Egypt Independent

French-Swiss archaeological mission unearth mini-pyramid in Saqqara



The French-Swiss archaeological mission unearthed a mini-pyramid, made of pink granite, in South Saqqara on the outskirts of Egypt’s Giza Province, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday.

General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), General Mostafa al-Waziri, said that the discovered mini-pyramid is 130 cm height and the size of each side is 35 cm. The size of the pyramid’s base is 110 cm.

Waziri pointed out that the mini-pyramid was supposedly covered with gold or copper and its upper part was partially damaged.

He added that the surface of the lower part is filled with dirt. Its bottom had been smoothed and punctured to be placed it on the top of the pyramid.

The mission’s chief, Philip Clumber, said that the mini-pyramid was discovered south of the pyramid of King Pepi II, a pharaoh of the Sixth dynasty, where side pyramid of mother of King Pepi II, Queen Ankhesenpepi II, was built, but has not been discovered yet.

Head of Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Ayman Ashmawy, highlighted that the mission managed to discover several secrets of Paranoiac monuments in Saqqara. It unveiled the upper part of a huge obelisk of Queen Ankh S.N. Bibi on October 4 in as well as the queen’s complete funerary collections.