« Dormeshia gives a tap lesson | Home | Honeybees surf to safety on waves they create »

December 6, 2019

The Great Pyramid at Giza — then and now

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 3.55.11 PM

4,579 years have a way of changing things.

Above, an artist's reconstruction of how the structure looked when it was finished in 2560 BCE.

It was originally 481 feet tall, with each base side measuring 756 feet.

A smooth layer of fine white limestone covered the surface, all cut to the same angle and polished to a shine so bright it almost glowed.

The structure was capped with a pyramidion, a capstone made of solid granite and covered with gold.

Below, what you'll see if you visit today: rough limestone blocks, each weighing 2.5-15 tons, colored a dark sandy brown from thousands of years of weathering and pollution.

With erosion and absent its pyramidion, its present height is 455 feet.

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 3.55.06 PM

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Below,

a Smithsonian Channel video about the structure.

December 6, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

Sic transit gloria mundi my ass.

You know what happened to that white limestone facing?
It did not weather away. It was stolen by the Muslims to build mosques in Cairo.

Human history runs back about 8,000 years. Half of it is Egyptian.

Posted by: antares | Dec 6, 2019 3:31:54 PM

Post a comment