|4,600-year-old step pyramid discovered near the modern town of Edfu, Egypt. |
Image credit: Oriental Institute
The pyramid belongs to a series of almost identical small pyramids that have been discovered near several provincial centers in Egypt such as Elephantine, Hierakonpolis, Naqada, Abydos, Zawiet el-Meitin near Minya, and Seila in the Fayum.
According to an inscription found at Elephantine that can be linked directly to this pyramid, the whole group dates to the reign of Pharaoh Huni (around 2600 BC), last ruler of the 3rd Dynasty.
The monument is situated north of the modern village of al-Ghonemiya – between the edge of the desert and the cultivated areas of the Nile Valley, about 5 km south of Tell Edfu and at 25 km south of the pyramid of al-Kula, which is linked to the major Predynastic site of Hierakonpolis.
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Hierakonpolis (Nekhen) was a Predynastic shrine city dedicated to Horus. The priests there were Horites. During the 1897/1898 field season, British archaeologist J. E. Quibell found what is called the “Narmer Palette” at Nekhen. The Narmer Palette illustrates Narmer’s unification of the Nilotic peoples. Noah likely would have known this prestigious city which was on the Nile. Noah lived about 2490-2415 B.C. when the Sahara was wet. This step pyramid predates Noah by about 200 years.
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