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How many ancient Egyptian pyramids are still in existence?

How many ancient Egyptian pyramids are still in existence?

How many ancient Egyptian pyramids are still standing? Although the Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest (and most memorable) of these, there are still many other pyramids scattered throughout the region, many of which are part of private collections. The fact that many of them are missing or in inaccessible places makes it difficult to obtain an exact number.

It is usually indicated that there are 118 pyramids, which is a much larger number than the three that we know. But in fact, this number is questioned by many researchers. This includes everything from logistical to political issues.

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Report from Live sciences Tries to reach consensus. “I don’t think it’s an answerable question,” Anne Macy Roth, a professor of art history and Hebrew and Jewish studies at New York University, said in an interview with the site.

Egyptian pyramids (Image: Shutterstock)

There are many factors that affect these numbers. During some dynasties, states were ruled by the same dynasty as Egypt, with pyramids being built at those sites as well. Should these actions also be counted today?

There are also smaller pyramids around the larger pyramids, which many call “secondary pyramids.” They don't always count. “It partly depends on what you call the pyramid,” Mark Lehner, president of the Society for Research in Ancient Egypt, told the site.

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Egyptian pyramids (Image: Shutterstock)

The phrase sounds confusing, but it makes sense considering that not all pyramids are finished. Should unfinished items also be included in this calculation? What size pyramid should be classified as complete?

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But, if we're being precise, the most reliable number ends up being 118, even though it's just an estimate. The researchers point out that this number is the closest to the real number we have today and what is usually taken into account.