Pyramids Of Egypt

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In my report, I will discuss how the pyramids were built, what purpose they

served, the three pyramids at Giza, some messages found on the stones that were

used to build pyramids, and what a mastabas is. Pyramids are tombs built for

Egypt's pharaohs. Pyramids are large structures with four sides that are the

shape of a triangle, that meet at the top to form a point. The ancient Egyptians

used the pyramids as tombs for the pharaohs and temples for their gods. The

pyramids have one or two little temples attached to them, which holds their

relatives and servants. A few pyramids still stand today, and are great

attractions for tourists. The pyramids were built by taking blocks of granite to

the workshop, measuring the blocks down to size, shaping the blocks, and placing

the blocks into the body of the pyramid. The core of the structure is now

completed. Then, you place the limestone blocks on the top of the structure

(they started putting the blocks on top and then worked their way down). They

left two empty rooms to place the pharaoh and his belongings in. They sealed the

pyramids so well, it took four hundred years for two robbers to figure out how

to get in. The pyramids were built by free citizens, drafted for public work,

not by slaves of any sort. The pyramids were built by four thousand expert stone

sculptors all year round. An extra work group of about ninety-five thousand men

worked on the pyramids during the four month period of the inundation (the time

of enforced idleness for farmers, since the field were covered with the Nile

water flood ). The pyramids were built between the year 1600 B.C. and the year

2700. Many scholars believe that the reason why...