|The Last Pyramids|
The last pyramids were built around Dahshur and Hawara by the kings of the Middle Kingdom (2040-1640 B.C.). Despite considerable efforts to conceal the entrance to the tombs and attempts to foil robbers with false passageways, the architects failed to prevent the plundering of the pyramids. As a result, a thousand years of pyramid building came to an end. The experiment to secure the kings' journey to eternity had proven unsuccessful. For this reason, the pharaohs of the New Kingdom turned their attention to building tombs in the Valley of the Kings. In a remote location across the Nile from Luxor and Karnak, they hoped to escape the ill fate of their predecessors.