Latest Egyptian pyramids Stories

2009-08-14 15:36:17

British history and science writer Andrew Collins claims to have found the lost underworld of the pharaohs -- a vast system of caves, chambers and tunnels that had been hidden in the limestone bedrock beneath the pyramid field at Giza. The complex system had been rumored to exist since the construction of the Great Pyramid some 5,000 years ago. Armed only with the forgotten memoirs of a nineteenth century British explorer, Collins, working alongside Egyptological researcher Nigel Skinner...

2009-06-16 07:00:00

LAS VEGAS, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) and New Giza for Real Estate Development - an Egyptian company building a luxury, mixed-use community near the base of the famous pyramids - today announced plans to develop the MGM Grand New Giza. All equity funding for the development will be provided by New Giza for Real Estate Development. MGM MIRAGE will provide management services and brand fees through MGM MIRAGE Hospitality. Conveniently located 40 minutes from the...

2009-04-27 06:10:00

Vividly painted wooden coffins housing an anthology of pharaonic-era mummies were uncovered near the Lahun pyramid in Egypt, the director of the excavation said on Sunday.  The mud-brick Lahun pyramid is believed to be constructed by the pharaoh Senusret II in the 12th dynasty, who reigned 4,000 years ago.  According to Reuters, the mummies are the first to be discovered beneath the sand surrounding the pyramid in the depths of the desert rock, but the excavation team anticipates...

2009-02-24 14:56:52

The culture ministry said on Tuesday, that maintenance workers at Egypt's Giza Pyramids have found an ancient quartzite statue of a seated man buried close to the surface of the desert. The ministry said in a statement, that the statue was found north of the smallest of Giza's three main pyramids, which is the tomb of the fourth dynasty Pharaoh Mycerinus who ruled in the 26th century BC. The statue is of a man wearing a shoulder-length wig, sitting in a chair.  His right hand is clenched...

2009-02-09 13:10:00

The Egyptian government released a statement on Monday saying archaeologists there have found about 30 mummies and at least one unopened sarcophagus in a burial chamber about 4,300 years old. The chamber was uncovered in the desert on the western side of the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, one of the earliest large stone structures in the world, dating from about 2,650 BC. Egypt's top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, said the tomb was located at the bottom of a 36-foot deep shaft where twenty-two mummies...

2008-12-22 14:20:00

Archaeologists reported on Monday the discovery of two ancient tombs at Saqqara belonging to ancient Egyptian court officials. The pair of 4,300-year-old tombs were built for two high officials "“ one who was in charge of music and entertainment for pharaohs, and another for the quarries used to build the nearby pyramids. "The discovery of the two tombs are the beginning of a big, large cemetery," said Zahi Hawass, Egypt's antiquities chief, on Monday. One of the tombs belonged to Iya...

2008-12-18 08:30:00

Archaeologists unearthed three ancient statues, engraved with a hard to understand sub-Saharan language, believed to honor the god Amun. The ram statues are the first discovery of a complete royal dedication in Meroitic script. Previous statues were found only in fragments. Experts believe Meroitic is the oldest written sub-Saharan language; they date it back to the Meroe period of 300BC to AD450. Archaeologist Vincent Rondot noted the statues were "an important discovery", but he said the...

2008-11-11 13:20:00

Egypt's antiquities chief announced Tuesday the discovery of a pyramid buried in the desert and thought to belong to the mother of a pharaoh who ruled more than 4,000 years ago. Zahi Hawass said the pyramid, found about two months ago in the sand south of Cairo, probably housed the remains of Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti, who ruled from 2323 to 2291 BC and founded Egypt's Sixth Dynasty. "The only queen whose pyramid is missing is Sesheshet, which is why I am sure it belonged to...

2008-07-04 13:08:51

A cave buried beneath a Mexican pyramid has recently been re-opened by archeologists. The cavern, which has been sealed since its discovery in the 1970s, may hold clues to the mysterious collapse of one of ancient civilization's largest cities. The Aztecs discovered the Teotihuacán pyramids around 1500 AD, just before Spanish explorers arrived to Mexico.  The pyramids, which rest about an hour outside Mexico City, are now a major tourist destination. The civilization that built...

2008-06-06 17:15:00

Egypt's top archaeologist reported Thursday the identification of a severely eroded pyramid south of the capital city of Cairo. The pyramid has been attributed to the Fifth Dynasty Pharaoh Menkauhor, who ruled Egypt in the 24th century BC. Some archaeologists had associated the "ËœHeadless Pyramid', first described by the German archaeologist Lepsius in the 19th century, with the Tenth Dynasty Pharaoh Merykare, who ruled in the 20th century BC. But others associated the pyramid...

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