Elon Musk has been invited to visit the pyramids by a top Egyptian official after the billionaire shared an old conspiracy theory that they were built by extraterrestrials.
The Tesla CEO, who also is founder of SpaceX, gave credit to ‘aliens’ for building the pyramids in Giza near Cairo in a tweet on Friday.
‘Aliens built the pyramids obv,’ he wrote.
The bizarre message prompted a response from Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Rania al-Mashat.
‘I follow your work with a lot of admiration’ wrote al-Mashat via Twitter.
‘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,’ she added.
Musk’s tweet was liked more than 500,000 times and retweed 87,000.
However, he seemed to take the claim back in a follow up social media post linking to an article describing how the pyramids were more likely built by humans living in an Egyptian settlement.
‘This BBC article provides a sensible summary for how it was done,’ Musk wrote, linking to a story with the headline, ‘The Private Lives of the Pyramid-builders’.
But the billionaire entrepreneur, known for making sometimes erratic tweets, couldn’t shake off the original comment about aliens.
Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass delivered a video response in Arabic debunking the claim aliens were involved.
‘This is a response from Zahi Hawass to American billionaire Elon Musk,’ Hawass said in the footage posted on his Facebook page, Egypt Today reported.
‘What you said about the pyramids is completely hallucination, the pyramids are built by Egyptians,’ the archaeologist wrote.
‘I found the tombs of the pyramids builders that tell everyone that the builders of the pyramids are Egyptians and they were not slaves,’ he explained.
Egyptians built pyramids thousands of years ago, mostly to serve as tombs for their pharaohs.
But some conspiracy theories give aliens credit for building them, as well as other ancient structures, including the statues on Easter Island.
Archaeologists in 2018 came a step closer to understanding how the Great Pyramid, the largest of the structures commissioned by Fourth Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, was built about 4,500 years ago.
The remains of a ramp system were unearthed in an ancient quarry in the Eastern Desert, according to Live Science.
Its design suggests the ramp was used to drag massive alabaster stones up a slope, using sleds and rope.
The ancient ramp was discovered at the site of Hatnub by researchers from the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo and the University of Liverpool in England, Live Science reports.
Along its sides are two staircases lined with postholes, to which ropes were likely tied thousands of years ago to drag the huge stone blocks.
Such a design would have alleviated some of the burden for the workers who had to pull these huge loads.
The conspiracy theory about the pyramids is not the only one which Elon has thrown about.
During a controversial appearance on comedian Joe Rogan’s popular podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ in 2018, where he smoked a joint, he explained why he believes we are living in the Matrix.
He said that the sheer age of the universe – 13.8 billion years, means alien civilizations have had time to develop the complex systems needed.
‘If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end. One of those two things will occur,’ Musk said.
‘Therefore, we are most likely in a simulation, because we exist.’
‘I think most likely — this is just about probability — there are many, many simulations,’ he added.
‘You might as well call them reality, or you could call them multiverse.’