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National Geographic: Unlocking the Great Pyramid (2008)  Starring: Bob Brier DVD


When ancient architects completed construction on the Great Pyramid at Giza, they left behind the greatest riddle of the engineering world how did builders lift limestone blocks weighing an average of two and a half tons, 480 feet up onto the top of the pyramid? For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Great Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. For the first time, a revolutionary theory argues that the answer may be inside the pyramid. Architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has devoted his life to solving this mystery by creating incredibly accurate blueprints of the Great Pyramid, using cutting-edge 3-D software. Unlocking the Great Pyramid follows Houdin and renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in Giza as they put Houdins theory to the test.

Related Book: The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery (Hardcover) by Bob Brier (Author), Jean-pierre Houdin (Author) -- Oct 2008

The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh (Hardcover)  by PETRIE (Author), W. M. Flinders Petrie (Author)

Based on the author's work in Egypt in the 1880s, this unusual volume addresses one of history's greatest puzzles -how were the pyramids of Gizeh built? Before Petrie undertook this study, the Great Pyramid was a byword for paradox - something that was generally familiar, yet not accurately known. No measurements or detailed examination had been performed. Petrie set out to apply mathematical methods to the study of the pyramids and surrounding temples, with the objective of understanding the methods and abilities of the ancient workers. The result, presented in this volume, is a complete set of measurements of the pyramids, both inside and outside. These provide the foundation for the rest of the book, which deals with the architectural ideas of the pyramid builders, the mechanical methods they used, and a comparison of previous theories with the facts that Petrie had newly established.

Another Edition: Petrie, W. M. F. The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh. London. 1883

Voyages of the Pyramid Builders: The True Origins of the Pyramids from Lost Egypt to Ancient America
Released January 6, 2003
by Robert Aquinas McNally (Contributor), Robert M. Schoch

Book Description
Is it a mere coincidence that pyramids are found across our globe? Did cultures ranging across vast spaces in geography and time, such as the ancient Egyptians; early Buddhists; the Maya, Inca, Toltec, and Aztec civilizations of the Americas; the Celts of the British Isles; and even the Mississippi Indians of pre-Columbian Illinois, simply dream the same dreams and envision the same structures?

Scientist and tenured university professor Robert M. Schoch-one of the world's preeminent geologists in recasting the date of the Great Sphinx-believes otherwise. In this dramatic and meticulously reasoned book, Schoch, like anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl in his classic Kon-Tiki, argues that ancient cultures traveled great distances by sea. Indeed, he believes that primeval sailors traveled from the Eastern continent, primarily Southeast Asia, and spread the idea of pyramids across the Earth, involving the human species in a far greater degree of contact and exchange than experts have previously thought possible.

Voyages of the Pyramid Builders features sixteen pages of color photos and a special appendix, "Redating the Great Sphinx of Giza," in which Schoch provides his most up-to-date evidence of the Sphinx's older origins.

All Done with Mirrors
by John Neal

This manuscript is an exploration of the traditional measurement systems used throughout the world. Fragments of prehistoric methods of measuring and the precise lengths that were defined in antiquity, survive to the present day. However, the escalating conversion to the metric system by the nations of the world is driving these elegantly intelligent systems to the brink of their extinction. Metrication is being enforced, not only by governments making it compulsory, but also by making it illegal to use the traditional systems that are the inheritance from our remote ancestors.
As the research into these anciently contrived methods progressed, the certainty dawned, that what I was considering in each of the systems, was but a fragment of a greater system. These fragments have been gathered together here, and put into a semblance of order. It is not yet complete, but its outlines are breathtakingly visible. Once the implications are absorbed, nothing will ever look the same again. Objectivity has been adhered to as much as possible. That is, conjecture has been kept to a minimum. But, faced with the incontrovertible evidence, the odd lapse from scientific detachment in order to point out possible ramifications proved irresistible. It would seem that in ages gone by, the intellectual grasp held by our ancestors of the nature of numbers was equal to our modern understandings of any of the branches of physics.

Giza: The Truth: The People, Politics, and History Behind the World's Most Famous Archaeological Site
by Ian Lawton, Chris Ogilvie-Herald
Book Description
"A refreshing and realistic overview of research, exploration, questions and answers surrounding the Giza Plateau. A significant contribution to the field." Rudolf Gantenbrink, Giza researcher

What secrets does the Giza Plateau really hold? Are the pyramids simple burial chambers, astronomical devices, or even power plants? Who built them and the enigmatic Sphinx, and when? Does a Hall of Records await discovery at Giza, and if so what does it contain? These questions have animated both the public and a long line of dedicated researchers for years. Giza: The Truth offers the first balanced, objective, and unbiased assessment of the entire range of theories, both orthodox and alternative, that attempt to answer these questions and many more. Authors Ian Lawton and Chris Ogilvie-Herald combine their exhaustive research into the history of investigations at Giza with their own clandestine explorations, creating the definitive work on the Giza Plateau. They uncover the truth about possible secret chambers and tunnels, and delve into the cover-ups and conspiracies, claims and counterclaims that make up the tangled web of political intrigue that has come to dominate the Plateau in recent years. What emerges is an epic story of earnest researchers and opportunistic charlatans, of rival camps waging a war for power, credibility, and ultimate control over the legacy of Giza. Ian Lawton is a former management information systems consultant. He has been researching ancient civilizations for more than a decade, and since 1997 has been a full-time writer-researcher. His second book, Genesis Unveiled, will also be published by Invisible Cities Press. Lawton lives in Hamble, England. Chris Ogilvie-Herald is former editor of Quest for Knowledge magazine and organizer of The Giza Debate, a two-day international conference in London aimed at bringing together conflicting orthodox and alternative views in a series of lectures culminating in a public forum. He lives in London, England.

About the Author
Ian Lawton is a writer and researcher studying ancient civilizations. Chris Ogilvie-Herald is the former editor of Quest for Knowledge magazine and the organizer of the Giza Debate, a conference aimed at bringing together conflicting views on Giza.

Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids
by Dorothea Arnold (Editor), Christiane Ziegler (Editor), James P. Allen

The Complete Pyramids
by Mark Lehner

Fingerprints of the Gods
by Graham Hancock

From Atlantis to the Sphinx
by Colin Wilson

How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself

by Mark Collier

The Great Pyramid Decoded
by Peter Lemesurier

Heaven's Mirror
by Graham Hancock

The Message of the Sphinx
by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval

The Mystery of the Sphinx


Also available
The Sphinx of Egypt

The Orion Mystery
by Robert Bauval

Riddles of the Sphinx
by Paul Jordan, Paul Ross

Secrets of the Great Pyramid
by Peter Tompkins

Secrets of the Sphinx
by Andrew Raymond

The Serpent in the Sky:
The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

by John Anthony West

The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to
the Sacred Places of Ancient Egypt

by John Anthony West

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BAUVAL, Robert and Gilbert, Adrian. The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids. New York: Crown, 1995.
Guest appearance by Rudolph Gatenbrink.

CORLISS, William. Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts. Sourcebook Project 1977. 

CREMO, Michael A. and Thompson, Richard L. Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race. Torchlight Publications, 1994. 

DROSNIN, Michael. The Bible Code.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. 

FLEM-ATH, Rand. When the Sky Fell: In Search of Atlantis. St. Martin's Mass Market Paperback, 1997. 

GILBERT, Adrian and Cotterell, Maurice. The Mayan Prophecies. Element Books, 1995. 

HALL, Manly. The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy Philosophical Research Society, 1977. 

HANCOCK, Graham.  Fingerprints of the Gods.  New York: Crown Publishing, 1996. 

HANCOCK, Graham. Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization. Crown Publishing, 1998. 

HAPGOOD, Charles H. Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age. Adventures Unlimited Press, 1997. 

JORDON, Paul. Riddles of the Sphinx. New York: NY University Press, 1998. 
The full story of the Great Sphinx of Giza as Egyptology has uncovered it. Details the Sphinx's impact on the ancient world, on Arab writers, on Renaissance travellers, on the pioneers of Egyptology and on modern scholarship. He tells the story of the Sphinx's many bouts of excavation and restoration, and puts the Sphinx in the context of all that is known about ancient Egyptian history and religion. This book examines every aspect of the Sphinx, including a professional geologist's [i.e., Schoch] recent claims regarding its age.

LAVIOLETTE, Paul. Beyond the Big Bang: Ancient Myth and the Science of Continuous Creation. Inner Tradition International, Ltd., 1995.
How contemporary cosmology finds its reflected image in the ancient symbolisms of tarot and astrology.

LAVIOLETTE, Paul. Earth Under Fire: Humanity's Survival of the Apocalypse.
New York: Starlane Publications, 1997. 
Explanation for the ancient cataclysmic scenario.

MILTON, Richard.  Shattering the Myths of Darwinism. Inner Tradition International, Ltd., 1990. 

RAYMOND, Andrew. Secrets of the Sphinx: Mysteries of the Ages Revealed!.  UNI Productions, 1995. 

SAID, R., ed. The Geology of Egypt . Rotterdam: 1990, pp. 487-507.
On the holocene climate history of Egypt.

SCHWALLER DE LUBICZ, R.A. The Egyptian Miracle: An Introduction to the Wisdom of the Temple. Inner Traditions International Ltd, 1985.
Probes deeper into aspects of Egypt in "The Temple of Man." Familiarity with the source work is a definite plus.

SCHWALLER DE LUBICZ, R.A. Esoterism and Symbol. Inner Traditions International Ltd, 1985.
Defines the way Schwaller de Lubicz treats these generally ill-defined subjects.

SCHWALLER DE LUBICZ, R.A. Symbol and the Symbolic: Ancient Egypt, Science, and the Evolution of Consciousness. Inner Traditions International Ltd, 1988.
Compares modern rationalist thought to the symbolic thinking of the ancients. Useful for those frightened by the cost and depth of the key work.

SCHWALLER DE LUBICZ, R.A. The Temple in Man: Ancient Egyptian Sacred Architecture and the Perfect Man. Inner Traditions International Ltd, 1988. 
Written before "Temple of Man," this book expounds in embryonic form, the ideas later explored in detail.

SCHWALLER DE LUBICZ, R.A. The Temple of Man: Apet of the South at Luxor, 2 Vols. Inner Traditions International Ltd, 1998. Translation by Deborah Lawlor. 
Finally in an English translation, this is the cardinal work to which all others lead or refer. Schwaller's stepdaughter, Lucie Lamy, conducted the measurements at Luxor. De Lubicz agrees with Lockyear that the Ptolomaic temple is built on the remains of older temples.

SETTEGAST, MARY. Plato Prehistorian: 10,000 to 5000 B.C. Myth, Religion, Archaeology.  Lindisfarne Press, 1990. 

SULLIVAN William. The Secret of the Incas: Myth, Astronomy and the War Against Time. Crown Publishing, 1997.
The role of astrological interpretation of astronomical events in the formulation of Incan mythology.

TEMPLE, Robert K.G. The Sirius Mystery. Inner Traditions International Ltd., 1987.
Tracing the traditions of four African tribes back 5000 years to the ancient Mediterranean cultures of Sumer and Egypt, Temple theorizes that these cultures possessed great knowledge, much of which they claimed was given them by visitors from Sirius.

TOMPKINS, Peter and Stecchini, Livio Catullo. Secrets of the Great Pyramid.  Budget Book Service, 1997.
Stecchini has discussed the hawk-headed man holding a spear pointed at the great bear, as indicating the meridian through the pole of the ecliptic. In this book, are accounts of the discoveries made about the Great Pyramid of Cheops, including recent assertions that the structure was used as a geometric tool to reflect the outside world.

VON DANIKEN, Erich. The Eyes of the Sphinx: The Newest Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact in Ancient Egypt. Berkley Publishing Group, 1996.
The author reveals more evidence of extraterrestrial contact with Earth. From undiscovered passageways to the world's first robot to ancient flying ships.

WEST, John Anthony. The Mystery of the Sphinx. Livionia, MI: The Sphinx Project, 1993. 
VIDEO. First aired on NBC, hosted by Charlton Heston, 95 minutes.

WEST, John Anthony. Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt. Quest Books, 1993.
The book that started it all... 

WILSON, Colin. From Atlantis to the Sphinx. Fromm International, 1997. 
Were the pyramids built by a highly-advanced archaic civilization? Recent discoveries of ancient water damage to the Sphinx have thrown the scientific world into a tizzy with the suggestion that Egypt's legendary monuments might be thousands of years older than previously believed. Colin Wilson delves into these new findings and takes readers on a grand tour of the knowledge amassed by researchers over the centuries.

Other Books

  • Related Books on the Ancient Egypt
  • Edwards, I.E.S. The Pyramids of Egypt. New York and London, Penguin Books, 1985

  • Fakhry, A. The Pyramids. Chicago and London, 1969

  • Hawass, Zahi, The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Pittsburgh. 1990

  • Lehner, Mark. The Complete Pyramids. London. 1997

  • Lepre, J.P. The Egyptian Pyramids. North Carolina. 1990

  • Maragioglio, V.,Rinaldi, C. L'Architettura Delle Piramidi Menfite, Parte III, 1964

  • Mendelssohn, K. Riddle of the Pyramids. New York. 1974

  • Petrie, W. M. F. The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh. London. 1883

  • Weeks, John. The Pyramids. Cambridge, 1971 

  • E. Raymond Capt, The Great Pyramid Decoded, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Artisan Sales, 1978), 11.
  • Greaves, Pyramidographia, 1644.
  • Taylor, The Great Pyramid: Why Was it Built and Who Built it? (1859).
  • Smith, Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid (1874).
  • Seiss, A Miracle in Stone (1877).
  • Skinner, Key to the Hebrew-Egyptian Mystery in the Source of Measures (1875).
  • Davidson, The Great Pyramid, Its Divine Message (1925).
  • A series of four books entitled Pyramidology (1957, 1962, 1966, 1972).
  • Lockyer following the lead of Richard Proctor published The Dawn of Astronomy (1894).
  • Evans, The Mystery of the Pyramids (1979).
  • Fix, Pyramid Odyssey (1984).
  • Toth, Pyramid Prophecies (1979).
  • Tompkins, Secrets of the Great Pyramid (1971).