I am not an expert on Egyptology but I do have an old hobby-like interest in that field. This resulted in a trip to Egypt in 1990. At that time I visited Saqqara and from that place one can see Dashur where the founder of the fourth dynasty, Sneferu, constructed two pyramids (the Red and the Bent pyramids). His first construction project was as far as I know to finish up Huni’s pyramid at nearby Meidum. A while ago it was noted that Sneferu may have initiated the construction of a fourth pyramid at Seila, close to the Fayoum Oasis. This one is less preserved and is only 7 m tall in its current state of preservation. It has a four stepped core built of small local limestone blocks. This is not the only small step pyramid in Egypt. At least six others exists in-between Seila and Aswan. All seems to date to the late 3rd dynasty to the early 4th dynasty. In fact, most of them have been attributed to the last ruler of the 3rd dynasty (Huni).
These pyramids lack internal chambers and underground structures. They appear not to have been true tombs. No evidence of funerary temples exists. Some Egyptologists believe that they were cenotaphs (fake tombs) of queens, or maybe shrines dedicated to Horus and/or Seth, or early sun temples, or representation of the primeval mound where life emerged.
Now, on a blog that I frequently visit, Talking Pyramids, it is said that Kerry Muhlestein at BYU (Brigham Young University) believes he has found evidence of a unified plan of Sneferu’s four pyramids. According to him we must change our understanding of the purpose of these pyramids. Muhlestein says that they were built to work in conjunction with each other. Pyramids cannot just be tombs since Sneferu built four when he only needed one for the tomb. Muhlestein does not reveal anything more than this so we have to wait for the official report. What I would like to know is why later pharaohs did not built such unified plans. Some changes in how pyramid assemblages were formed must have taken place after Sneferu.
I am sure this research will result in an increased activity among 2012ers and others who probably will try to fit these pyramids to star maps and claim it is an ancient knowledge delivered to the Egyptians from outer space and/or from Atlantis. That would not surprise me at all. Since Muhlestein is at BYU and apparently knows the Book of Mormon I guess we will see an increased activity among Mormons as well.