The Great Pyramid: Ancient Egypt Revisited

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 19, 2007 - Architecture - 564 pages
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The Great Pyramid's eerily precise architecture has for centuries both astounded and puzzled archaeologists and has given rise to numerous modern fantasies concerning the so-called 'Mystery of the Pyramids'. Sweeping away centuries of myth and confusion, John Romer describes for the first time exactly how the Great Pyramid was designed and built. He argues that the pyramid makers worked from a single plan whose existence has long been doubted and even denied by scholars. Moreover, the Great Pyramid's unique architecture is integral to the way it was built, and for its builders the tasks of construction and design were not separate as they are now. By placing this awesome monument in its genuine contemporary context, this book underlines the extraordinary talents and the originality of the ancient Egyptians at the time of King Khufu.
 

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If you read only one pyramid book this year, read archaeologist Romer's, a winner both in size and in substance. Romer (Ancient Lives: The Story of the Pharaoh's Tombmakers ) does a fabulous job of ... Read full review

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Quite the good book.

Contents

SECTION TWO The people on the Plateau
103
The Giza quarry
113
Fire and the Pyramid
121
Entrepot and accommodation
132
The living city
141
thinking with stone 147
151
Part Three The land and the Pyramid
153
Prospecting Egypt
155
The jubilee pyramid
275
The long journey of the spirit
279
The dark interior
285
Two last works
290
the legacy
297
Part Five Planning the Pyramid
301
Choosing Giza
303
Levelling the site
310

Desert copper
164
Aswan granite
174
Tura limestone
180
The river
187
The Giza ramps
196
the commanding landscape
210
Part Four The great inheritance
221
SECTION ONE The first pyramid
223
Mud to stone
231
To make a pyramid
241
Accommodating Djoser
251
SECTION TWO The pyramids of Sneferu
263
The failed pyramid
268
The plan inside the Pyramid
316
The plan beside the Pyramid
329
Numbers
338
Stars
344
In the beginning
359
The miniature shafts
381
To the top
400
The rites of death
420
Spirit
440
A timeline for Sneferus major pyramid
453
Bibliography
540
Acknowledgements
556
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John Romer has worked as an archaeologist in Egypt over four decades.

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