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step pyramid

Zoser step pyramid

Zoser step pyramid.


A step pyramid is a tapering, stepped or terraced structure, usually terminating in a platform, e.g., that of Zoser at Saqqara near Cairo of c.2770 BC, a mastaba heightened with five solid stories of decreasing size. It is to be distinguished from a pyramid, which has smoothly shaped sides rising to a point.