It was just pointed out, and a total surprise to me, that Cleopatra is nearer in time to the Aswan Dam then she is to the Egyptian pyramids. That throws some perspective on time for me.
This fact may be a surprise too... Cleopatra died 2,048 years ago in 30BCE. If you set your time machine to travel that much further back from the construction of the Great Pyramid, the Cairn de Barnenez in Brittany would already be 242 years old - exactly the same age as the USA (dated from the Declaration of Independence) this year.
I just read an article from a jewish rabbi that said the pyramids were massive granaries, the ones mentioned in the story of Joseph. The problem is there no place to store grain at all.
I truly believe they were simply monuments to show power and might. The modern camaro to compensate for...well they must have have very much to compensate for.....
I have been interested in Egyptology for a long time. One of the things I think about is that no mummy has ever been found in a Pyramid leading me to postulate that just possibly the pyramids may have been elaborate shams for the purpose of misleading would-be grave robbers. It has always been assumed that the reason no mummies have been found in the pyramids is those grave robbers got there first. Consider that the elaborate preparations including decorations, stone sarcophagus, etc. built by workmen would have caused the belief among the general populace that it was the resting place for sure (rather than the Valley of the Kings, etc). What do you think?