In ancient Egypt, pyramids were built
during the time of the Old
Pyramids were tombs, royal tombs, where the ancient Egyptians buried
their kings. The first pyramid was the Step Pyramid. It was built
about 5,000 years ago! You could see it for miles!
Pyramids were huge. They had rooms
inside like store rooms, bedrooms, and even inside courtyards.
Pyramids took many years to build. Cities grew up around the base of a
pyramid that was under construction. These cities were called pyramid
cities. Pharaoh provided food, shelter, and clothing for the workers
and their families. This is how the workers were paid.
the pyramid was built, the pyramid city continued to flourish. The
workers might be gone, but in their place were guards. A pyramid had
to be guarded. Pharaohs, like all ancient Egyptians, were buried with
grave goods so they could enjoy their afterlife. A pharaoh's grave
goods were made of gold and encrusted with jewels. Since pyramids were
huge, there was no hiding them. Everybody knew that a pyramid held
great wealth. This tempted many robbers. So the expense of a pyramid
was not only in construction costs, it continued after the pyramid was
To discourage theft, the
punishment for robbing a tomb was severe. Traps and secret passages
were built inside a pyramid to catch robbers. The pyramid was guarded.
Just the same, robbers could not seem to resist the lure of the great
wealth inside. Many tombs were successfully robbed.
the time of the Old Kingdom, pyramids fell out of style. They cost a
lot of time and money, and made it far too easy for robbers to know
exactly where great wealth was buried.
(story and game)
a Pyramid [Flash]
from the Ruins
they built the pyramids
Online - Pyramids! & Build
a Scale Model
Sphinx is not a pyramid
Great Pyramid (Wonder of the Ancient World, ppt)
Tomb Adventures for Kids (interactive)