Joe Ware was a world class aerospace engineer; please don’t blame my mistakes on him. This is my “work,” not his. I wanted to do it. He merely showed me basic trigonometry and encouraged me to learn.
I developed a way that may have helped build pyramids in Egypt.
I’m certainly no engineer, and I never spent enough time developing the idea—so here’s everyone’s great chance to kid me for getting something wrong. No doubt I’ll mess some of this up: 2+2=3? Maybe someone who is actually aware of at least the basics of engineering and pyramid building will take a look at this and run with it. The only engineering I’ve ever had was by osmosis, whatever soaked into me from Joe through the pillow.
Nonetheless, it’s been fun, so I thought I’d share.
Back in about 2001, Joe and I were watching a TV documentary about pyramid building—reference Khufu’s Great pyramid in Giza—and it occurred to me that the ramp idea for getting stones up was only part of it. Ramps make sense for the lower levels or megaliths, but carried to the top, they can become larger than the pyramid, itself. And working them up the slope seemed too difficult.
I’d done some rigging on sailboats, so it occurred to me to use a block and tackle system to get the stones up the top half of an unfinished pyramid for Khufu. But I didn’t think the Egyptians had block and tackle, so I envisioned rough ropes being pulled over a fixed block (pulley), say a granite stone shaped like a pulley with grooves in it that were concave in line with the rope and convex to change the angle of pull. People could lash onto a stone on one side of the pyramid, drape it over pivot points at the top, and walk away with the rope in hand on the other side of the base of the pyramid.
Excited, I made a rough draft of my idea and sent it to Willeke Wendrich, Ph.D., UCLA, who wrote me back and asked me to look at Page 211 of Dr. Mark Lehner’s book The Complete Pyramids (hardback, 1997). There, Dr. Lehner had shown what I’d conceived, found them at Giza, recognizing it as a proto-pulley, calling it the “Mystery Tool.”
My idea for using the proto-pulleys was as such. (Please don’t get wigged out at my lack of engineering capability, math, etc. I was never trained in those.)
Doing it this way gives the pullers on the other side of the pyramid have a mechanical advantage, not unlike using a sailboat’s block and tackle system.
Put several people on a rope on the other side of the pyramid, and they’d only pull a few pounds each. I’ve demonstrated this in my back yard with neighbors. It’s in the book.
Building a pyramid incorporating these would be fast. It would take more time to get the stones TO a pyramid site than it would to get them UP onto it—which would only take a few seconds each—and you could use several of these apparatuses along the width of the half-finished pyramid, so you’d have people standing around waiting for more stones to arrive.