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)
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)
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)
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