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Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara

After several years of restoration on the Step Pyramid in Saqqara, the Ministry of Antiquities announced in November 2019 that work was complete. The following January it was announced that the pyramid, the final resting place for the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser, would open in the first quarter of 2020. Djoser’s step pyramid is bound to be a popular attraction as this is not only the oldest pyramid in the world, it is also the oldest monumental stone structure.

A Brief History and Description of the Step Pyramid

Step Pyramid Saqqara
A close up of the Step Pyramid, where you can see the individual bricks and appreciate how fragile the structure was. Photograph taken in 2004 before restoration started.

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Thomas Dowson

With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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