4,600-year-old step pyramid found in Egypt

Published on February 11th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

0
step-pyramid-1

step-pyramid-1

A step pyramid that dates back 4,600 years has been found in southern Egypt.

Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.

The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 43 feet (13 meters), is one of seven so-called “provincial” pyramids built by either the pharaoh Huni (reign ca. 2635-2610 B.C.) or Snefru (reign ca. 2610-2590 B.C.). Over time, the step pyramid’s stone blocks were pillaged, and the monument was exposed to weathering, so today, it’s only about 16 feet (5 m) tall.

[Full story]

Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Tell Edfu Project at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.

Tags: , ,



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Follow me on Twitter!   Subscribe to my RSS feed!
     
  • Question of the Moment

    May 2015 will be 70 years since the end of WWII. Was unconditional surrender worth 60 million deaths or should the powers have negotiated diplomatic settlements?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Like us on Facebook

  • Sponsors

  • Random Quote

    It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the
    counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and
    faculty of every man’s judgment.
    — Francis Bacon

  • Popular Categories

  • Archives