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Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico

Pyramid at Chichen Itza, Mexico

Karl S.

A pyramid is one of the earliest form of massive monumental architecture built by humans. Pyramids are shaped like big three-dimensional triangles, with larger bases narrowing towards the top; this architectural design is extremely durable, as can be seen by the numerous examples still preserved after thousands of years.

The pyramid is the logical form of architecture if you want to build something to last, and so you can find examples of pyramids in Egyptian, Mayan, and Incan civilizations and possibly China.

Examples:Sesheshet Pyramid, Great Pyramid at Giza, Step Pyramid of Djoser, Menkaure's Pyramid, Khafre's Pyramid, Bent Pyramid. Sipan Pyramids, Meidum, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Huaca del Sol, Chichén Itzá, High Priest's Grave at Chichen Itza, Temple of the Bearded Man, Palenque, Tenochtitlan, Tikal

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.

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