In order to properly understand the function of the pyramids of Egypt, one must study the development of the Royal Egyptian Mortuary Complex within the context of ancient Egyptian cultural influences at the time. The pyramids did not spring up overnight, they are the end result of an evolution spanning over a dozen generations. All too often this development is ignored with the isolation of the three pyramids constructed at Giza by Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. This Great Pyramid Isolation Syndrome runs rampant throughout many of the "fringe" circles today, and nullifies the ability to objectively look at the evidence explaining the function and development of the Royal Egyptian Funerary Complex. Only through the study of this gradual but completely evidenced evolution will the ancient Egyptians be truly appreciated and their accomplishments properly credited.