4,600 yo step pyramid uncovered in Egypt

Older than oldest of 7 Wonders: 4,600 yo step pyramid uncovered in Egypt

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By:, 04/04/2014

AFP Photo/Geraldo Caso

AFP Photo/Geraldo Caso

A step pyramid, a few decades older than the Great Pyramid of Giza (the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), has been uncovered by archaeologists in southern Egypt. Although scientists were aware of the pyramid’s existence, it remained buried under a thick layer of sand until a group of archaeologists started excavation works in 2010, according to a report by LiveScience. The group, led by Gregory Marouard, a research associate at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, has recently presented the initial results of its activity at a symposium by the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, held in Toronto. The step pyramid, which when built around 4,600 years ago was 13 meters (43 feet) high, has by now become about one third that, as the blocks it was constructed with have been pillaged throughout its centuries-long existence.


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