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Archeologists may have solved centuries old mystery

For thousands of years, the Great Pyramids of Egypt have fascinated mankind. Their little-known, yet mystifying history continues to intrigue nations around the world.

The Great Pyramids were built more than 4,500 years ago at a time when technology was still quite primitive. That being said, many theories have been proposed as to how our early ancestors constructed these engineering marvels.

The theory that many researchers seem to agree on is that the Egyptians used a ramp system to transport the 2.5 ton granite and limestone blocks up the massive pyramids. Recently, archaeologists discovered the remains of this system at the site of Hatnub, an ancient quarry in the Eastern Desert of Egypt.

Yannis Gourdon, co-director of the joint mission that discovered the ramp, told LiveScience, "This system is composed of a central ramp flanked by two staircases with numerous post holes. Using a sled which carried a stone block and was attached with ropes to these wooden posts, ancient Egyptians were able to pull up the alabaster blocks out of the quarry on very steep slopes of 20 percent or more."

"This kind of system has never been discovered anywhere else. The study of the tool marks and the presence of two of Khufu's inscriptions led us to the conclusion that this system dates back at least to Khufu's reign, the builder of the Great Pyramid in Giza," he added.

This significant find is only one part of Egypt's long-standing mysteries, one of which Gourdon and his team's discovery may help solve. However, through further study and excavation, many more secrets, lost to the sands of time, could be revealed.