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Accurate building of the Pyramids

Accurate building of the Pyramids

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Key Info
  • Accurate building of the Pyramids
  • Duration: 01:55
  • The great pyramid is made up from over 200 layers of horizontal limestone blocks, and the area of each layer is slightly less than the one below. The Egyptians had to be very precise when building the pyramids to get them to the shape they are. The 'bent pyramid' in Egypt gets its name because the incline changes part way up. The Egyptians used a plumb bob and a tri-square to check they were building accurately. With thanks to "WGBH TV". This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
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  • Keywords: Egypt, Egyptians, Egyptian life, pyramid, pyramids, measuring, vertical, plumb bob, tri-square, right angles, PyramidTheGreatPyramidOfKhufu, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Children could create their own plumb bob and tri-square to check for verticals and right angles.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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