Thursday, 9 June 2011

Preserving Djoser's step-built pyramid: phase one completed

The Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt's oldest step-built pyramid, was at risk of collapse after an earthquake in 1992. Newport, Wales, engineers Cintec were set the task of helping it last another 4,700 years.

The team has now completed phase one of the work at the site at Saqqara, south west of Cairo. It involved using pressurised air-filled bags, in order to hold up the roof of the 60m high pyramid, while more permanent repairs are carried out, says the BBC.

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