The pyramids and temples of Gizeh

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...or a third of the whole, are now missing. The Arabs say that they were found lying dislodged in the temple; and that Mariette, when clearing up the place to exhibit (at the festivities of the opening of the Suez Canal) had them blasted to pieces by soldiers. This seemed scarcely credible, although very similar stories are reported of that Conservator of Antiquities; but among the quantities of broken granite, which is built into a rude wall to keep back the sand, I found many pieces with polished surfaces like the beams in question, and with distinct blast-holes cut in them, quite different in character to the holes drilled anciently. This ugly story, therefore, seems confirmed. Besides this great hall, with the colonnades 222-4 inches high, there is another hall to the east of it, which has been much higher; and from each end of the eastern hall is a doorway, one now blocked up, the other leading to a chamber. Out of the great hall a doorway, in the N.W. corner, leads to a set of six loculi; these are formed in three deep recesses, each separated in two by a shelf of granite. These recesses still have their roofs on, and are dark except for the light from the doorway, and from a ventilator. The lower part of the walls of each recess is formed of granite, resting on the rock floor; this is 6r6 to 617 high. Above this is the granite shelf, 28 thick, which extends the whole length of the recess. In the southern recess this shelf is nearly all of one block 176 x over 72 x 28. Upon this shelf, over the lower recesses, are placed two walls of alabaster, dividing the upper three loculi; both walls arc irregularly a few inches southward of the lower walls. The extraordinary length of these loculi--over 19 feet--seems strange; especially as the turn to the side loc...

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A pioneering Egyptologist, Flinders Petrie (1853–1942) excavated over fifty sites, trained a generation of archaeologists, and brought his subject to a wider audience. Published in 1883, this landmark survey includes the first accurate measurements of the Great Pyramid of Giza. These findings are still used as a reference.

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W. M. Flinders Petrie, who excavated some 3000 graves in 1898-99, is regarded as the father of modern archaeology.

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