Researchers discover base of Egypt's great pyramid is lopsided

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Researchers Discover Base Of Egypt's Great Pyramid Is Lopsided

Roughly 4,500 years ago, workers toiled under the hot Egyptian sun to build the Great Pyramid of Giza, a structure that is, to this day, considered one of the world's greatest wonders, notes Science Alert.

However, it appears they did a slightly less than perfect job.

Experts working for the Ancient Egypt Research Associates and the Glen Dash Research Foundation recently discovered the base is not, technically, square.

Measurements taken of the original footprint, which was determined by locating casing stones and initial markers, show the west side out measures the east by about 5.55 inches, notes Atlas Obscura.

In the big picture, that's a rather minimal error, and the team is still examining the pyramid data in hopes of learning how such nearly perfect construction was achieved so long ago, according to LiveScience.

Glen Dash, the lead researcher, said, "We hope to eventually figure out how the Egyptians laid out the pyramid with such precision and, in doing so, hope to learn much about the tools and technology they had at their disposal."

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(GERMANY OUT) Bent Pyramid of Pharaoh Snofru, Dahshur, Egypt (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
EGYPT - SEPTEMBER 30: Pyramid of Sneferu, known as the Bent Pyramid (rhomboidal or double-diamond sloped pyramid), Dahshur Necropolis, Memphis (Unesco World Heritage List, 1979), Egypt. Egyptian civilisation, Old Kingdom, Dynasty IV. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Tuesday March 24, 2009 file photo, The 4,500-year-old Bent Pyramid is seen in Dahshour near Cairo, Egypt. An international heritage research group says scientists will begin analyzing radiographic muons, or cosmic particles, collected from the ancient Bent Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Snefru. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
CORRECTING NAME OF PYRAMID A picture taken on April 19, 2015 shows an aerial view of the bent pyramid of Dahshur, a royal necropolis located in the desert on the west bank of the Nile river, just south of Cairo. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Police on Camel at Bent Pyramid of Pharaoh Snofru, Dahshur, Egypt (Photo by Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
FILE - This file Aug. 19, 2011 photo shows tourists as they leave the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, about 25 miles south of Cairo, Egypt. An international heritage research group says scientists will begin analyzing radiographic muons, or cosmic particles, collected from the ancient Bent Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Snefru. (AP Photo/Coralie Carlson, File)
Sneferu's Bent Pyramid, Dahshur, Al Jizah, Egypt (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)
EGYPT - SEPTEMBER 30: Pyramid of Sneferu, known as the Bent Pyramid (rhomboidal or double-diamond sloped pyramid), Dahshur Necropolis, Memphis (Unesco World Heritage List, 1979), Egypt. Egyptian civilisation, Old Kingdom, Dynasty IV. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Sneferu's Bent Pyramid, Dahshur, Al Jizah, Egypt. (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)
the ancient Dahshur Pyramid is silhouetted in Dahshur, Egypt, Monday, March 16, 2009. Travellers to Egypt will soon be able to explore the inner chambers of the 4,500-year-old "bent" pyramid, known for its oddly shaped profile, while the inner chambers of the Red pyramid, pictured, also built by 4th dynasty founder Pharaoh Sneferu, are already accessible to visitors.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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