Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers
The Great Pyramid of Khufu is devoid of any ornamentation or sculpted frieze, typical of later Egyptian tombs.
Its elevation to – the oldest and only surviving – ‘Wonder of the Ancient World’ is based solely on its 210 (estimated original….now down to 201) layers of solid stone blocks, making it the largest pyramid ever built. An estimated 32000 of those enormous blocks line the bottom most layer!
The blocks in every ascending layer, get progressively smaller and lighter, but these have been found to be interspersed at specific intervals and surprisingly, almost all the way up to the top, with thicker courses! These layers are suspected to have been rope roll stations. They obviously didn’t just use ramps to haul up those rocks!
One of my earliest posts explores the geometry of this amazing structure in a bit more detail.