Erich von Daniken claims that Egyptians did not have the technology or manpower to build the great pyramids of Egypt. Is this an
, Term Paper
...Egyptians did not have the technology or manpower to build the great pyramids of Egypt. Is this an accurate assessment? Erich von Daniken, the Swiss author best known for his views about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, generated a large volume of debate in the 1970s. His hypotheses, based on his interpretations of the evidence presented by major ancient monuments, proved extremely controversial, and have now been widely rejected. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the accuracy of von Daniken’s views, in the light of his own arguments and those of his critics. 1) Arguments in Support Erich von Daniken... that we can see the enduring influence of these other worldly visitors in the artwork and customs of these peoples. For example, he suggested in more than one book that the practice of mummification in Egypt was developed so that the bodies of notables could be preserved, awaiting resurrection by the extraterrestrial visitors when they next came to call. Likewise, he saw in ancient Egyptian visual representations some sign of these visitors being immortalized in the local pantheon. Von Daniken, on looking over the immense achievement represented by the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, could not believe that the Egyptians, with the primitive technologies of the time, would have been capable of moving... ?...