Development of Pyramids in History

1280 Words6 Pages
Pyramids are one of the Ancient Architectural structures known to man. They were built as tombs for pharaohs and queens. To a layman, when a pyramid is being made mention of, one automatically assume the Egyptians. Although one of the trademarks of the Egyptians was the pyramid, the Mesopotamians were the first to construct a step-like pyramid structure. These platform-raised buildings were known as Ziggurats. The ziggurat was the major architectural structure for the founders of the Mesopotamian civilization (3500 and 3000 B.C.E); “the Sumerians.” Ziggurats were constructed using sun-dried baked stones that prevented it from lasting longer like the pyramids in Egypt. The most famous of them all was the ziggurat of King Urnammu at Ur in Iraq, although not as old as the pyramid’s of Giza. The lower levels of the ziggurats are covered with planted trees and dirt just to give it a mountainous effect. There is a belief that the gods lived on mountains thereby bringing the worshippers closer to heaven. Back then, only powerful priests were allowed to go inside the ziggurats.
The most famous pyramids are found in Egypt, there are also known as the great pyramids. There were constructed with hard stone, glazed with limestone. This was a time on reflection of the old Kingdom in Egypt (2686-2181 B.C.E) on their political, and social stability. Although it may have been rumored that the slaves were responsible for the construction of the pyramids in Egypt, it was later confirmed that it was an effort from various craftsmen and builders in general. The Egyptians great success of the pyramids proved that were united.
In the old kingdom, before the construction of pyramids was the existence of structured tombs to bury highly placed people es...

... middle of paper ...

...eve that mountainous like structures housed the spirits of their ancestors. Mexicans also had similar step like structures, but their’s can be compared to the Sumerian Ziggurats of Mesopotamia. Stacked like shaped pyramids similar to the ones constructed by Imhotep in Egypt can be compared to the ones in Spain though they are built from lava stone. They may have been dated to the 19th century; these pyramids have been destroyed because of the material used for construction. The Mexicans on the other hand used their pyramids for Human sacrifice. However, The South Indians have put their pyramids to religious use, they serve as Holy temples.
As far back as the Pyramid of Khufu to the modern day like pyramids found in France. Pyramid based structures are proven through researches to be used all around the world.

Works Cited

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid

More about Development of Pyramids in History

Open Document