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I still believe that aliens helped the ancient Egyptians build the Great Pyramid of Giza way back in 2600BC, but archaeologists have an other idea.
While the archaeologist community already knew that the rock used to build the pyramids in Egypt were extracted eight miles away in Tura, and that granite used in the structure was quarried 533 miles away in Aswan, what was not known is how in the hell those Egyptians actually transported over 170,000 tons of limestone to Giza for construction. Well, now they think they know.
The discovery of an ancient scroll of papyrus, a ceremonial boat and a network of waterways have led archaeologists to believe that thousands of Egyptians transported all that heavy material along the River Nile in wooden boats built with planks and ropes.
The 2.5-ton blocks were ferried through a system of specially designed canals before arriving at an inland port built just yards away from the base of the Great Pyramid. The papyrus scroll is the only firsthand record of how the pyramid was built, and was written by an overseer named Merer.
He explained in detail how the limestone was moved from the quarry in Tura to Giza using the Bronze Age waterways. Archaeologist Mark Lehner has also uncovered evidence of a waterway underneath the plateau the pyramid sits on.
He said: “We’ve outlined the central canal basin, which we think was the primary delivery area to the foot of the Giza Plateau.”
For hundreds of years people have wondered how those great pyramids were built without the help of machinery, and perhaps they have finally discovered it. But let’s be honest, we all know the truth…