Show Notes: Djoser and Egypt's First Pyramid

Tracy Wilson

Step Pyramid of King Djoser Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

Of all of Egypt's pyramids, the ones Giza get the bulk of the attention. But those weren't Egypt's first pyramids - the pyramid of Djoser, also known as the step pyramid, is older than all of them. Today we talk about Djoser's line of succession and how his burial place came to be.

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Episode link: King Djoser and Egypt's First Pyramid

Holly's research:

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