Mystery of Great Pyramid at Giza reportedly solved

Archaeologists have discovered proof that shows how the Egyptians transported 2½-ton blocks of limestone and granite from 500 miles away to build the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu in about 2,600 BC

While some conspiracy theorists have suggested aliens may be involved, unsurprisingly scientists and archaeologists were not convinced.

New evidence proves that the ancient Egyptians constructed the Great Pyramid at Giza by transporting 170,000 tons of limestone in boats.

Another team is working on making a map of the Great Pyramid with laser technology, and has discovered empty spaces within the pyramid that they think could be hidden rooms.

However, the back-breaking construction work was left to an army of slaves who are believed to have worked for food.

The structure dazzled onlookers for thousands of years and remained the tallest man-made construction on Earth until the Middle Ages.

The ancient scroll was discovered in the seaport Wadi Al-Jarf and is the only firsthand account on record of how the pyramids were built.

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Now ancient papyrus, a ceremonial boat and a system of waterworks have revealed the complex infrastructure created by builders to complete the structure.

"Merer's logbook... reports on the daily lives of the construction workers and notes that the limestone blocks exhumed at Tura, which were used to cover the pyramid's exterior, were transported by boat along the Nile River and a system of canals to the construction site, a journey that took between two and three days", reporters for History.com write. He explained in detail how the limestone was moved from the quarry in Tura to Giza using the Bronze Age waterways.

Merer described how the crew transformed the landscape using giant dykes to channel water from the Nile through to the pyramid using man-made canals.

Now archaeologist Mark Lehner, a leading expert in the field, has uncovered evidence of a lost waterway beneath the dusty Giza plateau.

The discoveries are revealed in UK Channel 4's documentary Egypt's Great Pyramid: The New Evidence. It turns out that the wooden planks were sewn with ropes and tightly fitted to each other.

There are an estimated 138 surviving Egyptian pyramids, with the Great Pyramid of Giza, near Cairo, the most famous.

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