Research reveals that the architects of the Great Pyramid of Giza made a bit of a mistake while constructing the monument regarded as one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.
The base of the structure is lop-sided due to the builders making the west side of the pyramid longer than the east side according to researchers. The difference in length is very slight, but it was enough of a flaw in the structure as to be detected by a research team led by engineer Glen Dash and Egyptologist Mark Lehner, according to Seeker.
The Glen Dash Research Foundation, led by Dash, and the Ancient Egypt Research Associates, led by Lehner, have been "mapping and excavating the Giza plateau for about 30 years."
The lop-sided pyramid is the largest of the three located in the Giza plateau and was built nearly 4500 years old for the pharaoh Khufu. Originally the pyramid was adorned with limestone casing, which has mostly faded away as of now. Because the limestone casing is gone, scientists have had a difficult time calculating accurate measurements of the original pyramid.
"What is the exact size and orientation of the Great Pyramid? Archaeologists, scientists, engineers, and mystics have sought answers for centuries," according to Dash in a report published in the newsletter Aeragram.
While the researchers have already concluded that the pyramid is indeed lop-sided, they will continue to analyze the ancient structure as to learn as much as possible about the original design and construction. "We hope to eventually figure out how the Egyptians laid out the pyramid with such precision, and in doing so, hope to learn much about the tools and technology they had at their disposal," Dash wrote.
The original architects of the Pyramids of Giza may have made a tiny error in the construction, but there is no doubt the ancient structures are worthy of the title as one of the Wonders of the World.
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