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.
Egyptian skate park found.
— Archbishop Poet 🗳 (@morrissey2020) November 1, 2018
Did they find it next to two handicap parking spaces?
— Rowndman (@Rowndman89) November 1, 2018
We know how they were built already, nice try! pic.twitter.com/N6K1Z5xC7w
— Mike (@mcrodriguez24) November 2, 2018
Yes, I trust the posts view on this matter. Academics still using phrases like “may have been built with” and “it’s possible because of this, this and this.” They still have no idea how or why or for who the pyramids was built. One track mind academics are. Makes me cry at times
— Joshua Powell (@ThePowelCompany) November 2, 2018
Mystery solved! They moved 2.5 million blocks of stone weighing from 2.5 tonne to 70 tonne with A Sled! and here is the catch, they dragged the sled Up a Ramp! Ministry of antiquity confirms once again that the pyramids were without doubt built by the Egyptians.
— Castle Excellent (@VostokTwins) November 1, 2018
"may"? So unconvincing…
Where is a picture of the ramp? This pic is flat ground
— Bolesław The Brave (@boleslawthebrav) November 1, 2018
Many others have put forth their own theories over the years.
— Stephen A. Ridley (@s7ephen) January 28, 2017
Though some theories were a little less plausible than others.
Best conspiracy theory ever! 😝
The Stone Of Destiny is Jacobs pillow from the bible and was a black meteoric superconducting rock painted with gold hieroglyphs, which catalysed a chemical reaction in the great pyramid of Giza producing Tesla style wireless electricity😃
— Laird 8 Badge ✊😎🏴 (@delboy1978uk) October 16, 2018
— ZonkstheAlien (@ZonkstheAlien) September 19, 2018
Of course, we all know the truth…
Aliens. It was Aliens.
— Highlander (@Canisrah) November 1, 2018
Or maybe it’s just complex engineering?
The only thing people are really sure of is that the pyramids exist:
One thing is for certain….someone built the pyramids 🤔🤪
— Chris (@TheBasicsTrader) November 2, 2018
At this rate, we may never know how the pyramids were built!