Using new evidence, experts have finally proven how the Ancient Egyptians constructed the Great Pyramid.
Historians have long been puzzled by the incredible Great Pyramid at Giza and how exactly the Ancient Egyptians built it in 2600BC.
It was previously known the limestone it was built with was extracted eight miles away in Tura and the granite used was quarried 533 miles away in Aswan.
After a discovering an ancient papyrus scroll, a system of waterworks and a ceremonial boat, we now know how they transported the 170,000 tons of limestone.
The new Channel 4 series Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence follows the team of archaeologists as they discover this exciting new evidence.
You can watch the trailer here:
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The new evidence tells us thousands of labourers transported the limestone along the River Nile in wooden boats build from planks and rope.
A system of specially designed canals were designed to ferry the 2.5 ton blocks to an inland port built near the base of the stunning pyramid.
This stone was then used to build Pharaoh Khufu’s tomb in Giza which is now a part of modern-day Cairo.
The scroll discovered by the archaeologists is the only firsthand record in the world describing how the pyramid was built.
Written by an overseer named Merer, the scroll explained how the stone was moved fro Tura to Giza using waterways.
In the series archaeologist Mark Lehner speaks about the importance of the discovery.
We’ve outlined the central canal basin, which we think was the primary delivery area to the foot of the Giza Plateau.
Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence airs tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.