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Re: Pyramid mystery solved
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Eddie, wealth is a function of the size and age of an economy/culture....wealth aggregates over time within a culture...

Today we can in some ways "stand on the shoulders of giants"....by this I mean the wealth that exists today has been building for between 4,000 to 6,000 (perhaps longer but that would be hard to say)....

While the pharohs no doubt were the "titled" owners of the "lot" we call eqypt....and the laws were such that they essentially controlled all of the means of production (ie. all of the human and natural resources of their domain)...the population of Old Kingdom is hard to estimate...however, the best estimate (guess) I have seen is around 1 Million persons....the average age was less than 30...so you have a very small labor pool available....that labor pool has to take care of the key needs of the culture...namely food and shelter...prior to their being resources left to be invested in an awesome public works project like the pyramids....

Long explanation short....there was not likely a whole lot of "there" there in Old Kingdom eqypt, such that the "wealth" of the pharohs, while all inclusive, was still very limited....certainely limited when compared to the scope of work of the giza pyramids.

But...I have a new buzz for the topic...the internal spiral ramp seems to provide a means whereby a block could be delivered to its setting location approximately every 5 minutes....this would suggest a building timeframe of approximatley 60 years....which does not seem to me to be completely unrealistic....I do not, however, believe the principal limiting factor is the placing of the blocks as much as it is the quarrying of the stones....I have been messing with this today....and assuming only the use of hand tools, I can justify that each stone would require a team of approximately 10 men 5 days to finish....if the production need at the pyramid is a stone every 5 minutes.(145 stones per day)...you would need approximately 750 teams of 10 men to shape the blocks....this probably puts the size of the work force for each pyramid at around 12,000 to 15,000 workers.....this would suggest an economy, 10 to 50 times the size attributed to old kingdom eqypt....but, I am still grinding on this new approach...

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