A Secret To Building The Pyramids Has Been Discovered

A Secret To Building The Pyramids Has Been Discovered


The secret behind the moving of heavy and large stones to construct the Pyramids, the last remaining Ancient World Wonders, has been discovered and revealed by a team of scientists.

The scientists, consisting of physicists from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam , believe the ancient Egyptians used a ‘clever trick to make it easier to transport heavy pyramids stones by sledge’: wet sand.

 “The Egyptians moistened the sand over which the sledge moved. By using the right quantity of water, they could halve the number of workers needed,” says a statement released by the physicists.

The dampness of the sand from pouring the right amount of water significantly reduced friction and how much force was required to move the huge stones, which, on average, are approximately 2.5 tons in weight.

The physicists explain that wet sand is twice as stiff and firm as dry sand. This, and the fact that the wet sand would not pile up in front of a sledge, allowed the sledge to far more easily glide over the firm desert sand.

An intricate laboratory experiment allowed the scientists to reach this conclusion,which they believe is the most probable reason behind how the large stones were moved.

Figure 1: A large pile of sand accumulates in front of the sledge when this is pulled over dry sand (left). On the wet sand (right) this does not happen.
Figure 1: A large pile of sand accumulates in front of the sledge when this is pulled over dry sand (left). On the wet sand (right) this does not happen.

“The physicists placed a laboratory version of the Egyptian sledge in a tray of sand,” reveals the press release, “They determined both the required pulling force and the stiffness of the sand as a function of the quantity of water in the sand. To determine the stiffness they used a rheometer, which shows how much force is needed to deform a certain volume of sand.”

However, this should not come as a surprise: the experiments should confirm a theory many had suspected. An intricate wall-painting in the tomb of  Djehutihotep, dating back to 1900 BC, portrays a person standing in front of a sledge and pouring water over the sand just in front of it as others pull the sledge.

A large statue is being transported by sledge. A person standing on the front of the sledge wets the sand.  Source: Al-Ahram Weekly, 5-11 August 2004, issue 702
A large statue is being transported by sledge. A person standing on the front of the sledge wets the sand. Source: Al-Ahram Weekly, 5-11 August 2004, issue 702

This discovery should put to rest claims that aliens or super-humans constructed the Pyramids. Yet beyond revealing one of the world’s oldest secrets, the physicists believe the discovery could even have modern-day impacts.

Click here to read the press release.

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  • whateva

    21st century and we still believe casing stones of solid granite with a tolerance to 1-1000th of an inch was made by a hammer and chisel, this equates to believing the world was flat.

  • PerryM

    Here’s the problem: How do you move 2.5 million stone blocks weighing about 5,000 pounds each about 1/2 mile from local quarries and harbors and 15 – 300 miles from other quarries to the work site and then lift them up an average of 200 feet

    and in 20 years?

    If the Egyptians worked 6 days a week each year with 2 weeks off for injuries, illness, weddings, deaths, and maybe a vacation that’s about 300 work days a year. If they worked 8 hours a day under broiling sun then that means 2.5 million blocks were moved at a rate of 52 per hour; about 1 per minute, every hour for 20 years.

    There is no way that pace could be done today, let alone 4,500 years ago.

    Dragging 5,000 pound blocks at a rate of 52 per hour requires a transportation system that we can’t even imagine.

    Nice try but not a practical solution to the problem………..

  • Bikaz Dizoncavello

    The Secret to Building the Pyramids in the Quran

    [Qur’an 28:38]


    And Pharaoh said, “O eminent ones, I have not known you to have a god other than me. Then ignite for me, O Haman, [a fire] upon the clay1 and make for me a tower that I may look at the God of Moses. And indeed, I do think he is among the liars.”

    1. From which bricks are made.


    Fir’aun (Pharaoh) said: “O chiefs! I know not that you have an ilah (a god) other than me, so kindle for me (a fire), O Haman, to bake (bricks out of) clay, and set up for me a Sarhan (a lofty tower, or palace, etc.) in order that I may look at (or look for) the Ilah (God) of Musa (Moses); and verily, I think that he [Musa (Moses)] is one of the liars.”


    The Pharaoh (turned to the chiefs and) said: “O you nobles! I do not know that you have another deity than me.1 Well, then, O Haman, kindle (the furnace) for me to bake bricks, and make me a lofty tower so that I may have a look at the God of Moses, though I surely think that he is a liar.”

    1. For the Pharaoh’s claim of divinity, see 26: 29, note 6.


    And Pharaoh said, ‘O [members of the] council, I do not know of any god for you other than me. So kindle for me, O Haman, [a fire] over the clay, and make me a tower that I may take a look at the god of Moses; for truly I consider him to be a liar’.


    Pharaoh said, “O nobles, I know of no god for you other than me. So fire-up the bricks for me O Hamaan, and build me a tower, that I may ascend to the God of Moses, though I think he is a liar.”


    Pharaoh said: “O Chiefs! no god do I know for you1 but myself: therefore, O Haman! light me a (kiln to bake bricks) out of clay, and build me a lofty2 palace, that I may mount up to the god of Moses: but as far as I am concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!”

    1. Pharaoh claimed, himself, to be God-not only one god among many, but the only god: “I am your Lord Most High”: 79:24. At any rate he did not see why his people should worship any one but him.

    2. I understand his speech to his minister Hainan to be sarcastic. But some Commentators have taken it very seriously and imagined that he actually thought of reaching the heavens by building lofty towers (Cf. 40:36).


  • To Nour. May 2, 2012 Reply
    how about the other 20 layers of stones above??
    They more the wall gets higher the more the ramp gets higher and longer to reduce the raising angle and to make it easy for them to move the stone blocks

  • Nour

    The scientists are very smart indeed for figuring how the Pharos just pushed the stones just for the first layer but how about the other 20 layers of stones above??

  • magdalena

    I love what you’re saying….:-)

  • Loren Pomeroy

    It is likely that the major building work would have been done during the season of inundation when the Nile overflows it’s banks. That puts farmers out of work while their fields are flooded so frees them to work on public projects like pyramid-building. That would also be when there was a lot of extra water available..

  • At the time the Nile was also alot closer to the pyramids and quarry’s.

  • Reblogged this on Ned Hamson Second Line View of the News and commented:
    Simple answer that eluded people for far too long.

  • If it is true then it is huge!

  • Rey

    Reblogged this on Saffarny ®.

  • Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  • Clearance

    I call bullshit.

  • Kislaya Kumar

    WOW! The amount of water needed to move those 2 million blocks in each pyramid and the extra logistics needed to move that amount of water will make this idea very unfeasible. Talk about finding out the hardest way you can construct a building.

    • Stinky Twitch

      You have no clue as to what you are talking about.

    • There is this little river called the Nile that would have made this extremely simple.

    • Neill

      There were giants in those days and there after(great flood).


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