Published on 2023-11-16 10.15
The Step Pyramid of Djoser is considered the oldest pyramid.
According to researchers, the age of the “mound” in Indonesia reaches 25 thousand years.
Pharaoh Djoser wanted a ladder that reached the sky, to the gods. The Step Pyramid of Djoser can be found in Egypt’s Saqqara region, two miles south of Cairo, and was completed in the 27th century BC. Its tomb is 62 meters high and was for a long time the oldest building in the world.
But today, nearly 4,000 years are not enough.
A group of archaeologists, geophysicists, geologists and paleontologists have studied the Gunung Padang area in West Java for a long time.
For many years it was thought to be a megalithic structure resting on top of an extinct volcano. By locals, Gunung Padang is considered a sacred place. In 1998 it was declared cultural heritage.
Opinions about “trash” varied sharply. Some claim they were formed naturally, with some man-made decorations on top, while others claim that evidence suggests the ‘litter’ is wholly or partly man-made.
In the new study published in the journal Arachaeological Prospection, during the years 2011-2015, researchers studied the structure scientifically using seismic tomography (which provides three-dimensional images of the Earth’s interior), ERT (electrical tomography) and ground-penetrating radar. He writes Science Phys website.
The researchers excavated the hill, took samples from the inside, and used the carbon-14 method to date the different layers.
The researchers concluded that Gunung Padang was mostly man-made and was built in different stages, with thousands of years passing in between, from 25,000 to 14,000 years ago.
With those years behind him, Gunung Padang outstrips Djoser’s Step Pyramid in strength.
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