Archaeologists believe they have solved one of history’s most puzzling questions, new evidence reveals the Ancient Egyptians constructed the Great Pyramid at Giza by transporting 170,000 tonnes of limestone in boats.A new set of investigations in ancient Egypt have led to some startling discoveries – the translation of an ancient papyrus, the unearthing of an ingenious system of waterworks, and the discovery of a 4,500-year-old ceremonial boat – may be the final pieces to the millennia-old puzzle of how the Great Pyramid of Egypt was really built.
New findings at the site on the outskirts of Cairo have revealed purpose-built boats were used to transport the huge stones.
The findings shed new light on how King Khufu’s tomb, built over 4,000 years ago in about 2550 BC, was built.
Now that mystery could be a step closer to being solved after the discovery of an ancient scroll of papyrus, a ceremonial boat and a network of waterways, reported the Mail on Sunday.
The new evidence shows that thousands of labourers transported 170,000 tonnes of limestone along the River Nile in wooden boats built with planks and rope.
American archaeologist Mark Lehner, who has over 30 years experience excavating in Egypt, said: “We’ve outlined the central canal basin, which we think was the primary delivery area to the foot of the Giza Plateau.”
Archaeologists uncover proof of how Ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramid in 2600BC