Mysteries Of The Past Essay

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Ancient Egypt was a wealthy and powerful land during the ancient times. This ancient civilization was the envy of the other neighboring civilizations, and the Pharaohs never failed to flaunt this lavishly. Thus the construction of the most magnificent man-made structures in history, the Egyptian Pyramids. There are many theories and speculations on how the Egyptians built the magnificent pyramids of Ancient History. These theories include aliens building the pyramids, the chemical theory and standard theory.
In Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods, he argues that aliens or extraterrestrials influenced the building of the Egyptian pyramids due to the Egyptians sudden capability in such ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, he proves this theory by conducting an x ray analysis which showed that the bricks from the pyramids were identical to the lime bricks processed in the laboratory.
The theory is a running contender on how these pyramids were mysteriously built. The Egyptians might have used this process. However, this does not explain how the workers stacked the blocks. Considering the height of the pyramids, it is indubitable that they needed a way to put the blocks on top of each other. This theory solves the transportation of the blocks from far distances, but does not explain the complete process in how the process of constructing the pyramids.
Lastly, and the most plausible theory, is the use of ramps, lifting devices and wooden scaffolds. Many historians speculate this is the process in which the pyramids were built. Herodotus, an early historian, was the first to deduce this. He relates that it “was built with steps…The stones…were lifted by means of a short wooden scaffold. Lifting devices were provided for each step, in case these devices were not light enough…” This tells us that the Egyptians already had the means to build such magnificent structure, contradicting Erich van Daniken’s earlier argument.
Diodorus, an ancient scholar, adds to Herodotus theory. He explains that the construction material “was brought over a great distance, from Arabia, and that the construction was undertaken with the help of ramps…since cranes had not yet been invented.” Both of these theories seem plausible enough for Egyptologists leave a...

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