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What are the Egyptian pyramids made of ?

December 24, 2011 | Comment icon 105 comments



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Several theories have cropped up over the years that suggest the pyramids might not be what they seem.
It is commonly believed that the pyramids are constructed of solid blocks of stone that were transported to the building site, however materials scientist Joseph Davidovits has suggested an alternative concept - that the Egyptians molded the blocks themselves from limestone and vegetable matter, a theory that x-ray diffraction data seems to support.
One hundred thousand slaves tug multi-ton blocks across the desert. A complicated series of pulleys lifts each hand-cut stone into the perfect place. This is history's image of ancient Egyptian pyramid construction.


Source: io9.com | Comments (105)



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Comment icon #96 Posted by cladking 10 years ago
i'm pretty sure this picture is of the s.e. corner showing the foundation stones cladking is referring to, which level up this corner of G2's base. http://photos.nondot.org/2009-11-15-Egypt/2009-11-16-2%20-%20Pyramid%20of%20Khafre%20%28Chephren%29/normal/18%20-%20Khafre%27s%20Pyramid.jpg they are however some distance from the s.e corner of the pyramid itself so not sure how far the shoring extends, if at all, beneath the main structure. This might not be the most reliable source since it does fit the theory; http://sevenislands.50webs.com/the_horizon_of_khufu/plan.htm Ihave no other reason to... [More]
Comment icon #97 Posted by Harte 10 years ago
I didnt want to start another thread I thought it would be easier if I asked here. My question is, how in all Egypt there are only few temples without hieroglyphs. For example Osirion at Abydos. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osireion How come that there is no hieroglyphs on Osirion? Wiki often has articles that fall short. However, if you check the references, you can sometimes learn quite a bit. I did so. The following reference was given at the wiki page: The Osirion at Abydos by Flinders-Petrie There I found this: And these words: Close up map, by Miss Murray, of the then discovered portion ... [More]
Comment icon #98 Posted by blackdogsun 10 years ago
This might not be the most reliable source since it does fit the theory; http://sevenislands.50webs.com/the_horizon_of_khufu/plan.htm Ihave no other reason to doubt its accuracy though. hi cladking Mark Lehner's book 'The Complete Pyramids' seems to corroborate the diagram on your link [from page 122] The pyramid was founded on a terrace which the ancient builders cut down by c. 10m (33ft) below the original bedrock surface to the northwest, but built up with large blocks of masonry at the opposite, southeast, corner. This compensated for the natural c. 3-6o slope of the Mokattam Formation. ... [More]
Comment icon #99 Posted by Swede 10 years ago
hi cladking Mark Lehner's book 'The Complete Pyramids' seems to corroborate the diagram on your link [from page 122] The pyramid was founded on a terrace which the ancient builders cut down by c. 10m (33ft) below the original bedrock surface to the northwest, but built up with large blocks of masonry at the opposite, southeast, corner. This compensated for the natural c. 3-6o slope of the Mokattam Formation. and also in Petrie's survey which additionally mentions the N.E. corner of pavement [link] 70. The whole site of the Pyramid is artificially levelled; it is cut into the sloping rock of... [More]
Comment icon #100 Posted by blackdogsun 10 years ago
Blackdog - It would indeed appear that the NE and SE corners of Khafre's pyramid (G2) were leveled by support blocks prior to the main construction. Here is another bit of information likely taken from the same sources. http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/pyramidcore.htm http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/pyramidorientation.htm In relation to the holes for the measuring grid pictured in the source above, there is a very detailed paper on the topic by Lehner that you may wish to access: Mark Lehner 1983 Some Observations on the Layout of the Khufu and Khafre Pyramids. Journal of the Am... [More]
Comment icon #101 Posted by kmt_sesh 10 years ago
I didnt want to start another thread I thought it would be easier if I asked here. My question is, how in all Egypt there are only few temples without hieroglyphs. For example Osirion at Abydos. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osireion How come that there is no hieroglyphs on Osirion? Maybe it was older, before they invented hieroglyphs. Maybe it isnt built by Egyptians at all. Just thought. I mean at Abydos other temples have hieroglyphs but only this dont. What's important to keep in mind is that the Osireion is not really a temple, per se. It is a cenotaph--at least that's the consensus of nea... [More]
Comment icon #102 Posted by blackdogsun 10 years ago
I wish I could go into detail on Westerman's lecture and some of the things he's experienced at the Osireion, but this is not the place for yet more of my meandering diatribes. hi kmt_sesh, your 'meandering diatribes' are always full of interest, so i for one would like to hear more, if you have time. maybe if not here you could start a separate thread of your further discourse on different topics across the board.
Comment icon #103 Posted by cormac mac airt 10 years ago
hi kmt_sesh, your 'meandering diatribes' are always full of interest, so i for one would be like to hear more, if you have time. maybe if not here you could start a separate thread of your further discourse on different topics across the board. Blackdogsun, if you haven't already, you really ought to check out his blog. I think you'll find it really informative. When it comes to Ancient Egypt, kmt_sesh's the man. cormac
Comment icon #104 Posted by blackdogsun 10 years ago
Blackdogsun, if you haven't already, you really ought to check out his blog. I think you'll find it really informative. When it comes to Ancient Egypt, kmt_sesh's the man. cormac oh, right .. thanks, i missed that edit to add: excellent
Comment icon #105 Posted by tomt 10 years ago
and Kochab line up with the chambers. http://www.goddiscussion.com/45144/the-star-kochab-in-the-little-dipper-about-to-go-supernova-last-supernova-observed-in-our-galaxy-seen-by-galileo-in-1604/


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