Wednesday, 12 November 2008

A new pyramid discovered




SAQQARA, Egypt – Archaeologists have discovered a new pyramid under the sands of Saqqara, an ancient burial site that has yielded a string of unearthed pyramids in recent years but remains largely unexplored.

The 4,300-year-old monument most likely belonged to the queen mother of the founder of Egypt's 6th Dynasty, and was built several hundred years after the famed Great Pyramids of Giza, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told reporters in announcing the find Tuesday.

The discovery is part of the sprawling necropolis and burial site of the rulers of ancient Memphis, the capital of Egypt's Old Kingdom, about 12 miles south of Giza.

All that remains of the pyramid is a 16-foot-tall structure that had been buried under 65 feet of sand. More about the pyramid here

14 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh what a thrill it must be to uncover ancient history!
Hawass has a couple fantastic websites about the Egyptian pyramids. I studied them a couple years ago - fascinating reads. I'd love to go on an archeological dig.

The Weaver of Grass said...

How many more such treasures lie undiscovered beneath our feet reader wil.

Reader Wil said...

So do I Janice, shall we go together?
Weaver of grass, there are probably more of these pyramids. I am sorry the video is Dutch but you can see what is happening.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

I wonder how exciting that is to be the one to discover something like that. I can't even imagine what more lies under the sand.

Elizabeth said...

Yes, this is so exciting - maybe I'll get to Egypt after all!
Your new header picture is WONDERFUL!

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Oh wow... isn't that impressive! It will be quite fascinating to see what treasures will be hiding beneath the sands! Truly a remarkable story!!!

Brenda said...

That would be really exciting to find something like that. I would love to know more about it.

Rachella said...

Is there something inside the pyramid?

Reader Wil said...

Rachella, this is what I found in one of the news papers:

The Egyptian team is still digging and is two weeks from entering the burial chamber inside the pyramid, where Hawass hopes they will find proof of its owner - a sarcophagus or at least an inscription of the queen, he said.

Abraham Lincoln said...

We are so fascinated with things Egyptian. I wonder why that more so than the structures in the Andes?

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow! Really fascinating stuff! Thanks for sharing. Have you ever been to a pyramid? I haven't.

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Texas Travelers said...

This is great. I missed this on the news. I love this sort of thing.

Thanks for the English link.

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The Tile Lady said...

How wonderful! I love new archaeological discoveries! I am so glad you posted this!
Marie