He said: “My approach to the question was – where are the quarries?
“What kind of ramp can you get from the quarry to the pyramid in a functional slope?
“It’s not a problem that has been totally solved and I’ve given my suggestion based on the landscape, but a lot of it is inference.”
Archaeologists now believe that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built by tens of thousands of skilled workers who camped near the pyramids and worked for a salary.
The documentary explained how “fragments of evidence” have been found suggesting that ramps and “sheer muscle power” were used to pile millions of blocks on top of each other by these workers.
But “a large proportion” of the internal stones were only roughly finished to allow them to achieve such a feat.
The gaps between them were “filled with rubble and gypsum mortar” but every stone that would be visible from the outside was placed with “amazing precision”.
“They would then go further along the string.
“Using two further tools – a flint scraper and a sandstone rubber – we can use the marks as a guide to scrape away the high point.
“The mark disappears, as does the high spot.”
But not everyone agrees that the mystery is fully solved, including structural engineer Peter James.
He has spent the last 14 years working on preserving the historic buildings and temples of Egypt with his company Cintec.
“Surely, this method would need the 20,000 – 30,000 mentioned in many articles.”
He believes these numbers are “staggering,” adding it would be “difficult to imagine how all these labourers would be able to work on such a confined site”.
He stated: “The process of quarrying would not be able to supply the number and quality of stones using this method, even if they were available within the time frame.
“The stones would have to be cut from the quarry face, therefore access would be the limiting factor, not the number of workers.
“The quarrymen would get in each other’s way. A face would have to be worked and totally removed before the next face was exposed.”
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