Built by slaves. Produced by beings of intellect far beyond our present day capabilities. Built with spiritual powers that lifted the blocks into place. Created under the instruction of some form of super-being. Formed in homage to the ‘Anunnaki’. Look around enough, and it’s very easy to find some stories about what the Great Pyramids may have been built by, or for.
However, one recent discovery claims to have come a bit closer to solving the mystery. The Great Pyramid, easily among the most impressive objects built by man, stands at a whopping 456ft in height. It’s stood for millennia, and its true creation has never been understood. We’d struggle, if not fully fail, to create something so perfect today – even with all of our tools. How, then, could some slaves have built it in homage to the Pharaohs?
Head north of the town of Luxor, and we might have some answers. A new sloped ramp has been found with two large sets of steps and a variety of post holes either side. It’s now suggested these blocks could have been brought up the ramps via sled. Using the wooden posts, many men and plenty of ropes, the sled would be pulled uphill.
According to the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, this is evidence of a system that was in place to move and pull around the blocks. While it’s always been a suggested part of the building of the pyramids, this is the first ever found physical suggestion that this was actually the case. That’s very interesting, especially as the lack of physical evidence left behind by ramps at any pyramid has always made this seem a little odd.
A step in the right direction
As well as finding this interesting ramp system, a number of engravings were found along the slopes. These depict worker and their building campaigns of the era. It’s all very interesting, especially as the location it was found is nearby Hatnub, which was once a major home for workers and also home to a major alabaster quarry.
Many of the walls, floors and sculptures of the pyramids were made from alabaster, which would have made Hatnub an obvious place to start the transport. Indeed, it’s also supposed to date back to the time of King Khufu, which would put it in a good line of sight with the Great Pyramid’ time of construction.
Indeed, studies in the past have always pointed to the likelihood of sleds and roped being used to move the various 2.5-ton blocks used to build the pyramids. Indeed, another suggestion is that water was poured onto the sand slowly to help reduce tension when trying to pull the large stones along – supposedly enough to half the needed workforce.
While I’m still somewhat skeptical, it’s certainly one of the most interesting finds related to the Pyramids in some time.
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