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In pictures: New pyramid found

Egyptian archaeologist at site of new pyramid in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on 11 November 2008

Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered another pyramid - the country's 118th so far - from the sands at Saqqara, just south of the capital Cairo.

Egyptian archaeologist at site of new pyramid in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on 11 November 2008

All that remains of the pyramid is a square-shaped structure. The site is already known as one of the most famous burial grounds for rulers of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian archaeologist at site of new pyramid in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on 11 November 2008

A senior Egyptian official said the 16ft-high (five-metre) remains originally stood about three times that height. In the coming weeks, experts expect to enter the burial chamber.

Workers at the site of new pyramid in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on 11 November 2008

The 4,300-year-old monument probably belonged to the queen mother of King Teti, the founder of Egypt's Sixth Dynasty, several hundred years after the building of the famed Great Pyramids of Giza.

Egyptian archaeologist at site of new pyramid in Saqqara, south of Cairo, on 11 November 2008

But they say the monument - which lies next to the previously-found pyramids of King Teti's two wives - is likely to have been looted by tomb raiders a long time ago.




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