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a life after death


a dead body preserved in lifelike condition


a huge building with four sloping triangular-shaped walls


site of the Great Pyramid and an Egyptian city

When did the planning for a pharaoh's tomb begin?

after he was crowned pharaoh

When were most of the pyramids build?

during the Old Kingdom

What did Egyptians believe about the region on the west bank of the Nile?

They thought of the west as the land of the dead.

Why were workers willing to do the dangerous, difficult work of building pyramids?

They wanted to ensure pharaoh's place in the afterlife.

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