British engineers head to Egypt to save its oldest pyramid

Engineers from South Wales have been called in to repair the Pyramid of Djoser, which is on the verge of collapse after sustaining damage in an earthquake.

Also known as the Step Pyramid, this stone structure - the oldest in Egypt - sustained heavy damage during an earthquake 20 years ago and has been on the verge of collapse ever since.

The engineers, from Cintec in Newport, won a £1.8m contract to repair the pyramid’s roof and ceiling, and plan to use self-inflating water filled bags to support collapsed parts of the building while they work.

The engineers have experience working on restoration projects, having worked on Buckingham Palace and The White House in the past.

At 200 feet high the Step Pyramid was built around 2650BC for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser. Surviving almost 5,000 years before needing modern support makes it a timeless engineering feat in our eyes.

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