Could the Pyramids be made today? | History Remade with Sabrina


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Could the Pyramids be made today? | History Remade with Sabrina 1



How hard could it be to build a pyramid? Find out as Sabrina creates a scale model of the Great Pyramid of Giza using time-accurate techniques and supplies from her local craft store.

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Sabrina Cruz
Melissa Fernandes
Taha Khan

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George Lawson

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Sabrina Cruz

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Sabrina Cruz

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Melissa Fernandes

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River Shepperd

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Gabrielle Augustin

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SOURCES
‘A Spurred Spiral Ramp for the Great Pyramid of Giza’ (2020), Stephen Brichieri-Colomi in PJAEE, 17, 3, available at: https://archives.palarch.nl/index.php/jae/article/view/5

Ancient Egypt : Anatomy of a Civilisation, (2006) B. Kemp, Taylor & Francis Group.
Building the Great Pyramid in One Year: An Engineer’s Report, (2007), G. Fonte, Algora Publishing.

Giza and the Pyramids: The Definitive History, (2017), M. Lehner, and Z. Hawass, University of Chicago Press.

‘Giza Pyramids Construction: an ancient‑inspired metaheuristic algorithm for optimization’, (2020) Harifi, Mohammadzadeh, et al. in Evolutionary Intelligence, available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12065-020-00451-3

How the great Pyramid was Built, (2004), C. Smith, Smithsonian Books.
Seven wonders of the Ancient World, (2000), P. Clayton, and M. Price, Taylor & Francis Group.

‘Shape shifting lizard people, Israelite slaves, and other theories of pyramid building: Notes on labor, nationalism, and archaeology in Egypt’, (2008), L. Wynn, in Journal of Social Archaeology, 8, 2. available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1469605308089973

‘Sliding Friction on Wet and Dry Sand’ (2014), Fall, Weber, et al. in Physical Review Letters, 112, 17. available at: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.175502

‘Learning from the Past: The Ancient Egyptians and Geotechnical Engineering’ (2013), S.W. Agaiby, M.K. El-Ghamrawy, S.M. Ahmed, published by The Indian Geotechnical Society

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Welcome to the joke under the fold!

The History Channel asked me if I knew how to build an Egyptian pyramid and I said, “Uh… Up to a point?”

Leave a comment with the word PYRAMID to let me know you were here!

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  1. The pyramid is NOT a "giant triangle." In fact, the great pyramid in Giza actually has EIGHT sides….each of the "four"sides has a slight but precise inflection which is identifiable when viewed from above, effectively and mathematically giving it 8 sides. FACT.

  2. I don’t think the Egyptians pushed and pulled large blocks across the sand as she suggests. Limestone is a much softer stone when it is wet. I am fairly certain that they used the water from the river Nile in channels to move the stone utilizing bladders made from animal hides to float the blocks. The blocks are far easier to get precisely flat while in the water. I could have sworn I saw something about this theory on the history channel but I could be mistaken.

  3. Nice try hun! Do you think Superman came down to earth and told them where the true north is? Don't forget, they stacked all of those millions of gigantic blocks without concrete or cement. And you canNOT slide a credit card in between them. Now make another model including these criteria SMARTY PANTS!

  4. They used concrete blocks, poured in place. (Like the Hoover dam)
    They built the pyramids with subterranean HYPERBARIC CHAMBERS inside, which promised to make them “as Gods” so they could live longer and heal faster, like their antediluvian ancestors.

  5. It's funny that History Channel never goes into the crazy details like the fact that Bronze isn't capable of making smooth surfaces on granite, or Diorite and that most of the Pyramids were apparently built within 20 years of start even though there's over 2.5 million stone blocks which the ramp theory doesn't work because the mud bricks would break under the shear weight of itself and the ramp would need to be bigger than the pyramid itself to have an angle you can pull the stones up not to mention quarrying the stones from hundreds of miles away across the desert not by river or sea

  6. Try to make the Rake lines in Botswana seen on google earth from 45 miles above (Ten mile wide rake with 8 fingers in the rake) also built by the Anunnaki as well as all the Pyramids,

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