From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Four
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"Old Kingdom (Dyn. 3-6; 2700-2200 B.C)"

Then came the Old Kingdom (Dyn. 3-6; 2700-2200 B.C) and the Age of the Pyramids.

   This was a high point in Egyptian history, the canons of art and the bases of the applied sciences were established. Many scholars believe that the pyramid shape had a religious meaning to the Egyptians.

Tomb of Pharaoh Zoser

   Above is the Tomb of Pharaoh Zoser. ca. 2630 B.C. the oldest stone structure in existence as a pyramid made from brilliant white limestone, 411 feet long at the base, 358 feet wide, and 204 feet high. The burial chamber is cut 90 feet down and lined with granite blocks.

   Some sources claim that the oldest Egyptian pyramids, including the Step Pyramid was built by Zoser during the Third Dynasty, but is dated at (c. 2980-2900 B.C.).

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