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Limestone in Ancient Egyptian Culture

Limestone in Ancient Egyptian Culture

November 4th, ninety-six years ago, will mark the day the tomb of King Tutankhamen was opened in Egypt, revealing spectacular artifacts and a magnificent mummy of the boy king. 

In honor of this remarkable discovery, nearly a century ago, we are going to cover pyramids and the natural stone that was used to create these incredible structures.

The Great Pyramid is made up of approximately two million blocks of limestone. Each block used to construct the pyramid is estimated to weigh more than two tons. It belonged to the pharaoh Khufu and once held his body; however, today the pyramid remains empty. The Great Pyramid is considered the last ancient wonder of the world standing today.

It is mind-boggling to imagine that people moved two million blocks of limestone that weighed more than two tons each. How did they achieve it? One can only speculate.

Another fact that is truly amazing is how long the pyramids have survived. The Great Pyramid was completed circa 2560 BC and remains one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. How many structures in our current world do you think can survive the test of such a time frame?