A Pyramid Primer: How much do you really know?

Posted on February 1, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

Most of us have found the Great Pyramids a fascination since childhood, but how much do we really know about the details? Isn’t it funny how much we assume we know? Here’s a great little primer. Test your knowledge!

Image: Pyramids at sunset
Source: Prof. Zidan // Flickr

You probably know that the Great Pyramids were the tallest structures built by humans for 4000 years, and it was not until the Eiffel Tower came along that we finally broke the ancient Egyptian’s record.

You probably know they were not built by aliens. But do you know who did build them? Now, we know the builders were probably not slaves.

And how did they cut this stone when the metals available to the ancient Egyptians – copper, bronze and wrought iron – were far too soft to work igneous rock?

So many questions in the details!  So today we enjoy a little wonder in a subject most of us think we know a lot about!

Here’s a fabulous short video by our friends in knowledge at Veritasium, a great source to satisfy your curiosity! Take a look!

Yikes! There was so much information there, I had to look at that a couple times to take it all in.

5 millimeters progress per hour in digging a trench!

Enough stone to build 16 Empire State Buildings, and we take for granted how they got them there from quarries 150 miles away when the wheel hadn’t even been invented!

A couple million stones in every pyramid?! And to complete a pyramid in 30 years, they had to lay another stone every 3 minutes?

No wonder our speculations about how the Egyptians built these monuments have fallen short and we have ended up crediting aliens! (Just kidding.)

Something to Ponder?

Image: Young people in dark glasses questioning thingsWas a bit of this all news to you?

This all makes me wonder how fragile our knowledge base actually is.

Are we all making decisions or comfortably accepting information from others, because we really don’t appreciate the details on many topics?

I suspect if we actually knew more, we’d be able to tell the facts from fiction for ourselves more often!

Information Is Power

This may be a great time to mention a new phase of the Ever Widening Circles journey: we are beginning a new version of this website for education!

After my 25 years working with children, I’m beginning to notice a widening void in our education system when it comes to learning about the wider world.

Teachers with the best intentions have less and less time, and fewer resources to devote to celebrating all the things in the world that might inspire kids to learn: innovations in technology, cultural wonders, remarkable aspects of nature, space exploration, the science behind the feats of their favorite sports heroes, and wildly fun innovators in art and music.

The aim is to create an enrichment platform that teachers can use with little or no additional work. It will be designed to use the natural curiosity and nurture the individual passions in students, so a way of learning about the world is largely self-guided.

We will also build into the system a way for teachers to use this enrichment as a touchstone throughout the day, emphasizing the reason math, science, writing and other basic courses connect to real people doing amazing things in our world.

EWCed will give everyone a reason to celebrate learning!

Image: Collage of people in muscle pose

It’s an exciting time!

If you’d like to help Liesl, our COO, on this project in any way, or would like your class to be a beta-tester, just contact us here! (And pass the word of this on to a great teacher you know!)

Ever Widening Circles is a great place to start learning more about the world no matter your age, because we connect you with so many solid sources for credible information on innovations and positive news insights.

Did you notice we cite all our sources and you can click on all of them and find yourself in a positive place on the web for information? There’s no advertising here because we have no agenda except to make the world a little bit of better place!

We only use information and videos from respected authorities like the Smithsonian Museum, PBS Digital Studios, Google’s Science Initiative, and many others. We totally pass on pirated videos from sketchy sources.

So enjoy a little breather from the world of hype and the “too good to be true” and visit us for our daily articles. We get emails all the time thanking us for giving people something inspiring to start or end a day on.

Stay open, curious and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda

Still curious about the little-known facts?

Take a look at a great article we found at History.com, a reputable source for this kind of information!

Or scroll down to the bottom of this page for a few more articles to follow a thread of connection here.