The Egyptian-German archaeological mission in the Abu Sir region succeeded in uncovering for the first time a series of storerooms inside the pyramid of King Sahure in Giza.
According to the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri, this discovery sheds light on the architectural philosophy of the pyramid of King Sahure, the second king of the Fifth Dynasty (2400 BC) and the first king to be buried in Abu Sir in Giza (west of Cairo).
Waziri added that the discovered warehouses will be made available for future study as soon as the mission finishes its work, and will also be opened to receive Egyptian and foreign visitors in the near future.
The Egyptian-German archaeological mission began its work at the site in 2019 through the conservation and restoration project for the Pyramid of King Sahure, with support from the Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF), affiliated with the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE). In order to protect the internal parts of the Pyramid of Sahure.
The number of warehouses discovered was about 8, according to Dr. Muhammad Ismail Khaled, head of the mission, pointing out that although the northern and southern parts of the warehouse area were severely damaged, especially the ceiling and floor, it is still possible to see the remains of the original walls and parts of the floor.
He added that the discovered storerooms were restored and carefully archaeologically documented, which greatly contributed to understanding the interior design of King Sahure’s pyramid.
The work team also succeeded in revealing the original dimensions and design of the front room of King Sahure's burial chamber, which was damaged over time, as its eastern wall suffered severe damage, and only the northeastern corner and a small part of the eastern wall could be discovered. However, the mission built new supporting walls in place of the demolished ones.
The mission also succeeded in uncovering traces of a low corridor that had been mentioned by the English architect John Bering, who was considered one of the first explorers of the interior design of the pyramid in 183 AD, when he mentioned that this corridor was full of debris and rubbish, and that he could not enter due to the collapsed state of the pyramid’s construction. This low corridor may lead to a group of storerooms for storing funerary furniture.
Source: RT - Publication date: 09/28/2023 https://r.rtarabic.com/w4ks