Egyptian public figures, Minister of International Cooperation, Dr Rania Al Mashat, and renowned Egyptologist Dr Zahi Hawass, denounced Elon Musk’s comment that the pyramids were built by “extraterrestrials” on social networks.
Elon Musk, an American entrepreneur and businessman who founded SpaceX in 2002, tweeted Friday that the pyramids were built by “aliens”.
In another tweet, he said King Ramses II was “cool” using the emoticon, then shared links from Wikipedia and the BBC that explained the origins of the pyramids.
The aliens built the pyramids obv
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 31 juillet 2020
Dr Rania Al Mashat responded to Saturday’s tweet saying, “I follow your work with great admiration. I invite you and Space X to explore the writings on pyramid building and discover the graves of pyramid builders. Mr. Musk, we’re expecting you.
I follow your work with a lot of admiration. I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders. Mr. Musk, we are waiting for you 🚀. @elonmusk https://t.co/Xlr7EoPXX4
– Rania A. Al Mashat (anRaniaAlMashat) August 1, 2020
Egyptologist and former Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass also responded in a one-minute video, noting that Musk’s claims are a “complete hallucination,” and added that there were inscriptions inside the Great Pyramid of the “workers who built the pyramids, and I found the tombs of the pyramid builders, who tell everyone that they were Egyptians and not slaves.
“All the tombs around the great pyramids mentioned the pyramid of Cheops and the king himself,” Hawass said in the video.
In a Harvard Magazine article, “Who Built the Pyramids? By Jonathan Shaw, archaeologist Mark Lehner wrote about the “social apparatus” that helped mobilize Egyptian workers to build the pyramids.
He noted that “people were not atomized, separated individuals, endowed with the political and economic freedom that we take for granted. Compulsory labor ranges from slavery to… a strong sense of community obligations. If you are a young man in a traditional setting like this, you might not have a choice. “