Pyramid Parts Would Slide Superbly on Soaked Sand, Says Study

A new theory is adding to our understanding of how the ancient Egyptians might have built the pyramids. You'll recall that, today, most Egyptologists believe the pyramids were built by workers pulling blocks of stone on sledges. Scientists at the University of Amsterdam have found that that system would work better if the sand beneath the sledges were wet. (Thanks to Epigenetics Experts for the headline suggestion!)

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  1. It was a few years ago somebody pointed out to me that the whole UFO-pyramid narrative boils down to saying, "these poor primitive brown people couldn't possibly achieve what we have achieved..." Anything that shows the ingenuity of ancient people is cool in my book.

  2. Moving those blocks is easy when aliens are soaking the land for you.

  3. I agree. Something that's rarely heard is, "They were apparently considerably smarter and more ingenious than me."

  4. I don't think that the sand was wet with water...
    Back home, whenever there is a building project, one just offers beer to one's friends in exchange for their labor. Since Egyptians were quite fond of the suds themselves, I assume that is how they got people to lay their shoulder into moving those blocks. Having 100k people drinking beer is going to generate a lot of full bladders...
    Notice how many of the fellows in front have loincloths that are stained yellow, while those in back are nice and white -- they were obviously encouraged to just let it go man.

  5. Yep. The reason it's so fascinating is that we have a very different technological basis for our society. When we look at the pyramids, or the obelisks, our perspective doesn't take their thousands-of-years-old, mature technology into account. For them, that was just how it was done, based on countless generations of experience and improvement. It was no more wondrous or unusual for them than digging a hole with a backhoe is for us.

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