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The pyramids have long fascinated Robert Bauval. He is Egyptian, born in Al-Iskandariyya (Alexandria) to Belgian parents, and has spent most of his life living and working in the Middle East. For many years he had pondered over the significance of Sah, the constellation of Orion, and its link to the pyramids. One night, while working in Saudi Arabia, he took his family and a friend's family up into the sand dunes of the Arabian desert for a camping expedition.
Bauval knew that the seemingly inconsistent layout of the three Fourth Dynasty pyramids at Giza was no accident, and had applied his own engineer's mind, and those of many friends to the problem. Most agreed that the alignment, though unusual, was no accident, given the precise mathematical knowledge that the Egyptians had.

His friend, a keen amateur astronomer, pointed out Orion, and mentioned, in passing, that Mintaka, the smaller more easterly of the stars making up Orion's belt was offset slightly from the others. Immediately Bauval saw the answer -- the three Belt Stars were aligned in exactly the same way as the three pyramids!
Bauval checked the alignment in 2450 BCE by precessing the three Belt Stars back, and found that, due to their close proximity in space, great distance from Earth, and negligible proper motion, they looked exactly the same then as they do today. Of course, they had changed in declination -- then they were just below the celestial equator, at about -1 degree declination.

The pyramids were a mirror image, the Earthly representation of the Belt of Orion, the destination of the dead King! The Egyptians were dualists -- everything they thought and believed was a duality. Everything had its counterpart, cause and effect, left and right, East and West, death and rebirth -- nothing was ever seen in isolation. They had constructed at Giza an exact replica of the Duat destination of the King. Far from being a tomb, the pyramid was the starting point of the King's journey back to the stars from whence he came, back to the First Time.
Bauval initially made use of the astronomy program Skyglobe 3,5 for the PC. Though too inaccurate for serious work -- it does not take proper motion, nutation, refraction, for example, into account -- it was sufficient to clarify Bauval's mind as to the value of his discovery. Skyglobe 3,5 will plot the Milky Way on its charts if requested, and doing so added further proof to Bauval's theory. Giza is West of the Nile -- putting the plane of our galaxy into the equation showed that Orion is "West" of the Milky Way, in proportion to Giza and the Nile.


Place & Date Of Birth: Alexandria, Egypt 5 March 1948
Schooling: British Boys’s School, Alexandria.
Franciscan College, Bucks, England.

Higher Qualifications: Higher National Diploma in Building Management (University Of The Southbank, London)

Post-Graduate Diploma in European Marketing (Newland College, Bucks, UK)
Family Status: Married (to Michele Vayssieres)
Daughter, Candice; Son, Jonathan

Work in Construction Engineering & Management, Marketing & writing:

Oman, 1973-7 (construction)
Iran, 1977-8 (construction)
Sudan, 1979-80 (engineering)
Guinea, 1970-81 (engineering)
Saudi Arabia, 1980-5 (management)
Australia, 1986-9 (Freelance research)
UK, 1989-Present (writing)


Keeper of Genesis
Graham Hancock,
Robert Bauval

When and where did history begin? When was the genesis of civilization in Egypt? This text presents historical and scientific detective work, which provides a startling new theory concerning the enigmatic Pyramid Texts and other archaic Egyptian scriptures. The first chapter of the book deals with the mathematical and geographical anomalies evidently associated with the Giza necropolis. But where the book breaks away from any other of the authors works is the in-depth study of the remnants of Egyptian texts, the insights into the dualistic nature of Egyptian consciousness and way of life. The reader is able to glimpse a fraction of the connection the highest orders of Egyptian civilisation felt towards the natural world and its universal celestial cycles, and mankind's inevitable place in the grand scheme, the quest for the immortality of the soul...

The Message of the Sphinx : A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind
Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval

Argues that the ancient structures at Giza, including the pyramids and the Sphinx, may be much older than originally thought, and discusses a mysterious underground chamber recently detected beneath the Sphinx.

In this riveting account of historical and archaeological investigation, the authors present hard evidence that the Sphinx, the Pyramids, and the other monuments at Giza are of far more ancient origin than previously believed. Complete with evidence of a conspiracy between the Egyptology establishment and various confidential organizations to keep the secrets of the Pyramids from the world, The Message of the Sphinx is also a modern-day detective story. of photos.

The Orion Mystery : Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids
by Robert Bauval & Adrian Gilbert

A revolutionary book that explains the most enigmatic and fascinating wonder of the ancient world: the Pyramids of Egypt. An absorbing and fascinating work of archaeological detection... clearly and rivetingly told...the book is highly and compulsively readable.


A 'must read' for amateur Egyptologist. This book unlocks one of the most interesting secrets of the Pyramids at Giza and shows evidence of a long range organized master plan of the layout of the pyramids that must have been conceived many years before they were built. The relationship to the stars is uncanny and so accurate that the writer claims he is able to date the exact construction period of the pyramids within 50 years of the date they were actually built.

The Mars Mystery : The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet
by Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval

Are certain formations on the Martian surface the remnants of an ancient civilization--one strikingly similar to ancient Egypt--that was destroyed by a cataclysmic deep impact?
Hancock's ultimate point is that we should be paying more attention to our planetary neighbours and the skies above, lest we suffer the same fate as the Martians. Hancock raises many intriguing questions in this synthesis of unorthodox Mars theory...

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The Orion Mystery : Are the Pyramids a Map of Heaven?
by Robert Bauval
October 1993


Monuments to Life Vol. 2 - Robert


What were the ancients trying to tell us when they built the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx? If Robert Bauval, coauthor of Message of the Sphinx, is right, we might be on the verge of finding out. Monuments to Life, Vol. 2 records a lecture Bauval presented at Leeds University in 1996 on the astronomical significance of these structures. Bauval is both fascinating and wildly funny as he takes jab after well-deserved jab at the Egyptological establishment, which ignores his work and that of coauthor Graham Hancock. You'll learn of the importance of the constellation Orion and other celestial formations to the Egyptians as well as the other postulated highly advanced culture that came before them and left their legacy in these enormous monuments. The data Bauval presents seems striking and is rarely marred by the fuzziness of his slides; it could well be that he and Hancock are on to something, but only time will tell. --Rob Lightner

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