posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 06:14 PM
Just posted this over on the multimedia uploads board, but thought you may like it too here.
I saw the doc on the BBC too, interesting.
I have my own theory, based on logic. No ramps or dragging stones are included.
OK...the pro's talk about huge ramps, and sleds being lubricated with dribbles of water etc..never mind that the ramps themselves would be at least
TWICE the volume of the pyramid itself!
Ask yourself, what is the greatest natural resource ancient egyptians had?
Sand? Water? Grain?
The answer is obviously people.
When trying to explain the building of the pyramids, people ( the labourers) are always portrayed as lugging and dragging these 2 - 4 tonne blocks
(the vast majority only weight this much, only a small amount are much larger), grunting and heaving against the weight. Nonsense.
In fact NO ONE had to manually lift or drag anything!
If we say the average (guestimate) weight of an ancient Egyptian labourer was 150lbs, and a single block weighed 2 tonnes, you would need
approximately 28 adult labourers to match the blocks weight, right?
OK, now we have equilibrium. Add 1 or 2 more people, and you have a 'human gravity engine' that will gently and effortlesly lift the block onto the
level being built.
All that is required is for the labourers to attach ropes to the block, route the blocks through a capstan or similar on the level being built, run
the ropes to the opposite side of the level, fastened to a platform. The labourers step onto the platform and hey presto, the block rises gently onto
the required level!
The only effort required from the labourers, is that they are continually climbing up the completed levels, to again descend on the platform acting as
a counterweight to the next block. Multiply this 'human gravity engine' a few hundred times, and the levels would have been built in a LOT less time
than is previously thought.
No grunting or sweating involved, certainly no sleds. Possibly a system of cantelever type cranes, to keep the block away from the sides on the way
up, but this would not be bearing any weight, just guiding the blocks.
My feeling is that most of the so called 'impossible' monuments around the world, were built using similar methods.
Now, if i can think this up in 10 minutes over morning coffee, why haven't all the professionals too? That's the real mystery.