Join us on our two-part series exploring the architecture and writings of the recently re-opened WNAS pyramid at Saqqara in Egypt. Commonly and incorrectly known also as the ‘Unas’ pyramid, this famous site has been closed for 28 years.
WNAS is famous because it differs from many of the other pyramids in that it’s interior walls have been plastered over and are entirely covered in hieroglyphs – making up the WNAS pyramid texts. These writings have been incredibly well preserved. As usual, Egyptology uses these writings to date and relate the structure, although it is entirely possible that the plaster and writings were added at some later date after the initial construction.
The structure also contains a massive basalt box with clear evidence of ancient high technology in it’s construction. The box is contemporary with the pyramid as it is too large to remove (or insert) via any of the passageways – meaning that it must have been brought inside during construction. It has no writings on it at all, which, given the evidence in the Egpytian museum (that contains many boxes that have been written on, although in crude fashion compared to the boxes themselves) adds to the possibility that the architecture was in place long before the walls were plastered over.
Indeed, this box’s large size in relation to the passageways is likely the only reason why this box is still in location and has not been plundered away to some collection or museum somewhere.
We were some of the first visitors to make it inside WNAS and we have captured the experience in 4K to share with everyone. Please enjoy, like and share!
Part 1: outside WNAS pyramid: (go to youtube and watch in HD or 4K!)
Part 2: inside WNAS pyramid – also in 4K