How to get to the top of the pyramid
FourFourOne Ancient sculptures that once adorned the pyramid have been found to have been cut into pieces and transported hundreds of miles to the east, according to an article in the journal Nature.
“These ancient sculptures were once the centerpiece of the ancient pyramid complex, and we have uncovered new information about their use and transport in the past few years,” said study lead author Dr. James D. Hargreaves, from the University of Edinburgh.
Archaeologists from the Scottish Museum and the University’s Natural History Museum in Scotland recently visited the sites of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Sphinx of Gizeh, and the Khufu Sphinx and discovered more than 400 pieces of the original Egyptian sculptures that are scattered across the site.
The ancient sculptures date back about 600 years, and were likely used by the ancient Egyptians to decorate their sacred tombs.
A team of archaeologists led by Dr. Hargeaves and Professor Matthew Wright of the University Museum in Birmingham, UK, have recently begun excavating at the sites, which are under the protection of the British Museum.
They found that the sculptures were all cut into small pieces and carried by a group of men, including a pharaoh, along a long road.
As the group travelled, they were cut into large chunks, transported from one location to another and eventually dumped in the deserts of southern Egypt.
In one instance, they found a piece of the temple of Seti I in Gizehn, a complex that was constructed by the Khafre dynasty in the third millennium B.C.E.
The researchers also discovered that the pharaohs used the pieces to decorating the sacred tombases of his tombs at Khufun, the largest and oldest of the three Great Pyramids.
Ancient Egyptian art was prized in the ancient world and the team was interested in whether the sculptures had been lost or destroyed.
When the team came across the pieces, they thought it could be the first archaeological discovery of its kind, but their findings were more complex.
Rather than simply looking at a single piece of art, they decided to investigate what happened to each piece after it was cut.
Their results, published in Nature Communications, showed that the ancient sculptures had to be transported from Gizehu, where they were originally found, to the other sites, in order to preserve the original artwork.
It is possible that the pyramids were destroyed, or they were taken from their original locations and transported across the desert to Khufuu, the ancient capital of Egypt.
In addition to the ancient Egyptian sculptures, archaeologists have discovered that other artifacts have been used as well.
Among the most important pieces of artwork found at Khafu were clay figures of animals, birds and other animals.
The animals included horses, camels, hyenas and zebras, and they were used as decorations.
The team also found a large collection of clay tablets, known as cuneiform, which was used in Egyptian writing.
These were used to write messages to and from gods and to provide information about the future of the kingdom.
While the pygmy sculptures were found in the Great Pyramid, it was also found in many other sites in the region.
The British Museum has the most extensive collection of pyramids in the world, with nearly 50,000 pieces of art dating back to the 4th Dynasty (3200 to 2200 B.Y.D.).