Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Egyptian Icons: Photo 3
Construction methods evolved: those at Giza, like this one, were made partly with ramps and partly (especially up top) with simple machines. Materials changed, too: earlier pyramids had cores of mud brick, but the two giant ones at Giza were made mostly of two grades of limestone, a hard white stone for the skin or cap and a coarser gray for the core. The cap has been entirely removed from Khufu's, but a bit of it remains here, at the summit of Khafre's.
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