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There are days when the sand blows ceaselessly blanketing the remains of a powerful dynasty that ruled Egypt 5000 years ago When the wind dies down and the sands are still a long shadow casts a wedge of darkness across the Sahara creeping ever longer as the north African sun sinks beyond the horizon This is where our history of Egypt begins in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza where stone meets sky as a testament to one of the greatest civilizations on earth Here on the plateau of Giza 2300000 blocks of stone some weighing as much as 9 tons were used to build an eternal tomb for a divine king Five thousand years ago the fourth dynasty of Egypts Old Kingdom was a highly advanced civilization where the kings known as pharaohs were believed to be gods They lived amidst palaces and temples built to honor them and their deified ancestors Pharaoh originally meant great house but later came to mean king What we know of this early society changes and is re-intepreted year by year as new archaeological finds discovered beneath the desert sands revise our understanding of ancient Egypt This web site will show you science in action -- bringing you face to face with the evidence archaeologists use to understand the meaning of Gizas pyramids and to the process of evaluating the finds they will uncover beneath the sands of the plateauARCHITECTURAL CHARACTER OF ANCIENT EGYPTIANSThe primitive architecture in the valley of the Nile consisted of readily architectural character available tractable materials like reeds papyrus and palm branch ribs Plastered over with clay With bundles of stems placed vertically side by side and lashed to a bundle placed horizontally near the top Walls or fences could be made alternatively Palm - leaf ribs were planted in the ground at short intervals with others laced in a diagonal network across them and secured to a
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