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Offline DrFierTopic starter

Pyramid construction
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:33:25 PM »
I don't know how accurate IFLS is, but apparently it's been discovered how the pyramids were built:

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/mystery-how-egyptians-moved-pyramid-stones-solved

I figured I'd point it out, because it's something that I was always curious to know.  Almost seems a little anticlimactic in my opinion.

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Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014, 02:49:47 PM »
Looks like the little Oni might have a science fair project for this year!

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014, 01:07:26 PM »
Can you imagine being the poor woman who had to carry the water to the slabs? It must have taken gallons.

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Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2014, 01:18:12 PM »
Depending on the path they took, and when in the season they did the construction there might have been a good amount of water along the route.  The periodic flooding of the Nile made Egypt quite fertile.  There might also have been something like a 'bucket brigade' passing water jugs from hand-to-hand instead of runners going back and forth, or even ox-carts with larger containers to dip from.

Offline Frelance

Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2014, 12:32:24 PM »
That is really interesting to think that the answer to the man power needed to move the blocks has been staring us in the face all this time. It makes me wonder what else is in wall paintings left in those tombs. I would be interested to see how maybe people it would take to pull a seven ton block of stone like some of the ones used in the Giza pyramid would take using this method to move them across the sand.

 I would be really interested to see if someone could find the answer to how some of the stone structures have block joints so close that you can't put a piece of paper between them.

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Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2014, 12:36:06 PM »
I think the block-joints might have to do with the crystalline structure of the stone.  The blocks themselves were cleaved from quarries, so they would naturally fracture along parallel planes, which would make for a closer join.

Offline Frelance

Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2014, 12:42:31 PM »
I think the block-joints might have to do with the crystalline structure of the stone.  The blocks themselves were cleaved from quarries, so they would naturally fracture along parallel planes, which would make for a closer join.

Hmm. I did not know about that. I will have to look into that. Thanks :)

Offline Rick345

Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2014, 06:41:37 PM »
That answers the question how did they get the stone block from the quarry to the building site and how they laid down the foundation... But how did they raise the blocks to the second level, the third and so on till they finally topped it with a cap stone... Ramps are often mentioned but, that would mean moving several tons of sand for every ton of block and people usually figure out how to do a job with the least amount of labour necessary..

Offline Ebb

Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2014, 06:46:41 PM »
That answers the question how did they get the stone block from the quarry to the building site and how they laid down the foundation... But how did they raise the blocks to the second level, the third and so on till they finally topped it with a cap stone... Ramps are often mentioned but, that would mean moving several tons of sand for every ton of block and people usually figure out how to do a job with the least amount of labour necessary..

Oh, that's easy. They just did the ones at the top first.

Offline Zakharra

Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2014, 06:50:29 PM »
  I'm reading the comments on the link. hilarious. Almost none of them are accepting the explanation. It can't be that simple, it HAS to be aliens, super advanced sound wave/magnetic technology that Bronze age people somehow knew (but we don't), anything but human muscles and human ingenuity.

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Re: Pyramid construction
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2014, 07:09:40 PM »
By the way - little Oni will be trying to work out a small-scale version of this for Science Fair, leading to the interesting situation of 'talking to her History teacher about Tesla [for her 'Leadership and Legacy' project] and her Science teacher about Egypt.'