Egypt is not one: Where and why the ancients built the pyramids
Everyone knows about the famous pyramids of Egypt. Thanks to their huge size and amazingly accurate engineering, it seems that these otherworldly artifacts just grew up in the desert. But the pyramid is a fairly common form to which ancient and modern builders resorted to creating impressive structures. We give examples of 10 lesser-known pyramids, which deserve no less attention than those that were built in Giza.
1. Pyramid “Helmets of the First World War”
Pickelhaube (or pickelhaube) – a pointed German helmet of soldiers of the First World War, became a collective image of enemy invaders, which can often be found in comedies. When World War I ended, the victors wanted to create a symbol to demonstrate their triumph. As a result, it was decided to build a pyramid of captured German helmets in New York.
A hollow pyramid, covered with 12 thousand pkelchels, was used to raise funds (visitors were asked to donate money to the 5th military loan to help pay off the US debt). To underline the victory of the Allies, the pyramid was crowned with a winged figure, which probably should have represented the goddess of victory to Nick.
2. The Tomb of Mad Jack Fuller
The pyramids of Egypt were tombs and monuments for the pharaohs of Egypt. Most people prefer something more modest for a place of their eternal rest, but this is clearly not the person known as Mad Jack.
In 1777, at the age of 20, John “Mad Jack” Fuller inherited a large estate in England and a slave plantation in Jamaica. Thanks to this acquired wealth, he was able to give vent to his eccentricity. For example, when he became a member of parliament, he went to London with a magnificent motorcade and armed servants in the cuirass.
Although Fuller was best known for his insanity, he loved to build. Mad Jack built a classic temple, obelisk, hollow tower and spire on his land. The biggest masterpiece was his tomb. During his lifetime, Fuller designed the pyramid, which was built on a cemetery.
Harvest immediately overgrown with legends. There was a legend that the body of Fuller was buried in the pyramid, sitting at the table, on which stood a glass of wine. And the floor was allegedly littered with broken glass in order to “stop the Devil if he comes for Fuller.”
3. Brazilian Pyramids
Since pyramids are found in ancient cultures around the world, some believe that these cultures were related in some way. In fact, the pyramid is just one of the easiest ways to build a high structure. Despite the resemblance, there are huge differences between how the pyramids were built in different places.
The pyramids in Egypt were made of huge stone blocks, and in Brazil they were built from seashells. The Brazilian pyramids date back to around 3000 BC and are therefore older than the earliest Egyptian pyramids. Scientists believe that in Brazil, such structures have been built for decades or centuries.
At first they were mistaken for piles of garbage, since the pyramids were made of the remains of shells. Partly because they were not considered important structures, less than 10 percent of the pyramids remained in Brazil. They were dismantled by workers building roads.
4. Pyramids of Alexander Golod
Not all pyramids are ancient objects associated with death. Many “alternative” researchers believe that the pyramids have mysterious abilities. To explore the so-called pyramid energy, the engineer and general director of the NPO Gidrometpribor Alexander Golod built a number of pyramids near Moscow.
Pyramids of Hunger look quite modern – they are made of metal and fiberglass. During the construction of the 20 pyramids, Hunger was able to explore their capabilities. As he argued, the pyramids improve the immune system of mammals (including humans).
The energy of the pyramids also has a beneficial effect on the seeds (increases their yield), restores the ozone layer of the Earth and heals impotence. Naturally, his research has been criticized. Golod’s largest pyramid was more than 45 meters high and weighed 55 tons. In 2017, it was destroyed by a strong Moscow storm.
5. The pyramid of Koh Ker
In the jungles of Cambodia is the ancient city of Koh Ker, which was once the capital of the Khmer Empire, after the more famous Angkor. Although Angkor attracts many tourists, Koh Ker is less popular.