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9 Engineering Feats Pulled Off by the Ancient Egyptians That Would Be Nearly Impossible for Modern Engineers to Duplicate Today

According to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, engineering occurs when the “knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.” The ancient Egyptians, no doubt, utilized this ideal to create realities that would be nearly impossible to duplicate in this day and age.

In his book, The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh, W.M. Flinders Petrie writes that the land of the pyramids is where one “may [see] the very beginning of architecture, the most enormous piles of building ever raised, the most accurate constructions known, the finest masonry, and the employment of the most ingenious tools.”

Here are nine of the many engineering feats pulled off by our African ancestors in ancient Egypt.

 

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The Great Pyramid of Giza

The Egyptian pyramids, their most famous creations, were masterpieces built with such precision that our current technology cannot replicate it. According to Dr. Charles Johnson, a professor and expert on the history of the African diaspora, pyramids were not originally built to serve as tombs; they were built to preserve scientific knowledge for future use and understanding. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the most accurately aligned structure in existence and faces true north with only 3/60th of a degree of error. The position of the North Pole moves over time and the pyramid was exactly aligned to true north at one time.

At 481 feet, archeologists say the Great Pyramid was the tallest structure in the world for about 3,800 years.  According to LiveScience.com, engineers estimate the structure is composed of around 2,300,000 stone blocks, and the highly skilled workers would have had to set one of the 2.5- to 15-ton blocks every two and a half minutes to finish Khufu’s pyramid in the 30 years it took to build it. The mortar used is stronger than stone and is still holding up today. It has been analyzed, and its chemical composition is known but can’t be reproduced.

 

Egyptian Math

The Egyptian System of Measurement

To this day, many have attempted to decipher and explain the Egyptian system of measurement. Yet, the best explanations that they can derive are only mere theories. The precise and accurate execution that characterized Ancient Egyptian construction and architecture was brought about without the use of modern, “advanced” technology. They built edifices that the modern world could never reproduce without the use of electronic devices. In fact, Petrie declared the following when describing the process of taking measurements: In taking lineal measurements, pairs of rods butting together, and laid down alternately, were always used instead of making marks at each length. Plumb-lines were also continually used to transfer dimensions from inaccessible parts, such as the length of a chamber at its top; and for taking offsets to vertical faces, both in chambers and on the coffer. Thus, dimensions are referred to true vertical planes by plumb-lines, and also to true horizontal planes by sighting with a theodolite.

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7 thoughts on “9 Engineering Feats Pulled Off by the Ancient Egyptians That Would Be Nearly Impossible for Modern Engineers to Duplicate Today

  1. now if ancient Egypt was white or european as they claim, they would know how to mathematically create and build all of these engineering feats and it would be no mystery to them.

  2. Paul Bates says:

    Cristian Serban Well we do know that stonehenge was rebuilt in the 1900's. That it didnt look like what it look like now. So its very possible that its a fake.

  3. Mindy Jollie says:

    With all of the technology that we have available to us now, it amazes me when I see the feats that people have been able to do back before they had the same resources. The precision it took for them to build the pyramids just fills me with awe. The fact that the pyramids are still standing after all of this time is a great tribute to the quality of their work. http://hargo.com.au

  4. Amali Cabral says:

    Right on sister we are the master masons

  5. NOBODY knows how it was built….And if you look all across the world u will find massive megalith sstuctures that nobody knows how they did it. I suggest you research Graham Hancock who has proven that we had a very advanced GLOBAL civilization that was wiped out around 12,800 years ago when a comet hit which caused massive flooding, thats why we keep discoverig so many cities underwater.

  6. going by your stupid logic why havent any black people rebuilt the pyramids or even come remotely close to figuring out how they were built????

  7. Promise Phillips who R U calling stupid? you reveal who U R with your insults. we lost our knowledge by interbreeding with people like U. I do not believe U R black at all. you are a deceiver, a fake, a phony. besides, the Black nation has been under your heel since you decided to colonize africa. U R only now having to deal with black people on a half-way equal footing. imagine how you will feel when we come fully into our own, again. prepare to loose your mind.

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