5 thoughts on “How do you think the pyramids of Egypt were built?

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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    The pyramids of Egypt were built as a burial place for the pharaoh god-kings. Egyptians believed the pharaohs held the key to the after life for everyone and the pyramids show this strong belief in life after death. The first pyramid to be built was started around 2600 BC. and was for the pharaoh Zoser. This pyramid does not compare with others built later on. It was constructed of steps of small, square stones and surrounded by the beautiful white limestone temples. These temples were used by priests to worship the dead pharaohs.

    Building a pyramid took many years and was a public works project. Thousands of Egyptians people worked with architects when they were able to leave their farms because of the season. The most impressive pyramid, that of Cheops (or Khufu), took 100,000 people working over a twenty year period. Built along the Nile, the Great Pyramids are located in Giza.

    There are many theories about how the pyramids were built. Some are very unbelievable and others are very possible. One of the most odd and outrageous theories it that aliens built the pyramids. This is a completely dumb idea, since we have proof that the Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids. So, therefore, credit should be given were it is deserved. Then, there are many theories about how the Egyptians built the pyramids.

    One theory is that the egyptians built one large ramp. This was quickly ruled out because the ramp would have to be a mile long in order for the slant of it to be feasable. The ramp would have used more material than the pyramid itself.

    A second theory claims that there was a singular ramp spiraling around the pyramid. This will clearly not work because in order for the ramp to extend from the bottom to the top, the way the ramp would be, you wouldn’t be able to cover all of the area and you would have a rather lacy pyramid. The angles would we so sharp that you wouldn’t have been able to move two ton blocks around corners.

    One well known theory as to how the pyramids were built is that of Mark Lehner’s. Lehner works at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. Lehner has spent much of the last 13 years excavating at the site of the Great Pyramid and let loose a team of diggers on a field covered with garbage.

    Lehner’s theory, liked by many people, is the theory of Tafla. Tafla is a clay that is very strong when it is dried but is easily destroyed by a pick ax. When Tafla is wet it is very slippery and could have been used to move the 2 ton blocks. With a ramp of Tafla, a big crew could move the 2 ton blocks up the side of a pyramid. A pole was in a corner of the pyramid could swing the blocks around. This was proven by a NOVA experiment on a smaller scale.

    The three of us think this is the most logical theory with one exception: it still doesn’t cover enough of the pyramid’s area. We believe that there were four ramps spiralling upward, each starting from one of the four corners. All other theories we’ve seen have been disproven in some way. No one really knows for a fact how the pyramids were built — they can only make practical assumptions. Lehner’s theory has an explanation for everything and has been proven by NOVAk. There is no way to determine that it is true, but of the theories we’ve seen, it is by far the best.

    You can make your own decisions as to who you think built the pyramids or how you think they did it. Just try to think things through completely and look for any possible setbacks.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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    I’d give Sujatha the points now as I don’t think you’ll get a better rational explanation on here.

    Suffice to say that there is no evidence at all that the pyramids were built by anybody other than the Egyptians, and plenty of evidence that they were built by the Egyptians.

    As to how they were built, well certainly by manual and highly skilled labour, but as to how the blocks were positioned, then Sujatha has all the bases covered I think.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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    By thousands of slaves over decades or even centuries.
    Those are the same slaves from Exodus, the ones who escaped from Egypt during Passover.

    As to the actual building, the Egyptians used a wheel to measure distances. They marked a wheel and rolled it, and when it came back to its original position, that marked a certain distance. That is why Pi keeps coming up in the Great Pyramid, it was based on a circle.

    Another cool fact: The name for the bricks which made up the pyramid was dbt, converted into Arabic as Al-tuba (the brick). This name was taken by the Moors to Spain, where it became adobe. So the slaves of Moses’ time are linked to adobe houses today.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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    I have actually heard a little of each of those scenarios you mentioned. But I’ve also read another. I don’t explain very well but I’ll give it a try. I read that there were more sophisticated technology back when they were built. There was a civilization more advanced then we are today in some ways. But Those people were wiped out by some natural disaster or something and the pyramids are what is left. I don’t fully understand how it went down, but it made sense when i read it. There are so many opinion out that for that topic, but I’m not sure which one I’m going with yet.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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    Anything can be done if there is unlimited man-power and time. The pyramids, the Great Wall, Stone Henge, and many other great works were accomplished with time and labor.
    Some alien labor might have been used, but most, if not all was done by citizens of the countries.

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