This pyramid and its construction has been a mystery due to the sheer magnitude of its undertaking and the level of technology available at that time. Well… this French Architect thinks he know how those Egyptians did it. Whatever may be the answer.. those old folks in ancient Egypt really did push their knowledge to its cutting edge to get this thing up and running!
A French architect claimed Friday to have uncovered the mystery about how Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Khufu was built – with use of a spiral ramp to hoist huge stone blocks into place.
The construction of the Great Pyramid 4,500 years ago by Khufu, a ruler also known as Cheops, has long befuddled scientists as to how its 3 million stone blocks weighing 2.5 tons each were lifted into place.
Ending eight years of study on the subject, architect Jean-Pierre Houdin released his findings and a computerized 3-D mockup showing how workers would have erected the pyramid at Giza outside Cairo.
The most widespread theory had been that an outer ramp had been used by the Egyptians, who left few traces to help archeologists and other scientists decode the secret to the construction.
Houdin said he had taken into account the copper and stone tools available at the time, the granite and limestone blocks, the location of the pyramid and the strength and knowledge of the workers.
According to his theory – shown in a computer model available at http://www.3ds.com/khufu – the builders put up an outer ramp for the first 141 feet, then constructed an inner ramp in a corkscrew shape to complete the 446-feet structure.
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