Ah, the pyramids at Giza. I feel as if I lived here once. Before there were camels.

Ah, the pyramids at Giza. I feel as if I lived here once. Before there were camels.

Mercury, Venus, and Saturn align with the Pyramids of Giza for the first time in 2,737 years on December 3, 2012

Mercury, Venus, and Saturn align with the Pyramids of Giza for the first time in 2,737 years on December 3, 2012

The sun setting behind the Pyramid of Khafre in Giza, UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Cairo, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

The sun setting behind the Pyramid of Khafre in Giza, UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Cairo, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

The Old Kingdom of Egypt (c. 2613-2181 BCE) is also known as the 'Age of the Pyramids' or 'Age of the Pyramid Builders' as it includes the great 4th Dynasty when King Sneferu perfected the art of pyramid building and the pyramids of Giza were constructed under the kings Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. The historical records of this period, the 4th-6th Dynasties of Egypt, are scarce and historians regard the history of the era as literally 'written in stone'.   (By Joshua J. Mark) --AHE

The Old Kingdom of Egypt (c. 2613-2181 BCE) is also known as the 'Age of the Pyramids' or 'Age of the Pyramid Builders' as it includes the great 4th Dynasty when King Sneferu perfected the art of pyramid building and the pyramids of Giza were constructed under the kings Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. The historical records of this period, the 4th-6th Dynasties of Egypt, are scarce and historians regard the history of the era as literally 'written in stone'. (By Joshua J. Mark) --AHE

The Pyramid of the Magician, The Magician’s House, and The Pyramid of the Dwarf are all names for the 115 feet tall grand pyramid of the Maya at Uxmal. Archaeological evidence suggests that the city was founded some time in the 6th century AD. Uxmal means either “built three times” or “what is to come, the future” and is considered today to be one of the most important Maya archaeological sites. Legend is the Pyramid was built overnight by a dwarf that was hatched from an egg.

The Pyramid of the Magician, The Magician’s House, and The Pyramid of the Dwarf are all names for the 115 feet tall grand pyramid of the Maya at Uxmal. Archaeological evidence suggests that the city was founded some time in the 6th century AD. Uxmal means either “built three times” or “what is to come, the future” and is considered today to be one of the most important Maya archaeological sites. Legend is the Pyramid was built overnight by a dwarf that was hatched from an egg.

Mayan Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal, Mexico / The Pyramid of the Magician is a…

Mayan Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal, Mexico / The Pyramid of the Magician is a…

Pyramids were important locations that early civilizations used as tombs for kings, sites for sacrifices, places for worship, and astronomical tools. The Mayans were especially crafty in the construction of the Temple of Kukulkan. It has 91 steps on each side of the pyramid plus a platform, which totals 365 steps, one for each day of the Mayan calendar.

Pyramids were important locations that early civilizations used as tombs for kings, sites for sacrifices, places for worship, and astronomical tools. The Mayans were especially crafty in the construction of the Temple of Kukulkan. It has 91 steps on each side of the pyramid plus a platform, which totals 365 steps, one for each day of the Mayan calendar.

Nubia, Sudan: the pyramids that pre-date the Egyptian pyramids . (Sudan - the black pharaohs by Retlaw Snellac, via Flickr)

Nubia, Sudan: the pyramids that pre-date the Egyptian pyramids . (Sudan - the black pharaohs by Retlaw Snellac, via Flickr)

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