Topics: Ancient Egypt, Egyptian pyramids, Great Pyramid of Giza / Pages: 3 (579 words) / Published: Jun 9th, 2013
Who Built the Pyramids?

Pyramids: Who Built Them? The Great Pyramids at Giza is the oldest monument on the list of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are several theories or believes behind the construction of these massive stone sculptures. However, after researching hard workers not slaves constructed these pyramids seems realistic compared to aliens or out of this world forces building these pyramids. These pyramids were built in 2570 BC, by ancient Egyptians and are located at Cairo, Egypt in Africa. The main purpose of the pyramids were to preserve the pharaohs and temples for their gods. The “air shafts” in the pyramids actually pointed toward Orion’s belt which believed to guide the deceased to a promised life.
Many believe it took 20000 men 20 to 40 years to complete construction. The pyramids were built by taking 2 to 70 ton blocks of granite to the workshop, measuring the blocks, shaping the blocks, and placing the blocks into the body of the pyramid which completes the core. Then, place the limestone blocks on the top of the structure (workers started putting the blocks on top and then worked their way down muddy slopes). This process repeated until completion. The Great Pyramid is the largest of the three pyramids built for the fourth dynasty Egyptian King Khufu. The pyramid of Khufu used an estimated 2.3 million blocks to build and it stands 450 feet and it covers approximately 13 acres. In front of the Great Pyramid are three small pyramids that were built for Khufu 's wives. Ancient Egyptians preserved and honored their dead Pharaohs. The main purpose of the pyramids would preserve the mummified body as well as help the soul prepare for the afterlife. There were reserved areas of the tomb that would hold everything desired by the Pharaoh to take on his journey. In Ancient Egyptian times only people with the highest social status were preserved with such royalties. The Pharaohs, were believed to be living gods and huge pyramids

References: Sayre, H.M. (2012). The Humanities: Culture, continuity and change, Volume 1 (2nd ed). (2011 Custom Edition). Upper Saddle Riverw, NJ: Pearson Education. Kades, S (2009). Piza: Evolution or Truth. Hyperion Edition

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