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Archaeologists have uncovered the “missing pyramid” of a pharaoh and a ceremonial procession road where high priests carried mummified remains of sacred bulls, Egypt’s antiquities chief said Thursday.
Zahi Hawass said the pyramid — of which only the base remains — is believed to be that of King Menkauhor, an obscure pharaoh who ruled for only eight years more than 4,000 years ago.
Only the pyramid’s base — or the superstructure, as archaeologists call it — was found after a 25-foot-high (7.6-meter-high) mound of sand was removed over the past year and a half by Hawass’ team.
The base was in a 15-foot-deep (4.6-meter-deep) pit dug out by workers, with heaps of huge rocks marking its entrance and walls. A burial chamber also was discovered.