bnt-tabOk, 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 Dashur (courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The Bent Pyramid of Dashur (courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

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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Hawass made an announcement back in March this year that the chambers of the Bent pyramid would be opened to the public within the next month or two from then. He also said in that press release that the pyramid of Amenemhet III, otherwise known as the ‘Black’ pyramid would also open to the public. I wonder if that’s still part of the plan?

Hawass also stated last year that by 2009 he wanted every pyramid in Egypt to be open to the public. Now wouldn’t that be great! We’ll see.

That Abusir and the tombs at south Saqqara are opening soon is also great news.

Looking forward to your Djoser article.

August 12th, 2009 at 4:39 am

Thanks for catching that, Vincent! Peer review is a Very Good Thing!

So my big news is actually 5 months old. That bites. Oh well, part of sifting through Dr. Hawass’ presentation, and to a lesser degree the interview, was trying to get a handle on what was actually breaking news and what was review. He tends to invest both with a good deal of enthusiasm!

He did also mention Abusir and hinted other tombs, but did not mention ALL the pyramids. Man, that would be a dream come true. I am trying to get back in the next couple of years, so even being able to hit most of the pyramids would make the trip well worth it.

Thansk again for the catch, and the additional news!

August 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

That would be great if he opens the 5th Dynasty pyramids in Abusir, I will probably have to schedule a trip soon.

Awesome news!

August 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

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