I don't know if it is me or Google, but when I look down on the Great
Pyramid it looks like it is at least 2 degrees off North. (The video
claims exactly North 1/500 of a degree) (3:25)
The Great Pyramid also looks like it's much smaller on the west side
than the other 3 sides.
There is a picture of how level the pyramid cap is at 51:36. I could
get my work to be level too if I could use a wedge on the base of the
It's gotta be an optical illusion caused by the satellite that took the
picture not flying directly over the pyramid, but at a small angle to
the vertical over it.
The Great Pyramid at Giza is known to be astonishingly well laid out
along the north/south and east/west directions. Even today surveyors
could not lay out the footprint of a building to the same accuracy that
the ancient Egyptians did in building the Great Pyramid.
Also, the sides vary by a similar or slightly greater amount.
An engineering marvel but nothing close to today's capabilities.
Look at it this way:
I had a friend of mine put in a sidewalk and there is one spot that
collects water. It is probably low by just 1/8 th of an inch but it's
not right and I have now applied two skim coats. No professional cement
worker would have made that kind of error. (Nor do they use
OTOH: For a large skyscraper the standards are considerably better than
that of the pyramids.
I heard of a skyscraper (in the late 60's) in NY where the contractor
got in major trouble for making the base of a building too short by
1/8th on an inch. That's something like 3mm. To spot an error* like that
is child's play with today's instrumentation.
* Probably not an error, but an effort on the contractor's part to
pocket more money.
I think you may be right. When we were looking to buy a pyramid, the
relator kept telling us it was perfect. I did not trust the Egyptian
home inspector either We ended up buying a papyrus cottage further up
Today's capabilities were shown off by a local overpass project a few years
ago. It was a perfectly fine bridge, it just was about 20' south of where it
was supposed to be. Apparently everyone was caught up with their precision
measuring instruments that they never eyeballed the situation.
That is easy enough to do. There are several map standards that define
starting places. Say if one surveyor starts at a point defined on one map
to the east and another starts at a point to the west defined by another map
standard they will not meet in the middle.
Sometimes they don't even bother to hide anything.
I looked at one of those once; it was really cluttered inside and looked
like it hadn't been dusted in ages. And what was with the lack of windows?
Not worth the asking price, IMHO.
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