New pyramid discovered in Egypt could be 1st ever smooth sided pyramid built by Egyptians

Remains of a pyramid discovered in Egypt

A top antiquities official says an Egyptian excavation team has discovered the remains of a pyramid that dates back to the 13th dynasty, some 3,700 years ago.

The head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector, Mahmoud Afifi, said in a statement Monday that the remains were north of King Sneferu’s bent pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis south of Cairo. From the bent slope of its sides, the pyramid is believed to have been ancient Egypt’s first attempt to build a smooth-sided pyramid. The necropolis was the burial site for courtiers and high-ranking officials.

Adel Okasha, the head of the Dahshur necropolis, said that the remains belong to the inner structure of the pyramid, including a corridor. Other remains included blocks showing the interior design of the pyramid.

The remains of the 13th Dynasty pyramid were discovered today in Dahshur just north of the famous Bent Pyramid (Photo: AFP)

The corridor of the new pyramid (Photo: AFP)
The tablet with writing on (Photo: AFP)

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