Guardian's Dahshur
The Bent Pyramid

NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME:
Enter the Bent Pyramid!

Read more about the Bent Pyramid HERE

The interior of the Bent pyramid is largely unpublished and there are no color pictures easily available to visit it. Now, for the first time, HERE, you can explore much of the interior.


Descending Passageway of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

The Bent Pyramid is the only known pyramid from the Old Kingdom to have two separate entrances on two different faces. One is on the traditional north face, while the other is on the west face. We will enter from the north side. The entrance is presently protected by a metal door which is locked. I was granted special permission to photograph the interior. This first picture shows the uppermost portion of the descending passageway just beyond the door. In the foreground are leather buckets which are used to excavate and carry away sand and debris. You can see displacement of some of the blocks which line that passageway.

At the bottom of the descending passageway is a short section that levels off into a shallow depression. Presently there are wood planks across this. Past this, we enter the antechamber for these chambers. Descending Passageway of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved
First antechamber of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved Here's the bottom of the descending passageway looking back up from the beginning of the antechamber. This antechamber is narrow and has a corbelled ceiling, which has a roughened appearance. The walls also appear undressed in places suggesting that this passage may have been unfinished.

BELOW: Looking up in the antechamber at the corbelled ceiling.

RIGHT: At the south end of the antechamber is a steep ledge. A wooden ladder is in place which leads to the main chamber.

Chamber of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2001 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

First antechamber of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

 

To the left is a view of the corbelled ceiling of the antechamber as seen from the first chamber. The wooden pieces seen in this photo are modern. You can see how the closer section of the corbelling is rougher and the portion further back is more finely finished. As you turn around 180 degrees you take your first look into the lower chamber.


Entering the chamber looking upward, you can see the corbelled ceiling with the modern scaffolding. A ladder, almost 50 foot in length, leads to a connecting passage between this set of chambers and the passageway and chambers that are accessed from the western entrance. Bent Pyramid - Lower chamber looking upward - Copyright (c) 2001 Andrew Bayuk, All Rights Reserved
Niche in the southeast corner of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved


ABOVE: At the southeast corner of the first chamber is a niche-like opening, which, when this picture was taken was filled with rubble.  This area continues upward rising to a blind passage. 

Looking up the south wall from the base of the same short passage. If you look carefully above this short passage you can see a small corbelled niche which is an outlet to the blind passage that rises upward from the bottom opening:
Looking up the south wall of the first chamber in the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur -- (c) Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

Left: This opening has since been cleaned and underneath the rubble is a smooth finished floor.

 Bent Pyramid - Lower Chamber Niche looking up - Copyright (c) 2001 Andrew Bayuk, All Rights Reserved
Above: This picture, taken more recently, is a view looking up from within this opening. You can see the inside of the corbelled niche to the right. In the center you can see that the upward shaft ends blindly with a smoothly finished ceiling.

Here's a better look at that corbelled niche from within the lower main chamber:


Bent Pyramid - Lower chamber niche - Copyright (c) 2001 Andrew Bayuk, All Rights Reserved

Climbing the long ladder leads to a passageway that connects the main lower chamber with another chamber that is accessed from the opening on the western face. Here is the top of the ladder and the opening of that connecting passageway:


Corbelled ceiling of the chamber of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

 

 

The top portion of the corbelling of the main chamber as seen from the connecting passageway.

 

 


Connecting passageway of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

BELOW: A look back at the connecting passage after exiting into the next east-west passageway:

Connecting passageway of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

LEFT: After climbing the long ladder you enter the connecting passageway. Here is a view looking back toward the first chamber from within this passageway

BELOW: Turning around and looking into the connecting passage:
Connecting passageway of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

 

The connecting passageway leads to the east-west passageway that has its entrance on the west face of the pyramid. This passageway is very interesting in that it contains two portcullis blocking systems which were built to seal the main chamber after the burial of the king. These blocking systems are unique because they utilize a system where the blocks slide down diagonally, as opposed to vertically as seen in other pyramids. The first block is in place with a rectangular hole cut through it. You can see this looking west. Between the end of the connecting passage and the block is a shallow shaft, also seen here:
Shallow pit near the first portcullis block of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved
First portcullis clock of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

Looking east toward the burial chamber you can see the other portcullis block which is not in its closed position, but instead is help up by a wooden timber. The space that houses this block has a corbelled ceiling (right).

Approaching the second portcullis block of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved


Corbelled ceiling of the 2nd portcullis block of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved
Timber holding the second portcullis block of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

Passageway leading to the burial chamber of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved

 

Looking past the portcullis block you can see a two other shallow shafts. This terminates at a ledge which leads to the main burial chamber (right).

BELOW: The easternmost end of this passageway.

Ledge leading to the burial chamber of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved


Looking up into the burial chamber of the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Copyright 2000 - Andrew Bayuk - All Rights Reserved LEFT: Looking up into the south edge of the burial chamber from the passageway.

For this trip, this is as far as we go. 

 

TO BE CONTINUED.....

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The Bent Pyramid of Dahshur - Pictures and Text
Copyright 1997-2005 Andrew Bayuk
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Diagram of Internal Arrangement of the Bent Pyramid:
J. P. Lepre's improvement on original diagram by Ahmed Fakhry

Diagram of the Portcullis System:
Copyright
1969 Ahmed Fakhry
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