Have you ever taken the time to question what’s really “ancient”?
The Egyptians never built the Pyramids but they did attempt to copy them.
The Great Pyramid and the two smaller pyramids were built in the pre-dynastic period long before the people–whoever they might have been–came to Egypt.
The proof of that: Djoser’s pyramid
It took archaeologists a while to figure that the rubble around the base of the pyramid was actually mud-baked bricks. Archaeologists then reasoned that someone had built a step-pyramid and then layered it with mud-baked bricks to make it look like a real pyramid. However, archaeologists were baffled by the fact that the bricks had all been whitewashed [painted white].
It wasn’t until a study published in the Journal of Photometrics revealed the reason.
We know that the Great Pyramid was covered to have a smooth appearance; we know that it was covered with limestone; we also know that it was not covered with just any old limestone, rather it was covered with White Tura limestone and we know exactly where it came from.
When working with limestone, try running water over it–and, using any metamorphic rock such as granite, gneiss, quartz, etc., rub the limestone. That will polish the limestone and make it smooth as glass. When you do that with White Tura limestone it’ll give it a high albedo–very white and shiny.
Researchers should do what was done in the Journal of Photometrics: construct a computer model of the Great Pyramid; make the outside white; and give it the correct albedo as measured from polished White Tura limestone and then…pretend a new moon is sitting overhead.
The light from the new moon would have reflected off of the White Tura limestone. You could see the Great Pyramid at distances of about thirty miles. Had you been over the horizon and not able to see the actual pyramid, you would have seen the glow from the Great Pyramid in exactly the same way you see the glow from city lights at night from a distance except you could have been between seventy-to-eighty miles away.
To those of you locked in a lachrymose state over the death of Neil Armstrong, here’s some food for thought: had you been flying in space over the North or South American continents you could have seen the Great Pyramid of Giza [Gizeh] during a new moon at night.
So, what is the obvious conclusion?
Answer: The Great Pyramid already existed BEFORE Djoser started building his pyramid.
Djoser attempted to copy the magnificent Great Pyramid but he didn’t know how to, so he did the best he could, which is building a step-pyramid and then covering the step-pyramid with mud-baked bricks that had been painted white in order for it to look like the Great Pyramid.
If one desires a solunar astronomical observatory then a step-pyramid would be the way to go, although it’s quite obvious that the pyramids in Egypt were not used for solunar astronomical observations, and in fact, the Egyptians had no clue why the Great Pyramid even existed–which is evidently surfaced by the fact that the Great Pyramid has features that all other pyramids are lacking.