DailyDirt: Egyptian Pyramid Construction Techniques

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Construction techniques have changed a lot over the last thousand years. The example of the Great Pyramids, though, shows that projects with enormous scale can be accomplished without the help of modern machinery. We may never know exactly how the pyramids were built, but it's fun to try to re-create some of the methods they used. Here are just a few examples of possible construction techniques for moving extremely heavy building materials in the desert. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2014 @ 9:52pm

    After watching the TV series Ancient Aliens, I'm convinced humans had extraterrestrial help building all the pyramids located at almost every corner of this planet. They even found ancient pyramids in China, that the Chinese tried to bury in dirt and then they planted trees on top of them.

    Modern engineers have visited the ancient Egyptian pyramids and took detailed measurement the structures. The gaps between the stones on these stone structures are to within one-hundredth of an inch tolerance.

    That's pretty hard to do with a pick axe and a chisel. Not to mention that everyone working on that pyramid must have been a master craftsman.

    Most people laugh at the idea of aliens. Looking at all the pyramid structures around the world, especially Puma Punku in South America with it's laser precision cuts and drilled holes through stone, it leaves me to wonder.

    I simply don't understand why ancient man would decide to spend their free time transporting stones that weigh up to 1,000 tons, and dragging them hundreds of miles across the desert. With that much weight, wooden logs would snap like toothpicks if they attempted to roll stones on top of them.

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