Egyptologists have long debated just how the ancient Egyptians transported the heavy stone blocks from 500 miles away to the site of the pyramids at Giza and now it appears the mystery may well be solved. The stone blocks weigh about 2 1/2 tons and are made of limestone and granite. One of the pyramids is known as the Tomb of Khufu or as the Pyramid of Khufu which was built around 2600 BC. Researchers have recently found a papyrus, a ceremonial boat, and remains of what appear to be ancient waterworks that are helping to solve the mystery as to how the Bronze Age Egyptians transported these massive stone blocks.
It appears that the Egyptians built waterworks and diverted water from the Nile River inland to the site of where the pyramids were being built. What they apparently did was to build a systems of canal-like waterways and floated the huge blocks on boats to the building site.
If this theory is right then the ancient Egyptians were pretty ingenious but this still doesn’t solve the mystery of how they actually lifted the stones to build the pyramids. Likely they used pulleys and I, frankly, don’t think that they hauled them up dirt ramps as some people believe. Pulleys can do wonders when it comes to constructing large structures as any builder knows. Continue Reading