Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered the remains of
a 4,500-year-old pyramid.
The edifice, outside Cairo, is believed to contain the tomb of
an unidentified Egyptian queen.
It is the 110th pyramid to be uncovered in Egypt and the first
for four years.
Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of the
Antiquities, said it was an exciting find.
"When we discover in Egypt a tomb or statue, it's something
important. But when we discover a pyramid, it's the most important
thing," he said.
Mr Hawass said a Swiss team found the pyramid "completely by
They were excavating the burial site of fourth dynasty Pharaoh
Dedefre (or Redjedef, the Greek version of his name), son of Khufu (Cheops),
when they came across sharply cut blocks protruding from the ground
above a square base.
The team spent two months investigating the pyramid, which was
buried five metres (fifteen feet) underground and contained three
Mr Hawass said the archaeologists found part of a limestone
sarcophagus, pieces of pottery and an alabaster jar used to store
human innards following mummification.