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(National Geographic)   Egyptians used kites to build pyramids   (news.nationalgeographic.com ) divider line
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2001-07-13 08:51:40 AM  
Egyptians used kites to build pyramids

No, someone proved it was POSSIBLE.
 
2001-07-13 08:55:18 AM  
Isn't this a repeat? And why would the egyptians use kites when they had loads of free manual labor? Slaves weren't given cushy desk jobs ya know.
 
2001-07-13 09:21:54 AM  
Yes, it was POSSIBLE. Come on Farkers, work on your link titling.

I bet it was also possible that aliens helped them. Or they threw them up there after smoking papyrus.
 
2001-07-13 09:42:55 AM  
Papyrus? Paper? I wish I could get high off smoking bloody paper, I'd be selling A4 pads on the corner already.
 
2001-07-13 10:40:32 AM  
Ben Franklin helped the Egyptians?
 
2001-07-13 10:43:47 AM  
This is all well and good for lifting an obelisk, but not a pyramid. They would have to lift these huge limestone blocks up vertically, not at an angle that a kite would be operating at, and put them in a very specific place, which I can't believe you could be so precise with a kite as a crane. I just don't see it working for the pyramids.
 
2001-07-13 11:43:28 AM  
I read the paragraph and stopped. Slaves did not build the pyramids. It is historical fact that Egyptian laborers were used. It's a shame that a magazine like National Geographic couldn't get that right.
 
2001-07-13 11:50:25 AM  
I was thinking the same exact thing, Reveal.... and I also agree that there is no conclusive proof... or even slightly convincing indication... that this method was used in any way to aid in Egyptian construction methods. Available materials and a vague relief image showing something that "may be" a kite with stuff that "might be" ropes doesn't cut it.... let's not call conjecture anything that it is not...

The other side of my brain is saying, however, "cool! This would explain a lot!" but sheesh... I expect better out of Nat'l Geog. Put some better evidence together before presenting it... otherwise, this story may as well have just come from ANNANOVA...
 
2001-07-13 12:45:49 PM  
Scaffolding.
 
2001-07-13 02:19:18 PM  
Lawn gnomes built them.
 
2001-07-13 02:35:47 PM  
unless you were there at square one discussing how you were going to go about building pyramids however many thousands of years ago you have no say in how it was done.

dont rely on what everyone has told you because at this point there is no real answer
how are we going to come up with an answer to a question thats older than the rest of the known world when we dont even know whats going on with our own government.

all you know is what youve been told so dont believe everything that you hear just because it has been said.
 
2001-07-13 02:40:41 PM  
Boppsta...
all you know is what youve been told so dont believe everything that you hear just because it has been said.

Thanks for that bit. Last night, my wife told me I was full of shiat. Now I don't have to believe her. ;-)
 
2001-07-13 02:48:24 PM  
whoops...I read that as "Egyptians used kitties to build pyramids." But I guess kites are interesting too...
 
2001-07-13 03:29:13 PM  
I agree with DRat, someone only proved that its possible to build a pyramid with a kite. Personally I think this makes alot of sense and is probably the way they did it, but there is no proof. I believe the fact that they used windsails to raise sails on ships is confirmed or at least widely accepted. But if they did use kites to build the pyramids where are the pictures depicting the process?
 
2001-07-14 11:32:48 AM  
Big deal. So the Egyptians used kikes to build the pyramids.
 
2001-07-14 11:34:48 AM  
Oh! Kites!
 
2001-07-14 03:53:00 PM  
second nile system -
ancient egyptians tapped into
underground river
that stemmed from nile.
use aquaducts.
float blocks to top of
pyramid foundations.
second nile.
your not being told the whole story.
livingston and british cronies burnt documents.
made of 2000 yr old papyrus.
france surrenders.
 
2001-11-23 09:53:41 AM  
Excellent
 
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