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Great Pyramid is actually slightly lopsided

By T.K. Randall
June 20, 2016 · Comment icon 26 comments

The pyramid's dimensions are incredibly precise, but not perfect. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Nina Aldin Thune
The Great Pyramid of Giza, as it turns out, is not quite as perfectly designed as is generally believed.
Standing a staggering 481ft in height, this ancient Wonder of the World remained the tallest man-made structure on the planet for more than 3,800 years.

Originally coated in a layer of casing stones which formed a smooth, white exterior, the Great Pyramid would have been a sight to behold for anyone who set eyes upon it in its heyday.

Its design however, though highly impressive for something so old, is not perfect.

In a recent study, engineer Glen Dash and Egyptologist Mark Lehner discovered that the square base of the Great Pyramid is actually very slightly lopsided, though only by a tiny amount.
The measurements were based on a new analysis of what the dimensions of the pyramid would have been when it still had its external casing stones, figures that the researchers achieved using linear regression analysis - a statistical method in which they calculated the pyramid's size by mapping where fragments of surviving casing stones still touched the structure's base platform.

The results indicated a discrepency of just 5.55 inches between the east and west sides.

"The data show that the Egyptians possessed quite remarkable skills for their time," wrote Dash.

"We can only speculate as to how the Egyptians could have laid out these lines with such precision using only the tools they had."

Source: Live Science | Comments (26)

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Comment icon #17 Posted by woopypooky 8 years ago
  Nonsense, a 20 storey building can be off by 1 feet due to combination of column skew on all 4 sides.Even if off by 1 meter, nobody is wiser.
Comment icon #18 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 8 years ago
Drat, And wouldn't you know, the warranty ran out last year.
Comment icon #19 Posted by questionmark 8 years ago
He most probably us referring to thew scant places the pyramids have where "you can't fit a piece of paper between the stones"... which to be truthful is fitting for about all stones in it... on 20% of its surface (as you cannot place a stone to rest on a hole without defying gravity)
Comment icon #20 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 8 years ago
Just as a point of interest, Baseline Road in Cherryfield, Maine, laid out as a surveyor's baseline for a federal mapping survey in 1858, was found using GPS in 1991 to be within 1 centimetre of its nominal 5.4 mile length.
Comment icon #21 Posted by UFOwatcher 8 years ago
Well, I find it (the study of The pyramids) all amazing and very interesting...
Comment icon #22 Posted by Blizno 8 years ago
If we built skyscrapers out of millions of tons of rock stacked with gradual slopes, they would last as long as the pyramids as long as they were built in geologically stable areas.
Comment icon #23 Posted by ailill 8 years ago
Leaning Pyramid of Giza.  That should be good for tourism. Thank, aliens.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Hanslune 8 years ago,_Illinois) The oldest standing skyscraper was built in 1891. We have built lots of things that will last thousands of years, the Maginot forts among them.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Hanslune 8 years ago
We build out of concrete now days and those will last thousands if not millions of years. A number of structures built by the Roman's out of concrete are in fine shape today and even earlier concrete structures still survive.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
When we start building skyscrapers that are intentionally designed to last "forever" as tombs to our modern-day pharaohs, then you can throw out this comparison.  So lets see those same Egyptians make a skyscrapers out of glass and steel, with modern plumbing  and electricity and see how it lasts.

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