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Kites used to build the pyramids?

To: alt.archaeology,sci.anthropology,soc.history.ancient,alt.history.ancient-egypt
From: "Colum" 
Subject: Re: Kites used to build the pyramids?
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 08:54:06 +0100

Read on a little and..

"Theory dismissed

Most scholars consider the idea laughable and cite archaeological evidence
showing that thousands of workers constructed earthen ramps to haul the
5,000-pound blocks for the pyramids, built as tombs for the ancient
``Just because something can be done that way, doesn't mean it was. We'd
know if they were built like that,'' said Lisa Schwappach, curator of the
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose. Although Schwappach acknowledges
that one known Egyptian artifact resembles a kite, she says evidence for the
theory doesn't mesh with the technologies surrounding the 4,000-year-old
monuments. Egyptians were expert sailors, but they never developed the wheel
and used only looped ropes as pulleys. "



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"Jenn"  wrote in
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> Mercury News
> The heavy lifting needed to build the Egyptian pyramids may not have been
> the backs of slaves, but from the lightest of sources -- the wind. This
> controversial theory gained new support last month with an experiment by
> California Institute of Technology.
> On June 23, a team of undergraduates and faculty members erected a 3.5-ton
> obelisk harnessing the power of a kite through a simple system of pulleys,
> nylon rope and steel scaffolding that created an estimated 400 pounds of
> force. On the team's second try, a nylon parasail tugged both the 15-foot
> monument and the person holding the ropes off the ground in gusty 16-mph
> winds blowing off the Mojave Desert.
> The team believes the experiment has major implications for reevaluating
> Egyptian history and the technological potential ...........
> --
> Jenn
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> Crowd (in unison): "We are all individuals..."
> Monty Python's "Life Of Brian"

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