Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How were the Egyptian Pyramids built - an insight

Egypt - the land of Pharaohs has often mystified and stumped archeologist across the world by its many ancient structures. The best known among them is The Great Pyramid of Giza which holds the record of being the tallest structure for more than 3800 years.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, source: Wikipedia

I fucking love science posted yesterday about a documentary aired on British Channel 4 where team of French-Egyptian archeologist, having discovered several documents in last six years, reveal how the Egyptian managed to build grand structures. The most important document unearthed was the dairy of an official Merer, who was part of the team constructing the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The dairy, written on papyrus, gives detailed account of three months when Pyramids were being built. It tells about how the material was transported. Limestone was quarried from across the river. Granite was procured from Aswan which was over 800 kilometers or approx 500 miles away. Copper was taken from sea port of Wadi al-jarf on red sea. All this was made possible by building of canals for assisting ships to get the quarry as close to the construction site as possible. Rails were made to transport the material from ship drop point to actual building site.

These documents are more than 4500 years old and showcase the life under regime of Pharaoh Khufu. This is amazing insight into the ancient ways.

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