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I was doing a little research over the net if there is a link between the Egyptians pyramids and Aztecs, and Mayans pyramids. I learned that the first pyramids were built by the Egyptians (2000 years before the Aztecs and Mayans civilization ), the purpose and the decoration is totally different.
In that era it was really difficult for the sailors to travel over the oceans, because they had primitive boats, they weren’t capable to travel long distances.
So the pyramids were built with the same structure but with different time without the civilizations are discovered by others .
Some explains why they choose pyramid shapes because it’s easy to build at that time. but the interesting thing is the human mind evolution, the civilizations were evolving at similar time with common architect, researches like in mathematics or astronomy.
My question:
Wikipedia link .Wikipedia explain about a theory that maybe the Phoenicians arrived to USA before Columbus. If one day this theory were proven right , is it could be that Phoenician said about the pyramids to Aztecs ?

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This is two questions. In the first question you assume that pyramids where created independently. In the other you ask for support that in fact they were not created independently. That makes no sense. Split them into two. –  Lennart Regebro Aug 12 '13 at 9:53
I edited my question now, is it clear ? –  moudiz Aug 12 '13 at 12:23
@moudiz - your question has some value but needs some editing and research: The Aztecs and Mayans were very late-comers on the American per-columbian scene. Pyramids in the Americas date back to very ancient times - 1600 bce or even earlier: see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Venta. You need to find out when the earliest pyramids were built in the Americas and compare that with possible timelines of the Phoenicians. But there are also pyramids in the far east and other places where we can be fairly certain that Phoenician influence was not a factor.(But that does not negate your question) –  user2590 Aug 12 '13 at 23:56
@Vector: The South American "pyramids" pre-date the Phoenicians. The Meso-american ones all seem significantly later. It's unlikely to have been a 1000 year break between influence and execution. ;-) But it's all irrelevant, really, there is no indication whatsoever that Phoenicians travelled to America, and the American pyramids are clearly different from the Egyptian in development, technique, style and purpose, and the architectural history shows clearly that they are indigenous developments. –  Lennart Regebro Aug 13 '13 at 14:35
@LennartRegebro-" It's unlikely to have been a 1000 year break... execution": There was no break - there is an archeological and cultural trail connecting earlier structures and cultures to the later ones. The Aztecs, Mayans and Inca cultures are clearly derivative. The Olmecs, the Toltecs, the Hopewell people, the Chavin culture and many other significant cultures/civilizations were born, died and left their impact on their successors long before Columbus arrived. Regardless, I agree that any connection to the Phoenicians cannot not be credibly supported. –  user2590 Aug 13 '13 at 22:11

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The architecture you want to investigate is the step-pyramid. In short, it's the easiest way to build very tall structures with a lot of manpower and natural resources, but not a lot of architectural sophistication. As a civilization progresses, its architectural sophistication increases, leading to very different structures - the smooth sided Egyptian pyramid is nothing like the ornate Mayan pyramid is nothing like the Saliendran temple at Borobudur.

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In point of fact, of all the roughly pyramid-shamed ancient structures in the world, the Egyptian pyramids probably have the least resemblence to the Meso-American step-pyramids. Even if we were to do something silly like relate structures to Mayan pyramids via looks alone, the last place you'd go would be Egypt. –  T.E.D. Aug 12 '13 at 14:05
@T.E.D. - hey, stop raining on my Area 51 parade :( –  DVK Aug 13 '13 at 0:00
Had to downvote - does not address the question at all. –  user2590 Aug 28 '13 at 19:02

There are several important technologies developed independently by different civilizations.

Those I can think of off the top of my head is writing, agriculture including large-scale irrigation, metal working, pottery and the aforementioned pyramids. There are probably more.

As to your second question: No, even if it would be proven that Phoenicians travelled to America this does not prove that the inspiration to the American pyramids came from Egypt. The fact is that the architectural development of both types of Pyramids is well known, and we know for a fact that they are both local developments.

The Egyptian pyramids developed from mastabas. The Mayan pyramids developed from astronomical observatories. The South-American pyramids are in fact not pyramids at all, but raised platforms for houses/temples/palaces with stepped sides, simply created by sticking several raised platforms on top of each other.

There is no evidence that American pyramids was inspired by Egyptian or other pyramids, they are clearly local developments.

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Metal working ex-Iron, IIRC. That one was dveloped in only one place. +1 otherwise. –  DVK Aug 12 '13 at 10:28
@DVK: Yes, correct. –  Lennart Regebro Aug 12 '13 at 10:34
Didn't the Ancient Chinese also build huge pyramids? (But other than the general shape, there is no evident connection to Egyptian or American pyramids?) –  Eugene Seidel Aug 12 '13 at 13:23
@DVK - That's just a detail. Similarly writing was independently invented all over the place, but the concept of an Alphabet was only invented in one place. Everyone else with one saw it from someone else and adapted it for their language. Some things are easy to invent, some not so much. Step pyramids appear to be in the "easy" category. –  T.E.D. Aug 12 '13 at 13:49
@T.E.D. 'Some not so much' like what ? –  MMD Aug 12 '13 at 18:47

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