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How the Great Pyramid Was Built

by Craig B. Smith

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Pyramid building as an exercise in civil engineering.

I approach all books dealing with ancient Egyptians with trepidation, owing to the nutters the topic seems to attract. Smith has no time for these reality-challenged theorists, and dismisses all notions of weird numerology and ancient astronauts in a few short sentences, before he gets to the good stuff: just how did these people build these things?

Smith uses his experience in civil engineering and construction management to lay out plausible scenarios, along the way making a forceful case that copper blades and a motivated workforce -- not slaves! -- was all that was really needed. That, and some planning and dedication.

If you're the kind of person who finds themselves fascinated by the details of construction projects, this is the book for you. ( )
  EdKupfer | Dec 27, 2006 |
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Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on the job?

The answers are here, along with dazzling, one-of-a-kind color photographs and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of tools, materials, and building techniques the ancient masters used. In his foreword to the book, Egypt's Undersecretary of State for the Giza Monuments Zahi Hawass explains the importance of understanding the Great Pyramid as a straightforward construction project.

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Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on the job? The answers are here, along with dazzling, one-of-a-kind color photographs and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of tools, materials, and building techniques the ancient masters used. In his foreword to the book, Egypt's Undersecretary of State for the Giza Monuments Zahi Hawass explains the importance of understanding the Great Pyramid as a straightforward construction project.… (more)

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