The mud-brick Lahun or El-Lahun pyramid was first discovered by British archaeologist William Petrie in 1889 in Fayoum, about 60 miles southwest of Cairo. In 2009, archaeologists discovered a cache of pharaonic-era mummies in brightly-colored, painted wooden coffins, Reuters reported at the time.
“The conservation work of Lahun Pyramid includes the removal of debris found inside the pyramid’s corridors and burial chamber and installing wooden stairs to facilitate its entrance,” Mostafa Waziri, General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said in a statement.
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“It also includes re-installing the fallen stones in the hall and corridor to its original location after restoration, as well as restoring the deteriorated stones of its floor and installing a new lighting system.”
a granite coffin is shown inside the pyramid of Senusret II, known as el-Lahun Pyramid, in Faiyum, Egypt. Li Yan/Xinhua via Newscom
The pyramid was built during the reign of 12th dynasty pharaoh Senusret II, who ruled Egypt from 1897 B.C. to 1878 B.C., according to the antiquities ministry.
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The pyramid’s entrance lies on its southern rather than the northern side, unlike most of Egyptian pyramids.
In the same complex, artifacts were also discovered in one of the Middle Kingdom tombs on the southern side of the pyramid.
Ostraka and splinters of picket coffins dated back to varied epochs of Ancient Egypt, were found within the grave.
The General Secretary explained that the new-discovered grave was used over and over throughout subsequent epochs.
Various picket masks of men, juniors and girls were found there. a number of those masks were well inscribed to point out countenances of the face. however some others either were in unhealthy manner but or worn.
He delineate those masks as artifacts showing accuracy and expertise of engraving created by ancient Egyptians.
Doaa al-Nashar, a restoration specialist, that some wooden masks perfectly carved for men were found inside the tomb, indicating that the ancient Egyptians believed the soul could return after death to the body wearing an artistic piece.