I find myself fascinated by architecture, engineering, ancient (pre) history, and alternative theories related thereto. Hence this book. Having done considerable research dealing with the many hundreds of pyramids that exist around the world, I have chosen to write about just a few — those that appear to be either most important or most representative. They showed up primarily in North America, South America, Central America, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China, but there are many analogous structures elsewhere.
Some cautions are advised relative to what you learn from reading this text. Among them are:
- The time spans involved are generally measured in thousands of years. For most of us today, especially those who live in the west, “thousands of years” does not compute. We are accustomed to thinking of long time spans as being measured in “hundreds of years.” Consider, for example, that less than 250 years have elapsed since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the United States. That is less than one quarter of a thousand years, yet we think of it as having been “a very long time ago.”
- What I have provided by way of the dates of construction of most of the pyramids are at best estimates or approximations. The same holds true for the sizes of those pyramids.
- Despite my searching for definitive answers relative to questions about the pyramids, I’ve not been able to come up with any. I have only been able to present a variety of possibilities, and hope you will take it from there on your own.
I would like to thank my friend Cornelia Keener for her superb editorial assistance, and for her ongoing support.