History Mysteries: MYSTERIES OF EGYPT
There are dozens of mysteries that people cannot explain. Many people blame aliens for all strange occurrences. Other people have wild and crazy theories about ghosts and UFO's. The most mysterious of them all is the mystery of The Great Pyramids, the Mystery of the Sphinx and The Curse of King Tut. Did you know that pyramid-like objects have been spotted on Mars? This project may shed some light on these strange mysteries.

step-pyramid.jpgThe Step Pyramid
The Step Pyramid at Saqqara was the first pyramid built. It was built for Pharaoh Doser by architect Ihmotep. This was probably the first large stone object. Egyptians used to steal stones from the Step Pyramid to make buildings. Currently, it is 198 feet tall. It was the beginning of a whole string of strange pyramids.

The Bent Pyramid
The Bent Pyramid was the second pyramid in the line. It was built by Pharaoh Snefru. It’s called the bent pyramid because halfway through the construction process, the insides started to collapse so the angle was dramatically changed. It is about 330 feet tall. Did you expect to get a perfect pyramid on the first try?

The True Pyramids
Three “true” pyramids were later built. The true pyramids at Giza were supposedly built around 2467 B.C. The firstBENT.gif one was built by Khafre. It was 471 feet tall. The second true pyramid was built by Menakure. It was very small compared to the other pyramids, only 215 feet tall. That’s not even as tall as the Statue of Liberty! Finally, the Great Pyramid was built. It was built by Khufu, Snefru’s son. It was originally 481 feet tall, but has worn away since. Each brick is half as tall as an adult. The Great Pyramid has three small “queens’ pyramids” surrounding it. The alignment of the pyramids may have been inspired by the stars. The true pyramids finally came.

The Construction Of The Pyramidgreat_pyramid.jpg
Many people have theories on how the pyramids were built. One theory is that aliens built them. Another is that god-like creatures passed on their skills to help build the pyramids. Five ton blocks needed to be moved across a river. Then they had to be lifted up to their proper place in the pyramid. To this day, there is not a real explanation about the construction of the pyramids.
I believe that groups of people pulled the blocks on little carts with small wheels and floated the bricks on little boats. Who knows? This is a mystery the world may never figure out.

The Mystery of the Sphinx
One of the more mysterious things is the mystery of the Sphinx. The Sphinx has the face of Khafre, but the body of a lion. The Sphinx was built sometime before 2500 B.C. Some of its features have been weathered away. sphinx.jpgScientists believe that they were weathered away by water. The Sphinx could have been buried at the bottom of the sea! In the Greek myth of King Oedipus, the Sphinx is a deadly female creature that destroys people who cannot answer her riddles.
The Sphinx was supposed to be a guardian of the Giza Plateau. It was also meant to guard Khafre’s pyramid. A temple was built in front of it that was dedicated to Horemakhet.

The Curse of King Tut
King Tut also had an interesting life. It is said that Tut put a curse on anyone who disturbed his tomb and they would die. The curse was one110.jpg a tablet that read “Death will slay with its wings whoever disturbs the peace of the pharaoh.” The tomb was opened by Howard Carter and Alan Gardner on November 26, 1922. When it was opened, six of the twenty-six people there died. When the sacroughagus was opened, two of the twenty-two people there died. When the mummy was unwrapped, none of the ten people there died. It’s a strange mystery that the world may never figure out. In the spring of 1923, Lord Carnovan was bitten by a mosquito on his cheek. While he was shaving, he cut the bite. It became infected and Carnovan died. At that exact moment all of the lights in Cairo went out. People say that this was caused by the Curse of King Tut.

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