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    I am of middle eastern background and growing up I have heard stories of pyramids at Giza that were quarried, and no longer exist. I'm wondering if there is any proof of this.


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    This site will give you many pictures and explanations of the pyramids. https://www.google.com/search?q=Nine...w=1280&bih=909

    Indeed there were smaller pyramids. Some of the lesser pyramids look like they will wash away soon.



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    According to this list, the pyramids of Khufu and Menkaure each had 3 queen's pyramids. Including the Khafra pyramid, that would make nine.

    List of Egyptian pyramids - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    I had heard that Salladin had built his citadel and walls of Cairo with stone quarried from a large pyramid. However I have not found and fully reliable sources.
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    This site explains the history of Saladin citadel in Cario Egypt and it repeats the possibility that the pyramids provided building material, but evidently this is not a proven fact. However, it makes sense because they were in danger of being attacked by cursaders. In fact, it is believed some cursaders were used to help build the citadel. They did not have the luxury of time for building this defensive structure.

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    The walls surrounded both Cairo and fustat. An immense structure which would've meant a large pyramid needed to be quarried.
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    The outer casing of the three main Giza pyramids are gone. (A portion remains on the upper parts of Chepren(?)) . They had to go somewhere and there had to be a motivation for their removal. On the other hand, the limestone that forms the core of the pyramids was quarried from the Mokattam hills that are right next to the Citadel, so why would you go all the way across the Nile, from the edge of the desert to the other edge, when you had material right on hand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    The outer casing of the three main Giza pyramids are gone. (A portion remains on the upper parts of Chepren(?)) . They had to go somewhere and there had to be a motivation for their removal. On the other hand, the limestone that forms the core of the pyramids was quarried from the Mokattam hills that are right next to the Citadel, so why would you go all the way across the Nile, from the edge of the desert to the other edge, when you had material right on hand?
    I suggest the technology for making blocks was not that good, and it would be easier to move an already made block that make more. Also it would take more skill to make a block than to move one, and therefore, more people capable of moving blocks, than making them. Time was a vitally importantly factor. The invaders are coming and some have already arrived. I think it is great to use the first crusaders to build a defensive wall to keep out the next wave of invaders.

    This site explains making the pyramids http://www.cheops-pyramide.ch/khufu-...e-cutting.html and makes me think of other possible problems. The chisel is made of iron and a skilled worker must make it. Access to resources can be lost and so can the technology be lost. Especially when knowledge of how to do something can be exclusive to an elite group of people, the knowledge can be lost, and later people may have to scanvenge what early technologically knowledge did. We face this problem today. If an industry goes over seas, knowledge of that industry can be lost.
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