British and French archaeologists believe they could have discovered among ancient pyramids. The secrets behind the construction of Egypt’s Great Pyramids. Ancient ramps that could explain how huge stone blocks were lifted at such steep angles.
The remains were bought at an Egyptian quarry in Hatnub. It goes back to the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, who commissioned the fantastic Pyramid at Giza.
It could answer a question which has long puzzled Egyptologists. Precisely how did engineers manoeuvre such heavy stones out of a hole in the bottom some 4,500 years back.
Roland Enmarch, of the Department of Archaeology, Egyptology and classics at Liverpool University, said: “Inside our latest season, we discovered an exceptionally well preserved ramp leading up out from the quarry, with traces of post holes that may enable us to reconstruct in greater detail the ancient technologies of stone haulage and extraction.”
Ramp systems have already been proposed before and sometimes debunked. The difference this time around is that the purported ramp is flanked by two staircases lined with postholes, which could have allowed ropes to be tied and used to drag the stone blocks.
Such a design could have lessened a few of the burden for the workers who had to draw these huge loads.
Yannis Gourdon, from the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo, said: “This technique comprises a central ramp flanked by two staircases with numerous post holes.
“Using a sled which usually carried a stone prevent and was attached with ropes to these wood posts, ancient Egyptians could actually draw up the alabaster blocks out from the quarry on extremely steep slopes of 20 percent or even more.”
The Pyramid of Giza stands 455 feet high (about 139 metres) rendering it the biggest of the pyramids located there.