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How were the Pyramids Built?

Marion Charatan

Posted on September 3, 2022 23:54

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How did mortal men have the strength to construct humongous structures allegedly inhabited by the gods? Researchers offer new information.

Pyramids are one of the 'seven wonders of the world.' The majestic structures form triangles that climb high into the sky. A pyramid's base may be a polygon, trilateral, or quadrilateral shape.

Traditionally, pyramids are linked with the ancient Egyptians. But other countries like Mexico, Sudan, Italy, Iraq, and Peru also boast pyramids.

History books and filmmakers often depict slaves building pyramids--under the iron hands of abusive taskmasters. The films The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra supported the premise.  I was fascinated with Elizabeth Taylor's role in Cleopatra, a film that won the Best Picture Oscar in 1963.

The sets were incredible in the story of the young queen, just 18, who rose to power from approximately 51-30 BC in Egypt's brutal fight against the Roman Empire. The movie theorized that slaves, who toiled in the sun under relentless whippings from sadistic overseers, built the pyramids. A dramatic opening scene shows the regal queen and her son being pulled by 300 slaves on a black marble Sphinx into Rome to claim victory-- a clear illustration of the mistreatment the enslaved endured.  

But according to scientists, some portrayals of ancient times are not accurate. Researchers dug up evidence to show that a journeyman's work crew erected the pyramids. Names and stamps of work crews from 4500 years ago were discovered. Signs of housing built for the ancient crew were unearthed, along with leftover bones from decent cuts of meat they allegedly ate. Some historians believe that slaves would never have been fed a good diet, thus concluding that the indentured could not have built the ancient skyscrapers.

Scientists now say farmers, quarry workers, haulers, and masons constructed the pyramids. More evidence revealed the pyramid workers had short lifespans--bone analysis showed they lived to be around 30. It was surprising that women's remains were also found in the dig--indicating females worked side by side with men--unusual for ancient times where equal opportunity employment was not the norm.

Archeologists also presumed skilled workers moved heavy blocks with a special method they developed. They theorize sand was laid down in front of a contraption to haul the rocks. Laborers also used sleds floating on canals to transport stones to their destinations. 

It is indisputable there were indeed slaves in ancient times who suffered terrible abuse and poverty--and there is never a justification for vile and inhumane mistreatment under any circumstances. But according to the newest information, the Gaza pyramids were built by a specialized crew with a construction background. If this is a fact, it contradicts what I always thought was written in stone.

Today, contractors still take lessons from their ancient counterparts-- and try to replicate the mystique of the majestic structures built so many thousands of years ago.

Marion Charatan

Posted on September 3, 2022 23:54

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