Digging Up the Past

Chapter 1 - Land of the Pyramids

Menkaure's pyramid

Menkaure (Greek: 'Mycerinus') was the builder of the third and
much smaller pyramid of the Giza group. This pyramid occupies
less than a quarter of the area covered by Khufu's pyramid. Its
height was 66 metres when built. The upper portion was faced
with white Tura limestone, but the lower sixteen layers were
dressed with red granite from Aswan,  Some of these layers
have not been smoothed, thus indicating the method used to
build all the pyramids, whereby all the facing was placed in
position in the rough and then smoothed in sequence from the
top down. The unsmoothed layers suggest that Menkaure died
before his pyramid was quite finished.

Menkaure's pyramid compared to Khafre's and Khufu's

Exterior roughness beneath the limestone facing

Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus) at Giza