(ORDO NEWS) — There are about 120 confirmed pyramids in Egypt, but many more could be buried under the sands.
Of all the pyramids of the world, the ancient Egyptian pyramids occupy a special place in the history of mankind.
Egypt is not home to the largest pyramids and certainly does not have the largest number of pyramids in terms of number. But, despite this, there are pyramids here that have amazed the imagination of scientists for hundreds of years.
Pyramid building in Egypt can be traced back to the reign of Pharaoh Djoser during the Third Dynasty of Ancient Egypt. During the reign of King Djoser, construction began at Saqqara, the royal necropolis, that forever changed the history of Ancient Egypt.
The royal architect Imhotep was commissioned to build a stone structure unlike any previously built in Egypt. Imhotep, a young architect, did not disappoint him when Djoser ascended the throne of Egypt. His revolutionary ideas were brought to life, and around 2780 BC. The Step Pyramid was built.
The revolutionary structure, the entire pyramid complex of the Step Pyramid, saw how the pharaohs who came to the throne after Djoser tried to repeat the wonderful structure, but without immediate success.
In fact, it was only after Sneferu that a new pyramid appeared in Egypt. In total, Sneferu built three pyramids, of which the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid are the most famous.
The Red Pyramid – the third largest pyramid in ancient Egypt – laid the foundation for the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is believed to have been built by the heir to the throne of Sneferu, Pharaoh Khufu.
Ultimately, the Great Pyramid became the largest and most awe-inspiring pyramid in ancient Egypt. The structure, believed to have been built as a royal tomb for Pharaoh Khufu, is a structure containing more than 2.3 million stone blocks weighing more than 6.5 million tons.
Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure – all descendants of Sneferu – continued building their pyramids at Giza.
According to Egyptologists, about 120 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt to date. For comparison, there are about 200 pyramids in Sudan alone.
But this does not mean that there are no other pyramids that are still waiting in the wings. In fact, Egypt from time to time surprises us with its discoveries. While most of the discoveries are ancient tombs, sarcophagi and ancient mummies, Egypt has more to offer.
Pyramid under the sand
Finding the pyramid is really a big deal. Much of the history of Ancient Egypt is hidden deep under its golden sands. We can’t see what’s underneath, but technology can help us explore potential sites that have been buried since time immemorial.
It is believed that Saqqara served as a necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis and is home to many pyramids, including the oldest pyramid of Ancient Egypt, the Step Pyramid of Djoser.
Located about 40 kilometers from the world-famous pyramids of Giza, Saqqara may hold more secrets than have been discovered so far.
Archaeologist Dr. Vasco Dobrev has been studying the site for over three decades, and during the Channel 5 documentary “The Discovery of the Great Tomb of Egypt,” he revealed some of his research. More specifically, Dr. Dobrev is on the hunt for a new pyramid, and the details of his work were revealed in the documentary.
The Egyptologist claims that the new pyramid may be buried under the sand in the region of southern Saqqara, known today as Tabbet al-Ghuesh, northwest of the Pepi I sea complex.
“The pyramids here spanned six centuries of Egyptian history, but one dynasty of pharaohs in particular chose to build their magnificent tombs at Saqqara,” Tony Robinson explained from the Channel Five documentary.
Dr. Dobrev explained that numerous undiscovered pyramids may remain buried under the sand.
“There are about 120 [pyramids] all over Egypt. The pharaohs built pyramids here because Saqqara is exactly opposite the capital of Egypt, Memphis,” Dr. Dobrev said.
An archaeologist who has explored Saqqara believes that the foundations of the pyramid of Pharaoh Userkar, an ancient Egyptian ruler who reigned no more than three out of four years, are hidden underground.
Egyptologists claim that Pharaoh Userkare could not complete the 52-meter-high pyramid in three years. “Perhaps he only had time to create the base of the pyramid. We are at a good height, we found that all the pyramids that are in Saqqara are on the same level,” Dr. Dobrev explained.
But without evidence, this is pure speculation. Luckily, Dr. Dobrev has data to support his claims. In a conversation with Robinson during the documentary, the Egyptologists revealed that there is a structure under the sand that most likely was not created naturally.
This is a kind of buried square, 80 by 80 meters in size, exactly the size of a pyramid dating back to the reign of Userkar.
“So there’s a level of the pyramid, and we have his father up north, his son over there, and his grandson behind us. But we’ve got something else, new technology, geophysics, showing something with right angles. ” Dr. Dobrev said.
In addition to Dr. Dobrev, astrophysicist Giulio Magli claims that the buried pyramid of Userkara is located halfway between the pyramids of Pepi I and Merenre Nemtemsaf I, in such a position that these three pyramids form a line parallel to the line formed by the pyramids of Sekhemkhet, Unas, Djoser, Userkaf and Teti in the north.
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