National Geographic : 1955 Nov
© National Geographic Society + Jeep Trails Weave Sand Patterns Beneath the First True Pyramid Learning from the Bent Pyramid experiment, King Snefru's architects achieved the Northern Pyramid at Dahshur. This 325-foot tomb immediately preceded the monuments at Giza (above). Brick house in fore ground serves workmen excavating the Valley Temple of Snefru's Bent Pyramid (page 615). Dump trucks (left) will run on steel rails lying near by. Nile Valley shows green on the horizon. 649 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer David S. Boyer + Khafre Carved His Image in Stone Beneath His Pyramid at Giza The Sphinx was 1,200 years old when a young prince sleeping beside it dreamed that the statue told him, "Uncover me when you are king." Later, becoming Thutmose IV, the dreamer did clear away the sands. A tablet on the monument records the incident. In this view, a temple stone hides the Sphinx's lion body. + With this sign, figurine salesmen at Thebes give travelers fair warning they are buying imitations.