One of the greatest mysteries
One of the greatest mysteries of human history is exactly how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built.
Herodotus, a Greek historian, writing in his seminal work, "The Histories", said it was built in aprox 2,460 BC., took 20 years to complete and contains some 2,300,000 stones. The average stone weighs 2.5 tons , but the single largest stone is estimated to weigh 60 tons.
2,300,000 stones in 20 years. That would be 115,000 stones cut and hauled into place every year. 9,583 stones/month. 319 stones cut and placed every single day of the month. Assuming the workmen labored 10 hours /day, that means they would have had to place 32 stones each and every hour.
32 stones every hour,
rough hewn from the native rock, cut precisely , using copper hand saws, and hauled into place.
Perhaps even more mind boggling is exactly how the stones were risen to such great heights. Were stone ramps used ? Egyptologist engineers have concluded that such ramps would have taken material equal in volume to the Great Pyramid itself.
There are no ancient papyrus drawings or writings to explain how this was achieved.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, alleged tomb of Pharaoh Khufu AKA Cheops, the only remaining one of the "7 wonders of the world" stood as the tallest manmade structure for nearly 3,000 years.
As we see it today, is NOT how it looked upon completion. It was covered in polished white limestone and surely would have gleamed like a massive diamond.
As an aside, you might imagine that we would have numerous statues of such a mighty Pharaoh. you would be wrong. the only "statue" we have is a tiny figurine 6 inches tall. (see below)