posted on Sep, 27 2009 @ 10:32 AM
Originally posted by tauristercus
The majority of mainstream archaeologists and egyptologists hold to the accepted theory that the main Giza pyramid (Cheops) was constructed over an
approximate period of 10-20 years and using 1000's of labourers
A construction management study (testing) carried out by the firm Daniel, Mann, Johnson, & Mendenhall in association with Mark Lehner and other
Egyptologists, estimates that the total project required an average workforce of 14,567 people and a peak workforce of 40,000. Without the use of
pulleys, wheels, or iron tools, they used critical path analysis to suggest the Great Pyramid was completed from start to finish in approximately 10
years. Their study estimates that the number of blocks used in construction was between 2-2.8 million (an average of 2.4 million), but settles on a
reduced finished total of 2 million after subtracting the estimated area of the hollow spaces of the chambers and galleries. Most sources agree on
this number of blocks somewhere above 2.3 million.Their calculations suggest the workforce could have sustained a rate of 180 blocks per hour (3
blocks/minute) with ten hour work days for putting each individual block in place. They derived these estimates from modern third-world construction
projects that did not use modern machinery, but conclude it is still unknown exactly how the Great Pyramid was built.
Great topic OP, Since I can remember the pyramids have always been very interesting to me. The concrete/slurry theory...another "possible" theory,
and one I hadn't really heard about, so thank you for bringing it to my attention.
My issue with these theories is the "time to complete" the accepted theory gives.
Sooo... 10-20 years to lay 2-2.5 million blocks of stone. Simple math says thats...
10 years x 365 days = 3650 days of possible work in 10 years.
2,000,000 blocks / 3650 days = about 548 blocks layed per day average to achieve a 10 completion.
20 years x 365 days = 7300 days of possible work in 20 years.
2,000.000 blocks / 7300 days = about 274 blocks layed per day average.
Thats laying an AVG of 23 blocks an hour or about .38 of a block per minute in 10 years and an AVG of 11.5 blocks layed an hour in 20 years!! 24 hours
a day!! And I'm using the most conservative numbers they are using, imagine if the amount of blocks was 2.8million. Really?
How do archaeologists explain this? Is there a flaw in my logic or math?
And, that doesn't even begin to explain the accuracy these giants were built to.
So yea, I'm all ears for a different theory because I have a hard time believing you could build something on the magnitude and accuracy of the
pyramids by laying an AVG of 23 blocks an hour.
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