Archaeologists have discovered eight previously unknown rooms in the pyramid of Pharaoh Sahura of the 5th dynasty, it is assumed that these are storage rooms. The discovery was made during restoration and conservation work inside the poorly preserved tomb, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The pyramid of Pharaoh Sahure, who reigned in the 25th century BC, is part of an extensive funerary complex at the Abusir necropolis between Giza and Saqqara. The original pyramid measured about 78 meters at the base and 48 meters in height. However, over time, especially since the late Roman era, it was used as a quarry, which led to serious damage to the interior.
The first study of the pyramid was carried out in 1836 by a British engineer John Perring. During his research, he discovered a room that he believed to be a burial chamber, as well as a supposed entrance to the storerooms, but due to the danger of collapse, this part remained inaccessible for inspection.
The restoration and conservation project of the Sakhur funerary complex began in 2019. During the work, Egyptian and German archaeologists were able to restore the eastern wall of the vestibule and discovered a passage presumably leading to the storerooms. After clearing this corridor, they discovered eight rooms believed to be storerooms, all of which were seriously damaged.
The discovery of these storerooms is an important development in the study of the structure of the interior of the Sahura pyramid, given its poor condition. This funerary complex became the starting point for many subsequent pharaohs of the 5th Dynasty and later rulers.