An Essay On Ancient Egypt'S Pyramid Building
This town had sizable homes for high officials, a barracks complex that likely held troops and buildings where large numbers of clay seals (used in record keeping) were found.
Researchers have noted that the Egyptians had the ability to align structures to true north very precisely, something that may have helped in planning the pyramids.
The new finds add to older knowledge gained over the last two centuries.
The techniques used to build the Giza pyramids were developed over a period of centuries, with all of the problems and setbacks that any modern-day scientist or engineer would face.
Another leap in pyramid-building techniques came during the reign of the pharaoh Snefru (reign started around 2575 B. Rather than constructing step pyramids, Snefru's architects developed methods to design smooth-faced, true pyramids.
It appears that Snefru's architects ran into trouble.