Evidence of hidden pyramid discovered in Saqqara near Egypt’s oldest pyramid

Dr. Vasko Dobrev is an archaeologist with 30 years of experience working on sites in Egypt, and he recently revealed that he believes he’s found a long-hidden pyramid in the Saqqara desert. According to Ancient Origins, this latest discovery could be a harbinger of more pyramid discoveries:

“If (Dobrev) is proven right, it could mean that there are many more pyramids yet to be found in Egypt.”

The hidden pyramid for Pharaoh Userkare may be in Saqqara, home to Djoser’s famous step pyramid (Via Flickr)

Dobrev recently agreed to travel to Saqqara with British TV host Tony Robinson for a documentary entitled “Opening Egypt’s Great Tomb.” Saqqara is a burial site for ancient Egyptian royalty and is located near the former capital of the country in Memphis.


Saqqara is the same place that many of the old “step-pyramids” were built during the Old Kingdom:

“The first of this type of construction was built here for Pharaoh Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty by the architect Imhotep, but these monuments were not perfected until the reign of Snefru (reigned 2613 to 2589 BC). This Pharaoh, who established the 4th dynasty, constructed three pyramids, of which the best known is the Red Pyramid.”

The Old Kingdom era of ancient Egypt was known for its step pyramids (Via Flickr)
Looking For Hidden Pyramids


Out in the Egyptian desert, Dobrev used the modern technology — radiographic analysis — to help him locate buried pyramids, and he told his British guest that he thinks he has the exact location of the pyramid he’s seeking:


“He believes that a ‘new Pyramid may lie buried beneath the sand in the area of Saqqara South. It is located north-west of the burial place of Pharaoh Pepi I , in Tabbet al-Guesh. Dobrev told Robinson that Saqqara still has more wonders to reveal.”

Kneeling statue of Pharaoh Pepi I (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Since the area near Memphis is known for being the main burial site for Egyptian royalty, Dobrev believes the desert contains many hidden pyramids and other ancient structures that merely need to be found and unearthed. And that could provide new clues about ancient Egypt and its fascination with the afterlife the pyramids were meant to help convey royalty into.


What Lies Beneath The Sand?


Noting that no burial location for Pharoah Userkare (23rd century BC) has yet been unearthed, Dobrev took Robinson to a seemingly nondescript flat plain and noted that he’s convinced the base of a pyramid for Userkare is located in the area. And he explained why he thinks only a base was constructed for this particular pyramid:


“The Egyptologist argues that this pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty did not live long enough for his pyramid to be built. Curiosmos.com quotes Dobrov saying that the monarch, ‘may have only had time to create the pyramid base.’  The expert believes that the location was likely the site of the Userkare pyramid because it is near his father’s and other family members’ burial places.”

This scan of the desert was taken in an area where many pyramids may be hidden (Via Channel 5)

An unidentified structure in the area that was scanned shows something with sharp right angles, most likely a man-made structure such as a pyramid or burial chamber that has been beneath the sands for thousands of years.

“The structure is estimated to measure 240 ft by 240 ft (80m by 80m), based on the scan. Curiosmos.com reports this is ‘precisely the dimension of a pyramid spanning back to the period when Userkare reigned.'”

Traces of Stone


Indeed, when looking at the scans in the area of the possible Userkare pyramid base, it’s clear that a square structure does exist that could be a hidden pyramid. But that alone isn’t enough evidence to begin a massive effort to dig in the Saqqara desert. Instead, more research will need to be done, and that’s exactly what Professor Dobrev plans to do:


“There are no indications yet of any future plans to excavate the area where a lost pyramid may be buried. It seems likely that Dobrev will continue to work in the area as he has done for some three decades. If he is proven correct, there could be many more than the 120 currently known pyramids in Egypt.”

This informative documentary has more information on the lost tomb of Pharoah Userkare:



Featured image: Screenshot via YouTube

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