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Egypt finds remains of 3,700-year-old pyramid

An undated handout photo from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities showing the remains of a 13th dynasty pyramid at Dahshur (3 April 2017) Image copyright EPA
Image caption The beginning of a corridor was uncovered during the initial excavations

The remains of a pyramid built some 3,700 years ago have been discovered in Egypt, the antiquities ministry says.

An interior corridor and a block engraved with 10 hieroglyphic lines were among the finds at the Dahshur royal necropolis, south of Cairo.

The ministry said they were in very good condition and that excavation work was continuing to try to reveal more and establish the size of the pyramid.

It is believed to have been built during the 13th pharaonic dynasty.

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Image caption An alabaster block engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines was also among the finds

Dahshur is where King Sneferu of the 4th Dynasty built ancient Egypt's first true smooth-sided pyramid, the 104m-high (341ft) Red Pyramid, about 4,600 years ago.

He also constructed an earlier version, the 105m-high Bent Pyramid, whose slopes change angle from 54 degrees to 43 degrees about halfway up.

Sneferu was succeeded by his son Khufu, the renowned builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza, which is 138m high and was a wonder of the ancient world.

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