Great Pyramid of Giza found to be slightly lopsided
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most impressive structures in the world, but it also has a small design flaw. It's lopsided. The good news? That flaw could help us figure out how humans managed to build such a complicated structure with only simple tools.
|The Great Pyramid of Giza [Credit: Nina Aldin Thune/WikiCommons]|
Still, that's a pretty damn impressive level of precision considering the pyramid was built about 4,500 years ago.
|Most of the original limestone casing was taken off and recycled for other building projects |
[Credit: Mark Lehner via LiveScience]
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the largest of the three pyramids on the famous Giza Plateau in Egypt. Originally, the whole structure was cased in limestone, so it's been difficult to get an accurate measurement of it.
Then the team used a method called linear regression analysis to create a model of what the shell looked like. The model showed one side may have been slightly longer than the other.
Dash thinks the builders used a grid to assemble the pyramid, but further research will help confirm this idea.
"We hope to eventually figure out how the Egyptians laid out the pyramid with such precision and, in doing so, hope to learn much about the tools and technology they had at their disposal," Dash wrote.
Source: Yahoo News [June 22, 2016]