Ambitious Project Unveiled: Archaeologists Aim to Restore Giza’s Smallest Pyramid to Ancient Glory
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff

Cairo, Egypt — In a monumental endeavor described as the “project of the century,” archaeologists in Egypt, alongside a Japanese archaeological mission, have initiated a colossal mission to reconstruct the exterior of Giza’s smallest pyramid, the Pyramid of King Menkaure. Dating back over 4,000 years, the restoration project aims to meticulously reinstall hundreds of granite blocks that once adorned the pyramid, presenting it in its original splendor.

Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, revealed the ambitious undertaking in a video statement, emphasizing its significance as “Egypt’s gift to the world in the 21st century.” The pyramid of King Menkaure stands as one of the three main pyramids in the iconic Giza Necropolis.

While only the lowermost rows of granite blocks remain in their original positions, researchers believe there were initially 16 to 18 rows enveloping the pyramid. The objective of the mission is to excavate, document, and reinstate these colossal granite blocks, a process anticipated to unveil additional hidden antiquities concealed around or beneath the fallen stones.

However, not all experts are aligned in support of the project. Dr. Mohamed Abd El-Maqsoud, former Director of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector, expressed reservations, urging a comprehensive study of the blocks before their relocation. El-Maqsoud highlighted the necessity of confirming whether all the blocks were originally part of the pyramid’s exterior or if some served other purposes during the construction phase.

“The project is in its early stage of studying and documenting and classifying the blocks,” Waziry clarified in response to concerns. He assured that no actions would be taken until the thorough study, including modern methods such as photogrammetry and laser scanning, is completed. The project is anticipated to span approximately three years, culminating in the meticulous restoration of Giza’s smallest pyramid to its ancient grandeur.

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