Unfinished pyramid of Sekhemkhet

Unfinished pyramid of Sekhemkhet


Saqqara, Egypt (EG)
The unfinished pyramid of Sekhemkhet is located just southwest of the pyramid of Unas. It appears today has a trench partly filled with sand. Some of the superstructure still remains. The perimeter wall, in a palace facade motif can also be seen just north of the trench. The pyramid was discovered by Egyptian Egyptologist Zakaria Goneim in 1950. A scandal erupted in the late 1950's, in the end Goneim committed suicide. On that same day Lauer found the object in the Cairo museum that Goneim supposedly stole. A very tragic ending to one of the most important discoveries of the Old Kingdom.
The unfinished pyramid of Sekhemkhet is located just southwest of the pyramid of Unas. It appears today has a trench partly filled with sand. Some of the superstructure still remains. The perimeter wall, in a palace facade motif can also be seen just north of the trench. The pyramid was discovered by Egyptian Egyptologist Zakaria Goneim in 1950. A scandal erupted in the late 1950's, in the end Goneim committed suicide. On that same day Lauer found the object in the Cairo museum that Goneim supposedly stole. A very tragic ending to one of the most important discoveries of the Old Kingdom.
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Links: egyptphoto.ncf.ca
By: kjfitz

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