"David Macaulay's brilliant Pyramid shows, detail by detail, how the great pharaohs' burial places were conceived and constructed . . . His draftsmanship is unexcelled, and his book is pharaonic in opulence and design." -- Time
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alabaster ancient Egypt Aswan blocks of stone boat body at night building built burial chamber CANOPIC JAR capstone chiseled columns complete corpse DAVID MACAULAY deny the finality dolerite dragged Earlier pharaohs embalmed enclosed eternal false door farmland feet fill was removed Following more prayers form a peak FUNERARY COMPLEX gangs Giza granite slabs hauling the block instructed Mahnud Hotep July and November laid layer levers located manmade mountain mastabas mortuary temple mummified mummy was placed Nile oblong pits packing blocks PLUMBLINE portcullises position was marked priests pushed into place pyramid grew pyramid was finished quarries ramps repeated to construct RESIN rest rock ROCKER rubble and mud sand and rubble sarcophagus second course shaft cut sides sled spiritual duplicate stonecutters structure with sloping surrounding temples temenos wall TEMPLE The temple temple was finished temples and causeway trenches tunnel valley temple west bank workmen