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Mysterious 3,800-year-old ‘pyramid’ found in Kazakhstan

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Researchers from the Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan have discovered a 3,800-year-old hexagon-shaped structure that they describe as a ‘pyramid,’ according to a press release on the institution’s official website. The maze-like structure is not as tall as Egypt’s monuments, as it is only three meters high.

It probably served as an elite burial site.

© Ulan Umitkaliyev

At the same time, the archaeologists say that their discovery is not like anything found before in the Eurasian steppe. The ‘pyramid’ was found in Eastern Kazakhstan earlier this year.

Despite the fact that the scientists use the term ‘pyramid’ to describe the structure, the Bronze Age monument has almost no similarities to the Egyptian pyramids. Its outer stone walls form a hexagon, while its inner walls form a maze that leads to a grave in the center. The experts believe that parts of the ‘pyramid’ were once covered by an earthen mound, but they cannot say for sure if there was ever a roof or whether it was entirely open air.

The archaeologists added that the people who lived in the area at the time built many graves and stone monuments and engaged in metal working and making jewelry.

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