My Mother, again! Some folks say young people are savvy, but MY mother though…
Wonders of a Different Color
Most of what I think of Egypt is a compilation of preconceived notions. A small percentage of what I know of the place is historical, ancient facts while the other higher percentage is based in pop culture. If someone asked me about people, government and modern ways of Egyptian life, I’d come up almost empty. I’m still learning things I should’ve gotten privy to a while ago. Now that I think on it, for some odd reason, whenever there’s reference to a desert of some kind, or the colors black and gold, I think of Egypt or at least Africa.
For some people it could be Steelers ^_^. So imagine my surprise when my mom tells me that the world famous Pyramids of Giza Plateau used to be gleaming white.
Limestone was a prime resource for Egyptian architecture in addition to alabaster. And by “prime” I mean expensive and hard-to-get. In other words, physical labor was demanding, as per usual and said to come from Tura, an ancient limestone mining site that ancient Egyptians called Troyu. Although limestone was used in the construction of Giza’s pyramids, the finishing touch was a thin coating of limestone to make the pyramids have smooth, even sides (to any tech nerds, think anti-aliasing BEFORE it became digital ^_^). So, naturally ancient architects used limestone on the larger pyramids belonging to: Khufu, Khafre (khephren) and Menkaure (Mycerinus) respectively. Said remnants of the limestone layer has since stayed preserved on Khafre’s pyramid, akin to a mountain’s snow cap that never thaws, much smoother than the rest of the Pyramid’s body.
The most surprising thing to me is how regardless of excavations continuing in the world, archaeology is a booming, persistent industry. Despite everything published pertaining to ancient Egypt, there are still tombs that are untouched! The reason, however is not as superstitiously rooted as early explorers may have thought; much less about curses. The ancient architects installed security: traps. There are even other tombs throughout the world that are heavily guarded by such measures like the First Emperor’s tomb in China and the Pyramids of Mexico. Pretty neat how there’s still more out there.
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