Pyramids are stone structures with a square base and sloping sides meeting at the apex. In ancient Egypt they were built as burial monuments. They are usually very large monolithic structures with only a few small rooms.
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The Construction of the Pyramids
An illustrated guide to the construction, architecture and the evolution of the design of the pyramids from the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.
Egyptian Centres of Cult Worship
Photographs and sectional drawings of the Egyptian pyramids.
Engineering the Pyramids
Professor Michel Barsoum describes evidence that parts of the Great Pyramids of Giza were built using an early form of concrete.
Great Pyramid of Khufu - El Giza, Egypt - Great Buildings Online
Great Pyramid of Khufu by unknown architect, at El Giza, Egypt, -2600 to -2480, in the Great Buildings Online.
Pyramid of Man - The House of Going Forth by Day
An illustrated discussion by Vincent Brown on the architecture of Old Kingdom pyramids, with bibliography. The focus is on the depiction of the figure of Osiris in the substructure of Khufu's pyramid.
The British Museum provides a readable, illustrated introduction to the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Includes an interactive reconstruction of Khufu's pyramid complex.
An illustrated description of the evolution of the Egyptian pyramids and discussion of how they were built from King Tut One.com. Includes a virtual model of the Great Pyramid.
The Pyramids of Egypt
Photographs by Frank P. Roy together with brief information, and site plans of pyramid complexes. Also a timeline and pyramid statistics, with sources, a map of Egypt and uncritical discussion of the Orion theory.
Pyramids: The Inside Story
NOVA Online tours the Great Pyramid in QuickTime VR, explains how the pyramids were constructed and by whom. Also covers a 1997 excavation of the bakery that fed the pyramid builders.
The Step Pyramid Complex of Djoser
Clickable plan and images, provided by the University of Pennsylvania.
The Upuaut Project
Computer-based study combined with robotic investigation of the shafts in the Great Pyramid of Cheops by engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink. He argues that they were not air shafts.
Harvard Magazine: Who Built the Pyramids?
Archaeologist Mark Lehner has discovered a city of pyramid workers. Illustrations include a conjectural drawing of the Giza plateau near the end of Khufu's reign. (July 01, 2003)
Door Shuts on Pyramid's Mysteries
The BBC reports that the secrets of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Cheops will remain locked up for another 12 months after a door blocks a miniature robot explorer. (September 17, 2002)
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