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The Great Pyramid: The Internal Ramp Theory

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The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remains intact. There are two basic theories of how nearly two million blocks of stone averaging two and onehalf tons were raised during the construction of the Great Pyramid: cranes and ramps. However, there are several problems with the crane theory. The crane theory can't adequately explain how the blocks were raised, and this takes to the ramp theory. One version of this ramp theory is that a ramp was built on one side of the pyramid and as the pyramid grew, the ramp was raised so that throughout construction, blocks could be moved up the ramp all the way to the top. This chapter presents a new theory that overcomes the problems encountered with the theories. It presents Houdin's internal ramp theory in a highly simplified manner.

Keywords: crane theory; Giza; Houdin's internal ramp theory; Pyramid; ramp theory

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