Sekhemkhet Pyramid - Sekhemkhet Pyramid Egypt - Sekhemkhet Pyramid Saqqara - Sekhemkhet Pyramid size - Sekhemkhet unfinished Pyramid
Westward of the Unas Structure , we come to the Pyramid Complex of Sekhemkhet in ancient Egypt . In front of the ruins of this Pyramid Complex ( Sekhemkhet unfinished pyramid ), we see stone blocks spread over a wide area .
|Sekhemkhet Pyramid Saqqara - Egypt|
It appears that this pyramid was never finished .
From the size of its foundation , it appears that the finished step pyramid was to seven steps , rising to a height of 230' (70m) .
What is special about this "unfinished " Pyramid ?- Sekhemkhet pyramid
There was no sign here of a central mastaba , as in the case of Zoser's Pyramid. The whole building was laid out , from the beginning , as a step pyramid .
Who built the Sekhemkhet unfinished pyramid ?
It seems that this pyramid was built during the reign of king Sekhemkhet (2611-2603B.C) . There is no direct evidence or any inscription or identification of Sekhemkhet or any body else , inside the Pyramid .
The mystery if the pyramids begins with Sekhemkhet because his and all subsequent masonry pyramids did not have any official inscriptions , whatever .
Do you think these blocks were man-made also ?
Yes . the stone blocks here are similar in size to Zoser's Pyramid , To confirm that the blocks were man-made , they found the pharaoh's name ( Sekhemkhet ) on monuments in Sinai , near the mine sites to the arsenic minerals which are need to make limestone blocks .
Around the site you will notice a shallow mud ramp .
What was that ramp for ?
It was probably used as a constructor ramp . Since the blocks here small , ramps may have been used .
So , what did they find underneath this Unfinished Pyramid ?
- There was no vertical shaft ( like Zoser's ) but there is an underground room 98' (30m) deep , under the center of the pyramid .
- The access to the underground room is a sloping tunnel . The entrance point is located on the north side of the pyramid .
- In the lone underground room ,they found an unsubscribed stone chest , consisting of the single hollow black of alabaster , with has an opening at on e end , instead of a lid , The opening was closed with a sliding door , also of alabaster , and sealed with comment that raised and the stone chest turned out to be completely empty . In short , the stone chest was found sealed in an undisturbed statues, but empty.
- There are no inscriptions whatsoever in the underground room or inn the stone chest.
This may have something to do with this ancient egyptian mysterious custom if what we refer to ,for a lack of a better term ,as "Double Burial "ancient Egypt .
Did they find other things underneath this pyramid ?
Actually , they did . They found a door framed by an arch .
An arch ? So long ago ?
Yes . its existence proves to the world that Ancient Egyptians invested and used the arches thousands of years before the Greeks and Romans did .
The Discovery of the Unfinished Step Pyramid of Sekhemkhet in Saqqara
Sekhemkhet King and his Pyramid :