Essays on Pyramid Construction in ancient Egypt

Essays on Pyramid Construction in ancient EgyptThe construction of the pyramids in Egypt has spawned much heated debate, with theories spanning from esoteric fantasies involving extraterrestrial involvement to more rational approaches. In 1996 I have undertaken some research into the logistical aspects of constructing the Great Pyramids at Giza and published my findings on the internet. After completing this theoretical study I visited Egypt to have a close look at the pyramids.

The pyramids were built by ancient Egyptians, not by aliens and without the use of technology that even we don’t have access to. These pages are a homage to the ingenuity and hard work of the thousands of Egyptians that worked all their lives to create a monument for their Pharao.

Essays on Pyramid Construction

These studies do not claim to be a final word on this subject. They do, however, demonstrate that building a structure like the Great Pyramid is well within the technological ability of Old Kingdom Egyptian society.

10 thoughts on “Essays on Pyramid Construction in ancient Egypt”

  1. Hello: I am the author of the new theory "Hypothesis of construction of pyramids of Giza valley" ( I want to know the opinion that could have all of you about it.

    By the way: I am seeking some financial help to attend to the IV Iberian Egyptology Congress to be hold on Lisbon in next September (I had invested all on it): it will be the official presentation of my work to the whole world. If you can help me, please: Or if you wish can see me at Facebook: Carlos Eduardo Rodríguez Varona.

    Thanks and best wishes to all of you!

    1. The main problem is that the English translation makes the presentation of the hypothesis almost incomprehensible.


  2. Sir/Ms,

    The book “Engineering The Pyramids” by Dick Parry, Copyright c Dick Parry, 2004 ISBN 0 7509 3414 X2004, shows where stones were quarried and how they were transported. Stones were rolled (yes rolled) via quarter round tools, (which were found in Egyptian ruins), pg. 101 & 119. Quarter rounds are very similar to rocking chair curving members. Quarter rounds were tied about large stones and then rolled horizontally. Additionally, quarter rounds are guides or cradles so that ropes can be used to pull stones up a ramp. Furthemore, the book gives credence to the humble dung beetle , pg 121, for an ellegant solution to a long thought perplexing mystery. Therefore, the beetle is a scarab to the Egyptians.

    The book shows pictures of Japanese re-working these models and rolling 2.5 ton concrete blocks up ramps with a 1 in 4 slope, pg 131.

    Me thinks this is the real deal and dashes many hypothesis! Do have a look at the book. I have purchase several of them used and given them to engineering students. Do give credit to Dick Parry. If you wish I can purchase a (used) book to send to you. Or purchase a used book from Amazon for a few US$/EU/Uk Pounds.

    This book did scratch my itch to solve a long running mystery!


    Mulvane, Kansas, USA

    1. Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your comments. I wrote this paper in 1997 and have since read several books, including Dick Parrty’s work. My analysis is mainly aimed at logistics, rather than construction technique. I would like to one day update my old work using the latest findings.



  3. Hi, Peter. I’m curious – why do you think society is so obsessed with knowing once and for all how the pyramids were built? What does that reveal about Western culture?

    1. LEC, you ask exactly the right question. Almost twenty years ago I was obsessed with the question how the pyramids were built – and wrote my paper on the topic. Then I became more interested in why the Egyptians built the pyramids. But I have since come to realise that why we are obsessed with them is the most ingesting question.

      I think the pyramids form a vehicle for meaning. The historiographical problems with finding answers to the first two question—i.e. the past has been erased and can never be observed directly—open the way for mystery.

      In a secular world we are still longing for meaning and the pyramids are a perfect object to express this with.

      I am working on a book to support these ideas, but it will take me at least till the end of next year to complete.


  4. Peter –
    Yet another Theory –
    We visited the Pyramids at Giza a few years ago.
    This proposal stemmed from moving a large box up stairs. Lifting was too heavy, sliding too much friction. As many have done, I tumbled it up the stairs. By wrapping ropes around the stones and pulling over the top while pulling slightly over the top from the rear, a controlled tumble eliminates friction or the chance of digging in. I made a one minute video of a working model and have a one page pdf. with drawings and explanation if you are interested.
    Thank you,

    Mike Miller
    Round Rock, Texas

    1. Hi Mike,

      Yes, all we have are theories. There is very little direct or indirect evidence of construction activity. I wrote this 21 years ago and now know that this is certainly not THE method. However, my calculations give a good approximation of manpower needed to build a pyramid. Would you like to hare your document and video?


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