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Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid

Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the step pyramid of Djose, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work.

Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid
A camel looks at the step pyramid of Djoser at the ancient Egyptian Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the step pyramid of Djose, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid
An Egyptian man walks past parts of the ancient Egyptian Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the step pyramid of Djoser located in the necropolis , after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid
An Egyptian man offering camel rides to tourists waits near the step pyramid of Djoser at the ancient Egyptian Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the step pyramid of Djose, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid
Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh Al Damati (C), speaks to reporters as he walks near the Djoser step pyramid at the Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid
Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh Al Damati (C), gestures to reporters inside the Djoser step pyramid at the Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the Step Pyramid of Djose, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid
A tourists take a picture of the step pyramid of Djoser during a visit to the ancient Egyptian Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the step pyramid of Djose, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt denies damaging its oldest pyramid
An Egyptian man offering horseback rides to tourists waits near the step pyramid of Djoser at the ancient Egyptian Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the step pyramid of Djose, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work. (AFP/Getty Images)