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The complete pyramids

Author: Mark Lehner
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Surveys the history, building and use of pyramids in detail. This title looks at both the practical aspects - the quarries, ramps and tools used in building them - as well as the conceptual - the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Lehner
ISBN: 9780500285473 0500285470
OCLC Number: 174129913
Notes: Originally published: 1997.
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 26 cm
Contents: Pyramids, land and people --
Chronology --
Map --
Pyramids in the landscape --
The giant pyramids : their rise and fall --
The standard pyramid complex ; I. Tomb and temple. The Ka, the Ba and the body embalmed --
Burial rituals and the pyramid complex --
This world and the netherworld --
The pyramid texts --
The pyramid as icon ; II. Explorers and scientists. Early legends --
Mythic history of the Copts and Arabs --
The first European discover --
Napoleon's wise men --
Belzoni and Caviglia --
Digging by dynamite --
Lepsius and Mariette --
Petrie at the pyramids --
The great expeditions --
Recent discoveries ; III. The whole pyramid catalogue. Origins of the pyramid : Hierakonpolis --
Royal tombs at Abydos --
Archaic mastabas at Saqqara --
Saqqara : an overview --
Djoser's step pyramid complex --
The short life of step pyramids --
The first true pyramids : Meidun and Dahshur --
Giza : an overview --
The Great Pyramid of Khufu --
Djedefre at Abu Roash --
Return to Giza --
Khafre's pyramid and the Great Sphinx --
Menkaure's pyramid --
The passing of a dynasty --
The pyramid of Userkaf --
The pyramids of Abusir --
The end of the 5th dynasty --
Pyramids of the 6th dynasty --
Pyramids of the First Intermediate Period --
Mentuhotep at Deir el-Bahri --
The pyramids at Lisht --
The second phase of Middle Kingdom pyramids --
Mudbrick pyramids --
Late Middle Kingdom pyramids --
New Kingdom pyramids --
Ahmose at Abydos --
"Private" pyramids --
Pyramids of Late Antiquity ; IV. The living pyramid. Supply and transport --
Quarries --
The NOVA pyramid-building experiment --
Tools, techniques and operations --
Survey and alignment --
Ramps --
Rise and run --
Trouble at the top --
The workforce --
Building a Middle Kingdom pyramid --
Pyramid as landlord --
Pyramid towns --
Those who serve : priests and watchers --
Loaves and fishes --
The royal workshops --
Epilogue : the legacy of the pyramids --
Visiting the pyramids.
Responsibility: Mark Lehner.

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