Egypt: Engineering an EmpireEgypt is most commonly known for its impressive pyramids, but what is less known to people is the architectural intelligence, skill, and manpower it truly took to build the pyramids. Egyptians worked on a much larger scale than we do traditionally and they also thought in terms of manpower not machines. The Egyptians couldn’t just use a crane to transport these blocks of stone that weighed tons, they had to figure out how to move it themselves, without a machine. Egyptians built the world’s first stone monolith, the oldest dam, and the most impenetrable fortress. They redefined the limits of construction and architecture at the time. Among some of this architecture done by the Egyptians were lavish royal tombs which were seen as after death “houses”. They started as simple mustaphas which were mud and brick structures with sealed chambers below grounds which held the body. Shrines were built nearby to worship their spirits.