National Geographic : 1941 Oct
Start lPotographer B. Anthony Btewart Near Man's Hugest Monuments a Silent Sphinx Stands Guard after Forty-five Centuries At the right is the Great Pyramid of Khufu; at the left the Second Pyramid, built by the king Khar-ef-Re'. Carved from living rock intheshape ofalion with the head of the king, the Sphinx looks down on stonework which has been freed repeatedly from sand drifts. To insure the safety oftheir bones and hence their grasp on eternal life, and to perpetuate their memories, the Pharaohs made the building of mighty pyramids Public Works Project Number One. Yet sacrilegious grave robbers soon emptied these vaults, and builders of Cairo found the casings of them handy quarries from which to obtain ready cutstone.