Apr 10, 2017 07:14 AM EDT
Egyptian Archaeologists Announce 3,700 Year Old Pryramid [Video]
Egyptian archaeologists discovered a 3,700 year old pyramid. It dates back to the 13th Dynasty of the ancient civilization of Egypt. Scientists believe that this could be one of the earliest examples of architecture that tried to build a smooth-sided pyramid.
Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector head Mahmoud Afifi said the ruins of the pyramid are located north of King's Sneferu's iconic bent pyramid, which is the Dahshur royal necropolis south of Cairo, IFL Science reported. The remains are the inner parts of the pyramids, which is why the scientists are still finding out the real size of the pyramid. Scientists have also discovered interior walls and columns that have hieroglyphics engraved on them.
More excavation work is being done to reveal more of the pyramid, BBC reported. The bent slopes on the pyramid's sides shows that it is like Sneferu's pyramid, which is smooth-sided. King Sneferu is from the 4th Dynasty and is said to have the first smooth-sided pyramid built 4,600 years ago. His is called the Red Pyramid, which is 341 feet tall.
All of King Sneferu's pyramids had funerary complexes. They are in the Dahshur necropolis, which is were courtiers and high-ranking officials are buried. Sneferu's first bent pyramid, which has a 55-degree angle slope, signals the pioneering transition in architecture.
However, the pyramid was unstable, which is why they built a case around its base. That leads to the 43-degree angle of the pyramid's sides. That explains the bent shape of the pyramid.
Meanwhile, the remains of the newly discovered pyramid are still in good condition, according to Afifi. The 3,700 year old pyramid was constructed in an age when only a few pyramids were created. The last pyramid erected during this dynasty was the pyramid of Ahmose. However, historians claim that it was used as a cenotaph or monument and not a tomb.
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