Pyramids: Making a Point
By Joseph, John, Miguel, and Victoria of Class 601
Ok, Let's Get to the Point...
The Exterior of a Pyramid
The Interior of a Pyramid
A pyramid is made up of many shafts and chambers. At the heart of the pyramid is the King's chamber, where the mummified corpse of the pharaoh rests in his tomb. Leading from the King's chamber are multiple airshafts. Below the pyramid is a mysterious room known only as the "underground chamber," since its purpose is unknown.
Are All Pyramids the Same?
All pyramids are built with the same shape but different heights. For example, the Great Pyramid is taller than the other two pyramids. Additionally, the Egyptians used the same limestone blocks to build all of the pyramids. Most blocks weighs around 15 Tons. Some weigh more than an elephant! The pyramids all had to be made with the same amount of precision and craftsmanship, because if any block was out of place the whole pyramid would be ruined.
What's the Big Deal
You may be asking yourself this: why were the Great Pyramids of Giza so spectacular? Well, as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt, you were considered a god and treated to the best. The Egyptians believed that whatever you are buried with will be taken with you over to the "next life," and so it was a big deal for pharaohs to be correctly mummified and put in an easily-seen monument to be properly remembered, filled with riches and worldly possessions of the king.