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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


 
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Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker on 5 February, 2014, 1:26
When you start with the assumption they dragged stones all roads lead to ramps. You can't deduce how far they dragged stones by how many people they had unless you know they dragged stones. If you put the cart before the horse you go nowhere. 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
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? 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 ste... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by DieChecker on 5 February, 2014, 1:42
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. That is total rubbish.... Tail off to nothing ... [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
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? 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.


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