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History 101: Five Interesting Facts About Egypt's Pyramids

Travelers Today       By    Jestan Dale Mendame

Updated: Feb 15, 2017 05:26 AM EST

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Being a part of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient pyramids of Giza are truly magnificent edifices that signify the rich history and culture of Egypt. Scientists have discovered a lot of information about the pyramids but there are still more questions to be answered. Here are five interesting facts about Egypt's pyramids.

Who Built the Pyramids?

A lot of stories coming from movies, documentaries and books tell about how Egypt enslaved people to build the pyramids. It's true that the ancient civilization did use slavery but a lot of Egyptians were also employed to build the pyramids. According to USA Today, there were also other workers like cooks, bakers, medicine men and priests, who helped indirectly in the construction.

When Were the Pyramids Built?

Pyramids weren't continuously built all throughout the reign of the pharaohs. One of the first pyramids were built around 2630 B.C which was the Step Pyramid of Djoser. It was then followed by the Pyramids of Giza. But the whole pyramid construction halted after the sixth dynasty ended.

How Were the Pyramids Built?

Many archeologists have researched about the building methods of the Egyptians. It's quite a marvel how these huge structures had withstood the test of time. It is believed that limestone blocks were used and carved using copper chisels. The workers would have the blocks float to the construction site whenever the Nile River overflows.

What Were the Materials Used?

A lot of scientists say that limestone was the main material used. However, some studies show that there were other elements found in the pyramid's composition. It is believed that some parts of the pyramids had some concrete in it.

What Were the Pyramids' Purpose?

Egyptians believe that when a pharaoh dies, his spirit must be properly cared for. According to History, the pyramids were built to house the pharaoh's spirit as it ascends into the heavens to join the sun god Ra.

Until this day, a lot of scientists are still unraveling facts about the pyramids. The mystery and the beauty of the pyramids are something that needs to be experienced. 

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