Cairo: The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. In fairness, construction of such a huge structure more than 4,500 years ago can’t have been easy.
But mistakes are mistakes.
New research shows the west side of the pyramid is longer than the east side by 14.1 centimetres, meaning it isn’t square. Engineer Glen Dash was part of the team that discovered the pyramid’s lopsidedness.
He said a lack of limestone casing, which originally covered the pyramid, has made accurate measurements slightly tricky.
‘Most of those casing stones were removed centuries ago, leaving the pyramid as we see it today, without most of its original shell,’ he said. Despite the new discovery, no one can quite agree how the pyramids were built.
Mr Dash told the National Georgraphic that the level of precision in its construction suggest it was laid out on a oriented grid.
‘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,’ he added.
Either way. we still think it’s fair to call it an Ancient Wonder.