The pyramid was found south of Cairo. It was buried in the desert near the famous Step Pyramid. It is thought to house the remains of Queen Sesheshet who was the mother of King Teti from the Sixth Dynasty.
The headless, five-metre high pyramid originally reached about 14 metres, with sides of 22 metres.
“To find a new pyramid is always exciting,” said Mr Hawass. “And this one is magical. It belonged to a queen.” He said that he believes the pyramid belongs to Queen Sesheshet, who is thought to have played a significant role in establishing the 6th Dynasty and uniting two branches of the feuding royal family. Her son, Teti, is believed to have ruled for around 20 years until he was possibly assassinated, a sign of the time’s turbulence.
The pyramid, the 118th found in Egypt, was uncovered near the world’s oldest pyramid at Saqqara, which was a burial ground for the rulers of ancient Egypt.