The Secret of the Great Pyramid

How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery

Author: Bob Brier,Jean-Pierre Houdin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061981788

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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A decade ago, French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin became obsessed by the centuriesold question: How was the Great Pyramid built? How, in a nation of farmers only recently emerged from the Stone Age, could such a massive, complex, and enduring structure have been envisioned and constructed? Laboring at his computer ten hours a day for five years—creating exquisitely detailed 3-D models of the Pyramid's interior—Houdin finally had his answer. It was a startling revelation that cast a fresh light on the minds that conceived one of the wonders of the ancient world. Written by world-renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in collaboration with Houdin, The Secret of the Great Pyramid moves deftly between the ancient and the modern, chronicling two equally fascinating interrelated histories. It is a remarkable account of the step-by-step planning and assembling of the magnificent edifice—the brainchild of an innovative genius, the Egyptian architect Hemienu, who imagined, organized, and oversaw a monumental construction project that took more than two decades to complete and that employed the services of hundreds of architects, mathematicians, boatbuilders, stonemasons, and metallurgists. Here also is the riveting story of Jean-Pierre Houdin's single-minded search for solutions to the mysteries that have bedeviled Egyptologists for centuries, such as the purpose of the enigmatic Grand Gallery and the Pyramid's crack.
Posted in Social Science

How the Great Pyramid Was Built

Author: Craig B. Smith

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1588346269

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 5000

Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on the job? The answers are here, along with dazzling, one-of-a-kind color photographs and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of tools, materials, and building techniques the ancient masters used. In his foreword to the book, Egypt's Undersecretary of State for the Giza Monuments Zahi Hawass explains the importance of understanding the Great Pyramid as a straightforward construction project.
Posted in History

khufu

the secrets behind the building of the great pyraid

Author: Jean-Pierre Houdin

Publisher: Farid Atiya Press

ISBN: 9789771730613

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

View: 7682

Solves the riddles of Khufu's pyramid by combining archaeological information and a professional architect's approach.
Posted in Architecture

The Secrets of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Pyramids and the Secrets of the Pharaohs

Author: Federico Puigdevall,Albert Cañagueral

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1502634392

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 2604

Howard Carter's discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1923 sparked worldwide fascination about ancient Egypt, and the mysteries of the Egyptians still loom large. The Pyramids, the Sphinx, mummies, surviving artwork, and more all hold priceless clues about what life was like in ancient Egypt. This book takes a closer look at the information that archaeology has revealed and the lasting impact of these findings.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Egyptian Mummies

Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art

Author: Bob Brier

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688146244

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 4424

Egyptian Mummies results from research done in preparation for the mummification of a human body, the first to be done in the Egyptian style in two thousand years. Through these studies, noted Egyptologist Bob Brier has unearthed the gripping stories of grave robberies and stolen mummies, the forgotten language of the pharaohs, and the tombs of the royal mummies. In an easily accesible and lively style, Brier uncovers the complete historical context of ancient Egyptian culture and offers a fascinating contemporary interpretation of it. Illuminating their mysteries, myths, sacred rituals, and heiroglyphic writing, Egyptian Mummies brings the ancients to life.
Posted in History

A Visual History of the Great Civilizations

Author: Alberto Hernández Pamplona

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1499465750

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 6358

This captivating book offers young readers a perspective into the some of the greatest civilizations in history. With stunning illustrations and photographs of artifacts from antiquity, readers will learn about early civilizations such as Mesopotamia and the kings of Israel, civilizations from classical antiquity such as dynastic China and the Persian empire, and civilizations of the Middle Ages, such as the Viking explorers and the Incas, to name a few. Adding to the visual experience are timelines that put the history into perspective. This book is a must-read for any student of ancient history.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

A Visual History of Archaeological Discoveries Around the World

Author: Joan Soriano Campos

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1499465769

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 4024

This captivating book offers young readers to explore world archaeology as if they’re really there. With stunning images, readers will be able to explore the remains of the men and women who lived hundreds of thousands of years ago, and of hominoids of millions of years ago. The book explores sites in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceana. It then
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

The Pyramids of Egypt

How Were They Really Built?

Author: Chris Massey

Publisher: Book Guild Limited

ISBN: 9781846247347

Category: History

Page: 122

View: 2437

This engaging account is the result of Massey's pool-side ponderings, in which he gives a detailed alternative theory of how the ancient Egyptians could have used water to their advantage to make pyramid building much easier.
Posted in History

Cleopatra's Needles

The Lost Obelisks of Egypt

Author: Bob Brier

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474242944

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 2833

In the half-century between 1831 and 1881 three massive obelisks left Egypt for new lands. Prior to these journeys, the last large obelisk moved was the Vatican obelisk in 1586 – one of the great engineering achievements of the Renaissance. Roman emperors moved more than a dozen, but left no records of how they did it. The nineteenth-century engineers entrusted with transporting the obelisks across oceans had to invent new methods, and they were far from certain that they would work. As the three obelisks, bound for Paris, London and New York, sailed towards their new homes, the world held its breath. Newspapers reported the obelisks' daily progress, complete with dramatic illustrations of the heroic deeds of the engineers and crews struggling under nearly impossible conditions. When the obelisks finally arrived safely in their new homes, bands played Cleopatra's Needle Waltz and silver obelisk pencils dangled from fashionable ladies' necks. This turbulent era, caught up in obelisk mania, is recreated by Bob Brier in all its glory. Amid astounding tales of engineering dexterity and naval endurance, the individuals involved in transporting the obelisks and receiving them in their future homes are brought to life through their letters and diaries, newspaper articles and illustrations. Written by a renowned Egyptologist and author, this compelling book will fascinate all those interested in Egypt, its iconic monuments and the history of great endeavour.
Posted in History

The Search for Cleopatra

The True Story of History's Most Intriguing Woman

Author: Michael Foss

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628724862

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 3970

Cleopatra is wreathed by so many outsized myths that it is sometimes difficult to tell the woman from the legend. For centuries, historians have scarcely deviated from the occidental, Horatian portrayal of an Eastern temptress bent on bringing down the great men of Rome. Michael Foss looks through and beyond the myths, using fresh research to vividly bring to life the historical Cleopatra. A descendant of Alexander the Great’s Macedonian court, she struggled to hold her kingdom together at a time when the volatile clash of cultures threatened to shake Ptolemaic Egypt apart. Egypt’s decay coincided with the rise of Rome, and it is in the contest between the Eastern and Western empires that her story unfolds. Rome cast Cleopatra as a threat to the order of its own crumbling republic. To them, she represented decadence, corruption, and temptation. Yet as Foss shows with clarity and insight, Cleopatra played her hand in the only manner she could. Determined that her kingdom survive, she was prepared to do whatever it took to retain power, and very nearly achieved dominance of the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world. When she finally surrendered her ambitions, it was with a larger-than-life flare that has since inspired ancient chroniclers. Fully-illustrated, and impeccably documented, The Search for Cleopatra sets before us the most absorbing figure of the ancient world. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Posted in History

Pyramids of the Giza Plateau

Author: Charles Rigano

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496952499

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 1718

The most remarkable piece of ground in the World as Flinders Petrie described the Giza Plateau. Here the Pyramid Complexes of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure have stood for 4,600 years. The Giza pyramids have been scientifically studied for the last 300 years; now for the first time all three are brought together in one book. Virtually all contemporary "pyramid" books address only Khufu's Great Pyramid. This book provides a complete detailed look at all three 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. But it is not just descriptions as the complexes are today, but how the early explorers entered the pyramids and what they found. 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. In this book Charles Rigano combines both his on-site examinations and study of more than 200 references from the early explorers to the recent Egyptologists to form a complete picture of the Pyramid Complexes. This material is available nowhere else in a single volume.
Posted in History

The Murder of Tutankhamen

Author: Bob Brier

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101664754

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 5601

One of the nation’s most respected Egyptologists examines the compelling mystery behind the death of King Tutankhamen. “Can the truth be known about a possible murder that would have been committed 3,000 years ago? Respected Egyptologist Bob Brier, specialist in paleopathology and host of the Learning Channel’s acclaimed series The Great Egyptians, believes it can. Skillfully combining known historical events with evidence gathered by advanced technologies, Brier has re-created the suspenseful story of religious upheaval and political intrigue that likely resulted in the murder of the teenage king Tutankhamen. . . . Breathing life into old bones and artifacts, Brier examines all available evidence to arrive at ‘the most reasonable explanation for a tragic event,’ an explanation that, he says, is testable through the use of current technology on the mummified remains of the ancient king.”—Booklist (starred review) “Brier's 3,000-year-old mystery steadily draws the reader into the curious and exotic world of Egyptology. . . . By the time you finish his intrigue-filled reconstruction of Tutankhamen’s world—which includes such elements as teenage love, religious heresy, the Orwellian rewriting of history and the desperate pleas of a terrified queen—you risk coming to care a good deal about the young Pharaoh’s fate. . . . We can be grateful to Dr. Brier for showing that even a mystery dating to the fourteenth century B.C. is subject to engrossing examination.”—The New York Times INCLUDES 16 PAGES OF PHOTOS
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Magicians of the Gods

The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization

Author: Graham Hancock

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250045924

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 341

Originally published: London: Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, an Hachette UK Company, 2015.
Posted in History

The Great Pyramid Hoax

The Conspiracy to Conceal the True History of Ancient Egypt

Author: Scott Creighton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1591437903

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 6812

Reveals how the only hard evidence that dates the Great Pyramid--the quarry marks discovered by Colonel Vyse in 1837--was forged • Includes evidence from the time of the discovery of the marks: Vyse’s private field notes, surveys, facsimile drawings, and eye-witness testimony • Explains why Vyse was driven to perpetrate a fraud inside the Great Pyramid • Examines recent chemical analysis of the marks and high-definition photos to reveal errors and other anomalies within the forged Khufu cartouche Despite millennia of fame, the origins of the Great Pyramid of Giza are shrouded in mystery. Believed to be the tomb of an Egyptian king, even though no remains have ever been found, its construction date of roughly 2550 BCE is tied to only one piece of evidence: the crudely painted marks within the pyramid’s hidden chambers that refer to the 4th Dynasty king Khufu, discovered in 1837 by Colonel Howard Vyse and his team. Using evidence from the time of the discovery of these “quarry marks”--including surveys, facsimile drawings and Vyse’s private field notes--along with high definition photos of the actual marks, Scott Creighton reveals how and why the marks were faked. He investigates the anomalous and contradictory orthography of the quarry marks through more than 75 photos and illustrations, showing how they radically depart from the established canon of quarry marks from this period. He explains how the orientation of the Khufu cartouche contradicts ancient Egyptian writing convention and how one of the signs is from a later period. Analyzing Vyse’s private diary, he reveals Vyse’s forgery instructions to his two assistants, Raven and Hill, and what the anachronistic sign should have been. He examines recent chemical analysis of the marks along with the eye-witness testimony of Humphries Brewer, who worked with Vyse at Giza in 1837 and saw forgery take place. Exploring Vyse’s background, including his electoral fraud to become a member of the British Parliament, he explains why he was driven to perpetrate a fraud inside the Great Pyramid. Proving Zecharia Sitchin’s claim that the quarry marks are forgeries and removing the only physical evidence that dates the Great Pyramid’s construction to the reign of Khufu, Creighton’s study strikes down one of the most fundamental assertions of orthodox Egyptologists and reopens long-standing questions about the Great Pyramid’s true age, who really built it, and why.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Fingerprints of the Gods

The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization

Author: Graham Hancock

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307829057

Category: Science

Page: 592

View: 8215

The bestselling author of The Sign and the Seal reveals the true origins of civilization. Connecting puzzling clues scattered throughout the world, Hancock discovers compelling evidence of a technologically and culturally advanced civilization that was destroyed and obliterated from human memory. Four 8-page photo inserts.
Posted in Science

The Mystery of Khufu's Tomb

Author: Talbot Mundy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781434440624

Category: Fiction

Page: 140

View: 1871

Originally published in 1935, "The Mystery of Khufu's Tomb" features Mundy's hero Jeff Ramsden, as he sets out to aid the beautiful Joan Angela Leich, whose interests in Egypt have brought her unwelcome attention. Ramsden as Joan are soon off to the desert in search of Khufu's tomb -- and whatever treasures await!
Posted in Fiction

The Ascension Mysteries

Revealing the Cosmic Battle Between Good and Evil

Author: David Wilcock

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101984082

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 528

View: 3355

New York Times bestselling author David Wilcock has become one of the leading writers exploring ancient mysteries and new science. With his latest book, The Ascension Mysteries, David will take readers on a surprising and enthralling journey through the history of the universe, exploring the great cosmic battle surrounding our own ascension. David Wilcock’s previous New York Times bestsellers, The Source Field Investigations and The Synchronicity Key, used cutting-edge alternative science to reveal oft-hidden truths about our universe. In The Ascension Mysteries, David takes us on a gripping personal journey that describes the secret cosmic battle between positive and negative happening every day, hidden in both the traumas of our own lives and the world’s headlines. Through his contact with a positive higher intelligence behind the UFO phenomenon, groundbreaking scientific information, and data from high-ranking government whistle-blowers, David reveals that the earth is now on the front lines of a battle that has been raging between positive and negative extraterrestrials for hundreds of thousands of years. The Ascension Mysteries explores the towering personal obstacles David overcame to unlock the great secrets of our universe and looks ahead to what this battle means for each of us personally. By unifying ancient texts from a variety of religions with scientific data and insider testimony, David presents a stunning conclusion—that Earth is on the verge of a massive cosmic event that will transform matter, energy, consciousness, and biological life as we now know it and will utterly defeat the great villains of our time.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

Author: Bob Brier,A. Hoyt Hobbs

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313353069

Category: History

Page: 311

View: 1493

Explore day-to-day living in ancient Egypt in this exciting new revised edition.
Posted in History

Alexandria: The Last Night of Cleopatra

Author: Peter Stothard

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468310399

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 5250

When Peter Stothard found himself stranded in the Egyptian city of Alexandria in the winter of 2010, he set out to explore a nation on the brink of revolution. Guided by two native Egyptians, Stothard reawakens his life long obsession with the life and myth of Cleopatra while exploring the city and country she once ruled. Blending aspects of memoir, history, and travel narrative into an elegant and unique tapestry, Stothard uses the sights and sounds of the ancient city to reconnect with the experiences that shaped his life. Melancholy yet often humorous, Alexandria probingly deconstructs the enigma of modern Egypt—with its uneasy mix of classical touchstones and increasingly volatile Middle Eastern politics—and offers a first–hand glimpse into the fracturing state just before the Tahrir Square uprising and the start of the Arab Spring.
Posted in History