“The most remarkable piece of ground in the World”
W. M. Flinders Petrie 1883
The Pyramid Complexes of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure have stood on the Giza Plateau for 4,600 years. They have been scientifically studied for the last 300 years; yet this is the first book that brings together all three into one volume.
Here is a complete detailed look at the Giza pyramids and their complexes – the Sphinx, subsidiary pyramids, temples, boat pits, and enclosures. The descriptions are supplemented by almost 300 photos and drawings to provide the reader a detail look which can only be surpassed by being there in person with a very knowledgeable guide.
In addition Charles Rigano provides new ideas on:
• How Khufu was interred in his Great Pyramid.
• How the first robbers gained entry and robbed Khufu’s pyramid.
• How Caliph Al Mamun in 820AD really penetrated the Great Pyramid.
• Why Heterpheres “tomb” is at Giza.
• Why there is a field of stone bases near Khafre’s Pyramid.
• The initial smaller plan for Khafre’s Pyramid.
• Conclusive evidence that ties the Sphinx to Khafre.
• How Menkaure’s Burial Chamber and Inclined Passage were built.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like thousands of other people, I am an Egyptophile, and I have studied ancient Egypt intensely for the past two decades. Some of us were drawn to the field by a fascination with mummies, for others Akhenaten was the lure, but many of us developed a passion for pyramids. This preoccupation led us to read all we could find on the subject, and, for those who were able, to visit the monuments themselves. I wish a book like this one had been available twenty years ago! Charles Rigano's book on the Pyramids of Giza performs a valuable service by drawing together an immense amount of information from sources ranging from the earliest explorers' reports to the latest archaeological discoveries. I will quote a few numbers to show what an enormous contribution he has made on this popular topic. Among his 222 references are many that are out-of-print or available only in specialized libraries, while his 400+ endnotes testify to the rigor of his research and allow a curious reader to penetrate further into the primary literature. Rigano supplements his literature review with his first-hand observations -- made during a number of extended visits -- to provide vivid descriptions and hundreds of photographs of seldom-seen areas. His decision to devote an entire book to the three Giza pyramid complexes was made after his long, and often frustrating, study of the available pyramid books. Even the most comprehensive of these treat the entire Giza group in fewer than 30 pages. There is much, much more to learn about the Giza Pyramids, and Rigano both provides more information about each major pyramid as well as treating the entire plateau as a coherent funerary site that was developed over the reigns of three Dynasty IV kings. The book includes information about the subsidiary pyramids, temples and causeways, the Sphinx, and building technology. He also offers new ideas about some outstanding mysteries while staying well within the conventional Egyptological canon as supported by archaeological findings. Anyone who has seen the pyramids will want to read this book to better understand their own observations and to see what they have missed. Arm-chair travelers will find everything they could want to know in a concise, readable format illustrated with hundreds of excellent photographs and diagrams. If you only buy one more book about pyramids, this should be the one!!