Jun
06
2008

Do you dig it? Pyramid remains found under 25 feet of sand

Buried neighbor: The Step Pyramid of Saqqara is a close neighbor to the buried pyramid that was discovered recently in Egypt. Archaeologists had to dig throug 25 feet of sand to find the pyramid's remains.
Buried neighbor: The Step Pyramid of Saqqara is a close neighbor to the buried pyramid that was discovered recently in Egypt. Archaeologists had to dig throug 25 feet of sand to find the pyramid's remains.Courtesy Charlesjsharp
Are you missing a pyramid? Well, one was found this week in Saqqara, Egypt, under about 25 feet of sand.

Actually, it’s the base of a collapsed pyramid that is believed to have been built for King Menkauhor, who ruled Egypt in the mid 2400s B.C.

And the discovery should really come as no surprise. During the 1800s, German archaeologist Karl Richard Lepsius had recorded that there were remains of a collapsed pyramid at the site. No one really did anything with that information until recently.

It took crews a year and a half to dig through the 25 feet of sand that had accumulated over the pyramid site just to get to its remains. Saqqara, located near Cairo, is the site of several other famous pyramids. It is also the site of the ancient city Memphis, which was the royal seat of power during much of early Egyptian history.

And this could all just be the start of a lot more to come. Egyptian government officials want to relocate people who now live close to the Saqqara site so more extensive digging can be done in the area. Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, estimates that only 30 percent of the temples and tombs of Saqqara have been found.

"Saqqara is a virgin site," he told National Geographic. "It's very important for us to do this excavation to understand more about the pyramids of the Old Kingdom."

Links:
National Geographic report
National Geographic video of the find

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bert123's picture
bert123 says:

wow thats pretty cool just how many pyramids are there? i bet they had to be careful and how do they know who they where buit for and who the kings wher at that time?
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 9:47am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Fasinated with Egypt -- lived there in previous life -- would have liked to be with group of "finders" --

posted on Fri, 11/21/2008 - 6:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I THINK THAT THE WORLD WILL NOT END IN THE NEXT 250 YEARS I SAY THE WORL WILL END IN THE NEXT 500 YEARS AND THAT THERE WILL BE NO BODY LEFT IN THE WROLD

posted on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 1:07pm
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Pangea says:

I do NOT think the world will end in the next 250 years and i dont think it will end in 2012 either. i think we should not worry about it or think about it. so just sit back and relax like my dad lol.so i warn you to not worry about it or you probly not sleep at all ever until 2012so just rest.

posted on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 2:12pm

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