In the depths of the Egyptian desert, evidence of yet another pyramid has surfaced.‚ Said to be 4,300-years-old, it is believed to have belonged to an ancient Egyptian queen, according to Toronto Star.
The pyramid was discovered in Saqqara, the ancient burial site of the Pharaohs of Memphis, the capital of the Old Egyptian Kingdom.
But how does a five-meter tall structure go unnoticed for hundreds of years?‚ Get this – it was submerged under an unbelievable 20 meters of sand.
As excavators brushed away the sand, they discovered extravagant hieroglyphic carvings atop the pyramid’s outer surface. According to the archaeologists, the pyramid was once 14 meters tall.
Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass, believes the pyramid once belonged to Queen Sesheshet, a woman who played a significant role in Egypt’s 6th dynasty (which was in power between 2,322 BC and 2152 BC), uniting two feuding royal families.‚ Her son ruled the kingdom for several years before he was supposedly assassinated.
Inside, archaeologists hope to find the queen’s sarcophagus.
However they don’t expect to find more than that since, according to Hawass, the pyramid was likely looted in the past.
The team is still two weeks away from entering the burial chamber.