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Kites used to build the pyramids?

To: alt.archaeology,sci.anthropology,soc.history.ancient,alt.history.ancient-egypt
From: (Ned Latham)
Subject: Re: Kites used to build the pyramids?
Date: 30 Jul 2001 14:59:51 GMT

Colum wrote in <7p897.20790$>:
> 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 Pharaohs.

The most wondrous thing here is that there are people who fall for
crackpot notions like that one.

> ``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. "

Moreover, they didn't have the materials from which to build a kite
large enough to lift the blocks of stone they used, or strong enough
to withstand the strain.

No steel, no nylon, no revolving pulleys: they wouldn't even have
*conceived* the idea of lifting huge weights with kites.


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