A group of archeologists unearthed a stepped pyramid in the Upper Egyptian town of Edfu on Tuesday that is thought to be slightly older than Cheop’s Great Pyramid in Giza.
The newly uncovered pyramid in Edfu is believed to date back some 4,600 years, while Cheop’s Great Pyramid was constructed around 4,575 years ago.
Located in the town of Edfu, around 750 kilometres south of the Giza pyramids, the newly excavated pyramid is a relatively small structure built of sandstone bricks and clay mortar.
This pyramid is reportedly one of seven such minor provincial pyramids found around Upper and Central Egypt.
According to the LiveScience Website and local media outlets, the newly uncovered pyramid may be attributed to either Pharaoh Huni (who ruled around 2635-2610 BC) or Pharaoh Snefru (around 2610-2590 BC).
Now standing at just under five meters in height, this stepped pyramid is said to have had an original height of just over 13 meters. Its base originally measured around 18.2 meters by 18.5 meters.
This ancient pyramid is reported to have significantly shrunk in both area and height due to the effects of erosion, looting and vandalism.
It currently resembles a small hill of bricks rising from the sandy desert. This stepped pyramid does not have any chambers or compartments built within it.
The site of the pyramid was originally discovered in 2010, but has only been unearthed over the last few days. Further studies are expected to reveal more about the history and purposes of this ancient structure.
LiveScience mentions that the archeological team — headed by Egyptologists from the University of Chicago — claims this pyramid was not used as a burial tomb for Pharaohs or other royal figures.
Its occult purpose is still being discerned, as are some ancient graffiti and inscriptions etched into the sides of the pyramid, believed to be inscribed many years following the its construction.
Relating to these inscriptions, the ancient remains of several infants and children were buried next to the pyramid, according to archeologists.