We May Have Found A Clue To How The Pyramids Were Built

How the great pyramids of Egypt were built is one of the great mysteries of modern archaeology. But a new discovery is shedding light on how the structures were made. A ramp system may help explain how the 45,000-year-old Great Pyramid of Giza was built.

The discovery was made at a nearby quarry called Hatnub, the site from which ancient Egyptians got stones for the pyramids. The ramp system is believed to have helped transported heavy stones.

Yannis Gourdon, co-director of the joint mission at Hatnub, explained to Live Science:

“This system is composed of a central ramp flanked by two staircases with numerous post holes. Using a sled which carried a stone block and was attached with ropes to these wooden posts, ancient Egyptians were able to pull up the alabaster blocks out of the quarry on very steep slopes of 20 percent or more.”

He went on:

“This kind of system has never been discovered anywhere else. The study of the tool marks and the presence of two [of] Khufu’s inscriptions led us to the conclusion that this system dates back at least to Khufu’s reign, the builder of the Great Pyramid in Giza. As this system dates back at least to Khufu’s reign, that means that during the time of Khufu, ancient Egyptians knew how to move huge blocks of stone using very steep slopes. Therefore, they could have used it for the construction [of] his pyramid.”

Despite the discovery, people seemed pretty skeptical.

Many others have put forth their own theories over the years.

Though some theories were a little less plausible than others.

Of course, we all know the truth…

Or maybe it’s just complex engineering?

The only thing people are really sure of is that the pyramids exist:

At this rate, we may never know how the pyramids were built!

H/T: New York Post, Twitter, Live Science