Ancient Egypt Pyramids Mystery May Be Solved

ancient egyptThe ancient Egyptians knew in their day what we have just discovered now; friction. The mystery of how the pyramids came to be created in ancient Egypt may finally be solved, thanks to physicists from the University of Amsterdam and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter. They looked at the effort that would be required to pull heavy stones on an enormous sled-like pulley and found that moistening the sand ahead of the contraption made it easier to move. The scientists originally found clues to the discovery from artwork that was found in the tomb of Djehutihotep. The painting was discovered intact in deep shades of gold, brown, orange and gray with hieroglyphic markings on it, as well as a scene.

The Victorian Era discovery dates back to 1900 B.C., and shows 172 able-bodied men lugging a huge stone statue of the Middle Kingdom Pharaoh on a sledge with ropes attached to it. A person can be seen at the front of the contraption showering the sand with water. Egyptologists had thought that the reason ancient Egyptians had done this was for ceremonial reasons, but had never scientifically explained it. There has been great analysis and dialogue over exactly what the person is doing with the water and why. Now, however, the mystery may be solved of how ancient Egypt built the pyramids.

Researchers designed small-sized sledges and tried different ways of pulling them through sand. They found that when they pulled the sleds over the dry sand, the dirt piled up in front of the devices, creating berms in the sand and needing more effort to drag them. However, when they added water to it, the liquid made the surface stiffer, allowing the scientists to move the sledges easier. This is the key to the mystery of ancient Egypt built the Pyramids may be solved.

The droplets of water create bridge-like structures between the sand grains, allowing them to better fuse together. This is the very reason why building a sand castle with wet sand is better and easier. Keeping a perfect balance is key though; too much and the static friction gets weaker and weaker as more water is added to the equation, and to little creates berms in the sand that build up in front of the sled. The optimum amount depends on the sand, but is usually between 2 and five percent of the volume of material.

Apparently Egyptian sand is very good at reducing friction when it is wet. This makes it optimal for not needing a heavy workforce in order to move large materials a long way. The amount of force that is required to move extremely large objects could be cut in half and the threat of sand berms would virtually disappear. Experiments with the Egyptian sand showed that the needed force shrank in proportion to the sands rigidity, making it twice as firm as dry sand.

Researchers explain that this experiment not only solved the mystery of how ancient Egypt built the Pyramids, but also that sand stiffness is precisely linked to the friction force. The study may also have modern uses, such as understanding the ways of other granules. Knowing this may make the transport of other different types of granular materials like coal, concrete or asphalt more efficient.

By Korrey Laderoute

Discovery News
The Washington Post

8 Responses to "Ancient Egypt Pyramids Mystery May Be Solved"

  1. Petros Petrosyan   January 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Sky News.

    I’m Petros Petrosyan from Chicago.

    Attention please!

    Pyramid must consider not only the tomb of Pharaoh, but primarily as a religious cult building.
    The pyramid is not a sepulcher of Pharaoh and the purpose of its construction was not on this plane.
    The huge volume of the information is ciphered with use of the geometrical form of a pyramid.
    The basic model of the Pyramid cipher was established.
    The basic model of the code of a pyramid is formed of 365 small pyramids which consist at 14 steps of model of the code.

    Pyramid is ciphered message, It is simply improbable.

    Please Go to:
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    Biosphere – Oxigen ( O ) & Water ( H2O )
    Noosphere – Nitrogen ( N ) & SoulCarrier ( AlN4 )

    The code of the pyramid like starry gates can open the way to the stars, but it can be a weapon of self-destruction for our civilization as well.
    The full history of science shows, that many scientific discoveries didn’t only serve for mankind, but were against people and civilizations.


    Petros Petrosyan

  2. Zachary Carl   January 10, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    The Nephilim Aliens/Demons have alot to do with it and the NWO ideal !

  3. Janny morag   October 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Wow this is great news. Thanks for sharing such a good post with us. Egypt is one of the oldest and beautiful countries throughout the world. Last year, I visited this wonderful country with my husband. Really, I enjoyed a lot with the help of famous travel agencies known as Ask Aladdin( helped me a lot . Keep Blogging.

  4. jeevanjyoti nayak   September 16, 2014 at 1:43 am

    i think its an alien technology

  5. Pope Urban II   June 3, 2014 at 9:52 am

    How did they get the water there then? You are talking millions of gallons to pull it off.

  6. Rick Barton   May 6, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I don’t think this shows “transporting”, I think it’s showing how the blocks were smoothed or polished by “wet grinding” or “lapping”. I don’t think that’s a “sled”, I think it’s a frame around the block that levers/ropes attach to so the block can be moved around in the “slurry” on the grinding/polishing “plate”. This plate would’ve been quite large, allowing several blocks to be “processed” at the same time by different crews going around the plate in “racetrack” laps. It would’ve been close to the river and close to the build site so blocks could have their “fit up” quickly adjusted by grinding. The plate is probably still out there somewhere, possibly mis-interpreted as a “road”. It most likely would’ve been “dressed” like a miller’s bed stone, with channels cut for the slurry/swarf.

  7. Chuck Roast   May 6, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Laderoute may have just discovered friction but the rest of us have known about it for a very long time. Many of us also know Laderoute should have used a colon, not a semicolon in the first sentence of the piece.

    I’ve just recently discovered It would be useful if the writing weren’t so distractingly bad.

  8. Luis Castaño   May 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Very interesting.

    But there are two aspects to perform any construction that apparently everybody forget: the use of a System of Measures and the use of Project Plans. And I have both since 2011.



    Thank you very much.
    (More info and links down)

    Sincerely, Luis Castaño.
    Graduate in Philology.
    Independent Researcher
    in Historical Metrology,
    Architecture and Design.
    (Contact info Down in the Pres Release).


    The Pyramids (like many other ancient buildings) were constructed using a System of Measures: the Ancient System of Measures. The central unit of this Ancient System of Measures was a Man of 1.80 meters and we have the right picture of this Model in the Vitruvian Man of Leonardo Da Vinci.

    I have the right analysis of the Vitruvian Man of Leonardo Da Vinci, the right interpretation of the Human Model of Vitruvius, the right interpretation of the Nippur Cubit Rod, the explnation of the Original Canon and System of Measures, the plans of the Pyramides and lot of other information related. Since 2011.

    Here you are two links to a Press Release about my Research. Thanks.


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