Why did the Ancient Egyptians stop building pyramids?

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The Egyptians stopped building their most prominent structures with the beginning of the New Kingdom, but why? What was the cause that led to the abandonment of the most incredible ancient structures of ancient Egypt?

From the beginning of the New Kingdom around the year 1550 BC, ancient Egyptians stopped building their most prominent and detailed structures, the Pyramids. Researchers have never understood the reason in their extreme and abrupt change in architectural preferences. Their most incredible constructions were replaced by tombs that were carved into the mountainside. These new architectural preferences helped reduce the amount of looted tombs. During the New Kingdom, the pyramids that were still “built” were of much lower quality and never reached the dimensions of the past.

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Why did the Ancient Egyptians stop building pyramids?

Researchers have long wondered why the ancient Egyptians stopped building their most famous structures, some suggest that there is a possibility that changes in materials and construction techniques caused the construction of more volatile structures that could not withstand the test of time like the constructions built before them.

We know that they stopped building the pyramids, but how and why did they start building them?

Well, the pyramid was born as the logical “evolution” of the mastabas, a monument used as a burial site by the rulers of the Early Dynastic Period of Egypt. No one know exactly why the mastabas were “displaced” by the incredible pyramids, some researchers suggest that the Pyramids were constructed de to the aspiration to attain greater heights, but both the Pyramids and the Mastabas shared a similar goal, to maintain the essence of the King for eternity.

It was during the beginning of the Third Dynasty around 2700 BC when ancient Egyptians began transforming mastabas into pyramids, initially, these structures were staggered, very similar to those found in ancient civilizations of America. These first pyramids, like Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara, was built in the form of various steps, as if it were a ladder to heaven.

Some researchers are quite skeptical about the pyramids being used as tombs since there has been no evidence found, nor inscriptions, that would link these marvelous constructions to tombs.

Why did the Ancient Egyptians stop building pyramids?

The 8 sides of the Great Pyramid of Giza

The other great mystery about the pyramids is, how this ancient civilization was capable of lifting structures of such dimensions formed by massive stone blocks?

There are many hypotheses developed even since the days of ancient Greek scholar, Herodotus who proposed several theories on how the ancient Egyptians managed to build these structures but never gave a definitive answer. Strangely, there have not been discovered, any ancient texts or documents reporting on the period of the construction of the pyramids.

In total, researchers have found more than one hundred pyramids in Pharaonic Egypt. Pyramids of various sizes, dedicated to both kings and nobles and great craftsmen. The most notable construction is the Great Pyramid of Giza for its huge size. The pyramid is estimated to have around 2,300,000 stone blocks that weigh from 2 to 30 tons each and there are even some blocks that weigh over 50 tons. It is a true masterpiece and has rightly earned the title of a “Wonder”. It was built with such precision that our current technology cannot replicate it. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC.

It was originally covered with casing stones (made of highly polished limestone). These casing stones reflected the sun’s light and made the pyramid shine like a jewel. They are no longer present being used by Arabs to build mosques after an earthquake in the 14th century loosened many of them. It has been calculated that the original pyramid with its casing stones would act like gigantic mirrors and reflect light so powerful that it would be visible from the moon as a shining star on earth. Appropriately, the ancient Egyptians called the Great Pyramid “Ikhet”, meaning the “Glorious Light”.

Why did the Ancient Egyptians stop building pyramids?

The Great Pyramid of Giza. Image Credit Wikipedia

After the prowess of the Fourth Dynasty, future generations would show a drastically lower skill when it came to the construction of monuments and pyramids. After the fourth Dynasty, the builders were not able to obtain such perfection in the building of pyramids, the example of the little pyramid of Abusir is consistent evidence of technical setback.

In fact, in the following centuries, the design and development of these structures would get worse. And although it has been traditionally accepted that from the sixteenth century BC ancient Egyptians began abandoning the Pyramids, the fact is that there are references to these structures in future periods.

The Nubian kings from the fifteenth Dynasty were buried small and low-quality pyramids. However, and this may be the crux of the matter, from the Middle Kingdom ancient Egyptians began to build more perishable constructions with materials such as wood, brick and adobe in the inside. This is the reason why very few of these constructions have survived to this day.

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132 responses to “Why did the Ancient Egyptians stop building pyramids?”

  1. Because they could not attain the perfection that is the Great Pyramid. Which was definitely Not built by the Egyptians. There is a good bit of evidence to suspect that Job may have actually built the Great Pyramid.

  2. They didn’t stop, their civilization fallen over a period of time . Life in this planet is like circle all will pass this, it includes aliens, gods, all living and non living, matters etc.

    • More than likely either by a previous civilization, the remnants -teaching the Egyptians, or alien technology… There is so much that is not known by the average person: 364 and one quarter stones at base…that takes in leap year; 2,400 years before the calendar added such. Multify the height in feet, by the 9 seconds for sunlight to hit Earth, and you get the distance from Earth to the Sun in miles…And so forth…

    • I’ve a feeling that – they, or perhaps others, still keep periodic checks on us… I believe that the civilization in which we now live, (supposedly started approximately six and a half thousand years ago) which actually started from the remnants of a prior one around 11,000 thousand years ago, was only the beginning of this one. Between 11,000 to 45,000 years, l believe that there was at least three others! They were destroy by ice ages, great flood, or ? The question is, we’re they colonies from afar, who brought us God’s image, (DNA) and in return intelligence… separation from the beast… Humanity, as we know it, wasn’t due from the long term results of evolution. Within a short period of a few thousand years, we suddenly got smart! Music, art, language, society, math, etc. We went to living around 70 to 90…over the 30 year caveman longevity. Probably a third of our DNA doners. Ha….

  3. “It was built with such precision that our current technology cannot replicate it.”… so our 21st Century technology isnt advanced enough to be able to replicate the construction of a pyramid?!!

  4. Dumb head because their land was invaded. If their culture was survived then u would know everything about them.
    And not only them if u people spared all the ancient cultures around the globe without destroying it then humans would have been far more advanced.

  5. The war between the different families of the progenitors (false gods of the Koran and bible) killed most of the Craftsman who constructed them, this was in the neighborhood of 2500BCE when the world war occurred.

  6. Did you know: Noah and Samson’s mothers, like Mary, where visited by the Lord’s Angel; where upon they became pregnant? Over 20 years ago, there was a woman in England, (Mary Brown) was considered the first woman to be artificially inseminated…But wait, there was another Mary, 2,000 years ago, that went through the same procedure. . .

  7. They were NOT built by ” human” ancient Egyptians, but hybrids! They stopped building there as they moved on to other parts of the world to continue building similar structures of different designs…Mexico, Peru, China, Antarctica, etc. etc.

  8. Cement was getting too expensive and the workers threatened to strike for higher wages? Who really knows?? If I had to guess, I would think it was due to some type of illness or virus caused mold/bacteria that killed thousands and scared any survivors off …

  9. After many attempts by several experts in architecture and construction techniques, none has been able to duplicate, with present day cranes and hydraulic lifts, the original pyramids of Giza! What does that tells you. The Ancient Egyptians had access to some advanced power tools or technologies, as in high frequency sound waves to lift blocks into place. These highly evolved construction methods must have been given to the pyramids builders by Alien beings from Orion star system, since the three pyramids are perfectly lined with Orion!

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  11. The first thing I believe is they were not built by man alone. They had extraterrestrial help. The fact that no buried rulers were never found in a pyramid makes me believe that they were used for some extraterrestrial need……maybe one day when someone can actually read the ancient writing of so many ancient cultures we will finally know the true purpose of so many ancient wonders world wide. I honestly believe that the people who claim to know what they are reading, are just blowing smoke. Just my opinion. To me its obvious that the actual ones behind the ancient buildings and temples are probably from somewhere around Orion. Just look at how many times it is referred you to in so many things from the past……….but like I said just my opinion….

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