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Men and camels in shallow flood water with pyramids in background, c.1890

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Hello! Might be kind of a random and probably a silly question but do we know for certain that the pyramids at Giza held a pharaoh's remains at some point? I read somewhere that the coffin in Khufu's pyramid is too small to have held human remains and I'm not sure about the other two pyramids. What about the Queen's pyramids, too? In general, is it safe to assume that each pyramid housed a mummified body at some point?

We cannot say for certain whether the Pyramid actually held the remains of Khufu, unfortunately. Even in antiquity the pyramid had been looted, so if he ever was buried there, then even the Greeks and Romans didn’t know it (tbf it was a good 2500 years after his burial that they arrived. There’s even documented evidence of Ramesses II visiting the Pyramids and repairing them. They’d been left to rot effectively). 

As for Khufu’s coffin, the inner part where the body would go is 1.98m in length and 0.68m in width. So basically it could hold someone who was 6ft 4, though probably less because there would have been a wooden inner coffin too.  

In Khafre’s pyramid there is evidence of burial in that the bones of a bull, likely sacrificial, have been found, but we also know the tomb was robbed in Antiquity by the Egyptians themselves. 18th Dynasty investigations tell us this. If Khafre was ever there, then the evidence is long gone. 

In Menkhaure’s Pyramid a wooden anthropoid coffin and bones were discovered, but these were later proved to belong to the Saite Period and the bones to the Roman period. This is likely a case of Romans messing with ancient sites as they were wont to do in Egypt. They liked to restore them to some sort of order. There was a basalt sarcophagus, which was removed from the pyramid but is currently at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea as it was on a ship that sunk in 1838. The Saite period anthropoid coffin is currently in the British Museum. 

The Queen’s Pyramids do not actually contain anything, and probably never did. It’s a popular myth that they belonged to ‘Queens’ mainly due to Herodotus and his writings about the Pyramids and Khufu himself. However, a burial, sans body, was found of Queen Hetepheres I who is most likely Khufu’s mother. Her burial goods can be found in the Cairo Museum.

As for mummification, it wasn’t really practiced during the Old Kingdom. It was just beginning to take form, but the mummies you see are nothing like the mummies one would expect. They’re faces are packed out with plaster and sawdust, and they’re also covered in plaster too. Mummification only really became an art during the New Kingdom, some 2000 years later. Though if we’re talking about early mummies, the canopic jars of Hetepheres show the earliest attempts at organ removal and possible body preservation. 

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Sunset at the Pyramid of Khafre and Sphinx

Sunset at the Pyramid of Khafre and Sphinx

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Un equipo de arqueólogos descubre una esfinge, durante unos trabajos para purificar las aguas subterráneas del templo de Kom Ombo en el sur de Egipto.

La figura con cuerpo de animal y cara humana es relativamente pequeña, de 28 cm de ancho. Su cabeza está decorada con un ureus (prenda real con la imagen de la diosa Uadyet). También porta barba postiza, característica del faraón. Está en excelentes condiciones, incluso se han conservado algunos restos de policromia en los ojos, las cejas y las pupilas.

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A day tour to the Pyramids of Giza. Standing in front of this massive architectural buildings makes you overwhelmed by what technique was available then to be able to build such massive constructions. The pharaohs should be precise and intelligent to make something to last thousand of years.

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Resting camels gaze across the desert sands of Giza to the famed Egyptian Pyramids outside Cairo. Photo by Dave Bartruff