Doesn't Know Much About Grain Storage.
(photo from nationalreview.com)
Grain storage is a big business in South Dakota, and having once been an active grain trader and broker myself over a period spanning a couple of decades, I wonder if Carson has a clue about the physical components of grain storage facilities. First off, grain bins are huge hollow enclosures with relatively tiny openings at the top, not solid blocks of rock with narrow passageways like those of the Egyptian pyramids. Second off, outside of Old Testament (Genesis 25-50) references about storing grain in preparation of an expected famine that allude neither directly nor indirectly to pyramids, there's nothing in the scientific record to indicate that those monoliths were used for anything other than royal tombs. Readers who have contra-information are welcome to provide it here in the comments section. Yes, per the Old Testament, Israeli slaves were required to build bricks out of mud and straw, and it is possible that those bricks were subsequently used to build pyramids, but the connection between those bricks and grain storage facilities doesn't show up
|The Dashur Pyramid|
How Do You Store Grain In Here?
(photo from www.bibleplaces.com)
That's a conclusion inferred by Carson. I don't fault the man for his beliefs, but I do question his willingness to convert literal passages of scripture into conclusions that have no basis in scientific fact, historical evidence or practical reality.
Not having any background or knowledge of the requirements for grain storage doesn't stop Carson from making statements about their history and development. I'd love to see Dr. Carson come to South Dakota, inspect a grain storage facility, and explain how the pyramids could have been used as storehouses for crops of any kind.
Addendum: Added on 11/5/15 @1348 In a 2010 piece in U.S. News and World Report, Amihai Mazar, a professor at the Institute of Archeology at the Hebrew University at Jerusalem, noted, "No Jews built the pyramids because Jews didn't exist at the period when the pyramids were built."