Jan
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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 [&hel[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 [&hel[more...]

Mar
02
2009
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What is the Great Pyramid of Cholula?

Pyramid mound and church Cholula - courtesy RussBowling - CC-BYIt is in fact the largest pyramid as well as the largest monument ever constructed anywhere in the world. Each side of the structure’s base is over 1300 feet in length. It has a total volume almost one third larger than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The temple-pyramid was built over [&hel[more...]

Feb
09
2009
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What was the Ziggurat of Marduk?

Babylon - courtesy Brilith - CC-BYThe Ziggurat of Marduk was located within a sacred precinct on the southern end of the ancient city of Babylon. The Biblical myth of the Tower of Babel was almost certainly inspired by the Ziggurat of Marduk. Its Sumerian name was Etemenanki “The Foundation of Heaven and Earth.” A ziggurat is a temple tower of [&hel[more...]

Feb
08
2009
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What is the serpent shadow at El Castillo pyramid every equinox?

Equinox at Chichen Itza - courtesy sputnikrent - CC-BYHere we have another of those mysteries associated with El Castillo, the largest pyramid at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan in Mexico. In another article, we have already covered the fact that the pyramid chirps like a bird. On the spring and fall equinox of every year, the sun’s shadow moves down the pyramid’s stairway [&hel[more...]

Feb
08
2009
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Are the Giza pyramids really as far in the desert as photos show them?

Mena House gardens and Pyramid - courtesy Miki James - CC-BYWell, yes, they are in the desert.  And if you angle the camera just right, from one particular vantage point, then you can avoid the landscaping, the golf course, the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and other items that cluster around the feet of these grand ancient monuments. A very good casino, swimming pool, night clubs [&hel[more...]

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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 [&hel[more...]

Feb
07
2009
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What are the pyramids near Mexico City?

Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City The pyramids of Teotihuacán make up the most visited and well-known archaeological site in North America, and it’s popular with good reason. The larger of the pyramids, the Pyramid of the Sun, is the third tallest in the world, and the site is one of the most accessible sites in the hemisphere where visitors can [&hel[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 [&hel[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 [&hel[more...]

Feb
07
2009
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Can a pyramid chirp like a bird?

El Castillo, Chichen Itza - courtesy jimg944 - CC-BYCan pyramids chirp like birds? Sure they can chirp.  They can jump up on the fence and crow too. Well, that second item may well not be true, but there is at least one pyramid that chirps like a bird. It is El Castillo, the great pyramid of Chichen Itza, near CanCun on the Yucatan [&hel[more...]

Jan
06
2009
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Are there pyramids in China?

JianJunTen (General's Tomb), or the "Pyramid of the East," in Ji'an, near the border with North Korea. - courtesy flickr.com - CC-BY There was a time when Chinese pyramids were considered speculation and myth but now we can say, yes, there are pyramids in China.  For many years scholars considered chinese pyramids as nothing more than large mounds, but things have changed. The study of whether or not there are pyramids in China has evolved in two [&hel[more...]

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