Pyramid of Ameny Qemau

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Pyramid of Ameny Qemau
Plan-complexe-ameni-kemaou copie.jpg
Layout of substructures of the pyramid of Ameny Qemau in Dashur
Ameny Qemau
Coordinates 29°46′54″N 31°13′17″E / 29.78167°N 31.22139°E / 29.78167; 31.22139Coordinates: 29°46′54″N 31°13′17″E / 29.78167°N 31.22139°E / 29.78167; 31.22139
Constructed c. 1790 BC[1]
Type True pyramid now ruined
Height 35 metres (115 ft)
Base 52 metres (171 ft)

The Pyramid of Ameny Qemau is located in southern Dahshur. It was constructed c. 1790 BC for Ameny Qemau, the 5th king of the 13th Dynasty during the Second Intermediate Period.[1] The stone constituting its upper structure has been entirely robbed but the damaged substructures remain. The pyramid was discovered by Charles Arthur Musès in 1957 and excavated in 1968. The pyramid originally stood 35 metres (115 ft) high with a base length of 52 metres (171 ft). The burial chamber comprised from a single colossal block of quartzite similar to those of Amenemhat III and Sekhemre Khutawy Sobekhotep, with receptacles for the sarcophagus and the canopic jars hewn out of the interior of the block. [2]

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  1. ^ a b K.S.B. Ryholt: The Political Situation in Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period, c.1800-1550 BC, Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications, vol. 20. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 1997
  2. ^ Mark Lehner: The Complete Pyramids, London: Thames and Hudson (1997), p.185 ISBN 0-500-05084-8.