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Going beyond even the expertise of archaeologists and historians, world-class engineer Craig B. Smith explores the planning and engineering behind the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza. How would the ancient Egyptians have developed their building plans, devised work schedules, managed laborers, solved specific design and engineering problems, or even improvised on the job?

The answers are here, along with dazzling, one-of-a-kind color photographs and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations of tools, materials, and building techniques the ancient masters used. In his foreword to the book, Egypt's Undersecretary of State for the Giza Monuments Zahi Hawass explains the importance of understanding the Great Pyramid as a straightforward construction project.

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This is a paperbound reprint of a 2004 book detailing the engineering and construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Smith recreates its construction timeline, the number of workers, reasons the site was chosen, techniques and tools used, construction schedules, and problems that might have arisen, with many technical details, as well as speculation about the personalities of those involved. He also provides background on pyramid evolution and Egypt during the time period. The bibliography is annotated. Smith, an engineer, presided over a global engineering, architecture, and construction firm involved in public works projects. His research on the Great Pyramid has also been featured on television. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Craig B. Smith is former president of Daniel, Mann, Johnson, Mendenhall, Holmes & Narver, a global engineering, architecture, and construction firm that has been involved in many major public works projects, including the renovating of the Pentagon before and after 9/11. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering from UCLA, where he was an assistant professor of engineering and assistant director of the Nuclear Energy Laboratory. His work on the Great Pyramid was featured on A&E's The Great Builders of Egypt and on PBS's Lost Cities of the Pyramids.

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Smith, Craig B.
Harper Perennial
Ryan, Andy
Foreword by:
Hawass, Zahi A.
Hawass, Zahi A.
Hawass, Zahi A.
Lehner, Mark
Zahi Hawass
by Craig B. Smith and Zahi Hawass
Ancient - Egypt
Design and construction
Great Pyramid (Egypt)
Pyramids -- Egypt -- Design and construction.
World History-Ancient Near East
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9 x 6 x 0.72 in 15.1 oz

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