The chief object of the following pages is to give
a distinct account of the works carried on at the
Pyramids of Gizeh, under a firmaun granted by
the Pasha in the winter of 1836.
The form of a Journal has been adopted, and
the daily employments, and numbers of the people,
have been given, that the extent and difficulties of
the various operations may be more fully under-
stood;— difficulties not a little increased by the
irregular attendance of the labourers.
Abstracts from various authors antient and
modern, who have treated of the Pyramids, are
inserted in the Appendix: for those taken from
Arabian writers I am indebted to the labours of
Dr. Sprenger. A few other subjects are, likewise,
incidentally alluded to, from a supposition that