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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
TEMPLE, Robert K.G.
The Sirius Mystery. Inner
Traditions International Ltd., 1987.
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
WILSON, Colin. From Atlantis to the Sphinx.
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.