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Perring, John Shae ; Howard-Vyse, Richard William Howard
Operations carried on at the Pyramids of Gizeh in 1837: with an account of a voyage into upper Egypt, and Appendix (Band 3): Appendix — London, 1842

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Fig. 2. Ditto, along the northern entrance-passage, looking

Plate II. Figs. 1, 2, and 3. Details of portcullis, in the
upper passage.

Fig. 4. Hieroglyphics in the northern entrance-passage.

Plate III. Fig. 1. Section along the western entrance-pass-
age, and the upper apartment, discovered October 20th, 1839,
looking south.

Fig. 2. Plan of ditto.

Plate IV. Fig. 1. Section of lower apartment.
Fig. 2. Section along the northern entrance-passage, looking


It is situated at the distance of 180 feet, and immediately
opposite the centre of the southern face of the preceding one;
and it is inclosed by the same peribolus.

It is built with roughly hewn blocks, and has had a casing of
stone from the Mokattam, which is, however, destroyed.

Original. Present.

Base.....181 ft. 0 in.

Height.....106 ft. 9 in. 68 ft.

Angle of Casing, 50° 11' 41"
Platform at top, about 40 feet by 30 feet.


It is called by the Arabs, " Haram e Sodah," the Black
Pyramid, and is now much destroyed, as it has afforded materials
for the houses and tombs of the neighbouring village of Men-
sheeh. Mr. Perring did not discover any traces of the chamber,
the roof of which is stated by Dr. Richardson, and by others, to
have fallen in ; nor did he perceive any considerable settlement.
It is built in the same manner, but not so carefully, as the other
Brick Pyramid. The bricks contain a greater quantity of straw,
and are of unequal sizes; from 15£ x 7| x 5| to 13J x 6J x 4J
each. Most of thein have been made of rubbish, containing
broken pottery and pieces of stones, like that which at present
forms the mounds near the modern villages in the country. It
might be supposed that this Pyramid was the one built by
Asychis, as shells may be observed in some of the bricks, the
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