Africa: Pyramids / Black Pyramid

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The so-called ‘Black Pyramid’ of Amenemhet III is located at Dahshur east of the Bent pyramid. Built on low ground near Lake Dahshur and with clay foundations the location was perhaps not the most ideal. During the Middle Kingdom, pyramids were built with mud brick instead of quarried stone. This meant that once the casing was removed by robbers who wanted to use it for their own building purposes, the mud brick core would be vulnerable to erosion from the elements. This is what gives the pyramid it’s unusual appearance as only the inner mudbrick blocks remain.


 

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