Egypt’s Great Pyramid The New Evidence has revealed that the Great Pyramid of Khufu was built using a complicated system of waterways.
Thousands of workers transported 170,000 tonnes of limestone in wooden boats along the Nile River. Each 2.5-tonne block was ferried through specially built canals into an inland port at the foot of the Great Pyramid.
The discovery of an ancient papyrus diary, written by an overseer named Merer, is a first-hand record of how the pyramid was built.
Merer describes, in detail, how the limestone blocks were moved from the quarry in Tura to Giza in boats. This together with the unearthing of a lost waterway beneath the Giza plateau and the finding of a ceremonial boat, now strongly suggests that thousands of labourers transported the building blocks of the pyramid along the Nile River Nile, then through canals to the construction site.