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Photographer Kenneth Garrett talks about the story behind these images (below).

A Timeless Pyramid

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A Timeless Pyramid

“That particular scene could have been 4,500 years ago. It could be a painting on a tomb wall.”
—Photographer Kenneth Garrett

Beyond the Nile’s palm-fringed floodplain, the world’s first stone pyramid rises in sand-dusted steps above the desert at Saqqara. Until King Djoser commissioned this monumental tomb about 2630 B.C., rulers built their final resting places from mud brick.

Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
NGM October 2002
From Treasures of Egypt, 2003

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Kenneth Garrett

Kenneth Garrett is a freelance photographer who specializes in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures. He has photographed archaeological subjects worldwide for National Geographic and is responsible for more than half the images featured in Treasures of Egypt. “Each time I start a new story, it’s the thrill of the chase all over again,” Garrett says.
Garrett on Egypt
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