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The Step Pyramid was built on top of a prototypical grain silo that was converted into a tomb

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The Step Pyramid complex of Djoser contains a dozen shafts that appear to be grain storage bins accessible via tunnels connected to the bottom of the pits and linking to a central open stairwell. Interestingly, there is a shaft with similar dimensions right underneath the center of the Step Pyramid. The shaft obviously predates the pyramid. Access to the shaft was via a closed in stairwell linking to tunnels around it’s base. It would appear that this was a prototype grain silo. Ventilation would have been a problem and it was likely that it was abandoned as a silo once the better ventilated silos were operational. The abandoned silo was subsequently used as a burial chamber for the Pharaoh when he died in the 5th year of the famine. It was encased with ornate limestone and sealed with a granite slab after the pharaoh’s sarcophagus had been lowered into it. A mastaba was built on top of it using solid limestone blocks. Successive mastabas were added to bury the the Pharaoh’s 3 wives and 11 daughters. The result was the Stepped Pyramid.

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Written by gospelclips

November 12, 2015 at 10:42 am

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  1. It’s usually accepted practice to quote your source material.
    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.685420?v=BB041BEF69EC3AA63224DAC188E5D15B

    Julia

    November 16, 2015 at 10:49 am

    • It is based on an analysis of the shaft and tunnel systems and similarities to other pits of shafts that were use to store grain.
      This is unlike any mastaba previously built.

      gospelclips

      November 17, 2015 at 3:59 am


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