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Sticks, Stones, & Shadows: Building the Egyptian Pyramids Hardcover – November 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806133422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806133423
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few have closely examined Egyptian technologies and techniques from the origins of pyramid development to the step-by-step details of how the ground was leveled, how the site was oriented, and how the stone was raised and placed to meet at a distant point in the sky.

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Martin Isler is a sculptor and President of InfoGraphis, a New York City trial graphics firm. He has studied the Egyptian pyramids for nearly thirty years.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on May 8, 2002
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Pyramid building, according to the author, should be placed not in the context of only Ancient Egyptian technology, but rather in that of Near Eastern technology. This book is devoted to understanding the methods used by the Ancient Egyptians to build the pyramids. Numerous illustrations and excellent evidence complete this professional, believable and backed-up discussion, which will be of much use to interested readers.
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I've read several other authors who attempted to detail the construction of the pyramids. Likewise, we've all seen various groups on TV attempting to build a small stone pyramid. Usually, these TV attempts have a plan on how to execute, then 10 minutes before the end of the show they abandon the complex plan and go with something more straight forward (usually involving a fork lift or crane hoisting some large blocks into position while the site manager mumbles something about 10,000 workers doing this-or-that).

Isler's book does an excellent job of outlining various possible theories that are floating around and then hypothesizes why they were not the method actually used. There are numerous chapters and sections in Isler's book following this writing method.

If you are willing to wade through all of that, then the conclusions towards the end of each section, and at the end of the book, make sense as a plausible system for the people of 4500 years ago to build massive stone pyramidal-like buildings. Yes, tens of thousands of people are required, but the technology employed is well defined in Isler's book and evidence for the existence of the tools required, and the alignment, hoisting, and leveling methods used, is referenced.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Bores on March 23, 2002
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This work is by someone who understands stonework and is compelling in its suggestions of how the pyramids might have been constructed.
A must read for those interested in this topic.
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