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HOW THE EGYPTIANS BUILT THE PYRAMIDS by Jim McCulliuc If people can lift water with a counter weight, why not use the same principle to lift stones, huge stones, like the ones used to build the pyramids? Back in ancient Egypt, a device called a shadoof was commonly used to move water. A shadoof is a long pole, weighted at one end, perhaps with a stone, and a vessel on the other end, used for …

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…about how they lifted the stones to the level they wanted them once the stones were delivered to the pyramid. To lift a five-ton stone using a shadoof, the counter weight would have to weigh almost as much as the stone to be lifted. So how could the workers produce a counter weight to lift the stone almost the same way the shadoof lifts the water? ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography** Bibliography 1. by Richard Koslow