Building in Egypt: Pharaonic Stone Masonry

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - Architecture - 316 pages
This book traces methods of Egyptian stone construction during the pharaonic period, from the construction of the step pyramids at Saqqara to the obelisks of Tuthmosis III to the temples of Rameses II at Thebes. Dr. Arnold covers all aspects of building, including planning, measuring, quarrying and production, transporting heavy monuments, building, digging shafts, repairing damages, and securing tombs. Richly illustrated with photos and field drawings by the author, ancient representations of building activities, and illustrations of tools and objects in museum collections, this book offers a frank appraisal of current knowledge of the process of Egyptian stone construction.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
IV
8
CONSTRUCTION LINES AND SETTING MARKS
16
VI
22
Soft Stone 27 Hard Stone
36
Transport of Stone
57
Low ERING STONES
73
Other Building Activities
211
Tools and Their Application
251
Metal Tools 257 Stone Tools 258 Mallets
264
Moving IMPLEMENTs
268
Levers 27o Rockers 271 Rollers 273 Sledges
276
Wedges 28o Wagons 281 Bearing Stones for Ropes
282
Mortar and Plaster
291
Chronology of Dynasties and Rulers
299
Index
313

scAFFOLDING
231

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Dieter Arnold is at Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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