Did Aliens Build the Pyramids?
Aliens and the Egyptian Pyramids
The theory that aliens from another world may have assisted in building the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt might explain how some of the most amazing and mysterious engineering feats in human history were accomplished. Moving massive stone blocks, apparently quarried from many miles away, and assembling them into something so colossal and precise seems like an insurmountable task even today.
How did people manage it so many thousands of years ago without the use of modern construction techniques? Logically, it appears the ancient Egyptians must have known something, or someone, that we don’t.
Some say only access to advanced technology would have allowed them to create stone structures, some with blocks weighing in the neighborhood of 70 tons, with such perfect mathematical alignment.
Then again, maybe we aren’t giving them the respect they deserve. The ancient Egyptians were awfully smart, so maybe they could well have built their own darned pyramids without any help from extraterrestrials. But the fact is, of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, not only is the Great Pyramid of Giza the only one still standing, but it was already almost 2,000 years old when other cultures began to build their wonders.
Were the Egyptians of antiquity really that much more advanced than everyone else, way back then?
Those who subscribe to ancient astronaut theory have more reasons than the complexity of pyramid design to think that aliens may have had a hand in ancient Egypt. Is there enough evidence to conclude that visitors from another planet have been here for thousands of years, guiding and influencing the advancement of mankind?
Or, were the ancients far more advanced than we realize, and has some important information been lost through the ages?
Of course we’ll probably never know for sure, but let’s take a closer look anyway!
How Were the Egyptian Pyramids Built?
Assuming the pyramids were built by human hands, how would this have been accomplished? Most of the blocks that comprise the Great Pyramid of Khufu are solid limestone and granite. The limestone blocks were likely taken from local sources, but the granite blocks, some over 70 tons, were hauled from a site over 500 miles away.
How the heck did a civilization that didn't use the wheel move these things to the site, and when they got them there how did they put them into place? This is a subject that has been pondered and debated through the ages, but researchers now have ideas of how it could have happened.
Most experts agree that ramps of some kind were used to get the blocks into position, but the configuration of those ramps remains unknown. Some think several long ramps from the ground to the work area were constructed and modified throughout building.
Others think the ramps would have spiraled around the outside of the pyramid, and still others think the pyramids may have been built from the inside out.
One ancient account suggests the blocks were lifted into place using some kind of fulcrum mechanism that allowed a team of workers to move them with relative ease.
As for dragging the blocks along the ground, some speculate that either round timbers or a kind of lubricated slipway may have been used to make them easier to move. The Nile River was almost certainly used to transport the blocks great distances on barges.
So, looking at the methods above, any combination of those techniques, as well as many still to be thought up, could account for how humans may have built the pyramids. It may not have been easy, and it may not have been fun, but with a whole lot of hard work and a little gentle encouragement from the Pharaoh certainly it was possible.
So what makes us think aliens were involved?
What Was the Real Purpose of the Great Pyramid?
In ancient Mesopotamia, beginning somewhere around 4,000 BC, there was a fertile region called Sumer, and a people we refer to as Sumerians. These folks, like the Egyptians, were pretty with it for the age in which they lived. They had an advanced knowledge of mathematics and architecture, and created some interesting art that still survives to this day.
Because of some of the things they left behind, we know the Sumerians revered gods they called the Anunnaki. And not only the Sumerians; apparently other cultures in Mesopotamia knew of these deities as well. These days, the Anunnaki are at the center of a great deal of debate regarding ancient aliens, and what exactly the ancient people knew.
Much of this stems from the work of Zecharia Sitchin. Back in the 1970s, after interpreting and studying ancient Sumerian texts, Sitchin realized they revealed stunning information about the origins of the human race. He then wrote a bunch of books where he put forward his theories.
Sitchin believed the Anunnaki originate from Nibiru, a rogue planet that takes thousands of years to orbit the Sun. The Anunnaki who came to Earth were working-class aliens, sent here to mine gold to bring back to their home world.
When they rebelled against poor working conditions, the decision was made to genetically modify prehistoric humans (Homo erectus) by incorporating Anunnaki DNA and creating a new slave species. In the blink of an eye, Homo sapiens was born (that’s us).
As you can probably imagine, many have found issue with Sitchin’s revelations, and his interpretation of ancient texts. But others have stood behind his work and found further evidence to support it.
According to those who back ancient astronaut theory, evidence of alien visitation is all over the place if you know where to look. Religious texts, art and architecture of the ancient world are packed with direct references to extraterrestrial visitors from another world.
Much of this evidence is in the eye of the beholder, but even setting art and Sitchin's theories aside, one interesting puzzle remains: How did the human race go from living in clans and hunting with spears to building massive pyramids based on complex mathematics and astronomy in the blink of an anthropological eye without some kind of outside influence?
Pyramid Facts and Theories
Surely if aliens had been here they would have left evidence of their presence. The proof may be in the pyramids themselves. It’s easy to think of the pyramids only as giant block buildings, but in reality they are much more than that. Even more amazing than their construction is the hidden details of their structure.
For one thing the sheer magnitude of the project alone hints that humans would have struggled to complete it. It’s estimated that it took 20,000 workers about 20 years to build the Great Pyramid of Khufu.
At first that might sound about right, until you realize that there are about 2.5 million blocks in the pyramid, which means, if crews worked 10 hours per day, a block had to be put in place every couple of minutes. That’s not considering moving ramps around and all the other stuff that must have gone into building.
Looking at it this way, it seems like a little help from extraterrestrial technology would have been welcome.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu was built to very precise alignments. It is said the pyramid is aligned to true north to an accuracy of 3/60th of a degree. And, at the time it was built, it was likely aligned exactly to true north, as true north shifts over time.
The Great Pyramid is the only pyramid with air shafts, and in ancient times those shafts would have aligned with specific stars important to ancient Egyptian religion. Nobody knows for sure what these shafts were for, but theories include spiritual reasons, the use of the pyramid as an astronomical observatory, and even the idea that the Great Pyramid may have been some kind of alien power plant.
The Great Pyramid appears four-sided, but it is actually eight-sided, with four concave faces. Why? Some experts say this is only a structural design. It’s important to remember that the face of the pyramid we see today was not its finished face, as the “casing” blocks that would have adored the surface have worn away or crumbled over time.
Still, the Pyramid of Khufu is the only pyramid to feature this design. Why weren’t other pyramids built this way? Some researchers speculate the design may have an astronomical function, and have come up with calculations over the years that correlate the eight sides of the pyramid to important phases of the calendar year.
Some researchers say the three largest pyramids reflect the alignment of the stars in Orion’s belt. Given the information above, this probably isn’t coincidence. This is called Orion Correlation Theory, and it gets even more interesting.
According to the theory, the entire layout of the pyramid region, the Nile River included, was intended to match the alignment of the Milky Way Galaxy. But here’s the kicker: When researchers look back at the constellations and how they would have appeared to earthly observers over centuries past, the age of the pyramid region appears to date back to around 10,500 BC!
Could the pyramids, or at least the layout of the region, really be that old, and what kind of civilization could have configured this back at a time when most humans were still hunting mammoths?
It’s hard to imagine that ancient humans, living over 12,000 years ago, would have possessed the knowledge or technology to build such elaborate structures. So, could they have had help?
Ancient Pyramids Around the World
Egypt isn’t the only location where you’ll find huge, impressive pyramids. Pre-Columbian South American cultures built pyramids on the other side of the world. Ancient Mesopotamians Sumerians built pyramids. Even some Native American cultures had pyramid-like structures.
Why and how did so many diverse cultures from different areas of the world find it necessary to build similar structures? We can come up with a handful of answers for this.
- Pyramids are simply a sturdy, universal design. Pyramids symbolically point skyward, with a wide base on earth and an apex in the heavens. It’s not a great stretch of the mind to understand why this might be important to various peoples throughout history. It would not be surprising that multiple cultures would reach the same conclusion in isolation.
- People traveled around the world in ancient times. This idea is almost as interesting as extraterrestrial involvement. Is it possible that ancient South Americans traveled to Egypt, or vice versa, and spread their ideas and culture? If true, this would rewrite the history of our world.
- Aliens were involved. If beings from another world influenced the ancient Egyptians, certainly they wouldn’t have stopped there. They may have contacted other civilizations at the same time, or later in history.
Whatever the reason, the presence of ancient pyramids at different locations around our planet is certainly intriguing. However, like the other pieces of the puzzle, it stops far short of proving alien involvement.
What if the Egyptian pyramids really do date back to around 10,500 BC? Would that mean the same aliens that had a hand in shaping ancient Mesopotamia helped erect these massive structures? Could it mean they have a purpose aside from serving as tombs? Even if they date to a more widely acknowledged 3,000 BC, how did humans gain the knowledge to create such precise, elaborate and massive designs so quickly?
The answer may lie in a Neolithic invention we still benefit from to this day: farming. Before farming became widespread, humans lived in smaller groups, and moved around a lot more. For 200,000 years, few hunter-gatherers had the need to build anything permanent, much less on a grand scale.
Once people started growing crops they stayed in one place, and villages and cities started to form. This meant more manpower for construction, more people getting together to share knowledge and ideas, and more time where things like mathematics and astronomy could be studied.
It’s not hard to imagine, in an environment that’s suddenly so conducive to the expansion of knowledge, that the human race would make huge advancements in only a few generations.
After all, in less than a couple of hundred years we’ve gone from the horse and buggy and the telegraph to planes that can break the sound barrier and advanced computers like the one you’re looking at right now.
It’s important not to underestimate the abilities of the ancients. The world, and human culture, is a lot older than we tend to think, and our ancestors were surely capable of amazing feats. Perhaps some of their ways were lost over time.
Or, perhaps they had a little help from alien visitors.
What do you think? Did aliens build the pyramids?
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