How the Great Pyramid Was Built

Author: Craig B. Smith,Zahi Hawass,Mark Lehner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060891589

Category: History

Page: 288

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Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on the job? The answers are here, along with dazzling, one-of-a-kind color photographs and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of tools, materials, and building techniques the ancient masters used. In his foreword to the book, Egypt's Undersecretary of State for the Giza Monuments Zahi Hawass explains the importance of understanding the Great Pyramid as a straightforward construction project.

The Great Pyramid

Ancient Egypt Revisited

Author: John Romer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521871662

Category: Architecture

Page: 564

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Looks at the design and construction of the Great Pyramid in Egypt.

The Great Pyramid of Giza

Author: Rebecca Stanborough

Publisher: Raintree

ISBN: 1474711812

Category: Egypt

Page: 32

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"This title explores and explains how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built. The pyramid's construction is described in terms of the engineering process"--Provided by publisher.

Ancient Egyptian Masonry

The Building Craft

Author: Somers Clarke,Reginald Engelbach

Publisher: Book Tree

ISBN: 9781585090594

Category: Architecture

Page: 242

View: 4879


Reveals the methods Egyptians used to build their stone constructions. We marvel at the structures they built, not knowing exactly how it was done. The authors state that their explanation of the Great Pyramids construction is not the final answer and that many mysteries still remain, yet do a fascinating job in detailing how the huge stones were dressed and laid out. Many mysteries are cleared up in this book, which includes over 250 sketches and pictures that back up the authors claims. They reveal how hard work, ingenuity, and an advanced knowledge of mathematics and physics account for some of the amazing architectural feats performed in early Egypt. Yet when a mystery remains, the authors openly admit it. Any serious researcher on ancient Egypt should not be without this book.

A History of Ancient Egypt

From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

Author: John Romer

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250030110

Category: History

Page: 512

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The first volume of a history of the earliest days of ancient Egypt challenges popular archaeological understandings to chronicle the ancient world's first agricultural practices through the construction of the pyramids.

Sticks, Stones, and Shadows

Building the Egyptian Pyramids

Author: Martin Isler

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806133423

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 455


What do the pyramids of Egypt really represent? What could have driven so many to so great, and often so dangerous, an effort? Was the motivation religious or practical? Illustrated with more than 300 photographs and drawings, this book presents an original approach to the subject of pyramid building. It reveals the connection between devices that served both a practical need for survival and a spiritual belief in gods and goddesses. It examines Egyptian technologies and techniques from the origins of pyramid development to the step-by-step details of how the ground was leveled, how the site was oriented, and how the stone was raised and placed to meet at a distant point in the sky. Here the author also asks and answers questions virtually ignored for the last century. He discloses, for example, the ancient use of shadows, now denigrated to the ornamental back-yard sundial, but once an important tool for telling the height of an object, geographical directions, the seasons of the year, and the time of day. He also reinterprets the ancient "stretching of the cord" ceremony, which once was thought to have only religious significance but here is shown as the means of establishing the sides of a pyramid.

The Construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza according to Herodotus / Der Bau der Cheops-Pyramide nach Herodot

The secrets of its construction method from a physical-technical perspective / Das Geheimnis ihres Bauverfahrens aus physikalisch-technischer Sicht

Author: Hartwig Munt

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732218953

Category: History

Page: 284

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For centuries, man has puzzled over the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. How was it possible to break up, process and transport a total of 6 million tonnes of heavy stones, making up a total of 2.3 million cubic metres of stone, and putting them together to make a structure of such dimensions during the reign of just one pharaoh 4500 years ago? These technical questions will be physically answered in this paper with reference to relevant archaeological and Egyptological scientific knowledge. The Greek historian Herodotus passed on the key to the wonder of pyramid construction, according to which the Egyptian pyramids were built with “machines" made of "wooden pieces". The paper at hand is the first that manages to reconstruct the machines described by Herodotus. The technique was mathematically proven and tested on a 1:5 scale model. Seit Jahrtausenden rätselt die Menschheit über den Bau der Cheops-Pyramide. Wie war es vor 4500 Jahren möglich, die zusammengenommen 6 Millionen Tonnen schweren Steinmassen aus 2,3 Millionen Kubikmetern Stein in der Spanne der Regierungszeit eines Pharaos zu brechen, zu bearbeiten, zu transportieren und zu einem Bauwerk diesen Ausmaßes zusammenzufügen? Diese technischen Fragen werden in der vorliegenden Arbeit unter Anknüpfung an die einschlägigen archäologischen und ägyptologischen Erkenntnisse der Wissenschaft physikalisch gelöst. Den Schlüssel für das Wunder des Pyramidenbaus hat uns der griechische Geschichtsschreiber Herodot überliefert. Danach wurden die ägyptischen Pyramiden mit „Maschinen“ aus „Holzstücken“ gebaut. Mit der vorliegenden Arbeit gelingt es erstmalig, die von Herodot überlieferten Geräte zu rekonstruieren. Das Verfahren wurde am Modell im Maßstab 1:5 erprobt und mathematisch bewiesen.