An entrance to the pyramids of Giza is deserted on Feb. 7 as the government has shut down prominent historic sites in Egypt and tourists have left the country in droves. Ann Hermes/Staff
US citizen Zack Davisson takes a picture of Miyuki Davisson, of Japan, in front of the gate to the pyramids in Giza on Feb. 7. The government has shut down many prominent tourist sites. 'Everyone kept telling us we are the last tourists in Egypt, and now I'm starting to believe them,' Zack Davisson said. Ann Hermes/Staff
Carpet shop owner, Gomaa Saber-al-Gabri speaks on the phone with his son who is a tourist guide in Giza. Gomaa and his son have both suffered a drop in business due to the closure of main historical sites by the government. Ann Hermes/Staff
Outside a cafe in Giza near the pyramids men play dominoes to pass the time on Feb. 7. Ann Hermes/Staff
Soldiers patrol in front of the Sphinx, at the closed Pyramids site in Giza, Egypt's most famous tourist attraction on Feb. 7. The protests, which saw tens of thousands of people massing daily in downtown Cairo for demonstrations, and the shut-down of communications have brought a slow-down in the economy. Bertrand Combaldieu/AP
A boat sails at the Nile river in Cairo, in this May 26, 2010 file photo. Amr Nabil/AP/File
President Barack Obama ducks his head to get through an entrance way on a tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, on June 4, 2009. Pete Souza/Official White House Photo/File
The Citadel of Salah El Din and mosques are seen through fog and cold weather in Cairo on Dec. 11, 2010. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
In this Dec. 8, 2010 file photo, a tourist takes photographs of the Great Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel, Egypt. Ben Curtis/AP/File
A night cruise on an Egyptian felucca is seen in this Jan. 31 file photo. Rafael Ben-Ari/Chameleons Eye/Newscom/File
Alexandria National Museum in Alexandria, Egypt, is seen in this May 12, 2010 file photo. Newscom
A diver swims with a school of Yellow Goatfish, in Rotes Meer, Egypt, in this Aug. 6, 2005 file photo. Newscom/File
Scientists have uncovered a 4,600-year-old pyramid in Egypt. Built of sandstone blocks and clay mortar, it had been constructed in the form of a three-step pyramid.
ByOwen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor
Courtesy Tell Edfu Project at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute.
Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.