inner structure.

This structure is composed of a corridor leading to the inside of the pyramid and a hall that leads to a southern ramp, as well as a room at the western end, he said.

An alabaster block measuring 15 cm by 17 cm was also found in the corridor, engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines that are still being studied.

A granite lintel and a collection of stoney blocks showing the interior design of the pyramid have also been uncovered.

Further studies will be conducted to identify the owner of the pyramid and the kingdom to which it belongs.

2017 636268149153569849 356The block engraved with hieroglyphic text.Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities

2017 636268148618273415 827The ground of the pyramid.Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities