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An Unsolved Ancient Architectural Mystery

by Nancy Bruton | Nov 22, 2017

Scientists, explorers and even practitioners of the occult have debated for years over the question, “How did the Egyptians build the pyramids?” Not all the ancient Egyptians’ construction methods are crystal clear, but archaeologists and scientists have clarified some of them through studies, archaeological digs and science.

Coast Crane Giza Pyramids are one of the wonders of modern men, how were these even built?


How The Pyramids Were Built

The pyramids as we know them today took hundreds of years for Egyptians to master. The first pyramids were rectangular structures called “mastabas.”1 These early pyramid precursors date back more than 5,000 years. Major advancements in pyramid development were made during the reign of Pharaoh Djoser starting in 2630 B.C. The construction of his mastaba initially began according to tradition, but the design changed mid-construction to a six-layered step pyramid, complete with underground tunnels and chambers.


The Sphinx and pyramids at Giza, Coast Crane company.

Pyramid construction design reached its apex during Pharaoh Khufu’s reign. Khufu’s father, Snefru, experienced a series of flaws in the construction of his pyramids, leading to slanted pyramids that leaned toward one side. However, Snefru’s architects learned from their mistakes and honed their technique to create perfectly angled pyramids. Khufu’s architects adopted their predecessors’ techniques, and built the largest pyramid in the world – the great pyramid of Giza. 

Coast Crane company, building the pyramids were incredible feats of man at the time.To build their pyramids, Egyptians harvested granite from large quarries and fashioned them into stone blocks. They were extracted using pounding stones of dolerite, many of which were discovered lying around ancient quarry sites. Unearthed papyri from the reign of Khufu revealed that a high-ranking official, called a vizier, was assigned by the pharaoh to plan and oversee pyramid construction. Khufu’s vizier was his half-brother Ankhhaf, although scholars believe another vizier named Hemiunu led pyramid construction itself. Viziers were also in charge of planning the placement of surrounding tombs, temples, boat pits and cemeteries.

The most puzzling aspect of pyramid construction is how the Egyptians moved these massive stones into place, especially as the height of the pyramids grew taller with every layer. Research has proven that Egyptians used large sledges to transport the heavy stones up earthen ramps in the initial stages of construction. However, the ramp’s designs remain unknown, as little evidence exists of their construction.


Amazing pyramids in Giza Egypt, Coast Crane Company.


Lift Heavy Materials with Coast Crane Company


It took years for Egyptian architects to finish constructing a single pyramid, but you can complete your project in months or less with cranes from Coast Crane Company. We provide the most comprehensive heavy lifting solutions in the construction industry, with more than 40 years of experience providing outstanding service. 

Our fleet is one of North America’s largest and most diverse selections of telescopic crawler cranes, boom trucks and carry deck, rough terrain and tower cranes. Coast Crane’s fleet has units capable of carrying between 2.5 to 160 tons. Additional attachment features are available to suit many different projects, including those requiring extended reach and larger capacities.


Coast Crane pyramids are amazing feats of construction in ancient history.

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