Egypt boasts three renowned pyramids on the Giza Plateau. Built by the fourth dynasty pharaohs, Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, these monumental structures epitomize the zenith of ancient Egyptian civilization. However, nearby Abu Rawash remains a hidden gem, where ongoing excavations hint at the existence of Egypt’s lost fourth pyramid. Led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, a team of international archaeologists and Egyptologists has been granted access to this enigmatic site. Their quest is to unravel the mysteries surrounding this forgotten pyramid and determine its true nature.
Was it a pyramid or a different structure altogether? Why did the ancient Egyptians select this inhospitable location for their grand monument? Perched atop a natural hill, Abu Rawash offers a unique perspective on ancient architectural choices. Legend attributes this pyramid to Pharaoh Djedefre, a figure mired in intrigue and power struggles. This investigation uncovers the endless possibilities within Egypt’s rich history, reminding us that there is much yet to be discovered about this remarkable civilization.
Top image: Pyramid of Djedefre at Abu Rawash. Credit: Jon Bodsworth