By JIMMY LEVY | Contributing Writer
The Palisadian-Post has partnered with Paul Revere Charter Middle School to highlight a series of pieces from its 2020 Literary Anthology. The following piece originally appeared in the Informative Argumentative Essays section of the anthology, released in spring, and has been reprinted here with permission.
Imagine a structure so extraordinarily large that it could’ve taken 30 years to build and every part of it is exactly symmetrical! Now think of a structure that huge and that precisely built that was made over 4,500 years ago!
I am going to tell you about the amazing monumental pyramids the Egyptians built. I am going to talk about why they were built, how they are thought to have been built, and what the best theory of how they were built is.
You might be thinking what could a structure that monstrous be used for 4,500 years ago? Well, they actually served a practical purpose but not one that needed such a monumentally sized structure. The purpose of these pyramids was to serve as tombs for the pharaohs. You probably think this is a crazy thing to use as a tomb, and it is! These tombs were built to last forever and withstand any and all weather events that could break it. That is why the pyramids were built.
Another mystery about the pyramids is how they were built. Just like all mysteries there are many theories about this but the most popular and most scientifically backed up is the wet sand theory. This is the theory that the ancient Egyptians pulled giant blocks of stone through wet sand to reduce friction.
Physicists at the University of Amsterdam explored the forces needed to pull extremely heavy objects on a giant sled over sand and discovered that dampening the sand in front of the sled reduced friction and would make the sled much easier to pull, which would very well explain how they transported materials.
The researchers looked at wall paintings to help them make the discovery. They saw wall paintings that depicted people using ropes to haul materials on a sled for a tomb. The wet sand theory is the most logical and most popular theory on how the pyramids were built.
The ancient Egyptian pyramids are an amazing things and have many mysteries. Many of the mysteries aren’t solved but lots of them are being solved or getting closer to being solved. Once we uncover all the mysteries of ancient Egypt and their pyramids we can better understand all aspects of it, the people who lived there, and all of its religion and culture.
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