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Wonders of the World - Pyramids of Egypt

By Edited Sep 2, 2016 10 17

During the first years of Egyptian history, the bodies of the pharaohs were put into "pyramids, " massive stone structures built about the edge of the desert, near the high flood degree of the Nile. The pyramids had been both royal tombs as well as religious temples, where the spirit -- or "ka" -- from the dead pharaoh could end up being worshipped.

The pyramids had been built of huge obstructs of limestone and granitic, each block weighing more than two tons, which were quarried within the desert nearby. The stones were then continued boats down the Nile and hauled on the granite causeway from the river towards the leveled site, using rules and sledges and muscle mass.

It is still a mystery regarding exactly how these large stones were lifted into place since the pyramids took shape. Many people believed they were pulled up an enormous earth ramp and laid in position, layer by layer. In the end the stones were in position, the workmen laid fine white limestone across the jagged sides, to provide the pyramid a smooth area.

Meanwhile, inside the pyramid, two rooms have been cut, usually in the actual rock beneath, though sometimes within the pyramid itself. One of those rooms was the funeral chamber, and the other a storeroom to keep the pharaoh's important belongings. When the pharaoh had been buried, his coffin was dragged up an extended corridor to the funeral chamber. Then the hallway was completely blocked away, and the entrance towards the pyramid carefully sealed as well as hidden.

Great Pyramids of Giza

Great Pyramids of Giza

Originally, a pyramid wouldn't stand alone, but would participate a small complex associated with buildings. There were sometimes smaller pyramids for that pharaoh's spouse, and rectangular tombs known as "mastabas" for other important members from the royal household. There was a wall round the pyramid, a causeway towards the river, and two temples or wats: one on the banks from the Nile, called the "Valley Forehead, " where burial rituals were conducted and something on the east side from the pyramid, called the "Mortuary Forehead, " filled with statues from the pharaoh, where daily offerings of drink and food were made for the pharaoh's soul.

We realize in watching the pyramids today how the ancient Egyptians, who resided nearly 5, 000 in years past, were some of the very best engineers the world offers ever known. They displayed an amazing mastery of technical know-how, while dealing with the hardest of gemstones and without metal resources. But, of course, these massive stone structures couldn't have been built with no labour of hundreds and hundreds of workers. There were craftsmen who worked permanently on the site and a much larger employees of peasant farmers, have been summoned to work on royal projects throughout the months when their areas were flooded and their own time free.

The function was difficult, but the actual conditions were fair. Workers were liberated to complain if they felt they'd been treated unfairly. For instance, one group of labourers refused to keep their work after the federal government had fallen behind within paying wages. This was the very first recorded work strike ever. And it was solved without incident.

In creating the pyramids, the employees had one special motivation. Since they believed how the pharaoh would care for them within the next world, it was in their best interests to ensure he got there properly. Although the pyramids were constructed so that made robbery hard, over the centuries thieves did have the ability to break in, destroying the bodies from the pharaohs and stealing their own treasures.

Eventually, because associated with such destruction, the pharaohs stopped creating pyramids and instead had secret tombs produced in a remote and destitute place called "The Valley from the Kings, " near the actual ancient city of Thebes. These types of hidden, rock-cut tombs contained all the elaborate treasures of the actual pyramids, and eventually many of them were also plundered. Nevertheless, during the 21st empire, many of the regal mummies were removed to some secret hiding place, where they remained undiscovered until in regards to a century ago.

Egyptian Pyramids

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Comments

May 26, 2011 4:23am
dreamaker
Great article, lot's of interesting stuff about This wonder. This will get picked up by teachers and students. Good job. Thumbs up from me!!!
May 26, 2011 9:51am
Lynsuz
Good article, my husband spent time in Egypt when he was in the Army. He talks often about how awesome the pyramids are.
May 26, 2011 12:22pm
kigozi
This little piece of history is captivating. A layman man could wonder how over two tonnes heavy stones were beeing lifted in those days.
May 26, 2011 3:52pm
SsvRrwQ
It's an interesting topic, and with the new pyramids discovered this week, many more fascinating discoveries may be on the horizon.
May 27, 2011 12:48am
vetochemicals
Great first article and congrats on it getting a feature too! Keep writing:)
May 27, 2011 1:53pm
RedeyeNinja
ooooooooh how i like it

iam really proud of being egyptian

Thanks my friend
May 27, 2011 5:07pm
footloose
I love reading good work- that would be this article. Nice feature! thumbs up
Jun 1, 2011 12:58am
YoursTruly
Great article! i like it! Just wondering do we need to include citation to our masterpiece?
Jun 7, 2011 3:52pm
savaswriter
Excellent article structure and subject. Congratulations, I will read more of your articles!
Jun 8, 2011 3:02pm
russell_isaacs1
Really intersting article!
Jun 13, 2011 3:40pm
gwopstar
Great Article. very informative
Jun 14, 2011 12:40am
JohnMarrel
Amazing article! Good visuals aswell.
Jun 18, 2011 9:17am
daneyal13
Very informative article. I wonder how they looked like when they were built.
Sep 21, 2012 2:05pm
Earnalot
Is this political correctness? All these false comments! The article, about an interesting subject matter, is old rehashed content that is most likely a spun older article or if not that, certainly written by somebody who does not read and write English very well.
Come on folks be honest, the way this article is written should exclude it from any credible website.
Sep 21, 2012 2:05pm
Earnalot
Is this political correctness? All these false comments! The article, about an interesting subject matter, is old rehashed content that is most likely a spun older article or if not that, certainly written by somebody who does not read and write English very well.
Come on folks be honest, the way this article is written should exclude it from any credible website.
Sep 21, 2012 2:05pm
Earnalot
Is this political correctness? All these false comments! The article, about an interesting subject matter, is old rehashed content that is most likely a spun older article or if not that, certainly written by somebody who does not read and write English very well.
Come on folks be honest, the way this article is written should exclude it from any credible website.
Dec 9, 2013 9:17pm
dmacduff1
Interesting article but be careful with grammar.
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