Here we go again... Hollywood telling us how the Pyramids were built. 35,000 labor force, moving 2 million blocks, hundreds of feet above ground. Setting one stone every 2-3 minutes in an 10 hour work day, all done in 20 years.
OK...let's see if it adds up. Say 6 men per work gang, pulling a single block. In the picture below they show each side of the Pyramid as having approximately 3 ramps on each side.
Here is your task. Show me how you fit 5,833 (35,000 men div. by 6 men) work gangs of men up on those ramps. They are hauling uphill with ropes stones that are on average 127cm long (4.6 feet) with another 4 feet per man (so they don't step on each other) you have approx. 16-18 feet per stone.
Say 20 feet space between each party. 20ft. X 5,833 (gangs of men) = 116,660 ft.
Are you following me? Khufu's pyramid at it widest point (the base) is only approx. 765 ft. 4 sides X 765 = 3,060 ft. As you progress up the pyramid shape that measurement diminishes. I see at best, maybe 6000 - 8,000 running feet. Not 116,660! HELLO... one stone every 2-3 minutes.
Wouldn't they need to be pulling stones in 16 teams high, over each other heads, to make it work? 116,660 div. 7,000 = 16.66 teams.
At a walking pace, (3.1 mph) it would take you an hour to reach the top. If your team is 20 feet long, you'll need to cover 10 feet per minute. Add more men, and that distance grows. It becomes self defeating. 6 man cannot pull a 2.5 ton stone on level ground, much less, up a step incline. Only in Hollywood does this work, and/or for individuals profiting by selling you books.
Post Edited (31-Jan-15 15:29)