Step Pyramid Uncovered in Edfu

Archaeologists working near Edfu, famous mainly for its Ptolemaic temple, have uncovered a Step Pyramid that is dated to reigns of Huni or Snofru. The monument, once rising up to about 13 metres, is one of several smaller Step Pyramids that were built throughout Egypt at the end of the 3rd or the start of the 4th Dynasty.
Unlike the Step Pyramid of Netherikhet in Saqqara, the provincial pyramids have no internal or substructure and do not seem to have been intended as burial monuments. The purpose of these pyramids is not entirely clear, yet it has been proposed that they were part of the royal cult.


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