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A Secret To Building The Pyramids Has Been Discovered

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The secret behind the moving of heavy and large stones to construct the Pyramids, the last remaining Ancient World Wonders, has been discovered and revealed by a team of scientists.

The scientists, consisting of physicists from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam , believe the ancient Egyptians used a ‘clever trick to make it easier to transport heavy pyramids stones by sledge’: wet sand.

 “The Egyptians moistened the sand over which the sledge moved. By using the right quantity of water, they could halve the number of workers needed,” says a statement released by the physicists.

The dampness of the sand from pouring the right amount of water significantly reduced friction and how much force was required to move the huge stones, which, on average, are approximately 2.5 tons in weight.

The physicists explain that wet sand is twice as stiff and firm as dry sand. This, and the fact that the wet sand would not pile up in front of a sledge, allowed the sledge to far more easily glide over the firm desert sand.

An intricate laboratory experiment allowed the scientists to reach this conclusion,which they believe is the most probable reason behind how the large stones were moved.

Figure 1: A large pile of sand accumulates in front of the sledge when this is pulled over dry sand (left). On the wet sand (right) this does not happen.

Figure 1: A large pile of sand accumulates in front of the sledge when this is pulled over dry sand (left). On the wet sand (right) this does not happen.

“The physicists placed a laboratory version of the Egyptian sledge in a tray of sand,” reveals the press release, “They determined both the required pulling force and the stiffness of the sand as a function of the quantity of water in the sand. To determine the stiffness they used a rheometer, which shows how much force is needed to deform a certain volume of sand.”

However, this should not come as a surprise: the experiments should confirm a theory many had suspected. An intricate wall-painting in the tomb of  Djehutihotep, dating back to 1900 BC, portrays a person standing in front of a sledge and pouring water over the sand just in front of it as others pull the sledge.

A large statue is being transported by sledge. A person standing on the front of the sledge wets the sand.  Source: Al-Ahram Weekly, 5-11 August 2004, issue 702

A large statue is being transported by sledge. A person standing on the front of the sledge wets the sand. Source: Al-Ahram Weekly, 5-11 August 2004, issue 702

This discovery should put to rest claims that aliens or super-humans constructed the Pyramids. Yet beyond revealing one of the world’s oldest secrets, the physicists believe the discovery could even have modern-day impacts.

Click here to read the press release.

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12 Comments on A Secret To Building The Pyramids Has Been Discovered

  1. The scientists are very smart indeed for figuring how the Pharos just pushed the stones just for the first layer but how about the other 20 layers of stones above??

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  2. magdalena // May 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm // Reply

    I love what you’re saying….:-)

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  3. Loren Pomeroy // May 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm // Reply

    It is likely that the major building work would have been done during the season of inundation when the Nile overflows it’s banks. That puts farmers out of work while their fields are flooded so frees them to work on public projects like pyramid-building. That would also be when there was a lot of extra water available..

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  4. At the time the Nile was also alot closer to the pyramids and quarry’s.

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  5. Reblogged this on Ned Hamson Second Line View of the News and commented:
    Simple answer that eluded people for far too long.

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  6. If it is true then it is huge!

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  7. Reblogged this on Saffarny ®.

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  8. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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  9. Clearance // May 1, 2014 at 7:20 am // Reply

    I call bullshit.

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  10. Kislaya Kumar // May 1, 2014 at 6:53 am // Reply

    WOW! The amount of water needed to move those 2 million blocks in each pyramid and the extra logistics needed to move that amount of water will make this idea very unfeasible. Talk about finding out the hardest way you can construct a building.

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