Stone drag­ging and ramps re­main a mys­tery

Science Illustrated - - HISTORY -

WHAT WE KNOW

The large stones were car­ried from the quar­ries to the con­struc­tion site by boat.

The con­struc­tion was wellde­signed and well-or­gan­ised. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have dis­cov­ered an en­tire city which was ap­par­ently in­hab­ited by con­struc­tion work­ers. Clay tablets il­lus­trate the process.

WHAT WE DON'T

It re­mains un­known how the stones were car­ried from the boats to the con­struc­tion site. Ac­cord­ing to one the­ory, the 2-15 t stones were dragged on sledges across wet sand, i.e. the sand was more solid, eas­ing the work.

Most Egyp­tol­o­gists think that the Egyp­tians used ramps for the con­struc­tion, but we do not know ex­actly how they worked.

Ac­cord­ing to some ar­chae­ol­o­gists, the pyra­mid was built from within, based on a core of ramps, which zigzagged their way up through the pyra­mid. Small stones were used at the cen­tre, whereas larger ones were placed on the out­side, us­ing scaf­fold­ing.

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