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4,300-year-old pyramid is discovered

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-11-12

Archaeologists have discovered a previously unknown pyramid hidden beneath 20 metres of sand in Egypt which dates back to 2,700 BC, the country's culture minister announced.

A 4,300-year-old pyramid has been discovered at the Saqqara necropolis outside Cairo, Egypt's culture minister said on Tuesday.
   
Faruq Hosni made the announcement at a press conference in Saqqara, an ancient burial ground which dates back to 2,700 BC and is dominated by the massive bulk of King Zoser's step pyramid, the first ever built.
   
Husni said the pyramid, five metres (16 foot) tall, is believed to have been 15 metres tall when it was first built for Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti who founded the 6th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom.
   
The pyramid's base was discovered "20 metres below the sands and a doorway for the burial place was also discovered," Hosni said, adding that it seems thieves had looted the pyramid.

Date created : 2008-11-12

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