The blog of Egyptologist Margaret Maitland (‘The Eloquent Peasant‘) has an entry worth checking out entitled “Why the Aliens Did Not Build the Pyramids“. While I’m all for listening to alternative hypotheses about ancient cultures, I do have to wade through a lot of rubbish from people who simply don’t do any basic research before putting forth their theory. This article is a great primer for getting acquainted with the basics of how the pyramids were built, including such overlooked things as the quarries and tools/methods used. I would argue with some points in the essay though, not least the suggestion that Bauval and Gilbert suggested that aliens built the Great Pyramid in 10,500 BC. But a worthy read all the same.