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History of the Tombs & Pyramids of Ancient Egypt for Kids - The Hidden Pyramid

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A comprehensive guide and fact sheet about the Hidden Pyramid. Discover fascinating facts and information about ancient Egypt and Hidden Pyramid.
 
Discovered by Egyptian archaeologist Zakariya Ghunaim
Covered in the desert sands it was called the 'Hidden Pyramid'.
Built by the architect Imhotep
Constructed as a tomb for King Sekhemkhet
Description of the Sekhemkhet  burial complex at Saqqara
The pyramids of ancient Egypt
The tomb of the Pharaoh the unfinished monument to Sekhemkhet
An overview of the Hidden Pyramids of Sekhemkhet & ancient Egypt

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Hidden Pyramid
Learn about the ancient pyramids of Egypt, and the tombs of the pharaohs including the tomb of King Sekhemkhet, the fast and easy way via the Hidden Pyramid Fact sheets. The 'Hidden Pyramid' of Sekhemkhet at Saqqara was important to the history of pyramids as its construction was initiated following the building of the First Step Pyramid of King Djoser.
 

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Fact 1 on Hidden Pyramid:

The Djoser step pyramid at Saqqara began as a traditional, flat-roofed Mastaba Tomb.

Mastaba

Traditional mastaba
 

Fact 2 on Hidden Pyramid:

Additional 'steps' or tiers were added by the architect Imhotep that were made of stone, creating the famous step pyramid at Saqqara.

Djoser's Step Pyramid at Saqqara

King Djoser's Step Pyramid at Saqqara
 

Fact 3 on Hidden Pyramid:

King Sekhemkhet succeeded King Djoser to the throne of Egypt and he and Imhotep started to prepare the tomb of the new King.
 

Fact 4 on Hidden Pyramid:

The building of the funerary complex of King Sekhemkhet and the construction of the second pyramid was located southwest of Djoser's pyramid at Saqqara. It included a pyramid, a subterranean structure and a necropolis complex.
 

Fact 5 on Hidden Pyramid:

The second of the pyramids of Egypt was designed to be bigger than that of King Djoser with seven, rather than six, 'steps'.
 

Fact 6 on Hidden Pyramid:

The first stones were laid inwards at a 15 degree slope and its base measured115 meters (377 feet).
 

Fact 7 on Hidden Pyramid:

It is estimated that had the Sekhemkhet structure been completed it would have risen 70 meters (230 feet) above its base. King Djoser's great tomb measured 62 metres (203 feet).
 

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Step Pyramid at Saqqara

Djoser Step Pyramid at Saqqara

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Learn about the ancient pyramids of Egypt, and the tombs of the pharaohs, the fast and easy way via the Hidden Pyramid Fact sheet.
 

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Fact 8 on Hidden Pyramid:

The burial chamber for Sekhemkhet was built 30 meters (100 feet) below the base of the pyramid and accessed by passages, corridors and shafts. The burial chamber has a base measurement of 8.8 m (29 feet) x 5.18m (17 feet) and a height of 4.5m (15 feet).
 

Fact 9 on Hidden Pyramid:

The plan of the Sekhemkhet structure consisted of three parts: the chapel, the passages, and the sepulchral vault.
 

Fact 10 on Hidden Pyramid:

The passages led to a series of chambers designed for storage. Evidence of offering were found including the bones of various animals.
 

Fact 11 on Hidden Pyramid:

The funerary complex of King Sekhemkhetwas surrounded by a wall that was over 10 meters high (33 feet).
 

Fact 12 on Hidden Pyramid:

The burial tomb contained gold, jewelry, chests, and jars that were inscribed with the name of the king. There was also a stone sarcophagus (outer coffin) but when opened there was no mummy, the coffin was empty.
 

Fact 13 on Hidden Pyramid:

Only the first 'step' was completed. The king died suddenly. Only the first step of the monument had been built, leaving a shape of a large Mastaba, in which the king was buried.
 

Fact 14 on Hidden Pyramid:

The second pyramid to be built by the ancient Egyptians in honor of King Sekhemkhet was not discovered until 1952.
 

Fact 15 on Hidden Pyramid:

The funerary complex was discovered Egyptian archaeologist Muhammad Zakariya Ghunaim (19051959).
 

Fact 16 on Hidden Pyramid:

It was covered in the desert sands, and therefore given the title of the 'Hidden Pyramid'.
 

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