suEver since British archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered the forgotten tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun (“King Tut”) in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, mystery, intrigue, and romance have been attached to Egyptology. Believe or not, there are still those who believe in the “Curse of the Pharaohs”–an ancient bedevilment that supposedly targets all archaeologists who dare to disturb the remains of Ancient Egypt’s long-dead rulers.
Well, if the curse is true, then Adel Okahsa, the director general of Egypt’s Dahshur royal necropolis, may want to invest in charms and amulets.
On Monday, April 3rd, Okahsa’s team announced that they had discovered an ancient pyramid not far from Dahshur. Even more amazing is the fact that the archaeologists believe that the pyramid represents one of the first attempts at building a smooth-sided structure.
The recently unearthed monument to the dead is believed to be the final home of King Snefru, a monarch of Egypt’s 13th dynasty (approximately 1803 B.C. to 1649 B.C.). Although a full excavation is far from complete, this 3,700-year-old artifact may help researchers to learn more about the early building methods of the Ancient Egyptians.
The discovery of King Snefru’s pyramid comes after other recent discoveries in the ancient Mediterranean nation. In December 2016, archaeologists from the University of Birmingham claimed that they had discovered evidence of a massive burial complex near the city of Aswan.
Two months before that, archaeologists announced the discovery of multiple cavities inside of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Hopefully, if archaeologists remain hard at work in Egypt, we can learn more about one of the world’s first civilizations.
Featured image via: Daily Mail