Great Pyramid Construction’s Mystery Tackled With ‘Simple Physics’, Media Says
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Even if one were to take into account the “designers, organizers, overseers” and other laborers engaged in the whole pyramid construction project, their number would still be less than 7,000, the researcher reportedly postulated.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the legendary Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, has long captivated the attention of scholars who pondered on how many workers it took to erect this massive structure that weighs approximately 6 million tonnes and is comprised of about 2.3 million blocks of limestone and granite.
Yet while Herodotus wrote that some 100,000 men toiled to complete that project over the course of 20 years, and British physicist Kurt Mendelssohn in 1971 lowered these numbers somewhat to “70,000 seasonal workers and up to 10,000 permanent masons”, yet another researcher, Professor Vaclav Smil, argued that “we can do better by appealing to simple physics”, the Daily Express reports.
The professor then went on to estimate that a 70-kilogram man requires “some 7.5 megajoules a day” in order to maintain his “basal metabolic rate”.
The professor also calculated that about 2,500 additional men would be required to “place the stones in the rising structure and then smooth them over”, the newspaper adds.