Sticks,Stones,and Shadows: Building the Egyptian Pyramids

Overview

What do the pyramids of Egypt really represent? What could have driven so many to so great, and often so dangerous, an effort? Was the motivation religious or practical?

Richly illustrated with more than 300 photographs and drawings, Sticks, Stones, and Shadows presents an entirely original approach to the subject of pyramid building. Unlike other books discussing these majestic structures, this book reveals the connection between devices that served both a practical need for ...

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Overview

What do the pyramids of Egypt really represent? What could have driven so many to so great, and often so dangerous, an effort? Was the motivation religious or practical?

Richly illustrated with more than 300 photographs and drawings, Sticks, Stones, and Shadows presents an entirely original approach to the subject of pyramid building. Unlike other books discussing these majestic structures, this book reveals the connection between devices that served both a practical need for survival and a spiritual belief in gods and goddesses. Few have closely examined Egyptian technologies and techniques from the origins of pyramid development to the step-by-step details of how the ground was leveled, how the site was oriented, and how the stone was raised and placed to meet at a distant point in the sky.

Nevertheless, this is much more than a how-to-do-it book. Martin Isler also asks and answers questions virtually ignored for the last century. He discloses, for example, the ancient use of shadows--now denigrated to the ornamental back-yard sundial--but once an important tool for telling the height of an object, geographical directions, the seasons of the year, and the time of day. Isler also reinterprets the ancient "stretching of the cord" ceremony, which once was thought to have only religious significance but here is shown as the means of establishing the sides of a pyramid.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806133423
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 839,124
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Mountains of the Sun 3
2 Egypt 36
3 Early Monuments 64
4 Step Pyramids 90
5 The True Pyramid 111
6 The Gnomon 135
7 Orientation 157
8 Preparing the Site 175
9 The Nucleus 196
10 Gathering Material 222
11 Building the Nucleus 245
12 The Second Stage 267
13 The Final Building Stage 287
Abbreviations 309
Notes 311
Glossary 323
Bibliography 327
Illustration Sources 337
Index 341
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