Mark Lehner (London: Thames and Hudson, 1997) 256 pp., $34.95
Since 1984, Mark Lehner, a research associate at Harvard University’s Semitic Museum, has directed the Giza Plateau Mapping Project. The Complete Pyramids is a compendium of all that Lehner has learned from research, site surveys and practical experiments in which he engaged workers to move blocks and raise obelisks. Aided by nearly 600 illustrations—including detailed maps, plans and drawings—Lehner catalogues all of the pyramids and discusses their role in Egyptian cultic rituals. He also explores how the Egyptians went about constructing these massive monuments.