Pyramid of Maidum
Inside, the pyramid is spare and quite unlike the
later internal structures. The narrow tunnel slopes
down 57 meters into the pyramid, opening up into a
limestone chamber with a corbelled roof that lies
on the same level as the foundation of the pyramid.
the corbelled ceiling of the chamber, with huge
Inside the pyramid, the corbelled chamber contains
a number of cedar beams that were discovered inside.
They have obviously been re-set into mortar in the
existing holes in the walls, but we were assured that
tey are the original "cedarwood of Lebanon"
beams used in the construction.
According to our guide, the beams were
part of the portcullises and gates that were installed
in the pyramid to stymie robbers. Like all the other
precautions, they didn't work, but the impressive
beams remain. We didn't see evidence of beams in any
other pyramid -- indeed, all that remained were the
holes in the walls where the huge gates would have