If you’ve been planning a trip to Egypt, there’s a new site that you’ll want to add to your “must visit” list because a new pyramid was just discovered in the country. Okay, so it’s hardly “new” at all — the recently-excavated pyramid is estimated to be about 3,700 years old, and is likely from the 13th Dynasty.
The pyramid was discovered in the Dahshur Necropolis, which is where high-ranking officials were buried during the 13th Dynasty.
Historians believe this was the ancient Egyptians’ first attempt at a smooth-sided pyramid — as opposed to “step pyramids,” which were built with six stepped layers of stone.
Other pyramids in the area are older than the latest discovery — The Dahshur pyramids were likely built between 2613 B.C. and 2589 B.C, according to The Washington Post.
Egypt’s most famous pyramids are the Three Pyramids of Gaza, which were built approximately 4,500 years ago for the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure.
According to Adel Okasha, the head of the Dahshur necropolis, the new pyramid’s remains are part of its inner structure and include a corridor and blocks that show its interior design.
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the pyramids, and now there’s one more to add to the list.