According to carpenter and woodworker and apparently all-around expert in just about everything, I Build It says there’s evidence for the traditional dating (about 5,000 years ago—Egypt is so old that its last ruler, Cleopatra, is closer to us in time than she was to the people who built the pyramids) and for the pyramids—and all of human history—to be much, much older.
Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that, along with his career in carpentry, woodworking, and YouTube-ing (his channel is John Heisz, I Build It), he has devised a way that the pyramids could have been built.
He then executes this using, I am not making this up, ½-inch CDX.
He cuts up a zillion little blocks and to clean up the edges, he “sands” them by putting them in a paint can full of sand and shaking it up for a while. So cool.
He then shows how he thinks the pyramids were laid out and assembled. The .gif of how he thinks the blocks were tipped into place is both awesome and seemingly simple—even though blocks in the King’s Chamber (no kings in there, they just call it that) weigh upwards of 70 tons and he doesn’t really address that.
Watching the video serves no direct purpose to how we operate every day, but the video is short and entertaining, and might be one of those things that shakes a brain cell or two loose later on when you have something heavy you don’t want in your way any more.
It’s Tut-ally cool.