The Oldest Papyrus of the World Reveals How the Pyramids Were Built
Egypt has captured the imagination of the world since the time of the ancients. It has been one of the most ancient civilizations, which is merged and resurfaced under the influence of Greece and Rome, before finally becoming a center of Arab learning. Even today, it is one of the two main centers of Arab culture and Arab book sales can be measured by their success in Egypt and Saudi Arabia only.
It also had a Nobel Prize to Naguib Mahfouz in 1988.
Whatever it is, now that we have made Egypt a center of human understanding, let’s go to the heart of the matter: the ancient pyramids of Cheops.
These are the oldest and the only ancient wonders of the world, who are still, without doubt, and skepticism. We say this because one of the others, the hanging gardens of Babylon, was perhaps not at all, according to experts.
The great pyramids were used as tomb for the Pharaoh Khufu, and construction lasted throughout his reign. They are massive, built with millions of stones perfectly trimmed and aligned to a particular angle to create the perfect slope of the pyramid. Each stone weighed on average about two and a half tons, the biggest weighing between 6 and 10 tons.
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It is not surprising that a whole school of thought popular as the ancient astronaut theory thought that, among many similar monuments, the pyramids were also the result of alien technology and in no case, a culture the bronze age ancient would not achieve such ingenuity.
It is here that an Egyptian papyrus manuscript came to the rescue of his mother country.
It is apparent that in a dramatic turn of event, the oldest of the papyrus manuscripts discovered so far shows archaeologists the secret of ancient Egyptian engineering.
Parchment details his author mother and his skills in the transportation of the stone in the ultimate building of the ancient wonder. What previously believed has been disproved partly, it’s the least we can say.
The Professor Mohammed Abd El-maggid worked on this manuscript. The manuscript says that the mother used an elaborate system of water transportation to carry individual blocks of a quarry on the banks of the Nile, to the location of the pyramid.
First, the stone has been carved block. Then, thanks to a system of levers identified, she was charged in a spot on the boat waiting. An inch here, a thumb there and the ship flowed. This was done with the eye of a smart engineer.
Then the boat sails by the River through the desert to reach the site of the pyramid.
Here, thanks to a system developed rails and rollers in wood; individual blocks were transported by workers and slaves.
Maggid, who himself has recreated the steps with a suite of workers, has noticed how this formula could be quick. Once again, the ingenuity, the meaning of the engineering and no assistance from alien.
Egyptian engineers, including managing, faced the issue of shaping the block so that it fits on the pyramid. Even then, they found an elegant mathematical solution, ahead of the Pythagorean theorem for several centuries. They primarily used a ratio of 11 and 14 units for the height and the width of the cut.
And it was so accurate that ancient accounts of travelers tell how the joints were almost invisible in white stone.
You may be amazed and blown away by the skills of these engineers, while they had their mind, their hammers, their scissors and their ropes made to measure.
The question that arises is this: have we made progress or the civilization declined?