Egyptian pyramid and sphinx

It took thousands of workers and many years to build a pyramid. Giant stones had to be moved across the desert, and some of the stones weighed more than 4,000 pounds! The workers built large ramps to raise the stones up the sides of the pyramid. When the pyramid was finished, the ramps were torn down.

The pyramids were built by Egyptian farmers during the flood season. The farmers were paid for their work in bread and beer.

The three Great Pyramids of Egypt line up with the three stars in Orion’s Belt in the night sky. The largest pyramid was built for King Khufu. It is the largest stone building ever built. The Great Pyramid is nearly 500 feet tall and is still standing today. To take a look inside the Great Pyramid, click here.

This website is maintained by Deborah McMurtrie, a second grade teacher at Aiken Preparatory School. Each year the second and third grade students at Aiken Prep research, write, and produce an original play. This year we decided to research ancient Egypt.

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The views expressed on this page are not necessarily those of the University of South Carolina Aiken. (February 2004)