Creative Accounting In The Land Of The Pharaohs ?
It took him a generation- but how did he do it?
New deconvolution software has revealed a spiral structure in gravity images of the Great Pyramid made using sensitive gradiometers in the 1980's
But big ramps cost big money.
The Secret of the Pyramids may have been an accounting trick. To avoid wasting hundreds of thousands of man-years of stonemason's --and teamsters-- valuable time , Houdin proposes Hemienu cannibalized every ramp block hauled in to construct the pyramid's plaza-like lower third. By recycling the six ton stones upwards as work progressed , via a spiral gallery embedded in the outer edge of the rising pile ,they become its higher elevations. The diagram shows corner platforms for turning blocks on the integral ramp's 7-degree slope. As the pyramid rose , fewer blocks had to be raised farther, keeping the rate of work- and taxation to support it , relatively constant