The Step Pyramid was commissioned by Djoser of the third dynasty (2630 BC, the Old Kingdom) and its construction was administered by the famous Egyptian architect and builder Imhotep, Djoser’s vizier or chief courtier. Imhotep was a very well regarded and knowledgeable man who contributed to advancing the successful ancient civilization. Touted as an architect, physician, master sculptor, scribe and astronomer, he was a valuable consultant for the Egyptians and some speculate he was likely the first genius in recorded history. Later generations revered him as the god of wisdom.
It is thought there still is a lot of ancient Egypt still hidden under the sands at Saqqara. Saqqara is just west of the old city of Memphis, which at a number of different times during the ancient civilization, acted as the bureaucratic capital. Despite ongoing excavations for close to two centuries, much of the entire area remains to be excavated. The site itself stretches six kilometres from north to south and more than 1.5 kilometres at its widest point. There is yet a lot of digging still to be done.