Pyramids of Egypt Information

Pyramids of Egypt Information
The Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of the Egyptian pyramids, is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. More than 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.
 

 

 
 

Purpose

The pyramids of Egypt were built as tombs. Most people who were buried in them were Egyptian pharaohs, or kings.

Age

The Great Pyramid, or the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), is believed to be about 4,500 years old. It sits on the Giza Plateau, which borders Cairo, Egypt.

Material

The pyramids are made of different materials, but most are limestone, sandstone or other stone. The average stone block used to build the Great Pyramid weighs 2.75 tons.

Construction

No wheels or cranes existed when the pyramids of Egypt were built. Many scientists believe that the Egyptians used ramps to pull the stones to their desired height.

Builders

Egyptologists estimate that more 10,000 men worked on each pyramid at some point during its construction.

 

Article Written By Corianne Egan

Corianne Egan is a journalism major at Rowan University and a freelance writer. She has written sports for Rowan's student newspaper, The Whit, and for the sports website she runs. Egan also specializes in copy editing and photography.

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