Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

4,600-year-old pyramid discovered in Egypt

Posted on Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 | Comment icon 20 comments

The Edfu pyramid is similar to the step pyramid of Djoser (pictured). Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Dennis Jarvis
A step pyramid unearthed near Edfu is thought to predate the Great Pyramid of Giza by several decades.
The pyramid is one of several built by either the pharaoh Huni or Snefru somewhere around 2590-2635 BC. Originally thought to be 43ft tall, the structure's current height of around 16ft can be attributed to pillagers gradually stealing the large stone blocks that made up its construction.

Seven of these 'provincial' pyramids have been discovered to date near settlements in Egypt, each exhibiting almost identical dimensions. While their exact purpose is not fully understood, archaeologists believe that they may have held some symbolic significance.

Sadly however it looks as though interest in these structures may have only been short lived, as by the time the Great Pyramid was being built only a few decades later it is thought that the pyramid at Edfu and others like it may have already been abandoned.

Source: Live Science | Comments (20)

Tags: Pyramid, Egypt

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker on 5 February, 2014, 1:26
It would seem to me that logically, if you want the delivery rate to be steady, and you have to drag the stones twice as far... say up a sprial ramp.... then you'd need twice as many people as would be needed just to drag them to the base. Is that true or not?
Comment icon #12 Posted by cladking on 5 February, 2014, 1:33
No. More importantly it's not at all relevant unless you're trying to make some point that I can't see. A ramp that's twice as tall requires much more than twice the work. As the ramp gets higher it requires more material and there are more corners to drag stones around (on a pyramidal structure). There's no reason to even maintain a steady rate of delivery. It could taper off to next to nothing and still finish on scedule. Ramps are debunked anyway based on the evidence. Unless you can bring this back to topic I must refrain from posting further.
Comment icon #13 Posted by DieChecker on 5 February, 2014, 1:42
That is total rubbish.... Tail off to nothing and still finish? What are going on about. The rate of delivery is the cornerstone of every single delivery method theory. To disregard that fact is to just start walking into fantasy land. Off topic? The topic is specifically about the discovery of this pyramid and references the notes from the Egyptian dock master. Which goes directly to more labor being collected. Which goes directly to what the labor was used for at Giza. The fact is that we all know that the amount of stone that needed to be taken to the base would require a certain amount o... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by kmt_sesh on 5 February, 2014, 2:02
Moderator's note: People, give it a rest. Cladking, do not hijack the thread. You have your own thread to expound on your ideas, so keep it in there. kmt_sesh
Comment icon #15 Posted by kmt_sesh on 5 February, 2014, 4:01
Moderator's note: Thread cleaned. I've removed several posts subsequent to my previous warning. I'm going to give you folks the benefit of the doubt that you just missed my previous warning. Stay on topic to the OP. So far the posts have been anything but relevant to it. One more infringement and I will close the thread. kmt_sesh
Comment icon #16 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 5 February, 2014, 5:08
been to egypt on holiday back in 2006, been told by tour guides that there is 80% of ancient egypt still buried in the sand. KV6 and cario sun temple was found whist i was on holiday there..
Comment icon #17 Posted by Eldorado on 6 February, 2014, 2:28
A lot of hard graft went into those. Am wondering if it was a labour of love. And also wondering how they'd feel to know that their work is still standing. Sorry folks, merely dreaming aloud.
Comment icon #18 Posted by coolguy on 6 February, 2014, 4:27
Awseome they found it,
Comment icon #19 Posted by DieChecker on 8 February, 2014, 17:53
I found it interesting that the site just now had a fence put around it to keep out looters. They've known it was there, like, forever and only now protect it from looters?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Eldorado on 8 February, 2014, 19:50
From the article: "It didn't look like a pyramid he said, and people in a nearby village even thought the structure was the tomb of a sheikh, a local Muslim saint." Until they read UM. (lol) Publicity brings good people and bad people.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Giant alligator filmed walking on golf course
The massive reptile took golfers completely by surprise as it casually strolled towards a nearby lake.
Rare illness makes people think they are dead
A rare condition called Walking Corpse Syndrome leaves sufferers feeling as though they are zombies.
Students report seeing 'alien' in Argentina
Three witnesses claimed to have encountered the entity around one week ago in the city of Santa Cruz.
Kids in China climb 2,500ft cliff to school
One school in China is so inaccessible that pupils have to climb down a huge cliff just to get there.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
How to sell nothing
Posted 5-31-2016 | 0 comments
Tim returns with a look at some intriguing items which contain absolutely nothing at all.
What if the world ended ?
Posted 5-30-2016 | 4 comments
What would happen in the event of an apocalypse ? Could you survive ?
Why does white noise make you fall asleep ?
Posted 5-29-2016 | 3 comments
What is it about the sound of white noise that sends people off to sleep ?
Simulating Mars atop a volcano
Posted 5-28-2016 | 0 comments
Six scientists have been living an isolated existence to simulate a mission to Mars.
Seeking new antibiotics under the sea
Posted 5-27-2016 | 1 comment
Scientists are seeking new treatments for antibiotic-resistant infections beneath the waves.
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
4-15-2016 | United States
The mysterious awakening
4-6-2016 | Los Angeles, California
Chocolate fairy? Really?
4-6-2016 | United Kingdom
Christmas Day haunting
4-6-2016 | London, UK
The funeral director
3-30-2016 | Hebburn, England
A strange sighting in Spain
3-30-2016 | Albatera, Spain
Dust patterns on basement floor
3-27-2016 | Smithville, Texas

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ