Visualized: Surprising Facts About the Pyramids

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The story behind mankind is a wild epic; a tale of determination and survival by a species that holds superior thinking power to any other life form around them. It’s a tale that spans thousands of years and documents the stepping stones in our journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen. The history of the human race is a story of all of us, and how we came to be on our planet. It took 10 billion years for the ideal planet to form and 3 billion more for the right conditions to emerge before it finally happened: mankind began, and they built pyramids.

One stop — along the developmental food chain to modern times — centers around the history of pyramids. Many of us are familiar with the pyramids found in Egypt, but may be surprised to know that the Americas have more pyramids than the rest of the world combined. One of the most fascinating aspects of pyramid building was that early Egyptian step pyramids are very similar to the step pyramids of Latin America, and they were both built without knowledge of each other. To make things even more fantastic, they were also built without advanced tools or the wheel (how they made the great pyramid with 2.3 million limestone and granite blocks weighing between 2 and 15 tons is still absolutely mind boggling).

Pyramids were important locations that early civilizations used as tombs for kings, sites for sacrifices, places for worship, and astronomical tools. The Mayans were especially crafty in the construction of the Temple of Kukulkan. It has 91 steps on each side of the pyramid plus a platform, which totals 365 steps, one for each day of the Mayan calendar.

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