Lake Moeris Pyramids

Moeris-Pyramid-Ortelius-Lake-MoerisMerlindown has for a long time been greatly interested in Egypt, having conducted many searches over the years, some of which will feature on this website in due course. This particular search concerns the twin pyramids situated on an island in Lake Moeris, depicted here in a map drawn up by Abraham Ortelius during the 16th century. Many believe they are fictitious because of their size and also that what was on top of them was not a traditional Egyptian cap stone. Others suggest that there is some truth in the existence of these pyramids and quote different archaeological sites as examples.

The story of the Moeris Pyramids derives from an account in the Histories of Herodotus, (repeated with variations by other ancient writers) in which he says (extracted from Book II in David Grene’s translation):

“[I]n about the middle of the lake stand two pyramids that top the water, each one by fifty fathoms, and each is built as much again underwater; and on top of each there is a huge stone figure of a man sitting on a throne. So these pyramids are one hundred fathoms high, and these one hundred fathoms are the equivalent of a six-hundred-foot furlong, the fathom measuring six feet, or four cubits (the cubit being six spans). The water that is in the lake is not fed with natural springs, for the country here is terribly waterless, but it enters the lake from the Nile by a channel; and for six months it flows into the lake, and then, another six, it flows again into the Nile. During the six months that it flows out, it brings into the royal treasury each day a silver talent for the fish from it; and when the water flows in, it brings twenty minas a day.”

We have no problem believing that such stories are very likely to have been exaggerated or to be inaccurate in many of their details. The descriptions of one pyramid “engraved with great animals” and of two other pyramids half submerged under a lake and each topped by “a huge stone figure of a man sitting on a throne” sound particularly odd to us when compared with what is known of ancient Egyptian pyramid structures.

However, Merlindown is determined to present the evidence for these buildings, if indeed there is any evidence to present. We have some idea as to what is in the lake as we have already obtained a scan. This reveals that matters are not particularly straight forward and that there certainly appears to be a mystery.

Although there is confusion among academics as to whether Herodotus’ views about the unusual pyramids with the seated figures on top are accurate or not, Merlindown has found some very interesting objects on the edges of the north side of the lake. One of these is a granite object that resembles a cut stone throne, not unlike that of the seated pharaohs, though in this case minus the pharaoh.

The sand berm rises to the surface and makes its way westward. Behind it, still going north, is a very shallow open band of water, which adjoins the steep sand dunes. Within this area lie the head and shoulders of a possible once-seated pharaoh. This shallow open water clearly has many interesting large and shaped cut blocks of stone, half buried in the sandy bottom. There is a hint of a circular feature heading under the same sandy berm on which the throne lays. It is possible that other features relating to the two alleged pyramids and the associated round temple are completely buried under this band of underwater sand.

Moeris-Pyramid-01012-0029A granite like throne of the pharaohs is lying upside down half buried in sand at the northern edge of the underwater sand berm as seen in this NASA image (left).

Moeris-Pyramid-01012-0029-mmThis is the same image (right) but showing the outlines of the carved stone throne (blue) and another object outlined in the sand (green). The red lines show the foundations of structures representing those described in the text, including the head and shoulders of a figure.