A new pyramid was recently discovered in Egypt! It dates back to the 13th dynasty of Egyptian history and is believed to be one of the first attempts at a smooth-sided pyramid because of its sloped sides. For those who don’t know, early Egyptian pyramids sort of resembled Mayan and Aztec pyramids, but without the steps towards the top. The necropolis that was excavated was a burial site for courtiers and high-ranking officials. Adel Okasha, the head of the necropolis, says that the remains belong to the inner structure of the pyramid, including a corridor.
The upper, shaped section of the pyramid is gone and only the substructure remains. Aiden Dodson suggests that since the slab contains the name of a ruler whose pyramid was discovered in 1957, the ruler at the time could have “erased” the name of that ruler’s pyramid and inserted his own. This was a very common practice in the ancient world and was used against an unpopular ruler or an enemy.