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Pyramids of Giza Lesson

Pyramids of Giza Lesson

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The Pyramids of Giza: A Marvel in Human Achievement
 Although there are nearly 100 pyramids in the country of Egypt, the three pyramids that occupy the Giza Plateau, (a flat, raised part of the dessert) are arguably
 greatest architectural achievement. Many textbooks, and films depict the Ancient Egyptian builders of the pyramids as being Indo-European, but Herodotus, an eyewitness visitor to Egypt in 440 BCE records the fact that the Egyptians
are “black
” with “wooly hair.”
 Moreover, the esteemed historian and scientist, Dr. Cheikh  Anta Diop, points out that the Ancient Egyptians did not call their homeland Egypt. They called their country
 a word, which when
interpreted means, “black
 In their ancient language, it is literally written,
 Kemet = Black Community/town
 Hence, we can conclude that the pyramids of Giza are an achievement belonging specifically to African people. By conservative estimates, the pyramids of Giza were built about 4,500 years ago, but it is important to note that this estimation is still being refined. The Giza pyramids may be much older. The largest of the three pyramids is called the Great Pyramid and was built in honor of the King Khufu, the second largest for his son Khafre, and the smallest of the three for his grandson Menkaure. The base of the Great Pyramid occupies 13 acres
 that is about seven city blocks! The Great Pyramid was constructed by using over 2 million stone blocks. The average stone block weighs 5,000 pounds (2.5 tons). Amazingly, some of the stones weigh as much as 12,000 pounds. Modern scientists are still not certain how the  Ancient Egyptians pulled off such a large, engineering feat in ancient times. Even with current technology, the scientific and mathematical precision of the pyramids have not been duplicated. This is especially true of the Great Pyramid (the largest of the three). Let us look at the amazing facts about the pyramids.
 The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is the only ancient Wonder still in existence today.
 The foundation of the Great Pyramid has a ball-and-socket, corner stone construction that enables it to withstand heat expansion and earthquakes.
The three pyramids of Giza are precisely aligned with the three stars in Orion’s
Orion’s Belt is a pattern of stars that can be seen in the Earth’s night sky.
(See figure A)

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