Egyptian Pyramids Essay

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Tombs are houses, chambers or vaults for the dead. The original purpose of a tomb was to protect the dead and provide the deceased with a dwelling equipped with necessities for the afterlife. The earliest tombs were actually houses. In many prehistoric cultures people buried their dead in their own homes with their daily effects. The monumental pyramids of Ancient Egypt are perhaps the most famous tombs in the world. The following details how the pyramids were constructed and used, the most famous pyramids and recent archaeological discoveries. There are four different types of tombs, the simple pit grave, mastabas, rock cut chapels and finally last but not least we have pyramid tombs. Early on, the Egyptians built Mastabas, tombs made out…show more content…
Every tomb has two essential architectural components that reflected their religious function, a burial chamber and a close mortuary chapel. Terracotta funerary cones were inscribed with the owner’s name and put above the entrance to the tomb. Tombs were filled with a artwork and objects that the owner wanted to bring with them to their afterlife. In most tombs they put Egyptian artwork in them because tomb art was considered sacred and magical. It was supposed to tame the evil forces in the universe. The Great Pyramid of Giza, built for Khufu, is the largest, soaring to around 480 feet, and it is the last standing of Seven Wonders of the World. It is guessed that it took around 20,000 people to build The Great Pyramid over a period of around 20 years. The most famous of the Egyptian pyramids are the three gigantic tombs of the Fourth dynasty (c.2575-2465 B.C.). These monumental pyramids built for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure housed the royal mummies and their wordly effects thought to protect and be used by the kings in their afterlife. Even though The Three Pyramids have been looted many times they have still found hieroglyphics and some surviving artifacts such as jewelry, furniture and more house apparel. It has helped our archaeologists learn more about Ancient Egypt and its daily
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