Egypt tells Elon Musk the pyramids were not built by aliens
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Egypt invited Elon Musk to visit and see for himself that the pyramids were not built by aliens.
The SpaceX boss tweeted on Friday:” Aliens built the pyramids obv”, which was retweeted more than 85,000 times and liked by more than half a million people.
He appeared to be showing support for conspiracy theorists who say extraterrestrial beings constructed the ancient structures.
But Egypt’s international co-operation minister Rania Al Mashat told the tech tycoon that seeing the tombs of the pyramid builders would be the proof.
She urged him to further explore evidence about the building of the structures built for pharaohs of Egypt.
Ms Al Mashat tweeted: “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.”
Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass also responded in a short video in Arabic, posted on social media, saying Mr Musk’s argument was a “complete hallucination”.
He is quoted by EgyptToday saying: “I found the tombs of the pyramids builders that tell everyone that the builders of the pyramids are Egyptians and they were not slaves.”
Mr Musk did later tweet a link to a BBC History site about the lives of the pyramid builders, saying: “This BBC article provides a sensible summary for how it was done.”
There are more than 100 surviving pyramids but the most famous is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, which are more than 450ft (137m) high.