Could the Great Pyramid of Giza be reconstructed today? Has anyone tried to reconstruct a pyramid in modern times?
Dr. dig responds:
There is no technical reason why the Great Pyramid could not be reconstructed, but because of its vast size it would be a huge and extremely expensive project. It would also involve some guesswork on the part of the archaeologists, as we are still not entirely sure exactly how the pyramid was built. A few years ago a team of Egyptologists did try to build a small-scale pyramid at Giza, using the ancient building techniques, local workmen, and local stone. Although their pyramid was only about 12 feet tall and did not have any of the internal chambers and passageways found in the Great Pyramid, the builders struggled when raising the blocks and had no real idea of how to build their ramps.