To understand the final product, it's best to look at its origins.

Originally shared by Aakheperure Merytsekhmet

To understand the final product, it's best to look at its origins.
One thing people often forget is that what we see today at many sites is just the bare 'bones' of the living vibrant structures that were once there. Evidence found at Wadi al-Jarf, including papyri, inscriptions and artefacts is helping us to understand the infrastructure that enabled the Egyptian State to build pyramids.

"After visiting Wadi al-Jarf, Lehner, the American Egyptologist, was bowled over by the connections between Giza and this distant harbor. “The power and purity of the site is so Khufu,” he said. “The scale and ambition and sophistication of it—the size of these galleries cut out of rock like the Amtrak train garages, these huge hammers made out of hard black diorite they found, the scale of the harbor, the clear and orderly writing of the hieroglyphs of the papyri, which are like Excel spreadsheets of the ancient world—all of it has the clarity, power and sophistication of the pyramids, all the characteristics of Khufu and the early fourth dynasty.”"

h/t Romeo Sapien


  1. Dolly Mohamed Doddy Yes, a lot of things have changed about the landscape. Sledges are perfect for moving things, the wheel was rarely used (except on chariots) - the river was ideal for transporting heavy objects and wheels don't do well in sand.


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