Pyramids - the Apex of Ancient Egypt man made Structures
How these incredible man made structures were built so early in the history of ancient Egypt? What kind of social structure or system Egyptians had to make them capable of building them? These two questions deeply overwhelmed me the first time I gazed at the Giza Pyramids.
Think of this: the Pyramids at Giza were built about 4500 years ago. They remained the tallest human made structure in the entire world for 3800 years.
The Great Pyramid is made of two million limestone blocks weighing an average of 2.5 tons each. Its shape is so elegantly simple that it is universal and timeless. Egyptian architects resisted the temptation of adding any stylistic ornaments, not even hieroglyphics. The mathematics involved in the design and construction is simply perplexing. It's been said that one Greek mathematician went mad when he found out that the relation between the width and the height of Khufu's Pyramid was the number Pi.
The ground was leveled to a perfect horizontal base, an engineering feat, and the sides are exactly aligned to the cardinal points, an achievement requiring a knowledge of astronomy.
Pyramids and the construction of other ancient Egypt man made structures required complex administration. Egyptians used simple building tools, such as copper saws, drills, pickaxes, chisels and hammers. Every year, during the Nile flood season, thousands of workers were assembled when there was no work to be done in the fields and payed to construct these colossal tombs as a final resting place for the mummies of their pharaohs. Such giant public projects kept the economy of Ancient Egypt healthy and running, a model that was used by the US government in the 1930's to overcome the Great Depression. (Hoover Dam, Mount Rushmore, etc.)
These are not the achievements of an alien or extraterrestial race. The pyramids, from thought to finish, are the apex, the pinnacle of perfection of Ancient Egypt man made structures, landmarks, beacons of an advanced African civilization with a well defined social system, highly developed religious beliefs, profound philosophy and elaborate worshipping and funeral rites. Ancient egyptian pyramids are more than just tombs for pharaohs.
Category: Ancient Egypt