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Egyptian Archaeologists Discover Ancient Pyramid


Egyptian archaeologists have announced the discovery of a 4,300-year-old pyramid in the sands south of Cairo.

They say the structure was found in the ancient burial grounds of Saqqara two months ago.

Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told reporters Tuesday the pyramid likely belonged to Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti, who founded Egypt's Sixth Dynasty.

Cultural authorities say the structure originally reached about 14 meters high, but only the five-meter-high base remains. They say thieves likely have already looted any treasure that was in the pyramid, the 118th found in Egypt.

Two of King Teti's wives are buried nearby.

Archaeologists have found ancient papyrus texts referring to Queen Sesheshet and her troubles with hair loss, but they never found clues to her burial ground.

Saqqara is perched high above Cairo on a desert plateau that stretches for 70 kilometers. It was a burial ground for the rulers of ancient Egypt.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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