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    DescriptionWhat do the pyramids of Egypt really represent? What could have driven so many to so great, and often so dangerous, an effort? Was the motivation religious or practical?Richly illustrated with more than 300 photographs and drawings, Sticks, Stones, and Shadows presents an entirely original approach to the subject of pyramid building. Unlike other books discussing these majestic structures, this book reveals the connection between devices that served both a practical need for survival and a spiritual belief in gods and goddesses. Few have closely examined Egyptian technologies and techniques from the origins of pyramid development to the step-by-step details of how the ground was leveled, how the site was oriented, and how the stone was raised and placed to meet at a distant point in the sky.Nevertheless, this is much more than a how-to-do-it book. Martin Isler also asks and answers questions virtually ignored for the last century. He discloses, for example, the ancient use of shadows--now denigrated to the ornamental back-yard sundial--but once an important tool for telling the height of an object, geographical directions, the seasons of the year, and the time of day. Isler also reinterprets the ancient "stretching of the cord" ceremony, which once was thought to have only religious significance but here is shown as the means of establishing the sides of a pyramid.

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    Sticks, Stones, and Shadows
    Building the Egyptian Pyramids
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M. Isler
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 255 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 821 g
    ISBN 13: 9780806133423
    ISBN 10: 0806133422

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    LC classification: DT63
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HBE
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HDDG
    DC21: 932
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    B&T General Subject: 750
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    DC22: 932
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 932
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
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    LC classification: DT63 .I85 2001
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    Illustrations note
    University of Oklahoma Press
    Imprint name
    University of Oklahoma Press
    Publication date
    31 December 2001
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