Giza

Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Join us while we travel through the development of the Egyptian pyramids, from the pit “mastaba” tombs to the gigantic wonders at Giza. We will examine how low flat mud brick tomb structures came to be built of stone and stacked, resulting in the Step Pyramid. Mistakes were made in early pyramid design triggering the architects to plan the Bent Pyramid and bringing about the eventual collapse of the Meydum Pyramid. Triumphs were achieved in the Great Pyramid where we will investigate the function of the famous “air shafts”.

Jim Lowdermilk

Jim Lowdermilk is a past-President of the Egyptian Study Society. He currently manages the ESS website and is on the Speaker’s Committee. Jim has his BA and MA in Applied Mathematics. He has published papers in the Ostracon, the Journal of the Egyptian Study Socety, and presented his research to the American Research Center in Egypt as well as the Egyptian Study Society. His interests in Egyptology include the Egyptian calendar, mathematics, pyramids, and astronomy.

Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2009

It has been estimated that only one-third of the Ancient Egyptian archaeological sites have been found so far, and new discoveries are being made almost daily. Many of those recent discoveries have been made on the Giza Plateau, in the shadow of the famous pyramids, and at nearby Saqqara and Abu Sir. Mahmoud Khodier’s illustrated lecture will discuss the work currently being done at these sites and their importance to our understanding of the history of the fascinating Ancient Egyptian civilization.

Egyptian Old Kingdom Pyramids

Join us while we travel through the development of the Egyptian pyramids, from the pit “mastaba” tombs to the gigantic wonders at Giza. We will examine how low flat mud brick tomb structures came to be built of stone and stacked, resulting in the Step Pyramid. Mistakes were made in early pyramid design triggering the architects to plan the Bent Pyramid and bringing about the eventual collapse of the Meydum Pyramid. Triumphs were achieved in the Great Pyramid where we will investigate the function of the famous “air shafts”.