sábado, 5 de diciembre de 2009

Exclusive: New Discoveries at Snefru´s Pyramid at Seila


The three day Egypt symposium, last weekend in Toronto, yielded a number of interesting finds
As Heritage Key has reported, researchers unravelled evidence showing that the husband of Djedmaatesankh, a mummy in the Royal Ontario museum, is now located in Chicago. Also, a large amount of info was presented on the discovery of an Amarna era fortress at Tell el-Borg. A detailed article on this can be seen here.
Another key piece of research, released at the symposium, is an excavation project at the Seila pyramid.
Professor Kerry Muhlestein, of Brigham Young University, delivered an update last weekend on research going on there. He is Assistant Director of the university´s excavation projects in Egypt.
A Brigham Young team excavated the pyramid in the 1980´s and 1990´s. Much of their work has yet to be published. Professor Muhlestein said that they are working on getting all of it into publication as soon as possible. (Note - it is not unusual, in archaeology, for full publication of results to take many years).
Muhlestein also told the audience that the university sent a team of engineers out to the Seila Pyramid last year. The engineers, using sophisticated GPS equipment, created a map of the pyramid and and a digital reconstruction. They also analyzed the site´s topography.
The pyramid was built by Snefru, the father of Khufu and first king of the Fourth Dynasty. Snefru built two pyramids at Dashur – the Red and the Bent Pyramid. He also built a pyramid at Meidum (although some think that his predecessor, Huni, started it). Snefru was the first pharaoh to construct `true´ pyramids rather than step-pyramids.

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