> Understood now that you've explained.
> However, there are many details missing from the
> statement that the AE lifted 50 tons using only
> basic primitive simple machines. People tend to
> say, oh just throw some ropes around the stone and
> have a couple hundred men pull. It's not that
Moving Megalithic Stones-the Search for a Unified Theory
Megalithic Strangers Passing in the Night
A lot more "primitive" cultures were moving and raising stones 50 tons, and much much larger, long before Dynastic Egypt. I've said it before, one of the strangest things to me about this forum is how most people have zero interest in the megalithic world of Eurasia despite the fact most it is as old if not centuries to millennia older than the OK. These people moved countless multi-ton stones, some weighing hundreds of tons, dozens of miles at a time repeatedly for thousands of years before the OK. As far as it relates to the moving and raising of large stones there is nothing inherently unique about pyramid building beyond the revolutionary application and refinement of already proven methods.
What really separates the Egyptian pyramids, temples, and mastabas from the MB of Eurasia, beyond their size and architecture obviously, is their precision cut and placed blocks. This requires tooling, simple machines, and an application of material that no one else had before, during, and for long after the pyramid age.
> But ropes, pulleys and sleds are simple methods
> used by a simple (undeveloped) society.
> That's all
> they had so all we have to do is figure out which
> combination of ropes and wood beams were used to
> make simple machines.
> The problem is..... the pyramids are not simple.
Simple machines can easily be used to create "complex" things.