Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Is The Great Pyramid Really The Pillar of Enoch?

Here we go:

WND has a promo for a new book asking who really built the pyramids:
Producer Ken Klein has delivered one of the most compelling documentaries on the subject, making the case that the pharaohs were not responsible for the Giza plateau pyramids. It's called "The Lost Legend of the Great Pyramid: The Pillar of Enoch."
Compelling documentary? Since I've been interested in ancient Egypt for over thirty years and have many books on the subject, this book is not on my buy or read list for two really good reasons:

1)- Producer Ken Klein is not an Egyptologist by any measure, and:

2)- Trying to connect the Great Pyramid with something like the "Pillar of Enoch" is a dead giveaway that facts are going to be given little consideration in Stein's little romp through ancient history.

The mystery of who actually built the Great Pyramid has never been answered, since no records of any sort have ever been found concerning the structure, nothing on who ordered it built, or why, no records of dates, costs, manpower... nothing. This is startling, since we have documents showing that ancient Egyptians were avid record keepers, even down to the last drop of wine made in each and every corner of the empire, but not a peep on the construction of the Great Pyramid. Pharaohs -- men of great ego -- were also quite good at promoting themselves, and many pharaohs across many dynasties bragged endlessly on building this obelisk or that temple.

So who did build it? I certainly don't cotton to the idea that Erich Von Daniken is correct that aliens built the pyramids.

Dr.Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian government's Chief Inspector of Antiquities for the Pyramids and Sphinx, cannot be trusted for the facts, since he refuses to discuss anything that suggests that the pyramids or the Sphinx were built earlier than the time frame claimed by egyptologists, a time much older than the civilization of Egypt itself.

Dr. Robert Schoch, Professor of Geology at Boston University, says that The pattern of erosion on the Sphinx indicates that it was carved at the end of the last Ice Age, when heavy rains fell in the eastern Sahara - perhaps more than 12,000 years ago.

In a series of expeditions between 1991 and 1993 led by John Anthony West, an independent Egyptologist, scientific investigators conducted geological and seismic surveys around the Great Sphinx of Egypt. The chief geologist was Dr. Schoch, and the chief seismologist was Thomas Dobecki from the highly-respected Houston consulting firm, McBride-Ratclif & Associates.

(II) The team's conclusions were as follows:
A. The pattern of erosion on the Sphinx indicates that it was carved at the end of the last Ice Age, when heavy rains fell in the eastern Sahara - perhaps more than 12,000 years ago. This contrasts starkly with the 'orthodox' Egyptological dating for the Sphinx of around 4,500 years ago.

B. Seismography. The seismic survey indicated the existence of several unexplored tunnels and cavities in the bedrock beneath the Sphinx, including a large rectangular chamber at a depth of some 25 feet beneath the monuments front paws.

(III) In 1993 John West and his team were physically expelled from the site by Dr. Zahi Hawass then (and now) the Egyptian government's Chief Inspector of Antiquities for the Pyramids and Sphinx. He appeared to be angered by the suggestion that the Sphinx might be far older than the civilization of Egypt itself.
Why talk of the Sphinx? Because one side of the Sphinx enclosure exactly parallels -- for several hundred feet -- the ramp going to the Great Pyramid, which indicates to me that the ramp was there before the Sphinx enclosure was dug out to create the space for the statue. John Anthony West mentioned to me in one of our communications that there are several possible reasons for this coincidence. Sometimes the obvious is invisible.

The ancient Egyptians are known to have a great passion for balance and symmetry, but the ramp for the Great Pyramid apparently forced the builders of the Sphinx to create a horribly unbalanced excavation, and since they were also known to have a compulsion to put all constructs at certain exact alignments and positions, the Great Pyramid's ramp and the Sphinx enclosure crossed paths, as it were.

So, there is an unsolved riddle about the construction of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, and now comes Ken Klein, a producer, with the first real answers.

Not likely.

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