Sekhemkhet striking an enemy. From a cliff relief in Wadi Maghara (Sinai)

Sekhemkhet ruled as the third king of the Third dynasty. He intended to surpass his predecessor Djoser by building an even larger step pyramid southwest of his burial complex (North Saqqara). For some reason though the pyramid remained unfinished, was covered by the sands of time to be discovered only in 1950. Disappointingly the still sealed sarcophagus in the burial chamber contained no human remains.