>> Monday, November 17, 2008
Earlier in the week, a pyramid was discovered beneath the sand in Egypt. The pyramid was found under 23 feet of sand. Experts say that the ruins are 4,300 years old. That is remarkable to me. The best part is, this pyramid is believed to be the tomb for Queen Sesheshet, mother of Pharaoh Teti. According to National Geographic, experts have even been able to determine how tall the pyramid may have been and at what angles the walls were built. There is a good video at Scientific American that you can watch from the dig site.
Pyramids are structures that have triangular sides that meet at a point above a base. Commonly, these bases are square (think Giza and Cholula) and triangular bases are also common in geometric structures. Many of the pyramids around the world were built in what many consider "pre-history" but since those are adding to our history as well, it is just REALLY ancient history! The ones in Central and North America are more recent, but also hold records! Some of the pyramid shaped mounds in North America have larger bases than the Great Pyramid at Giza but are more flat, and the one at Cholula (mentioned above) actually holds the record for the largest in the world! This site has great pictures from a trip they took there.
The pyramid at Cholula is huge, but some people are saying that it is NOT the largest pyramid.
In 2006, a Bosnian businessman claims to have found the worlds largest pyramid... in Bosnia. Many archaeologist have scoffed the idea from the beginning claiming he is a fraud. There are lots of articles that were published early on after the claims were made, but only the "official" site of the Bosnian Pyramid keeps updating and posting the finds that they have. Is it a hoax? I guess we will find out soon enough. Either way, finding more amazing structures really helps us get a better understanding of our ancestry. The new finds in Egypt are the second this year.
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