johnphantom: How did they get all the water needed across the desert?
Clemkadidlefark: Dear Gizmodo - if this is true, prove your madcap 'theory' at Sacsayhuama,Peru
Strik3r: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Orgasmatron138: born_yesterday: Let's quit talking about how they built the pyramids and start talking about RE-building the pyramids.I'm talkin' white limestone and gold caps and everything. Tell me that wouldn't be awesome?I hate that we don't seem to be into making great monuments or fancy-looking buildings anymore. Everything is too functional and practical.La Sagrada FamiliaThat has to be the most penises (penii ?) I have ever seen on one building. Really.... you think they could have gotten another spire or 2 in there? LOL
DubtodaIll: J. Frank Parnell: Except the stones the great pyramids are made of weigh so much more. Like 70 or 200 tons more. Our best modern cranes can't lift the things, and we're supposed to believe they floated them many miles downriver from where they were quarried on rafts made of reeds, then put logs under them and rolled them over sand for many more miles. Yes, sand.There are even some megalithic stones around the world which weigh over a thousand tons. Something is definitely up when we're supposed to believe primitive cultures did things we still can't.I'm going to go ahead and assume you're just making a joke or something. We have cranes that can lift upwards of 5.5million pounds, or roughly 2750 tons. We can put 200ton cranes on wheels. And power it with roughly 500hp, which is about the same force you could get out of ~3000 organized laborers. As far as the article goes, 2.5 tons is not all that much weight and could easily be moved with enough people and enough time which the Egyptians had plenty of each.What a 200ton crane might light like:[image.made-in-china.com image 800x532]
untaken_name: robohobo: Maybe because he's interested in the topic? Instead of, you know, interested in being a dick? FFS.Then why didn't he post about the topic? That seems like a better route to take if you're interested in the topic. Instead of, you know, posting retarded non sequiturs. Also, I asked him, not you, dumbass. FFS./not interested in being a dick//also not interested in NOT being a dick///GFY if you don't like it.
Ishkur: Frederick: It just doesnt pass the logic test.You do realize we're talking about religion, right? ...logic has nothing to do with it.Frederick: We're to believe Pharaohs dedicated the entire countries wealth and resources to building pyramids as burial chambers -some 20 years supposedly in the making- and then planned no security?What, mummy's curse isn't good enough for you? They were a superstitious people obsessed with immortality, and they believed their rulers were literal gods. Who would have the nerve to even think about desecrating their holy resting places?Frederick: And who exactly was robbing these places?Their descendents. They did not anticipate that cultural attitudes toward the infallible Pharaohs would change over time, especially when the early ones were so insisting on burying a sizable chunk of the country's gross domestic product with them. That left later dynasties a little cash-strapped which they resented.The diminishing power of the Pharaohs in the First Intermediate Period meant that no one was afraid anymore of any divine retribution if they jacked the jewelry from their great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandking's tomb.
SpectroBoy: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Huh... I thought they poured Jews on itJews are like 70 percent water!
Loan Starr: I always thought the 'This Old Pyramid' episode of NOVA from the early 90's tackled these topics pretty well, although who knows what's been debunked or discovered since then:http://youtu.be/S7vBlWN3c-0The main premise of the show was to see if they could build a small pyramid in a certain amount of time, using only tools and methods known (or theorized) to have existed in Ancient Egypt. I scanned through the video and, yeah, they use water to help their makeshift sleds move across the sand easier. Along with either rollers or embedded planks of wood. Wet sand doesn't seem to be a new discovery.
Ishkur: Lukeonia1: Nope, the general consensus is that the folks who built the pyramids were paid laborers. After all, would you want your monument carved by a surly, unpaid slave?It's not that they were paid laborers, it's that the Nile river floods like clockwork for three months every year. So you have this massive agrarian population who literally have nothing to do, waiting for the waters to recede so they could plant/harvest their crops.
GungFu: Frederick: SauronWasFramed:And...Man Moves Huge Blocks!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCvx5gSnfW4
GungFu: t seems to me that your knowledge of Ancient Egypt is extremely limited. They've made documentaries on the worker's villages found near the great pyramids, ffs.
maxheck: Why? Because he of Ozymandas fame had no problem at all having people cut his forebears' name out of records and plastering his name over it.
cretinbob: Now move 2.3 million of them in 20 years
Orgasmatron138: born_yesterday: Let's quit talking about how they built the pyramids and start talking about RE-building the pyramids.I'm talkin' white limestone and gold caps and everything. Tell me that wouldn't be awesome?I hate that we don't seem to be into making great monuments or fancy-looking buildings anymore. Everything is too functional and practical.
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