The remains of a pyramid built some 3,700 years ago have been discovered in Egypt, the antiquities ministry says.
An interior corridor and a block engraved with 10 hieroglyphic lines were among the finds at the Dahshur royal necropolis, south of Cairo.
The ministry said they were in very good condition and that excavation work was continuing to try to reveal more and establish the size of the pyramid.
It is believed to have been built during the 13th pharaonic dynasty.
Dahshur is where King Sneferu of the 4th Dynasty built ancient Egypt’s first true smooth-sided pyramid, the 104m-high (341ft) Red Pyramid, about 4,600 years ago.
He also constructed an earlier version, the 105m-high Bent Pyramid, whose slopes change angle from 54 degrees to 43 degrees about halfway up.
Sneferu was succeeded by his son Khufu, the renowned builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, which is 138m high and was a wonder of the ancient world.
Excavators have found what they say is another pyramid from the ancient Egyptian civilization, the Associated Press reported, adding to the dozens we’ve known about previously.
According to the AP, the new pyramid remains the team found were of the pyramid’s interior and can be dated to about 3,700 years ago, which would put it in the time of the 13th dynasty.
How many pyramids are there in Egypt?
The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures located in Egypt. As of November 2008, sources cite either 118 or 138 as the number of identified Egyptian pyramids. Most were built as tombs for the country’s pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods.
There are over 100 pyramids in Egypt, and the majority are located around the city of Cairo, including the famous pyramids at Giza. One notable exception to this is the pyramid at Abydos in southern Egypt.
Pyramids were not built throughout Egypt’s history. Their construction began with the third dynasty pharaoh Djoser. A number of the early pharaohs built more than one pyramid, and most rulers who followed added to this number. Pyramid building ended after the reign of the New Kingdom pharaoh Ahmose. Tombs after this period were hidden in the west bank of Thebes rather than marked with a pyramid.
The ancient Egyptians built pyramids as tombs for the pharaohs and their queens. The pharaohs were buried in pyramids of many different shapes and sizes from before the beginning of the Old Kingdom to the end of the Middle Kingdom.