By SHAUNACY FERRO
WORKERS PROBABLY USED MOISTENED SAND TO TRANSPORT MASSIVE STONES, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH.
How ancient Egyptians constructed the pyramids is still somewhat of an archeological mystery. Everything from cranes and ramps to oil-slicked slipways to aliens (naturally) have been put forward as possible mechanisms. A group of Dutch physicists has a new hypothesis on how ancient Egyptians managed to drag the colossal stones necessary to build pyramids across the desert. The answer: wet sand.
The setup in the lab
Wall painting from the tomb of Djehutihotep