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New Haynes manual shines light on The Great Pyramid

1st February 2019:
Franck Monnier, David Lightbody
Friday, 25 January, 2019


1st February 2019: The Great Pyramid at Giza is a defining symbol of Egypt and the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Now, in a new manual from Haynes, The Great Pyramid Operations Manual, offers the definitive insight into this iconic landmark. 

The Great Pyramid was built over a two to three-decade period during the reign of the pharaoh Khufu, and was the world’s tallest monument for nearly 4,000 years. Until the 19th century, it was also the heaviest structure ever built.

The new Haynes manual takes the technical description of the monument to the next level. It is lavishly illustrated with the most accurate architectural diagrams and three-dimensional reconstructions currently available. The authors first set out the architectural history that preceded The Great Pyramid and then uncover the unprecedented technical abilities required to create these unsurpassable monuments.

The book is written by Franck Monnier and David Lightbody, both experts in Egyptian architecture, engineering, archaeology, and the symbolism of the ancient world.

The manual not only examines the pyramid’s fascinating structure, but also looks at the architectural history that preceded the Great Pyramid, and which made its construction possible. It offers unique insight into the symbolism of its design and ritual purposes. The stories of those who explored the monument over the centuries are also chronicled, from the accounts of the first travelers and archaeologists, to high-tech research projects carried out in more recent decades. 

Franck Monnier and David Lightbody comment: “The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the greatest iconic works of human culture and was the result of a millennium of cultural, political and technical development. The details of what happened over the decades of its construction have fascinated explorers, scholars, engineers and scientists for centuries.” 


Title Details 

The Great Pyramid Operations Manual is priced at £22.99 in the UK and available from The book number is H6216. The ISBN is 9781785212161. It is published in February 2019.


About the authors

Franck Monnier is an engineer who specialises in the study of ancient Egyptian architecture, including ancient Egyptian construction techniques, and is the author of several books and dozens of articles in this area. 

David Lightbody has a PhD in archeology and has taught Egyptian history at the University of Glasgow. He has published archaeological reports outlining the results of his ongoing research, and academic articles relating to the architecture, technical systems, and iconography used in the ancient world.

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