Meidum is about 100 km south of modern Cairo. It is the site of a large ruined pyramid, and an extensive necropolis. Both are of 4th dynasty date, and the latter contains several large mud-brick mastabas. Daressy excavated a 1st dynasty tomb to the south of the pyramid in 1904.

It is thought, from New Kingdom graffitti, that the pyramid was constructed by Sneferu of the Fourth Dynasty. Its core is in the form of a step pyramid, which was later converted to a true pyramid by filling in the steps with limestone encasing. The Meidum pyramid was built in different stages, beginning as a seven-step pyramid to which an additional step was added at a later stage. It appears to have collapsed sometime during the New Kingdom.


Meidum in Digital Egypt

Location of Meidum

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