National Geographic : 1955 Nov
© National Geographic Society 615 Kodachrome by National Geographic Photographer David S. Boyer Raising His Arm Like a Choirmaster, a Foreman Leads Excavators in Song Egyptians, first architects to work with stone, had been making full use of the material only a century when King Snefru erected this tomb about 2650 B.C. Midway through the job the chief planner discovered that the burial chambers would not support the structure designed. "Bending" the sides inward, he cut down the weight and created the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, predecessor to the first true pyramid (page 648). These laborers, lighten ing work with a chant, improvise a story about the photographer. They uncover the Valley Temple, a gatehouse designed to aid Snefru's transit to eternity. Religious services for the King were held here for the next seven centuries.