‘Egypt’s Lost Pyramid’ – links & further reading

UPDATE 19 AUGUST 2020: For anyone who missed the live performances of this talk online, a recorded version is now available on YouTube and here:

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to my talk on ‘Egypt’s Lost Pyramid’, I hope you all enjoyed it. As promised, and as with my previous online talks, here’s a quick guide to resources online, further reading etc. should you wish to take your interest in any of the themes covered further.

In 2017 an Egyptian Mission discovered a previously unknown pyramid at the site of Dahshur & it seemed the burial chamber was intact… I was lucky enough to visit to make a film when the tomb was opened. This is the story.

First of all, my slides are here:

The talk is partly based on, ‘Egypt’s Lost Pyramid’ was broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 in October 2019 and is available via All4 here. It subsequently appeared on the Smithsonian Channel in North America as ”Mystery of the Lost Pyramid’, see here. UPDATE 19 August 2020: The film has now aired on SBS in Australia and is available for catch up via SBS On Demand here.

My interactive map (in Google Maps) of the Memphite pyramid fields is here, and another showing the location of the ‘lost pyramid’ is here.

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Google Map of the southern part of Dahshur where the ‘Lost Pyramid’ was discovered by Dr Okasha and his Ministry of Antiquities team in 2017.

The initial discovery of the pyramid by Dr Adel Okasha and his team from the ministry of Antiquities was reported in the press, see e.g. here.

Somebody asked if I could post my list of Egyptian pharaohs from from the First Dynasty to the Thirtieth with dates and the location of their tombs where know. You’ll find it here. the list was put together in response to a question from Dan Snow about how many tombs there might be left to find, following the publication of my book, Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt. I discussed the issue with Dan on his History Hit podcast, which you can listen to here.

The ‘Turin Canon’ or ‘Turin Kinglist’ which provides a rare mention of pharaoh Ameny Qemau is discussed in detail by Kim Ryholt here. Professor Ryholt is the world’s leading authority on this source and in particular its implications for our understanding of the late Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period. His research was published as The Political Situation in Egypt During the Second Intermediate Period c. 1800-1550 BC.


The diagrams and plans I showed during the discussion of the evolution of pyramid building were mostly taken from Lehner, The Complete Pyramids, which remains the definitive overview of the subject. It’s out of print now but you’ll be able to find second-hand copies on Amazon and Abebooks and elsewhere. The exception to this is the section drawing of the pyramid of princess Neferuptah which comes from Dodson, The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. The plans in this are excellent.

The Ministry of Antiquities Newsletter which included the report on the opening of the burial chamber and photo of the canopic box appears is here. Other issues of the Newsletter are available here.

All photos are, with a couple of exceptions, my own.

If you have any questions on the subject please let me know via this page, and I’ll try to answer them when I can!