Archaeologists may have finally moved a step closer to understanding how the Great Pyramid of Egypt was actually built thousands of years ago.
According to Live Science, the remains of a 4,500-year-old ramp system has been unearthed in an ancient quarry in the Eastern Desert.
The ramps design suggests that it was used to drag massive alabaster stones up a slope by using sleds and rope.
Discovered at the site of Hatnub, the old ramp was discovered by researchers from the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo and the University of Liverpool in England.
Along the sides of the ramp are two staircases lined with postholes, a place where ropes were likely tied to thousands of years ago to drag the massive stone blocks.
The design would have lightened some of the heavy burdens for the workers who had to pull these enormous loads of stone.
‘This system is composed of a central ramp flanked by two staircases with numerous post holes,’ Yannis Gourdon, co-director of the joint mission at Hatnub, told Live Science.
‘Using a sled which carried a stone block and was attached with ropes to these wooden posts, ancient Egyptians were able to pull up the alabaster blocks out of the quarry on very steep slopes of 20 percent or more,’ said the researcher.
The researchers claim that the discovery is the first of its kind and shows clear indication that it dates ‘at least to Khufu’s reign’ – for whom the 481-foot Great Pyramid was built.
The discovery is just the latest in what is becoming a growing body of research attempting to finally get to the bottom of the Great Pyramid’s many mysteries.
A study that was published earlier this year discovered that the great pyramid concentrates electric and magnetic energy into its internal chambers and below its base, creating pockets of higher energy.
If this concentrating effect is able to be recreated on a nanoscale size, it could lead to a wave of new, more efficient, sensors and solar cells, the claim the researchers.
Despite the ongoing efforts, however, much about the pyramid and its construction remains a mystery yet.
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