Pyramid of Ahmose

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Pyramid of Ahmose
Pyramid of Ahmose, Abydos, 1998.png
Pyramid of Ahmose, Abydos.
Ahmose I, 18th Dynasty
Coordinates 26°10′30″N 31°56′16″E / 26.17500°N 31.93778°E / 26.17500; 31.93778Coordinates: 26°10′30″N 31°56′16″E / 26.17500°N 31.93778°E / 26.17500; 31.93778
Type cenotaph
Material sand and rubble inside a limestone casing
Height 40 m (130 ft)
Base 52.5 m (172 ft)
Slope 60°

The Pyramid of Ahmose was built not as a tomb, but a cenotaph for pharaoh Ahmose I at the necropolis of Abydos, Egypt. It was the only royal pyramid built in this area. Today only a pile of rubble remains, reaching a height of about 10 m.

The pyramid was first examined by Arthur Mace and Charles Trick Currelly in 1899. In 1993 Stephen P. Harvey conducted intensive excavations on the area surrounding the pyramid.

The pyramid was constructed from sand and rubble and only the usual limestone casing kept the building in shape. It had a base length of 52.5 m (172 ft) and was about 40 m (130 ft) high. The inclination of the sides was 60°.

It did not feature any chambers for burial. Around the pyramid were a number of temples and also a small cenotaph pyramid for his grandmother Tetisheri.

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