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“Headless Pyramid” rediscovered

Monday, June 9th, 2008

It’s sort of bodiless too, truth be told (it’s been little more than a foundation since at least the the mid-19th century), but it was lost under Saharan sands, and now has been found again.

The pyramid is thought to house the tomb of King Menkauhor, who is believed to have ruled in Egypt’s 5th dynasty for eight years in the mid-2400s B.C. […]

“After Lepsius the location of the pyramid was lost and the substructure of [the] pyramid never known,” said Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

“It was forgotten by people until we began to search this area and a hill of sand, maybe 25 feet [7.6 meters] high.”

I guess people didn’t think the decapitated structure was worth keeping exposed, or even pinpointed for tourists.

They’ve also uncovered a Ptolemaic segment of the sacred road in Saqqara, which is notable because it suggests people were still angling to be buried there two thousand years after Menkauhor got his headless eternal resting place.

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