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Archaeology Watch
Queen's pyramid discovered in Egypt
Thursday, January 1 (Issue 10)
by Raymon Kondos

CAIRO (youregypt.com) - Egyptian archeologists have announced the discovery of a 4,300-year-old pyramid believed to be that of Queen Sesheshet, which ruled Egypt from 2323-2291 BC.

The new discovered pyramid
The new discovered pyramid

The remaining part of the pyramid was discovered beneath 23 feet (7 meters) of sand, a small shrine and mud-brick walls from later periods. The pyramid is said to have originally stood 14 meters in height at a 51 degree angle with sides 22 meters long.

Queen Sesheshet was the mother of King Teti, the founder of the sixth dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

The site of the discovery was found at Saqqara, a vast ancient burial ground in Egypt that served as a necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Located some 30 km south of modern-day Cairo, Saqqara features numerous monuments including Djoser's Step pyramid, the oldest complete hewn-stone building complex known in history.

Archeologists are yet to enter the pyramid to confirm it belongs to Queen Sesheshet, but expect that most of its contents will have been plundered by tomb robbers.

The new pyramid is the 118th discovered so far in Egypt.

PREVIOUS ARCHAEOLOGY WATCHES:
. 4000-year-old tomb of Egyptian official unearthed at Saqqara
(issue 1)
. Thousands of antiquities retrieved from sunken city at the Mediterranean Sea (issue 2)
. New Kalabsha Island Turns into an Open-Air Museum (issue 3)
. Website Brings Life to Egypt’s Monuments (issue 4)
. Courtiers and Donkeys Buried to Escort Pharaonic Kings in Afterlife, New Discoveries Reveal (issue 5)
. Pharaoh’s Sarcophagus Re-Assembled from 250 Fragments (issue 6)
. Pharaoh's Glories Come to Basel and Dazzle the Swiss (issue 7)
. Two Mummies Revealed in Opening of Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagi (issue 8)
. 619 Ancient Artifacts Retrieved by Egypt from United Kingdom (issue 9)

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