Date: March 05, 2020 11:11PM
Talk to an Engineer at your local Limestone Quarry. Ask them how long it takes to quarry and finish just one block using the most advanced tools, equipment and technology in the known history of mankind.
I talked to one not long ago. We discussed the 3-5 minute pace,..he said,"that's insane"(his words not mine). Then he said,"maybe they had a laser". Tell you what,..give them a laser and they still can't do it. But, give them a bunch of lasers, and then maybe,..just maybe.
Also, the origin and history of the Archimedes Screw is disputed. If they had it, maybe it reminded them of a geyser(that one's just for you cladking,..God help us all) or the bucket elevator, then that would be a game changer,...enter the Funicular.
I am not very knowledge about quarrying blocks of stone, though I do have a lapidary background, and understand the (Mohls) hardness of various stones.
As I do not agree with everything Franz Löhner suggests, this maybe a good jumping of point for additional resources.
Limestone from the quarries in Giza (Giseh) and Tura (Thura)
Limestone is much softer and brakes more easily. Because limestone is a sedimentary rock which is laid down in layers called beds, it can be separated into slabs and then split into blocks by driving in wedges.
Block making is much faster and only needs a fraction of effort if you do it by splitting. If you want to split a limestone block along a particular line you lift the block up. Now you hit the stone on the narrow side along the line. After no more than 2 minutes the stone block splits exactly along the line and this split is very even. Now the stone has to be worked only very little to achieve a smooth surface.
Acquiring enough block, would be a formidable task. I have read that approx. 500 stones per day would be required.
I do not subscribe to Laser beams cutting rock. Not only was it beyond their technology, the laser would not make a clean cut. It would turn the focus point on the surface of the rock, back into molten lava, for lack of a better term. The building of the Pyramids were performed by many men, working in union, and orchestrated over by foremen. An assembly line process. Without an easy way to deliver said stones to the base of the Pyramid(s), the process would be "insane'!
Enter the Funicular. :)