Saving the Pyramids

Twenty First Century Engineering and Egypt’s Ancient Monuments

Author(s): Peter James

Language: English

Genre(s): History

  • April 2018 · 176pages · 246x189mm

  • ·Hardback - 9781786832504
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786832528
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786832535
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786832511

About The Book

Having worked on projects around the world, strengthening and restoring historically significant structures from Windsor Castle to the parliament buildings in Canada, Peter James brings insight to the structural engineering of ancient Egypt. After fourteen years working on the historic buildings and temples of Egypt, and most recently the world’s oldest pyramid, he now presents some of the more common theories surrounding the ‘collapsing’ pyramid – along with new and innovative projections on the construction of the pyramids and the restoration of some of Cairo’s most monumental structures from the brink of ruin. The decoding of historic construction from a builder’s perspective is examined and explained – at times against many existing theories – and the book provides a new outlook on long-held assumptions, to embrace modern theories in a bid to preserve the past.


‘A history of the pyramids and the technical innovation that has gone into saving them is a fascinating combination that should interest all of us involved in building conservation … This book presents an extra dimension and interest, which again is a fascinating tale.’
-Professor John Edwards, University of Wales Trinity Saint David


List of illustrations
Introduction: The Early Years
1 Tools of the Trade
2 Restoring Historic Cairo
3 Saving the Temple of Hibis
4 The Red Pyramid
5 How the Pyramids were Built, their Rise and Fall
6 The Step Pyramid

About the Author(s)

Peter James

Peter James is a leading figure in the restoration of the world’s most valued antiquities, including the historic pyramids, and has extensive experience and knowledge of construction techniques in the field of civil engineering.

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