It’s hard to believe we have to publish this story, but here goes. You may have heard that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson once claimed Egypt’s Great Pyramids were built to store grain, not dead Pharaohs. A neurosurgeon, Carson made this claim in a speech 17-years-ago, which Buzzfeed recently uncovered. Science Alert, along with other publications, have reacted to Carson’s claim with grade school explanations. First of all, the pyramids are not hollow, so they can’t be used to store grain, plus the Egyptians recorded their history. Not to mention the obvious – the presence of mummies and sarcophagi.


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Carson’s theory, which stems from a description of granaries in the Old Testament, has been easily disproven by Egyptologists, who have solid scientific evidence supporting the pyramids’ use as tombs for great leaders. Science Alert breaks it down for non-believers.

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Although chambers and passageways have been discovered inside each of the Great Pyramids, the massive structures are pretty much solid through and through. The presence of dense rocks doesn’t leave much room for storage of grain or anything else. Text inscriptions left by Ancient Egyptians between 2375 and 2160 BCE also clearly indicate the pyramids’ use. Detailed instructions that direct the dead pharaoh’s soul to the afterworld, not the proper temperature to store grain, were found inside the pyramid chambers. Many pyramids other than the famous three have been discovered all over the region, all used as tombs.

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As if it were not already obvious, the items found inside the Pyramids have no ties to grain storage and clearly point to a final resting place, like sarcophagi, jewelry and valuables, as well as the biggest indicator – mummies! And finally, Egyptians did have granaries that have been studied by archaeologists. They were domed shaped.

Via Science Alert

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