Ordinary dwellings Mud bricks and papyrus were used to build homes in Ancient Egypt. The yearly flooding of the Nile provided an abundant supply of mud, which was molded into bricks that dried firm in the sun. Roofs were made of grass or wood, with some stone added for luxury items like temples. Walls were made of mud bricks placed without a mortar between each brick.
However, not all Egyptians lived in wooden or mud-brick houses. Some people lived in great cities where they had palaces made of stone. Others lived in small villages where they had simple shelters made from branches and leaves attached to a stick in the ground. Sometimes these shelters had roofs made of clay, but most often they did not.
People worked on farms or in shops, and needed places to sleep at night and be safe from animals and thieves. Therefore, they built houses for themselves.
Ancient Egyptian houses were usually only one story high, although two-story houses also existed. The upper room was used as a bedroom or storage space depending on the house type. The lower room was used for cooking food over a fire or for keeping animals.
People usually took what building materials they could find on site when constructing a house.
Egyptian civilization: day-to-day existence; shelter The majority of the dwellings were composed of brick. The mud used to create bricks came from the banks of the Nile. Brickmakers gathered mud, mixed in straw and water as needed, then stamped it with their feet until it reached the desired consistency. When dry, the mud was cut into squares and stacked up against a nearby wall or placed in an outdoor oven called a bakkal. The Egyptians made use of wood as well as bricks for building. Wood is easier to come by than bricks, so it was preferred when possible.
The palace of King Louis XIV of France had more than 300 rooms! It is even said that he spent one fourth of his time living in his palace rather than his country estate.
Modern scholars think that the Ancient Egyptians lived in simple shelters made of sticks and leaves covered with clay. However, since they didn't have metal tools, they probably made do with what they could find. As for the nobility, they would have had house servants who would have taken care of their needs similar to how we see today with maids and butlers.
The Ancient Egyptians built pyramids and temples out of stone, but they also built other structures out of mud and straw bricks. The ancient Egyptians would collect mud from the Nile's banks, cut up pieces of dried grass or straw, and then mix them together. They would then pack this mixture into large molds and leave it to dry in the sun. When it was time to build something, they would break down the dried bricks and put them into moldings where they would re-melt any frozen water inside the brick and then push them around to get the shape they wanted.
Although they used more expensive materials at first, such as stone for their great monuments, later on they probably used mud bricks because they were easy to get hold of and cost nothing. In fact, they may have even made some of these bricks themselves!
The Egyptians built many great cities here on Earth, including Memphis, Giza, and Dahshur. But none of these places are still standing today, because we know what happened to them over time due to natural disasters or wars. Some archaeologists believe that most of these cities were destroyed during major floods that swept across Egypt every few years. Other people think that silt from the Nile River might have buried the cities under several feet of soil.
In conclusion, the Ancient Egyptians built great cities and monuments with stones, but they also used mud bricks.