The Egyptian pyramids are an incredible feat of human ingenuity – but they could have been built in a better way. Three physicists at Indiana State University came up with a brilliant method of stone transportation which involves strapping wooden logs onto each of a square block and then rolling it across the desert.
By tying three circular wooden pieces to each side of a block, the block becomes a sort of 12-sided shape that can be rolled along rather than dragged or pushed. Most recent studies suggest that the blocks were dragged or pushed using some sort of assistance like animal labor or even by wetting the sand, but there is no real clear consensus on how those giant blocks got to where they are today.
There is absolutely no evidence to support the rolling block theory, but the researchers created a working model to show that it is absolutely possible. More than possible, it makes a lot of sense: water wasn’t always readily available in some of the Egyptian pyramid’s locations, so some sort of rolling mechanism could have conceivably made the move somewhat simple. Of course, it’s all theory at this point, but even as the debate rages on, it opens the mind to a whole realm of block-moving possibilities.