I got to thinking about the problems of moving the
blocks to build the pyramids. I have seen a lot of theories
about it from rolling them on logs, to sliding them on wet down clay but
nothing i had seen on TV seemed to be very efficient to me, so i sat down
at my computer and tried to figure out a better way to move those multi-ton
blocks of stone. This is what i came up with and i think it
is better than anything that they have show me on television. With
this method, 5 men is all it would take to move a block with ease, and
probably 3 men could to it just as well. In the movies it looks
like they are using scores of men to pull along those blocks. So
then, here is my proposal to the Pharaoh.
problem is to move this massive block of limestone over miles of ground
to the site where the pyramid is being built. The easiest way
that i can see is to construct some attachments that will be attached
to the block and act to create a rolling surface with a large diameter,
so that rolling it will be much easier than with a small diameter log,
or other device available at that time and place. Using primitive
methods and tools i think that this can be done with the aid of some
wood, cord, and a bit of ingenuity.
Start out measuring a side of the block and calculate
the diameter circle that will encompass that length side. Construct
a set of three circle segments, alternating the wood grain for strength.
Two set of these will make up one side of the rockers. They are
fastened together with logs, which protrude past the sides, and are pegged
into position to suit the width of the blocks. When a set is made
and fastened together, make up three more for that size block.
Placing two segments as shown on the opposite sides
of the block, they can then be tied together using cord, rope, leather
thongs, etc. what ever works best. Other keeper pegs are set
near the end of the tie-logs, so that the cords that are used to tie the
segments together do not slip off their positions when the block gets
rolling along. Tie opposite logs to the opposite log on the other
side of the block. A lower log tied across the block to an upper
log, this for cross bracing and will help to keep the rockers from shifting
when in use.
the sides are in place and tied together, just roll the block for a 90º
so that the rockers just installed are on the top and the bottom now.
Once this is done, it is a simple matter to attach the other two side
segments, in the same fashion as the first set, and tie them off as well.
Once all four segments are attached, then tie them all together across
the corners of the block, so that the side rockers and the top and bottom
rockers are all connected, secured by additional cords tying the first
spoke log of one segment to the last spoke log on the next rocker, so
everything is secured and ready to roll.
the block can be simply rolled along when on level ground, and either
pulled up hill or lowered down hill using ropes which anchor to a stationary
point and are looped around the outer tie area of the spoke logs and then
back to the "pullers". This will double the mechanical
advantage for them and require only a few men to move a huge block regardless
of the incline. If the outer rims of the rockers were shod with
thick copper strips, that were thick enough to bring the radius of the
rockers far enough to exceed the diagonal length of the block by two or
three times the thickness of the ropes used to pull it along, then it
can be made much easier by looping the ropes over
the inner area of the spokes instead of on the outside. The reason
for this is that the corners of the block would cut the ropes if it were
allowed to roll over it, unless the diameter of the effective
wheel allowed for a space between the corner and the outside diameter
that was wide enough to keep the block from cutting the rope. This
is only a rough concept and it would have to be "tweaked" a
bit before i am completely happy with it, but you can get the idea of
what i meant with my plan to move the blocks. If i was ambitious
enough i would like to build a set and see how it works.
(back to the goodies bin)