Richard T. Nowitz

ON THE COVER: As the world’s first pyramid, Pharaoh Djoser’s Step Pyramid established a new fashion in tombs. Still impressive after some 4,600 years, the six-tiered structure looms 197 feet above the plain at Saqqara. Biblical scholar and archaeologist Carey A. Moore, who has been fascinated by pyramids all his life, explores their history and recalls “How I Almost Climbed Cheops’ Pyramid.”