FACTS: How Did Egyptians Move Giant Stones?

ancient Egyptians moving a statue

The Mystery of Building Pyramids Solved

Until now, archaeologists, Egyptologists, and researchers have remained puzzled as to how ancient Egyptians were able to move the giant blocks that were used to make the pyramids.



Ancient Egyptians were able to transport heavy stone, build enormous structures, and erect monumental statues, all without the aid of modern machinery. They moved and placed blocks for the pyramids, obelisks, statues, pillars, and so much more.

The question is, how?

After years of study, physicists from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam have finally worked out the answer. They used many techniques to come to this conclusion. In the end, the method is both simple and brilliant. It comes down to a combination of:

A Sled + Wet Sand

Combining the two, water and sand, was the missing part of the equation.

Why would wet sand help matters? Wet sand is firm and smooth. Water makes the sand granules stick together. When you move a sled over wet sand, it glides easily. Move the same sled over dry sand, and the sand piles up in front of it.

The difference is impressive. How much difference does it make in terms of power needed to move an object? It turns out that the wet sand technique cuts the pulling effort needed in half. That's enormous when you're talking about hauling a huge stone by hand.

Take a look at the image at the top of this post. It demonstrates the technique in action. Note the worker at the front of the sled pouring water onto the sand.

It seems the answer was there for all to see, it just took a few modern industrious physicists to work out what the ancient Egyptians knew all along.



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