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Topography, astronomy and dynastic history in the alignments of the pyramid fields of the Old Kingdom

@article{Magli2009TopographyAA,
  title={Topography, astronomy and dynastic history in the alignments of the pyramid fields of the Old Kingdom},
  author={Giulio Magli},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  year={2009}
}
  • G. Magli
  • Published 8 March 2009
  • History, Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
It is known since the 19 century that in the layout of the pyramid field of the pharaohs of the 4 th Egyptian dynasty at Giza, a main axis exists. Indeed, the south-east corners of these monuments align towards the site of the temple of Heliopolis, which was plainly visible in ancient times. It was later discovered that a similar situation occurs in the main pyramid field of the subsequent dynasty at Abu Sir. Here, the northwest corners of three chronologically successive pyramids again… Expand
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