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Egypt Opens Ancient Tomb of King Djoser After Restoration

Tourists visit the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara necropolis. 

Tourists visit the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara necropolis. 

Photographer: Sayed Hassan/picture alliance/Getty Images

Saqqara, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt on Tuesday showcased an ancient tomb structure belonging to the cemetery complex of King Djoser, a pharaoh who lived more than 4,500 years ago, following extensive restorations of the site.

The structure — known as the Southern Tomb — is largely underground and includes a labyrinth of corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic carvings and tiles. A central funeral shaft houses a massive granite-clad sarcophagus from Egypt’s Third Dynasty.