Ancient Egypt

Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre

Ancient Egyptians – Most Egyptians were farmers. Women helped in the fields but also cooked and did the housework. Children were expected to help their parents – only a few boys went to school. Many Egyptians were skilled craftsmen, making beautiful jewellery and delicate objects for tombs. Superb workmen and engineers built huge pyramids with very simple tools.

  • pyramids – Giza
  • Great Sphinx of Giza – the limestone statue of a reclining mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head. It stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafra. It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 19.3 metres (63 ft) wide, and 20.22 m (66.34 ft) high. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, and was probably built during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC).
  • temples
  • mummies

Engineering ideas

  • limestone, monolithic

Do It
Challenges for you to work on…

  • Ancient Egypt – virtual tour – multi-layered, highly visual interactive, view 360° panoramas, “walkaround” photos, and other breathtaking imagery shot throughout the Giza Plateau and ancient Thebes (modern-day Luxor). With 360-degree and other imagery, walk around the Sphinx, enter the Great Pyramid, visit tombs and temples, and more.
  • In Minecraft, accurately replicate the Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx or one of the other structures