Elon Musk has been invited to visit Egypt by the country’s government after he claimed the pyramids were built by aliens.
The Tesla founder referred to a conspiracy theory earlier this week, saying in a tweet which was liked over half a million times “Aliens built the pyramids obv”.
Egypt's international co-operation minister Rania al-Mashat replied soon afterwards, inviting the multi-billionaire to come to the country and learn about the structures in person.
“I follow your work with a lot of admiration,” she said.
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 🚀. @elonmusk https://t.co/Xlr7EoPXX4
— Rania A. Al Mashat (@RaniaAlMashat) August 1, 2020
“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, calling the SpaceX entrepreneur’s argument a "complete hallucination".
"I found the tombs of the pyramids builders that tell everyone that the builders of the pyramids are Egyptians and they were not slaves,"
Musk later aknowledged that the pyramids were built by human’s, tweeting a link to an article explaining how they were erected alongside the caption: “This BBC article provides a sensible summary for how it was done.”
The structures, outside Cairo, in Giza, are the most famous of Egypt’s pyramids and were built more than 4,500 years ago.
Experts say the tombs discovered within them in the 1990s are proof they were built by the ancient Egyptians.
While little is known about how exactly the builders heaved the enormous stones into place, archaeologists are almost certain the structures are the work of human hands.