Unlocking The Great Pyramid
On 2009, the National Geographic Channel ran a documentary on the mystery of the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops or the Pyramid of Khufu. Egyptologist Robert Brier, who according to Wikipedia is also known as Mr. Mummy, narrated the documentary.
He is accompanied by French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin. Mr. Houdin dedicated a great deal of his life towards solving the mystery of the Great Pyramid. And it definitely appears that Jean-Pierre did, in fact, solved the mystery as to how this great pyramid was actually built. This is a problem that has baffled scientists and layman alike, for centuries.
I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. Mr. Brier is witty and quite knowledgeable about the subject matter. He was walking, climbing and crawling all over the pyramid, while taking us along with him for the ride. I can imagine that Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities must trust him a lot, to allow him and his crew to go on gallivanting all over the place. And getting the appropriate permits to do this, is probably not an easy thing to accomplish.
On the other hand, Mr. Houdin appears to be the all business type: focused and quite determined. He seems to know every nook and cranny about the Great Pyramid. But more importantly, his theories are sound, and they have more than a modicum of proof to them.
Of course, his theories directly contradict the things that we were taught in school, i.e. that the Egyptians of antiquity used: 1) a huge single ramp, 2) a spiral ramp around the construction, or 3) mechanical cranes to lift the millions of blocks, which on average weight two and a half tons, each.
As it turns out, Mr. Houdin not only solves one of the pyramid’s problems, but three. You see, there is a huge gallery, which situated above the “burial chamber”. This section of the pyramid is rather narrow and very tall. No one really knew why this was so.
Furthermore, above the main chamber there are a series a huge granite block beams, weighing more than sixty tons each. Getting these massive blocks up there was a major part of the puzzle.
In addition, it seems that at some point during the construction, the pyramid almost collapsed due to its own weight. But once again Jean-Pierre comes to the rescue with a most ingenious and plausible explanation.
If you are interest in the pyramids, I encourage you to watch the full documentary, below. And who knows, you might end up enjoying it as much as I did.