A structural engineer of 54 years-experience, Peter James, who claims he has studied the Pyramids for 20 years, has disputed hundreds of year theory about how the ancient Egyptian monuments were built.
Popularly called ‘Indiana James’, the South Wales-based engineer, according to several reports currently circulating in Europe, believes ancient Egyptians formed the huge tombs by piling up rubble and small rocks on the inside and attaching the large bricks on the outside later.
The Pyramids, arguably, are the world's oldest, and perhaps greatest sculptural masterpieces and engineering-marvel. Located on the west bank of the Nile River north of Cairo, Egypt, the three pyramids --Khufu (Cheops), Khafra (Chephren) and Menkaura (Mycerimus) -- were built between 2700 B.C. and 2500 B.C. as royal tombs. They are the only surviving among the so-listed Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
But the widely accepted theory of long standing says the pyramids were built with giant blocks carried up huge ramps. James argued that his 20 years of studying the pyramids has shown that such would be impossible.
James and his team at Cintec International, are regarded as world leaders in restoring ancient monuments. They are said to have done preventive restorations inside two pyramids to stop the structures from collapsing.
The engineer added that “The pyramids are also so tall that the ramps for the stones would have had to have been at least a quarter of a mile long."