In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World

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Step Pyramid of Djoser

The first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians, Djoser rises up 197 feet (60 meters) with six steplike layers, one built on top of the other. The pyramid…Read More »

was constructed at Saqqara about 4,700 years ago. Beneath the pyramid lies a labyrinth of tunnels extending 3.5 miles (5.5 kilometers). At the labyrinth's center is a 90-foot (28-meter)-deep shaft containing the burial chamber of Djoser, king of Egypt's third dynasty. Fragments of Djoser's granite sarcophagus have been recovered during recent conservation work.

"The construction of the step pyramid would see the beginning of an ambitious pyramid building program that would culminate with the Great Pyramids at Giza," writes LiveScience contributor Owen Jarus. [Read more: Step Pyramid of Djoser]   Less «
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