Building the Great Pyramid by Kevin Jackson

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The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the oldest and sole-surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and has inspired more speculation than any other building on Earth. Using state-of-the-art computer graphics, Building the Great Pyramid brings the world of Fourth Dynasty Egypt to life and shows how and why this most extraordinary of all human monuments was built.

Equipped only with the most basic tools, how were ancient Egyptians able to achieve such an extraordinary degree of accuracy in its construction? How were stones, some weighing as much as 40 tons, hauled into position so precisely? What was life like for the conscripted laborers who built it, and how long did it take them to complete their task? Only now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, is it possible to provide answers.

The authors trace the history of the exploration of the Giza site, from the earliest Greek and Roman travelers, through to Jean-François Champollion's cracking of the hieroglyphic code; and the work of scholars such as Auguste Mariette and Sir William Flinders Petrie in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The final chapter covers less orthodox theories and looks at how the Great Pyramid has become a magnet for all manner of charlatans, heretics, and cranks.

 

About Kevin Jackson

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Kevin Jackson is a freelance journalist and film-maker. He has written, directed and narrated documentaries on Anthony Burgess, Dennis Potter and William Morris for BBC television. His books include The Language of Cinema and A Ruskin Alphabet. Jonathan Stamp is the producer of the BBC television program Pyramid.
 
Published February 1, 2003 by Firefly Books. 192 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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It is 481 feet tall, 756 feet long at its base, and consists of 2.3 million blocks of stone weighing two and a half tons each.

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