The Great Pyramid Might Not Be So Great

Posted: Jun 21 2016, 4:44pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

The Great Pyramid Might Not Be So Great
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It is an object that many people long to see in their lifetimes, perhaps because of the mystery that surrounds it or because of how well built it is. Either way, researchers have found that the Great Pyramid of Giza is actually lopsided thanks to a building error during construction about 4,500 years ago.

The error led to the west side of the pyramid being slightly bigger than the east side, creating a lopsided base; most people can't tell without really studying the structure.

The discovery came from the Glen Dash Research Foundation and the Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA) who were trying to find the original dimensions of the pyramid.

Pyramids were constructed some 4,500 years ago under the rule of Pharaoh Khufu. They didn't look like the pyramids we see today, however, as they were encased in white limestone.

"Most of those casing stones were removed centuries ago for building material, leaving the pyramid as we see it today, without most of its original shell," Glen Dash, head of the Glen Dash Research Foundation, said in a report.

They wanted to know what it was like before the shell vanished so they started to take measurements. They had to find the points where the stones were positioned by examining the base of the pyramids. They found 84 points to mark where the original edges were.

They then plotted these points onto a grid so that they could use linear regression to calculate the lengths of each side. The sides of the pyramid were once 230.295 - 230.373 meters (755.561 - 755.817 feet) long, but the west side came in between 230.378 - 230.436 meters (755.833 - 756.024 feet) – meaning it’s off by about 14.1 centimeters (5.55 inches).

This isn't huge and it doesn't look like it is going to bring down the pyramid, it does go to show that this was probably created by humans after all. How they got so close to perfection, we'll never know.

"The data show that the Egyptians possessed quite remarkable skills for their time," Dash said. "We can only speculate as to how the Egyptians could have laid out these lines with such precision using only the tools they had."

In order to get the monuments perfect, builders would have had to lay out the design on a grid.

"We hope to eventually figure out how the Egyptians laid out the pyramid with such precision and, in doing so, hope to learn much about the tools and technology they had at their disposal," Dash says.

To read all of Dash's report, you can read the full version here.

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