Ancient tombs predating egypt
While many are unaware of this, there is a Pyramid (now in ruins) in Greece referred to as the ‘Pyramid of Hellinikon ‘ which according to studies is older than the oldest Pyramid of ancient Egypt by at least 100 years (Djoser – 2620 B.
C.) and predates by at least 170 years, the Great Pyramid Giza (Khufu – 2550 B. Whenever we hear the word ‘Pyramid’ we always jump in our minds to ancient Egypt, and their supermassive, majestic Pyramids.
However, despite the fact that Egypt is well-known for its three main pyramids at the Giza plateau, the truth is that there are thousands of pyramids scattered across the globe.
There are pyramids nearly on every continent on Earth.
There are pyramids in America, in Europe, in Asia, and even in India.
And curiously, one of the European pyramids is located in Greece and is known as the pyramid of Hellenikon in Argos, Greece.
The Pyramid of Greece (now in ruins) was well described in ancient times and Pausanias—a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD, who lived in the time of Roman emperors Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius—documented the structure in his Description of Greece, referring to it as the Pyramid of Hellinikon close to Argos.
If reports are accurate, the Greek Pyramid could be older than the oldest Pyramid of ancient Egypt by at least 100 years (Djoser – 2620 B. However, later research by the Academy of Athens and the University of Edinburgh placed the monument to around 2720 BCE.
C.) and predates by 170 years the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu – 2550 B. Dating measurements were performed by the Laboratory of Archaeometry at Dimokritos Research Institute in Athens and by the Nuclear Dating Laboratory of the Department of Physics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. If the dates of the construction of the Pyramid are correct, it would mean that his Greek Pyramid is OLDER than the Pyramid of Djoser in Egypt—considered the oldest of all Egyptian pyramids.
While incomparable in size to its Egyptian counterparts, the pyramid of Hellinikon has the shape of a tour with its external sides sloping and surrounding a rectangular building of total dimensions 7,03 by 9,07 m.
The ancient Pyramid was built from gray limestone of the area together with large blocks in a trapezoidal and partially polygonal system.
El-Kurru was one of the royal cemeteries used by the Nubian royal family. Most of the pyramids date to the early part of the Kushite period, from Alara of Nubia (795–752 BC) to King Nastasen (335–315 BC). The central section seems to be the oldest and contains several tumulus type tombs that predate the Kingdom of Napata.