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Definition: Huge, impressive structures that originally housed the bodies of the pharaohs who had them built. The most famous of the Pyramids are at Giza, which has the Great Pyramid. Other Pyramids can be found elsewhere in Egypt. The first pyramids were "Step Pyramids" because they looked like giant steps, or a series of smaller floors set on top of each other. During the Old Kingdom, the pharaohs decreed that the Pyramids would have smooth sides. These look like the ones we are most familiar with. One of the great unsolved mysteries is how the Egyptians got the large stones so high in the air to set on top of the Pyramids. Many people have theories (some of the links below illustrate these), but still no one knows for sure.

Related Resources:
Ancient Egypt
Find out more about the Land of the Nile.

Elsewhere on the Web:
More on the Pyramids
See some theories about how they were built

Some Further Details
Review current theories and projects for uncovering the Pyramids' secrets

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