Novozhenov says the pyramid, or mausoleum, located in the Sary-Arka steppes is similar to pyramids built nearby by the ancient Begazy-Dandybai culture around the 12th to 8th centuries BC. But he says the newly found pyramid could be even older than those, and may have been built during the Bronze Age.
He says the Kazakhstan pyramid is similar to the Pyramid of Djoser, built for Pharaoh Djoser in Egypt sometime between 2,700 BC and 2,601 BC. Both pyramids are “step pyramids,” which Yahoo! News says are the “world’s oldest man-made cut stone structures.”
He is part of a group of archaeologists from Karagandy State University working under I.A. Kukushkina, according to his Facebook post. Novozhenov told Yahoo! News the group was going to “look inside the mausoleum this week.” He said any artifacts found would be given to the Karaganda Archaeological Museum.
At this point there’s no firm date for the new Kazakhstan pyramid, but hopefully the archaeologists will be able to determine more information when they look inside. Via Twitter Novozhenov said the preliminary date of the pyramid is between the 14th and 12th centuries BCE.