The History of Pyramids Research Paper by Master Researcher

The History of Pyramids
An in-depth review of the development of the pyramids in ancient Egypt.
# 44067 | 6,960 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2003 in Archaeology (Ancient History and Mediterranean) , Archaeology (Egypt)

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This paper describes in detail the development of the pyramids in Egypt of old. The paper describes the various stages the Egyptian architects went through during the many Egyptian dynasties before finally achieving the famous pyramids at Giza.

From the Paper:

"The earliest form of pyramid, the step, dates back to the 3rd Dynasty, and consists of several steps. A descending passage from the north leads to the burial chamber. Underground galleries surround the pyramid on all but the south sides. The first, and probably the only step pyramid ever completed, is that of King Netjerykhet Djoser at Saqqara. The Step pyramid is not near as pleasing to the eye as the True pyramid, which could explain the quick abandonment of this type of pyramid.
"The true pyramid is a natural development and improvement on the step pyramid. The first true pyramids were introduced in at the beginning of the 4th Dynasty. The structure of a True Pyramid is virtually the same as a step pyramid. Packing blocks are stacked until the dimensions were right, and then finishing blocks (usually limestone) were the last touch. "The aesthetics are much more pleasing than the step pyramid, but the construction is not really that different.
"North of the tombs of Mereruka and Kagemni, lie the massive mastabas of the early kingdom. Very little is left to be seen here. The original pieces that were found here were of immense importance to Egyptian archeological value. The earliest kings of Egypt were entombed here (Clancy, 1996)."

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