Giza Plateau

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
From north to south: parts of the city of Giza, the Giza Necropolis, and part of the Giza plateau

The Giza Plateau (Arabic: جيزة بلاتي‎) is a plateau that is located in Giza, Egypt. The famous Giza Necropolis is located in this geographical area, which is characterized by a sandy, desert climate and terrain with little vegetation.

The plateau and its monuments have been recorded in the Giza Plateau Mapping Project run by Ancient Egypt Research Associates, directed by Dr. Mark Lehner.[1] AERA's 2009 field season was recorded in a blog.[2]

Modern Giza's layout is accessed by two main roads. The first from the North leads to Khufu's pyramids and the other road leads near the sphinx's forecourt from the East. They crossed [the Nile River] from the East bank and followed the causeway westward. Dominating the plateau and running in a South-West diagonal through the site are the three pyramids of the kings [Khufu],[Khafra]and [Menkaura]. The northern most and the largest one belong the king Khufu. King Khafra's pyramid is build precisely on a south-west diagonal to his father's pyramid king Khufu, swell of been build on higher ground to create the illusions of been bigger. The pyramid of King Menkaura is much smaller and is not align along the same diagonal line as the other two pyramids.

[3]

Since the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 looting has been taking place at the site.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Giza Plateau Mapping Project", Leher, Mark; Hunt, Brian V. link
  2. ^ "An archaeology blog from the Giza Pyramids in Egypt", 2009 Hunt, Brian V. link
  3. ^ Egypt, Land and lives of the pharaohs revealed. Global Book Publishing. p. 126. ISBN 1 74048 056 2. 
  4. ^ Hartley, Aiden (9 November 2013). "The new tomb raiders". The Spectator (UK). Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

Coordinates: 29°58′34″N 31°07′58″E / 29.97611°N 31.13278°E / 29.97611; 31.13278