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"Over 4,000 years old. By King Cheops, it's one of the largest constructions ever made by man and one of the seven wonders of the world."
Indiana Jones[src]

The Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops) in Giza, Egypt is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Constructed as the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu, it was believed to have taken 100,000 men around twenty years to build the 150 meter-tall structure out of 2,300,000 blocks of granite.


In 1908, a young Indiana Jones visited the pyramid with his tutor Miss Seymour where she tested him on his knowledge of the Great Pyramid after they scaled one of the two smaller pyramids situated next to it, though Jones would rather have climbed the tallest. It was at the base of the pyramids where Jones first met Thomas Edward Lawrence, who stayed with the pair overnight after their guide left with their camels due to being underpaid.[1]

Five years later, in 1913, Jones was introduced to Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir at the site and they scaled the Great Pyramid together.[2]

Early into his archaeology career in 1923, Jones and his journalist friend Marya Smirnova followed the trail of missing archaeologist Professor Mortimer who had discovered a secret chamber within the Great Pyramid which revealed that Khufu and his son Khafre had actually been entombed beneath the Necropolis of Thebes to escape the wrath of their subjects who had sworn to desecrate their bodies as revenge for harsh labor conditions under which their pyramids were constructed.[3]



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