Jan
08
2010
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What is the Step Pyramid of Saqqara?

Step Pyramid Saqqara - courtesy Paul Mannix - CC-BYThe Step Pyramid at Saqqara, the Pyramid of Zoser, is the oldest known free standing stone structure in the world and the first of the Egyptian Pyramids.  King Zoser’ name was Netjerykhet. The name Zoser was given by New Kingdom visitors to the monument, thousands of years later.  The original name of the Step Pyramid [more...]

Jan
06
2010
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Is the Pyramid of Kufu (the Great Pyramid of today) really one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

Khafre domminates the horizon - courtesy Dale Gillard - CC-BYIs the Pyramid of Kufu (the Great Pyramid of today) really one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? Actually, no. It was the Pyramid of Khafre, the second largest pyramid at Giza which was the Great Pyramid of the Seven Wonders, even though smaller in both height and volume than the Great Pyramid [more...]

Feb
08
2009
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How many pyramids are in Egypt?

Egyptian Pyramids - courtesy strato56 - CC-BYAt the last counting, there are 110 Egyptian pyramids, most of which are relatively unknown to anyone who is not an ancient Egypt enthusiast. Almost all are found around and near the City of Cairo. Only one royal pyramid is known outside the region, in southern Egypt (at Abydos).  It was the one built by [more...]

Feb
07
2009
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What is the Bent Pyramid?

bent pyramid - courtesy brogge1 - CC-BYThe Bent Pyramid is a unique example of early pyramid development in Egypt. This was the second pyramid built by Sneferu, his first pyramid having suffered catastrophic collapse. The lower part of the pyramid rises from the desert at a 55-degree angle, but the top section is built at a much shallower angle of 43 [more...]

Feb
07
2009
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Was there ever the catastrophic failure of a pyramid?

Meidum Pyramid at Feyum - courtesy eviljohnius - CC-BYWhen it comes to catastrophic pyramid failures, the first attempt to build a ‘true’ pyramid in ancient Egypt was just that.  The mysterious Pyramid at Meidum is the one involved. The Meidum Pyramid was probably built during the reign of the 4th Dynasty King, Sneferu. At some point in its history this pyramid suffered a [more...]

Jan
29
2009
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What is Luxor Temple?

Luxor temple at night - courtesy Argenberg - CC-BYThe earliest remains found at Luxor Temple date to the 13th dynasty and it is possible that there was a shrine or temple on this site during the Middle Kingdom.  However, it did not come into prominance till the time of empire in the 18th dynasty.  Hatshepsut first began the overland processional way which linked [more...]

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Jan
29
2009
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What is the Temple of Karnak?

Columns of Hypostyle Hall in Karnak - courtesy ninahale - CC-BYThe Temple of Karnak is the largest temple site in Egypt.  Karnak Temple is actually composed of three main temples, several smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples. The temple complex was built and enlarged over a a span of 1300 years and stands on 247 acres of land. Around thirty different kings contributed to [more...]

Jan
22
2009
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What fruit and vegetables were grown in ancient Egypt?

Date farm outside of Cairo - courtesy CairoCarol - CC-BYVegetables and fruits were very basic in the ancient Egyptian diet and they had more of a variety than many modern people imagine. Common knowledge has it that the ancient Egyptians had dates, garlic and onions and little else.  Well, that just isn’t the case. Of course dates, onions and garlic really were staple foods.  [more...]

Jan
22
2009
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What were ancient Egyptian gardens like?

Estate garden plan from ancient Egypt - Project Gutenberg LicenseGardens were very much a part of life in ancient Egypt and gardening was an honored profession. Ancient Egyptians designed and spent much time in garden houses, it was not some modern architect who invented the garden house idea.  Egyptian gardens (in the larger estates) were composed of both trees and flowering plants. Gardens with [more...]

Jan
13
2009
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Are there other golden coffins from ancient Egypt besides that of King Tut?

The third and innermost coffin of Tjuyu - courtesy Hans Ollermann - CC-BYActually there are several though only one has been found which is ‘solid’ gold, that of Tutankhamun.  However, the Pharaoh  Sheshonq II had a solid silver coffin with gilded details in the form of the hawk-god, Sokar. Many ‘gilded’ coffins are found in the museum collections around the world.  The gilded coffin of Tjuya is [more...]

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