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Development threatens newly uncovered 4,600-year-old pyramid

Delila James | Science Recorder | February 07, 2014

Development threatens newly uncovered 4,600-year-old pyramid

A new development may hit the pyramids hard.

Before the pharaoh Djoser began Egypt’s era of massive pyramid building at the dawn of the Old Kingdom around 2650 BC, people tried their hand at less ambitious steped, or tiered, pyramids, the remains of which can be found scattered across the country.

Recently, archeologists uncovered one of these lesser pyramids while excavating near the ancient settlement of Edfu, about 500 miles south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Although the existence of the pyramid had been known for more than one hundred years, the structure was so buried beneath the sand that local residents had no idea a great monument once resided there.

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