National Geographic: Egypt Pyramids--Facts, Photos, Diagrams Writer Carl Hoffman traveled to Egypt in February 2011, a week after popular demonstrations led to the president's resignation. These are his observations. Tourism is Egypt’s second largest source of revenue, bringing in $13 billion in 2010. The Great Pyramid at Giza, after all, is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. To visit the Pyramids is to be struck dumb by their monumentality, their celebration of the fundamental human need to create. I have visited them before, but this time they felt different. In the empty quiet I had a chance to talk to the horsemen and camel drivers who usually hustle rides to tourists. “We have no work, nothing,” said Ali Abd el Hamid, astride his camel. He and his colleagues ply their trade seven days a week, year in and year out, a profession inherited from their fathers and grandfathers. “I had three camels but sold two to feed my family,” says Hussein, who wouldn’t give his last name.
Ancient Egypt The Egyptian civilization is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The Egyptians have given a lot to mankind. Their fine architectural designs still remain unbeaten. Nile River Facts One of the oldest civilizations known to man, ancient Egypt, was based around and depended on the river Nile. Ancient Egyptian Inventions From papers to clocks, the Egyptians produced a number of inventions that are used―albeit in a different form―in our day-to-day activities even today. Eye of Ra Meaning There are several myths associated with the eye of Ra, all of which can be interpreted to give it the meaning it holds in popular culture today. Significance of Cats in Ancient Egypt Cats were held in very high esteem by the ancient Egyptians. Ancient Egyptian Culture Ancient Egyptian culture has always been a subject of curiosity for people all across the world. King Tut Facts King Tutankhamun would have been a mere name lost in history, if his tomb was not discovered during the 1920s. Egyptian Papyrus
Great Pyramid - Ancient Mystery Unraveled The Ancient Mystery Unraveled The Great Pyramid is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. It is one of the oldest structures on the face of the earth and arguably the best built. Its mortar joints are consistently 1/50 of an inch, which is incredible craftsmanship, considering that of the over two million stones that make up the Pyramid, there is no stone weighing less than a ton, most weighing about two and a half, and some as much as 20 tons! The Pyramid covers over 13 acres and is solid masonry, not hollow or earth-filled like the Central American pyramids. The Great Pyramid here demonstrates the remarkable character of its placement on the face of the Earth. The Pyramid is at the earth's center While being the oldest structure on the face of the earth, the Great Pyramid is the most accurately oriented, being laid out almost exactly due north, south, east, and west. Two Schools of Pyramidology Shepherd-Prophets Consider these facts.
Ancient Egypt | Egyptian Mummies A mummy in Ancient Egypt is a body that has been preserved and carefully designed to last for an eternity. The process was long and tedious; however, essential for an Egyptian as it meant an existence in the Afterlife. The priests who performed this sacred ritual went to great lengths to ensure their mummies were carefully anointed, wrapped, and packaged. After the painstaking process was completed, these ancient packages were laid to rest inside a tomb or mass burial site. A mummy gives us a tiny glimpse into the life of an Ancient Egyptian—some royal and some everyday citizens. The Mummification Process How was a mummy prepared?
Cartography Cartography (from Greek χάρτης khartēs, "map"; and γράφειν graphein, "write") is the study and practice of making maps. Combining science, aesthetics, and technique, cartography builds on the premise that reality can be modeled in ways that communicate spatial information effectively. The fundamental problems of traditional cartography are to: Set the map's agenda and select traits of the object to be mapped. Modern cartography is largely integrated with geographic information science (GIScience) and constitutes many theoretical and practical foundations of geographic information systems. History The earliest known map is a matter of some debate, both because the definition of "map" is not sharp and because some artifacts speculated to be maps might actually be something else. Mappa mundi are the Medieval European maps of the world. The Arab geographer Muhammad al-Idrisi produced his medieval atlas Tabula Rogeriana in 1154. Technological changes Map types
ANGKORWAT Miraculously, very little damage has been made on the Angkor region as a result of the bloody civil that has terrorized the Cambodia for over 30 years. The Khmer Rouge, an extreme-left organization has actively organized guerrilla activities against Prince Sihanouk's government. In 1975, many Buddhist monks who lived in the Angkor temples were massacred along with the majority of the Buddhist population as a result of a "social reorganization". However, Angkor Wat suffered very little structural damage in that attack. Angkor began to decline around 1220 after the death of Jayavarman VII, and then was sacked twice by the Thais, in 1351 and 1431. The temples of Angkor are not far from Siem Reap and there are a number of transport options. Click here to see a brief introduction to the temples and some suggestions for itineraries. Click here to go to top.
Egypt's Golden Empire . Special Features . A Day in the Life Experience a day in the life of Ancient Egypt through the voices of some very different people. From a pharaoh to a farmer, housewife to a nobleman, find out how they lived and what their lives were like. Ancient Egyptian society was highly structured and people spent their time in very different ways, depending on their job and their social standing. At the top of the social ladder, the pharaoh spent his day on official duties, while the nobleman enjoyed hunting wild birds and hosting dinner parties. Nebtawi the master craftsman enjoyed a full life, with an interesting job and a loving family, but Itennu the priest and Mdjai the soldier had more simple and disciplined lives. Towards the bottom of the social hierarchy were the farmers, although some did much better than others. Experience a typical day for different people in ancient Egypt and discover how daily life has changed since they were alive, more than 3,000 years ago.
Ancient World Mysteries Decoded. The Esoteric Knowledge of a Lost Age. Dimensions of the Cheops (Khufu) pyramid and building materials involved. Numbers and figures of the Cheops (Khufu) pyramid: The pyramid of Khufu - Output / performance - Building material - Dimensions of the pyramid - Dimensions in Royal Cubits - Sources Cheops-pyramid (pyramid of Khufu) Of the the famous Seven Wonders of the Ancient World the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) at Giza is the only one still standing. The Giza pyramids must have made an incredible visual impact - at the edge of the desert three abstract geometrical symbols were rising, huge luminous white triangles reflecting the blinding light of the sun! The pyramids on the Giza plateau are with 146.59m (Khufu / Cheops) and 143.87m (Khafre / Chefren) respectively the largest, however there are over 30 major pyramids and a myriad of smaller pyramids in Egypt. Cheops-Pyramid 1. Output / performance Detailed calculations how many workers were necessary to build the pyramid Overview pyramid building Building materials for the Cheops-pyramid Quarrying stones for the pyramid Löhner's rope roll Sources