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Due Date 040701 The Facts about the Great Pyramid of Giza For Professor James Quinn Humanities 10101 Ancient Medieval Worlds Upon our class visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 11 2001 we started with the Egyptian exhibit We were initially taken in one of the monument which was completely enclosed and had carvings and paintings on its interior walls of figures in motion The walls of the monument were approximately 15 feet high and were constructed of sandstone The visitors area to view this monument was very limited We proceeded to thoroughly view the Egyptian exhibit The exhibit primarily consisted of beautifully created sarcophaguses The sarcophaguses included physical features of the persons who were buried in them They had features of the persons face torsos and feet They were decorated from head to toe with painted figures colors headdresses precious gems and writings At the end of the exhibit we journeyed into a very large room that housed only one item for exhibit It was the Temple of Dendur I was very interested and impressed with its construction I began to wonder how does one construct this type of structure Construction in general interests me because I work with many conventional construction companies who are constructors of bridges highways roads and tunnels On the side of the Temple was a text describing the temple and it included some more details relative to Egyptian construction In one sentence I became fascinated with the Egyptians construction techniques The mortar used to construct the Egyptian pyramids is of unknown origin It has been analyzed and its chemical composition is known but cant be reproduced It is stronger than the stone and still holding up today My first reaction was how is that possible How can a chemical composition be known but not replicated It then occurred to me that even in the twenty-first century the ancient Egyptians methods of construction contain as much
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