Transitions in Pyramid Orientation. New Evidence from the Seila Pyramid
Pyramids, Ancient Egypt, Papyri
Snefru, first king of the Fourth Dynasty, developed the true pyramid and set a new design for pyramid complexes that would be followed closely thenceforth. The architectural elements of his pyramids represent a transition period. One of those transitions is a change from a primarily north-south orientation to that of primarily east-west. While much of the evidence for this transition has long been known, excavations from his small pyramid at Seila add more information about this transition. Much of the information about the Seila Pyramid has not been previously published. Herein we outline some of that evidence, demonstrating that the Seila Pyramid has elements of ritual activity on both the northern and eastern side of the pyramid, including a northern altar, statue and offering table, and an eastern ritual porch, stelae and causeway
Original Publication Citation
“Transitions in Pyramid Orientation: new evidence from the Seila Pyramid,” Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur, 44/1 (2015): 249-258, tables 37-38.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Muhlestein, Kerry, "Transitions in Pyramid Orientation. New Evidence from the Seila Pyramid" (2015). Faculty Publications. 3509.