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

Published on February 11th, 2014 | by Sevaan Franks

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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.

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

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