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Characteristics[ edit ] Due to the scarcity of wood,  the two predominant building materials used in ancient Egypt were sun-baked mud brick and stonemainly limestone, but also sandstone and granite in considerable quantities.
The core of the pyramids consisted of locally quarried stone, mudbricks, sand or gravel. For the casing stones were used that had to be transported from farther away, predominantly white limestone from Tura and red granite from upper Egypt.
Drawings of the types of the architectural capitals specific for the Ancient Egyptian civilization.
Ancient Egyptian houses were made out of mud collected from the damp banks of the Nile river. It was placed in moulds and left to dry in the hot sun to harden for use in construction.
If the bricks were intended to be used in a royal tomb like a pyramid, the exterior bricks would also be finely chiselled and polished. Many Egyptian towns have disappeared because they were situated near the cultivated area of the Nile Valley and were flooded as the river bed slowly rose during the millennia, or the mud bricks of which they were built were used by peasants as fertilizer.
Others are inaccessible, new buildings having been erected on ancient ones. However, the dry, hot climate of Egypt preserved some mud brick structures. Also, many temples and tombs have survived because they were built on high ground unaffected by the Nile flood and were constructed of stone.
Thus, our understanding of ancient Egyptian architecture is based mainly on religious monuments,  massive structures characterized by thick, sloping walls with few openings, possibly echoing a method of construction used to obtain stability in mud walls.
In a similar manner, the incised and flatly modeled surface adornment of the stone buildings may have derived from mud wall ornamentation.
Although the use of the arch was developed during the fourth dynastyall monumental buildings are post and lintel constructions, with flat roofs constructed of huge stone blocks supported by the external walls and the closely spaced columns. Exterior and interior walls, as well as the columns and pierswere covered with hieroglyphic and pictorial frescoes and carvings painted in brilliant colors.
Other common motifs include palm leaves, the papyrus plant, and the buds and flowers of the lotus. In addition, these pictorial frescoes and carvings allow us to understand how the Ancient Egyptians lived, statuses, wars that were fought and their beliefs.
This was especially true when exploring the tombs of Ancient Egyptian officials in recent years. Ancient Egyptian temples were aligned with astronomically significant events, such as solstices and equinoxesrequiring precise measurements at the moment of the particular event.
Measurements at the most significant temples may have been ceremonially undertaken by the Pharaoh himself. They were built to serve both as grave sites and also as a way to make their names last forever.
It is not as tall as his father's pyramid but he was able to give it the impression of appearing taller by building it on a site with a foundation 33 feet 10 m higher than his father's. The face of a human, possibly a depiction of the pharaoh, on a lion's body was seen as a symbol of divinity among the Greeks fifteen hundred years later.
This is not true. The shafts of pyramids are quite simple, mostly leading directly to the tomb. The immense size of the pyramids attracted robbers to the wealth that lay inside which caused the tombs to be robbed relatively soon after the tomb was sealed in some cases. Also, it is popular thought that due to grave robbers, future Kings were buried in the Valley of the Kings to help keep them hidden.
This is also false, as the Pyramid construction continued for many Dynasties, just on a smaller scale. Finally, the pyramid construction was stopped due to economic factors, not theft. Evidence suggests that they were built by paid laborers and craftsmen that were well cared for and not by slaves.
The hypostyle hall of Karnak Temple. Pictured here is the largest of the precincts of the temple complex, and is dedicated to Amun-Re. The material of these columns is sandstone.Around BCE, the tokens began to be symbols that could be impressed or inscribed in clay to represent a record of land, grain or cattle and a written language was beginning to develop.
Ancient Egyptian writing is known as hieroglyphics ('sacred carvings') and developed at some point prior to the Early Dynastic Period (c.
BCE). According to some scholars, the concept of the written word was first developed in Mesopotamia and came to Egypt through trade.
The Lotus and the River. The flower so prolific in the imagery of both India and Egypt, grows out of the waters and opens its petals to be warmed by the sun: to be fertilized.
The Ancient Egyptians developed a system of record keeping to keep track of the days of the year. They created a day calendar that is based off of information they obtained from astronomy.
This form of record keep was advanced and versions of it . The Mesopotamian basin was the birthplace of writing. The Cuneiform writing system developed here was the first form of communication beyond the use of pictograms. The earliest writing systems evolved independently and at roughly the same time in Egypt and Mesopotamia, but current scholarship.
Egyptian chronology can be challenging for creationists. When most people cite Ancient Egyptian history it conventionally covers the period up to the Persian occupation c. BC, and is broken up into several distinct periods (see table).The major groupings are the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.