Day 9: Pyramids: construction and logistics
We will discuss the purpose and development of pyramids and
tomb complexes and the practical mathematics needed for their
construction. What was needed in terms of geometry, quantity
surveying, and accounting
control to support such large projects? We will also discuss Egyptian
This Old Pyramid.
R.J. Gillings, Mathematics in the Time of the Pharaohs, pp.
124-127 on Temple Salaries and Chapter 20.
Explore the Nova pyramid
The pyramid complex.
Nova has a large site on the pyramids, including a
of the This Old Pyramid episode.
On to Day 10.
Zahi Hawass, who is in charge of the Giza plateau, has a page on the
recent excavations of the town and tombs of the pyramid builders.
There is an excellent, large site on Djoser's
The pyramid of Sneferu at Meidum.
Pyramid of Sneferu at Dahshur.
plateau project from the Oriental Institute at Chicago.
map of workers’ settlement at Giza.
A recent article on Mark Lehner from Harvard
Up to Ancient
and Classical Mathematics
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