what purpose they served, the three pyramids at Giza, some
messages found on the stones that were used to build
pyramids, and what a mastabas is. Pyramids are tombs built
for Egypt's pharaohs. Pyramids are large structures with four
sides that are the shape of a triangle, that meet at the top to
form a point. The ancient Egyptians used the pyramids as
tombs for the pharaohs and temples for their gods. The
pyramids have one or two little temples attached to them,
which holds their relatives and servants. A few pyramids still
stand today, and are great attractions for tourists. The
pyramids were built by taking blocks of granite to the
workshop, measuring the blocks down to size, shaping the
blocks, and placing the blocks into the body of the pyramid.
The core of the structure is now completed. Then, you place
the limestone blocks on the top of the structure (they started
putting the blocks on top and then worked their way down).
They left two empty rooms to place the pharaoh and his
belongings in. They sealed the pyramids so well, it took four
hundred years for two robbers to figure out how to get in.
The pyramids were built by free citizens, drafted for public
work, not by slaves of any sort. The pyramids were built by
four thousand expert stone sculptors all year round. An extra
work group of about ninety-five thousand men worked on
the pyramids during the four month period of the inundation
(the time of enforced idleness for farmers, since the field
were covered with the Nile water flood ). The pyramids
were built between the year 1600 B.C. and the year 2700.
Many scholars believe that the reason why the pyramids
were built in a triangular form is because it has a religious
meaning to the Egyptians. The slanting side might have
reminded the Egyptians of the slanting rays of the sun, that
the pharaoh's soul could climb to the sky and join the gods.
In the pyramids they... [continues]
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