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Mystery of the Pyramids
Week 4, Assignment 1
Hum111
Professor Nancy Barlar

3 November 2013

Mystery of the Pyramids

There have been many theories regarding how the pyramids at Giza and how they were constructed. Most experts agree that they were constructed as burial monuments for pharaohs, but “how” these ancient people constructed monuments of such great size without modern machinery is a mystery which is still being debated. In the next few paragraphs I will be taking you into a look into the mystery that surrounds this highly debated subject.
The Aztecs, Mayans, and ancient Egyptians were three very different civilizations with a span of almost the other side of the world away from each other, but with very large similarities to the way that they built the pyramids. However, out of these three ancient cultures, the Egyptians stand out as the people recognized for the classic pyramid design. Massive monuments with a square base and four smooth-sided triangular sides, raising to a point. The Aztecs and Mayans built their pyramids with tiered steps and a flat top.
The Egyptians probably chose the distinctive form of the design for their pharaohs’ tombs because of their solar religion, for the ever associated sun god Ra, which is considered the father of all pharaohs and was said to have created himself from a pyramid=shaped mound of earth before creating all other gods. The pyramid’s shape and standing (location) is thought to have symbolized the sun’s rays while using every ounce of light during the day and night for a light source inside the massive structure.
Egyptians began using the pyramid form or design shortly after 2700 B.C. and the extended for about a thousand years until about 1700 B.C. when the first pyramid was built by King Djoser during Egypt’s Third Dynasty. His design, architect, lmohtep, created a step pyramid by stacking six…...

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