The true color of the famous Giza Pyramid in Egypt has appeared in a new documentary. According to the results of the studies, the pyramids were white when they were first built.
When this pyramid was built in 2600 BCE, it turned out to be quite different in appearance. In the documentary The Nile: Egypt’s Greatest River, historian Bettany Hughes discovered that the pyramids were pure white when it was first built. Hughes came to this conclusion from the diary of a man named Merer 4,500 years ago. This diary, which the French archaeologists found in their studies in the Red Sea, was written with papyrus on hieroglyphics. The records in the diary described the working days in the gigantic pyramid.
It took 20 years to build the pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. According to the diary, the stones were white when the pyramid was built.
In his diary, Merer explained how the white limestone blocks were moved along the Nile. The Egyptians added a golden tip to the top of the pyramids where they used white limestone to shine. Over time, the limestone eroded and became yellow.