Khafre, who was the son of Khufu, was also known as Rakhaef or Chephren. He ruled from 2520 – 2494 B.C. and is responsible for the second largest pyramid complex at Giza, which includes the Sphinx, a Mortuary Temple, and a Valley Temple. The most distinctive feature of Khafre’s Pyramid is the topmost layer of smooth stones that are the only remaining casing stones on a Giza Pyramid. Continue reading Khafre’s Inside Story
by Mark Lehner
Our 1997 excavation season of the Koch-Ludwig Giza Plateau Mapping Project drew to a close on March 29, 1997. For a very successful season, we are grateful to Dr. Ali Hassan, President of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and Dr. Zahi Hawass, Director General of Giza and Saqqara, for their cooperation in making our work possible. We thank Mr. Sabry Abd al-Aziz, Director of Giza for his kind assistance. We are grateful to Mr. Mansour Radwan, Senior Inspector, and to Mr. Ashraf Mahmoud, who represented the Supreme Council of Antiquities at the excavation site. We would like to thank Mr. Hisham Nasser and Ms. Abir Sayed who served as our inspectors in the storeroom. We would also like to thank the American Research Center in Egypt, especially Amira Khattab and Amir Hassan.
Continue reading Report of Egypt Pyramids
Mysteries, Facts, Fictions, Controversy, Stories and Videos
Hundreds of websites and books on Ancient Egypt Pyramids, tells us that the Great Pyramids were build by 100,000 slaves and it took them 20 years to finish them. You will also hear that the Pyramids are simply tombs for the kings.
This is the “orthodox” story which other people don’t find plausable or verifiable as truth.
The reality of the matter is that no one really know the truth… of how the Ancient Egypt Pyramids were built, who build them and when. At least no body alive today knows.
I thought to bring you these three videos which I think are interesting. They give an “alternative” point of view on how the Ancient Egypt Pyramids were built in a an entertaining style.
But before you do, you could perhaps visit these two pages for a solid views on Egypt Ancient Pyramids.
The Egyptian pyramids, after nearly 4,500 years, are still standing as testaments to the faith, dedication and technology of ancient Egyptians. A trip to Egypt would not be complete without a visit to the Pyramids. Other pyramids exist, but their purpose, for the most part, was different than those of ancient Egypt. The pyramids most famous outside of Egypt are those located in Mexico and to the south of Mexico, these appear to have been built more as temples. The Egyptian pyramids were built as tombs, sometimes to hold the physical body of a pharaoh and other individuals, or to hold the soul of the deceased, as the small cult pyramids built next to the larger ones were. The shape of the pyramid was choosen,to mimic the Benben, a pyramid shaped stone found in the earliest of temples. The great size of many of the Egyptian pyramids is believed to be about the Pharaohs' own power and perhaps, the glory and strength of their country.
In the desert west of Cairo, on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, the Egypt pyramids still stand on the Giza plateau as perhaps the most elaborate tombs ever built. Probably the most renowned archeological site, the Egyptian pyramid complex at Giza has three pyramids that were all built toward the end of ancient Egypt's fourth dynasty of rulers that reigned from 2589 to 2504 B.C.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the largest of the three Egyptian pyramids at Giza. Originally about 480 feet tall, the Great Pyramid's base has sides that are longer than 754 feet and are oriented in the direction of the four cardinal points of the compass. People have stood in awe of this largest of Egyptian pyramids. Khufu's pyramid was looted by grave robbers and had its outer limestone casing scraped off and used for building projects elsewhere. But now, this Egyptian pyramid is once again revered as a link to Egypt's past and is protected so that visitors can experience its wonder for years to come. Interesting Fact: ..........The Pyramid of Khufu is revered as a symbol of long lasting durability and that is probably the reason for its placement on the back of the US Dollar Bill.
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Pyramids in the Mist
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