"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 goes beyond the Great Pyramid and provides a complete detailed look at all three Giza pyramids and their complexes: the main pyramid, 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, with the 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.
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Many contemporary authors focus only on the Great Pyramid and consider what might be possible. Charles Rigano focuses on the archaeological record to see where it leads him. He has been studying Old Kingdom architecture for 25 years and his earlier articles on the Bent Pyramid interior, Sneferu's pyramid at Meidum, the small subsidiary pyramid recently uncovered near Khufu's Pyramid, and on pyramid building all provided new insights on these old subjects. His ideas and proposals are in keeping with conventional Egyptological thinking. Charles Rigano spent seven years researching and writing this book. He studied the writings of ancient travelers, what early scientists found when they first entered the pyramids and when they uncovered the monuments, and the works of modern Egyptologists. He combined this research with his own on-site observations to form this complete “picture” of the ancient Giza monuments.Review:
"...the most exhaustive work ever published on its subject matter.""...the book's special value certainly lies with its nearly 300 photos, maps, plans, and other graphics...that show the reader views and places never published before..." KMT Magazine Summer 2015
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