Engineering an Empire: Egypt

The History Channel has a great series called Engineering an Empire We are watching a portion of the Egypt episode in class, particularly the segments devoted to the building of the pyramids. As we talked about in class, the pyramids developed over time to be what we think of as the Great Pyramids of Giza.

During the period known as the Old Kingdom (2686 - 2181 B.C.E.), the final resting places of the pharaohs changed from simple mastabas, to step pyramids, to smooth-sloped triangular pyramids.

The video is pretty long, so focus on the development of the pyramids and the effort that the Egyptians put into building them. 

Here's a great video animation of the construction of the pyramids. Remember to think about why the Egyptians are building these massive structures!

And be sure to check out this amazing website that describes the filming of the pyramids with drone-based cameras, and that has a 360-degree aerial tour of the site of Giza!

Here's a video presentation by Peter Manuelian of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston all about the Giza pyramids.

Why are the Tombs at Giza Important? (11:35) from Peter Manuelian on Vimeo.

And here's a video that's a little old, but it talks about Egyptian burial practices and has lots of images of mummified bodies: