The Pyramids: Just a Little Sweat and Blood

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The Pyramids: Just a Little Sweat and Blood

Humans have always looked back in awe at remnants of our history, and wondered at the astounding artefacts our ancestors created. Whether looking up at the vaulted ceiling of a huge cathedral, marvelling at the beauty of an ancient statue, or standing among gigantic stone megaliths mysteriously arranged in a circle, we wonder how, we wonder by whom, and we wonder why these wonders were created.

Of all the wonders of the ancient world, among the most famous and controversial are the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza. The Great Pyramid rises an astounding 147 metres . It is perfectly aligned to the cardinal directions and is made of huge sandstone blocks . It is truly a wonder. It is so wonderful in fact, that some people refuse to believe that the ancient Egyptians built it by themselves without some outside help or unexplained technology.

The pyramids at Giza provide plenty of scope for the imagination of those people who search for answers to how they were built, who built them, and why were they built. So there are countless theories and conspiracy theories surrounding Giza. Books on the so-called 'mysteries of the pyramids' fill bookstore shelves and often seem more fiction than fact.

Some of the more popular theories are presented by the likes of Erich Von Daniken writing in "Chariots of the Gods". Joseph Davidovits and Margie Morris have presented their ideas in "An Enigma Solved". Graham Hancock with Robert Bauval and John West explain their theory in their movie "Secrets of the Pyramids and the Sphinx", which was made for The Learning Channel. These theories are very entertaining which is what accounts for success, but they are wildly fantastical, and needlessly complicated. In trying to answer some questions, these theories simply...