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In Photos: Egyptian Pyramid Predates Giza Landmark

For posterity

ancient step pyramid in Egypt

(Image credit: Courtesy Tell Edfu Project at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.)

University of Cambridge Egyptologist Hratch Papazian is shown here copying a short hieroglyphic graffito on the southern face, just above a child’s grave.

Protecting the past

ancient step pyramid in Egypt

(Image credit: Courtesy Tell Edfu Project at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.)

In order to protect the pyramid a fence was built surrounding it. Funds to build it were provided by the American Research Center in Egypt and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A work in progress

ancient step pyramid in Egypt

(Image credit: Courtesy Tell Edfu Project at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.)

This image shows cleaning work being done on the western face under the supervision of Raïs Eslam from Gurna.