Mediterranean Sea

ISRAEL

Transporting limestone blocks to the pyramid construction site

JORDAN

Cario

Cairo

Giza

SAUDI

ARABIA

One of the mysteries of the pyramids has been how limestone blocks for the pyramids’ outer casings were transported from a quarry eight miles away across the Nile at Tura. Archeologist Mark Lehner thinks they were hauled by boat. The stones weighed as much as 17 tons. He also believes that granite blocks used in the pyramid from Aswan 370 miles away were transported by water.

 

Nile River

EGYPT

LIBYA

Red

Sea

Aswan

Detail

SUDAN

Nile River (Today)

Limestone quarries at Tura

Pyramid complex

(Detailed below)

GIZA

Floodplain

Giza Plateau

Tura

8 miles

Transporting limestone blocks to the pyramid construction site

One of the mysteries of the pyramids has been how limestone blocks for the pyramids’ outer casings were transported from a quarry eight miles away across the Nile at Tura. Archeologist Mark Lehner thinks they were hauled by boat. The stones weighed as much as 17 tons. He also believes that granite blocks used in the pyramid from Aswan 370 miles away were transported by water.

 

Mediterranean Sea

ISRAEL

JORDAN

Cario

Cairo

Giza

SAUDI

ARABIA

Nile River

EGYPT

LIBYA

Red

Sea

Aswan

Detail

SUDAN

Limestone quarries

Pyramid complex

(Detailed below)

GIZA

Floodplain

Tura

8 miles

Giza Plateau

Nile River (Today)