Ok, I realize that most of my posts have been about Dr. Hawass this week, and I promise the article on the Djoser Pyramid complex is nearing completion. But one does have to wonder why he might have a lovely new post on his blog about the Bent Pyramid at Dashur..
After all, as informative as it is, the new post doesn’t really contain anything new. Of course, he is currently blogging about the pyramids in the vicinity of Dashur. I think I might know why..
The Bent Pyramid of Snefru at Dashur is interesting to behold. It isn’t as klunky as King Huni‘s Meidum Pyramid, or the fortress-like Black Pyramid. When you look at the Bent Pyramid you can really see where Snefru was going with the project. Unfortunately, the path he was taking to get there was a bit too steep.
It isn’t difficult to imagine Snefru shaking his head and saying “I want something more like this..” as he traces the outline of the future Red Pyramid. But there is just something, well, endearing about the Bent Pyramid, sort of like a speckled pup.
Dr. Hawass loves to build anticipation. Toward the end of his latest posting he reminisces:
I once came here with a group of my students from the American University in Cairo, and introduced them to my good friend Dr. Rainer Stadelmann, who has dedicated his life to the study of pyramids and was excavating at Dashur at the time. When we entered the pyramid we had an odd experience that is unique to the Bent Pyramid, and something that had been noted by earlier explorers. Standing within the pyramid you can sometimes feel cool air flowing from inside the pyramid to the exit.
Could this too be intended to build anticipation?
Is it possible that you, too, might soon be able to stand within the Bent Pyramid and feel the cool breeze?
Only if the Bent Pyramid, and possibly other previously inaccessible sites at Dashur are about to be opened to the public…
HINT: The fifth question down
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