The Pyramid of Sneferu at Meidum


Sneferu Endures
The Stable Pyramid

The final phase of the pyramid, E3, shows that the outer casing is laid horizontally. Research as indicated that the earlier inner walls were laid inclined. This is the main reason Egyptologist believe the E3 was done much later, perhaps toward the end of Sneferu's reign, after the Dashur pyramids were completed.

The northwest corner of the pyramid.

Here it is very obvious how the outer core was smoothed, from top down. Also the blocks here appear to be laid horizontally with an extremely regular height, although less regular in size horizontally.

A wide angle view of the northwest corner. The corners tended to be robbed first.
On the northwest corner of the pyramid the loose debris has been removed revealing phase E3, the final phase, of construction of the pyramid. It is quite obvious from this photograph that the debris is not a debris field but simply sand blown over the final outer remaining casing.
Here you can E1, E2 and E3 layers of construction. E3, the final is the bottom-most.



Height 92 m
Base 144 m
Volume 638,733 cu. m
Slope 51° 50' 35"
Dynasty 4
Satellite Pyramids (1)
Queens Pyramids (0)
Ruled 25 years

Meidum Pyramid index
The Meidum pyramid
The north face
The northwest corner
The south face
The southwest corner
The southeast corner
The east face
The east chapel and causeway
Mastaba no. 17