Archaeology: THE SECRETS OF SNEFRU

THIS WEEK, 4,600 YEARS AFTER THEY WERE BUILT, THE PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT'S GOOD KING WILL REOPEN

His name means "bringer of beauty," although he was officially known as the Master of All Justice and Ruler of the Lower and Upper Nile. He was worshipped as a god during his lifetime, some 4,600 years ago, from the Nile Valley to the Sinai. He designed and built the first true pyramids and founded a dynasty--Egypt's 4th--that lasted more than 100 years.

But Snefru, known to the Greeks as "the Good King," has long been overshadowed by "the Bad King," Khufu (also known as Cheops), his more famous son and successor. Because Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza, on the outskirts...

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