It’s little wonder that the question of how the construction materials for the Great Pyramid were brought in has remained so contentious. Just take a look at the raw statistics of the building. Some 2.3 million blocks of stone were used, with the largest weighing up to 80 tons each. An estimated six million tons of limestone and nine million tons of granite were needed. And the granite had to be brought in from Aswan, some 420 miles away.
The man who has brought us closer to understanding the construction methods of the ancient Egyptians is Pierre Tallet. He’s a French archaeologist who studied at the prestigious École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Tallet’s links with Egypt started when he worked as a teacher in the country. In his archaeological work he has specialized in studying less well-known ancient Egyptian sites.
Tallet’s first breakthrough came when he found a series of horizontal underground passages at a location by the Red Sea. The passages had long ago been sealed up. What he established was that these chambers were actually used by the ancient Egyptians as places to store boats.