For decades, archaeologists have puzzled over the greatest mystery of the Great Pyramid of Giza. How were the enormous stone blocks that were used to construct this marvel – the largest of Giza’s pyramids – transported to the site in the first place? Now, however, a series of discoveries by a French archaeologist may have gone a long way to solving this conundrum.
The Great Pyramid is located at Giza, about a 20-minute drive from the center of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Built by the pharaoh Khufu some 4,500 years ago, the massive construction remains a source of wonder to this day. And experts have meanwhile argued for years about how the huge building blocks were brought to the area.
On completion, the Great Pyramid was around 480 feet tall, although this height has diminished somewhat following centuries of desert erosion. Even so, it was the tallest edifice anywhere in the world for some 3,800 years. That was until about 1300, when the 520-foot-tall spire of Lincoln Cathedral was finished. However, that spire only lasted until a storm blew it down in 1549. It’s an interesting contrast with the Great Pyramid, which still stands firm today.