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Christian Science Monitor: Apart from the great architecture, one question that long puzzled scientists is how Egyptians managed to move those colossal pyramid stones -- some of which weigh several tons. Researchers now suggest that the stones were dragged over wet sand. Their study, published in the journal Physical Review Letters and titled "Sliding Friction on Wet and Dry Sand," is based on a wall painting from the tomb of Djehutihotep, which depicts a person standing in front of a wooden sledge and wetting the sand. "When the sand was dry, a heap of sand formed in front of the sled, hindering its movement; a relatively high force was needed for the sled to reach a steady state. Adding water made the sand more rigid, and the heaps decreased in size until no heap formed in front of the moving sled and therefore a lower applied force was needed to reach a steady state," researchers note in their synopsis.

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-03 04:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Interesting article. This is a radical departure from the log theory. It seems one way to prove it is to look for the tafla and gypsum that was used for the shorter and final movements of the stone in between the stones themselves. I wonder if this was done? If so, it's not mentioned in the article.

#2 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-03 04:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

where there's a whip there's a way.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-03 04:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Researchers now suggest that the stones were dragged over wet sand."

Science at it's best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-03 04:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Speaking as history major, this passes the smell test with flying colors.

In most cases of the mysteries of the ancient world, the correct answers turn out to be clever, smart, even genius, but also mundane.

No UFO tractor beams outside of Leonard Nimoy narrated 'ancient mysteries' type fantasies or other similar type trash like "In Search of".

#5 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-05-03 04:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Researchers now suggest that the stones were dragged over wet sand."
Science at it's best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#4 | POSTED BY SNIPER

I know right?

Imagine how things would be if people didn't question, explore, and refine what they think they already know.

#6 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-05-03 05:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

We must question and explore our earth but to say with any authority that is how the Egyptians managed to move those colossal pyramid stones is leading with your chin. The fact is, we don't know.

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-03 09:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

And all this time I thought they used WD-40.

#8 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-05-03 10:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

Imagine how things would be if people didn't question, explore, and refine what they think they already know.

#6 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-05-03 05:20 PM | Reply |

Reminds me of the anthropogenic global warming debacle.

#9 | Posted by matsop at 2014-05-03 10:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Reminds me of the anthropogenic global warming debacle.

#9 | Posted by matsop

Do keep up Mattsy. Righties now acknowledge AGW but say we can't do anything about it.

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where there's a whip there's a way.

#3 | Posted by Tor

Most pyramid builders were actually freemen who got paid and lived fairly well by the standards of the day, according to archeologists.

#10 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-05-04 12:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

Their was a show I think it was nova where they found a old scroll where the workers on the pyramids were threatening a work stoppage if they did not get their demand for more beer and makeup

#11 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-04 12:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

Over 2 million stones in the Great Pyramid...pushed on sand?

#12 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2014-05-04 12:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

The fact though that there were at least some of the pyramid builders were being paid to work does not mean that they were not treated like crap and brutally abused and possibly whipped, most of history has shown that those in power have treated the working class as less then animals

#13 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-04 01:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Their was a show I think it was nova where they found a old scroll where the workers on the pyramids were threatening a work stoppage if they did not get their demand for more beer and makeup

#11 | POSTED BY PUNCHYPOSSUM

Actually this incident indirectly led to their new moving technique. After the workers made their demands, the foremen told them to "pack sand". The rest is history.

#14 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-04 01:03 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

#14 | Posted by goatman a
Funny!

#15 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-05-04 01:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

I believe they put them on carts and used animals to pull them.

Of course I have no proof either except for thousands of years of human history where this method was used.

#16 | Posted by mcmlcxx at 2014-05-04 02:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

And all this time I thought they used WD-40.

#8 | Posted by bogey1355

Water Dispersant would work great for that. Ah............ maybe.

#17 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-04 06:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Could they have built a wodden road and then rolled the stones on a cart or rollers? Just a thought. That is how roads have been built over a bad foundation for many years. We use foam board and fabric now days but the principale has not changed.

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-04 06:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

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