Pyramids of Giza
PYRAMIDS OF GIZA 4
The are undoubtedly some of the most recognizablestructures in the entire world. This is not only as a result of theirincredible stature but also the mystery regarding the manner in whichthey were built that long time ago. Numerous theories have beenadvanced regarding the manner in which they were built, particularlygiven the large size of the stones. According to Herodotus, stoneswere laid, thereby making the base, after which the remaining stoneswere raised to their places using machines made out of short woodenplanks (Levy,2006).In this case, the first machine would raise them from the ground tothe first step, where the second machine would receive them and placethem on the third step and so on (McNeese,1997).It is not clear whether the individuals had many machines each ofwhich catered for a particular step, or just a single machine thatwould be transferred from a particular tier to another.
Inanother theory that was advanced by a Polish inventor and engineernamed Andrzej Bochnacki, light boats made of papyrus were erected ontop of the blocks and ropes used to tide them up. The transporttheory postulates that the boats waited for the water level to go upso that they were easily towed to the required destination (McNeese,1997).It was deemed simpler to haul the boats on the west side where waterwould flood the fields, after which they would be left in the fieldsand be transported on land once the floods subsided. The theory wasseen as credible given the fact the Nile at flood stage would pushimmensely close to the feet of the fundamental pyramid cites (Levy,2006).
Itis evident that Herodotus’ theory is the most credible since itapplies scientific concepts to demonstrate the building of thepyramids. Indeed, the transport theory only seems to offer anexplanation regarding the placing of huge blocks at the foot of thepyramids, but not how they were hoisted up (Levy,2006).
Levy,J. (2006). TheGreat Pyramid of Giza: Measuring length, area, volume, and angles.New York: Rosen Pub. Group.
McNeese,T. (1997). Thepyramids of Giza.San Diego, Calif: Lucent Books.