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  • Great Pyramid of Giza Is Slightly Lopsided

    06/21/2016 12:59:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 115 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | June 20, 2016 07:30am ET | By Owen Jarus
    Built for the pharaoh Khufu about 4,500 years ago, the Great Pyramid at Giza is considered a wonder of the ancient world. Credit: Nina Aldin Thune, CC Attribution 2.5 Generic ================================================================================================== The Great Pyramid of Giza may be a Wonder of the Ancient World, but it's not perfect: Its base is a little lopsided because its builders made a teensy mistake when constructing it, new research reveals. The west side of the pyramid is slightly longer than the east side, scientists have found. Although the difference is very slight, it's enough that a modern-day research team, led by engineer Glen...
  • Teen Illegally Scales Egypt's Great Pyramid

    01/31/2016 7:51:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | Arden Dier,
    Though climbing the oldest and largest of the three pyramids could result in a three-year jail term, or something far worse if he lost his footing, "I thought the photos would be worth it," Ciesielski says, per the Telegraph. Armed with a GoPro camera, "I just started climbing." He took the first few steps quickly "so nobody would follow me and take me down," he tells Business Insider. It wasn't until he was about halfway up the 455-foot structure that police finally spotted him. Ciesielski kept climbing and reached the top in about eight minutes. Spectacular images on his blog...
  • Thermal scans of Egypt's Great Pyramid reveal anomalies

    11/10/2015 5:18:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    ahram.org ^ | Nevine El-Aref
    The thermal scanning was made at sunrise as the sun heats the structures from the outside, and then at sunset when the pyramids are cooling down. The speed of the heating and cooling phases was used to uncover "anomalies" such as empty areas in the pyramids, which could be internal air currents or different building materials. Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told reporters at a press conference, which was held Monday night at the step of the Great Pyramid plateau, that the result of the infrared thermography scan on the first row of the pyramid’s limestone blocks shows that all...
  • The Meaninglessness Of Ben Carson’s Views On Egyptian Pyramids [the money quote]

    11/05/2015 12:55:00 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 117 replies
    Red State ^ | October 5, 2015 | streiff
    ".... I certainly don't agree with Carson on this but neither do I think it is terribly material to anything. If you are trying to make a case that Carson is an idiot or against science, I think it takes more than a religious conviction to discredit an internationally prominent neurosurgeon with a string of articles published in scholarly medical journals. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton believes in man-induced global warming. Many of the same people criticizing Carson actually believe that gender has nothing to do with chromosomes or endocrinology or physiology. When it comes to GMOs, especially seeds...
  • Rand Paul Mocks Carson's Pyramids Theory: I Think It Was Aliens!

    11/07/2015 1:28:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Livewire ^ | November 5, 2015 | Tierney Sneed
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest GOP presidential candidate to jump on 2016 frontrunner Ben Carson's theory that the pyramids were created by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain. "I'm really big into conspiracy theories, so I think they were probably built by the aliens as grain silos, don’t you think," Paul joked, when asked about Carson's idea on 1110AM WBT, as reported by Buzzfeed. Carson has defended the idea that the pyramids were built for grain storage -- not as pharaohs' tombs, as modern archaeology holds -- since Buzzfeed recently unearthed a video of the neurosurgeon making...
  • Trump pokes fun at Carson's pyramid theory

    11/05/2015 8:35:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/5/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    White House hopeful Donald Trump on Thursday poked fun at GOP presidential rival Ben Carson for his theory that the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain, not serve as tombs for pharaohs. "I think I'll have to put that into my repertoire when I talk about Ben," the real estate tycoon said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "That was a strange ... that was a strange deal," Trump added. BuzzFeed on Wednesday published a video of Carson's 1998 commencement address at Andrews University, which was founded by Sevenths-day Adventists, during which he said he believed the biblical figure Joseph built...
  • Carson on the defensive over claims of past violence, pyramids

    11/05/2015 5:01:55 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/5/15 | NICK GASS
    Ben Carson was put on the defensive on Thursday, with reporters pressing him about a series of reports that have sprung up questioning the factual accuracy of his past statements. As Carson has gained in the polls, so has media scrutiny of the 64-year-old retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate, whose past and present statements have drawn no shortage of curiosity and interest. On Thursday, during a stop on his book tour, Carson was pressed on everything from a report that questioned past claims of his physical violence toward others, an interview in which he appeared to struggle with...
  • Ben Carson: Egyptians used the pyramids to store grain, not bury the pharaohs

    11/05/2015 9:37:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/5/15 | Maxwell Tani
    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is not backing down from a belief that drew widespread attention on Wednesday - that the Egyptian pyramids were built as grain silos, not elaborate tombs. In a 1998 commencement speech at Andrews University unearthed by BuzzFeed, Carson pointed to hermetically sealed chambers as a sign the pyramids were used by Egyptians to store grain and food. "My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said in the speech, referring to the biblical figure. He added: "Now, all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But,...
  • Aliens, Pyramids, and Granaries? What on Earth Was Ben Carson Thinking?

    11/05/2015 9:53:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/4/15 | Yoni Appelbaum
    Seventeen years ago, Ben Carson delivered a commencement address at Andrews University that featured a very unusual theory: Maybe Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. The speech itself, dug up by the ever-enterprising Andrew Kaczynski of BuzzFeed, was framed around Carson's trademark inspirational stories. "I thought that I would talk about my own personal philosophy for success in life," he told the graduating class. "Think big.? He used Joseph to illustrate the point. "Here was a man who was basically able to save the entire world with his big thinking," he mused. Joseph, in the biblical narrative, oversees the...
  • Archaeologists To Ben Carson: Ancient Egyptians Wrote Down Why The Pyramids Were Built

    11/05/2015 10:32:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 171 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/5/15 | Kristina Killgrove ,
    Yesterday, November 4, marked 93 years to the day that the tomb of King Tutankhamen was opened in Egypt, revealing spectacular artifacts and a magnificent mummy of the boy king. The celebration was somewhat marred, at least here in the U.S., by a leading Republican candidate for president, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who confirmed a statement he'd made in 1998 - that he believes the Egyptian pyramids were grain silos, not tombs. The collective reaction from archaeologists and historians, who have command of literally centuries' worth of research into the artifacts and literature of the ancient Egyptians, is... Wait, what...
  • Egypt pyramids for grain not pharoahs: presidential hopeful Carson

    11/04/2015 8:42:52 PM PST · by entropy12 · 90 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 Hour ago | AFP
    The retired neurosurgeon seeking his party's nomination for the White House made these remarks in a 1998 address at Andrews University, a school associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to which he belongs, in a video posted Wednesday on Buzzfeed. The church is a conservative evangelical Christian one. "My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said.
  • Ben Carson's unusual theory about pyramids ("It's still my belief, yes.")

    11/04/2015 8:18:58 PM PST · by springwater13 · 216 replies
    NAPLES, Florida -- Ben Carson stood by his long-held belief about ancient pyramids in Egypt, that they were used to store grain, rather than to inter pharaohs. Asked about this Wednesday, Carson told CBS News, "It's still my belief, yes." The subject came up when Buzzfeed published a 1998 commencement speech delivered by Carson at Andrews University, a college founded by Seventh-day Adventists. "My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said. "Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, it would have to be something...
  • Ben Carson: Archaeologists Are Wrong, The Pyramids Were Built To Store Grain

    11/04/2015 4:18:23 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 167 replies
    GOP frontrunner Ben Carson, in a 1998 commencement address, floated his own personal theory that the pyramids in Egypt were built by Joseph -- the biblical patriarch known for his coat of many colors -- to store grain, Buzzfeed reported. In the speech -- given at Andrews University, a school with ties to Carson's Seventh-day Adventist faith -- the neurosurgeon shot down claim that aliens had built the pyramids. But he also disagreed with the archaeological consensus that the pyramids were constructed as tombs for the pharaohs. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,”...
  • ScanPyramids project hopes to decipher ancient secrets

    10/27/2015 11:35:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Al-Ahram English ^ | Monday, October 26, 2015 | Nevine El-Aref
    Starting November, the pyramids of Giza will be subject to a non-invasive survey in an attempt to unravel their secrets four millennia after their construction. Several theories have been brought forward during the past century to understand the method that the ancient Egyptians used to construct the pyramids but all are still scientific hypotheses, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online. Eldamaty continued, saying that the ScanPyramids project is a new means to learn how the pyramids were built and understand the reason behind the pyramid-shaped design. The scans will also detect the existence of any hidden chambers, corridors,...
  • ISIS: DESTROYING EGYPTS SPHINX, PYRAMIDS IS RELIGIOUS DUTY

    07/04/2015 12:03:55 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told followers of his terror group that destroying Egypts national monuments, such as the pyramids and the sphinx, is a religious duty that must be carried out by those who worship Islam, as idolatry is strictly banned in the religion, according to reports.
  • [Space] Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/14/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 40 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 13 June 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the Seven Wonders of the World the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/13/2015 5:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on June 13, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the Seven Wonders of the World the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Egypt Ruler Moved To Pull Down Cheops Pyramid For Noble Reasons

    02/19/2006 4:27:58 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 1,077+ views
    Makfax ^ | 2-19-2006
    Egypt ruler moved to pull down Cheops Pyramid of noble motives Cairo, 13:30 An Albanian with Macedonian origin, Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt, Syria and Arabia in 19th century, had ordered his French engineer Linan to pull down the Cheops Pyramid. The Great Pyramid of Cheops had been rescued with two piastres, the then Egyptian currency. This information was documented in archive paperwork kept in Revolution Museum depots. Media in Egypt cited extracts of these documents. According to documents, the then Egypt ruler Muhammad Ali wanted to remove stone blocks from their pyramid in order to build a dam...
  • Calls to Destroy Egypts Great Pyramids Begin

    07/10/2012 4:42:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 98 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 10, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids BeginPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On July 10, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 20 Comments According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax.    Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids...
  • Egyptian Sheik Calls to Destroy Pyramids, Tax Christians, Says: Bin Laden Greater than Saladin

    11/15/2012 8:00:22 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | November 10-13, 2012 | Dream 2 TV (Egypt)
    Following are excerpts from a show featuring Egyptian Salafi Sheikh Murgan Salem, which aired on Dream 2 TV, on November 10 and 13, 2012. Murgan Salem: They must pay the jizya poll tax. They cannot be exempted. TV host Wael Al-Abrashi: You mean the Christians...? Murgan Salem: I'll tell you, just bear with me. Yes, this should be one of the sources of income of the state. The Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians are welcome to live in the Abode of Islam, as long as they pay the jizya poll tax, and abide by the terms set by the Emir of...
  • Egypt riots threaten cultural sites as Cairo library goes up in flame[s]

    12/20/2011 3:43:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Monday, December 19, 2011 | Haaretz, AP
    Experts say among the manuscripts lost are maps of Napoleon's conquest of Egypt in 1798, as well as a map used in the 1989 Israeli withdrawal from Taba. Hundreds of rare manuscripts and maps, including the maps used in 1989 Israeli withdrawal from Taba, were destroyed this week, as rioters set fire to a library in the Cairo's Scientific Complex in the fourth day of renewed clashes between protesters and security forces... Mamdouh al-Masry, an Egyptian archaeology professor also speaking with Al-Arabiya said the country's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces was responsible for the destruction, criticizing for failing to...
  • Kuwaiti preacher calls for destruction of 'pagan' pyramids and Sphinx

    03/11/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Cairo Post ^ | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | Rany Mostafa
    An Islamist preacher from Kuwait called for the demolition of the Giza pyramids and Sphinx "to put an end to idolatry and the worship of such pagan constructions." "The fact that early Muslims did not destroy the pharaohs' legacy upon the Arab conquest of Egypt does not mean that we shouldn't do it now," preacher Ibrahim al-Kandari was quoted by the Kuwaiti Al-Watan daily newspaper Tuesday. The call echoes that of leader of Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who described the destruction of the historic monuments and archaeological sites as a "religious duty," Al-Ahram reported. The alleged call...
  • Egypt's Government Planning to Destroy the Great Pyramids?

    An online magazine has offered translations to Arabic news sources that purportedly indicate that Egypt's Salafi party has come forth with plans to demolish Egypt's Great Pyramids in an effort to bring down what it calls "symbols of paganism." Bahrain's "Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs" and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, has reportedly urged Egypt's new president, Muhammad Morsi, to "destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what Amr bin al-As could not," according to conservative political publication FrontPage Magazine. Al-Mahmoud's comments relate to Amr bin al-As, a companion of the Islam's founder Muhammad, who invaded Egypt in 641 and began...
  • Egyptian Salafi Sheikh: Destroy Pyramids, Tax Christians, Bin Laden Greater Than Saladin

    11/14/2012 5:00:21 PM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 11-14-12
    Following are excerpts from a show featuring Egyptian Salafi sheikh Murgan Salem; the show aired on Dream 2 TV, on November 10 and 13, 2012.Click here to view this clip on MEMRI TV. "Jews, Christians, And Zoroastrians Are Welcome To Live In The Abode Of Islam, As Long As They Pay The Jizya" Murgan Salem: "They must pay thejizyapoll tax. They cannot be exempted."TV host Wael Al-Abrashi: "You mean the Christians...?"Murgan Salem: "I'll tell you, just bear with me. Yes, this should be one of the sources of income of the state. The Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians are welcome...
  • Does Religious Law Permit Visiting Egyptian Pyramids?

    10/07/2007 8:55:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 671+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 10-7-07
    Does Religious Law Permit Visiting Egyptian Pyramids? Saudi religious authorities have recently been probing the issue of whether a Muslim is permitted to visit the Egyptian pyramids - a tourist site favored by the Saudis - or any other tombs of infidels. Fatwas have been issued permitting visiting the pyramids only for the sake of learning a moral lesson (pertaining to death and the world to come) based on the Prophet's words in the hadith: "Visit tombs, for they remind you of the world to come." Other religious authorities, however, have prohibited visiting the pyramids because they are tombs of...
  • Kuwait: Muslim Preacher Echoes Isis Call to Destroy Egypt's Pyramids, Sphinx

    03/10/2015 11:30:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    A Kuwaiti Islamic preacher has raised many eyebrows by echoing the calls made by extremist group Isis to destroy the ancient Egyptian Sphinxand pyramids one of the seven wonders of the world that has captured the imaginations of people for centuries. The preacher recognised by an Egyptian newspaper as Ibrahim Al Kandari reportedly said that just because early Muslims did not dare destroy them, it did not mean all present-day Muslims must follow them. "The fact that early Muslims who were among Prophet Mohammed's followers did not destroy the pharaoh's monuments upon entering the Egyptian soil, does not mean...
  • Man discovers passage to Egypt's Great Pyramid under his house

    01/05/2015 7:56:08 AM PST · by bgill · 59 replies
    The Week ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | Meghan DeMaria
    An Egyptian citizen, identified as "Nagy" by Arabic news site Ahram.org, was illegally digging in his backyard when he found a tunnel leading to the Pyramid of Khufu. The pyramid, nicknamed the Great Pyramid, is the oldest and largest of the three Giza Pyramids. Nagy, a resident of the El Haraneya village, near the Giza Plateau, dug 33 feet beneath his house before he found the corridor, made from stone blocks. Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities sent archaeologists to the scene, and a committee confirmed the passage to be the pyramid's legendary causeway.
  • Former Egyptian antiquities minister faces questions over theft from pyramid

    12/20/2014 1:04:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday 12 November 2014 | Patrick Kingsley
    In April 2013, the three Germans -- two amateur archaeologists and a film-making accomplice -- crept inside the inner sanctum of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the last the seven wonders of the ancient world to remain relatively intact. The trio, conspiracy theorists Dominique Gorlitz, Stefan Erdmann and Peter Hoefer, wanted to show that the pyramid was not the final resting place of the pharaoh Khufu, as has long been accepted, but was in fact a relic of an even older empire. In an attempt to prove this, they scraped off part of the pyramid's cartouche -- the insignia that...
  • Egyptian chronology and the Bible.

    09/11/2014 7:49:21 AM PDT · by fishtank · 24 replies
    Egyptian chronology and the Bible. Framing the issues Do the dates ascribed to the Egyptian dynasties falsify the date of biblical creation? by Gary Bates Published: 2 September 2014 (GMT+10) Egyptian chronology can be a challenging subject for biblical creationists. Thats because the secular, majority view about these chronologies extends further back than an objective reading of the biblical chronogenealogies allows for creation: a little over 6,000 years ago. These chronologies are hotly debated among Christians and secularists alike, with the consensus being increasingly challenged. Moreover, some of the incredible Egyptian monuments like the great pyramids on the Giza Plateau...
  • Uncovering The Secrets Of The Great Pyramid

    08/29/2004 8:46:23 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,231+ views
    IOL ^ | 8-29-2004 | Annick Benoist
    Uncovering the secrets of the Great Pyramid August 29 2004 at 01:18PM By Annick Benoist Paris - Two French amateur archaelogists this week published a book in which they claim to have located the secret burial chamber of the Pyramid of Cheops near Cairo, the largest pyramid ever built. According to the study of the Great Pyramid, a fourth, undiscovered room lies underneath its so-called Queen's chamber, and is likely to have been the burial chamber for Cheops, an Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 2560 to 2532 BC. Cheops' final resting place has never been found despite decades of investigation...
  • Great Pyramid May Hold Two Hidden Chambers

    02/02/2011 4:58:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, January 27, 2011 | Content provided by AFP
    Jean-Pierre Houdin -- who was rebuffed three years ago by Egypt in his appeal for a probe into how the Pyramid was built -- said 3-D simulation and data from a U.S. egyptologist, Bob Brier, pointed to two secret chambers in the heart of the structure. The rooms would have housed furniture for use in the afterlife by the pharaoh Khufu, also known as Cheops in Greek, he told a press conference. "I am convinced there are antechambers in this pyramid. What I want is to find them," he said. In March 2007, Houdin advanced the theory that the Great...
  • Scientists Discovered the Egyptian Secret to Moving Huge Pyramid Stones

    05/04/2014 3:06:03 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 4/30/14 | Andrew Tarantola
    The question of just how an ancient civilizationwithout the help of modern technologymoved the 2.5 ton stones that made up their famed pyramids has long plagued Egyptologists and mechanical engineers alike. But now, a team from the University of Amsterdam believes they've figured it out, even though the solution was staring them in the face all along. It all comes down to friction. See, the ancient Egyptians would transport their rocky cargo across the desert sands, from quarry to monument site with large sleds. Pretty basic sleds, basically just large slabs with upturned edges. Now, when you try to pull...
  • Ancient statesman skeleton found in Giza

    03/24/2014 12:12:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
    In collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities, a Czech mission working in the area of Abu Seer in Giza discovered a skeleton of a senior statesman called Nefer who lived under rule of the King Nefer-ir-ka-Re of the fifth dynasty from ancient Egypts Pharaonic era. The team team was resuming studies on his tomb, which was discovered last year, when Nefer's skeleton was found inside the coffin, according to Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim. Ali al-Asfar, head of the Egyptian antiquities sector, Nefers tomb was rocky and unfinished, located within mortuary complex for burial that consists of four corridors. The...
  • How the Great Sphinx of Giza may have started out with the face of a lion

    12/08/2008 12:30:57 PM PST · by BGHater · 51 replies · 2,311+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 08 Dec 2008 | Daily Mail
    The Great Sphinx of Giza might have originally had the face of a lion and could be much older than previously thought, archaeologists have claimed. Until now its origins have been one of history's most enigmatic mysteries, but a new study suggests that the icon did not have the face of a pharaoh. The Sphinx is a statue of a reclining lion with a human head, which stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River, near Cairo. It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 241 feet long, 20 feet wide and 65...
  • I Have Solved The Riddle Of The Sphinx, Says Frenchman

    12/13/2004 5:36:33 PM PST · by blam · 128 replies · 5,596+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-14-2004 | Nic Fleming
    I have solved riddle of the Sphinx, says Frenchman By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent (Filed: 14/12/2004) Archaeologists, who are able to tell us who built the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, have puzzled over the riddle of the Sphinx for generations. The identity of the ruler who ordered the building of the 65ft high, 260ft long limestone half-human statue that has guarded the Giza Plateau for 4,500 years has been lost in the sands of time. Workers on the Sphinx in a television reconstruction Now, following a 20-year re-examination of historical records and uncovering new evidence, Vassil Dobrev, a French Egyptologist,...
  • War Of The Pyramid Theorists

    04/02/2007 4:37:58 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,143+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-1-2007 | Yaniv Salama-Scheer - Jorg Luyken
    Apr. 1, 2007 12:21 | Updated Apr. 1, 2007 14:53War of the pyramid theorists By YANIV SALAMA-SCHEER AND JORG LUYKEN Every significant historical site goes through periods of the day when the surrounding environment make a visit truly worthwhile. At the pyramids of Giza, the view at sunset can push away the claustrophobic memory of the flocks of tourists and local souvenir-sellers who dominate the site earlier in the day. In the hush of sunset, visitors can appreciate the beautiful symmetry of these ancient tombs as the half-light of dusk eradicates the imperfections of age that are evident during the...
  • Great Pyramid may still contain Khufu's intact pharaonic tomb

    07/13/2005 9:56:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies · 1,229+ views
    Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Kyle Cassidy
    Both shafts terminate somewhere within the structure as there are no holes in the outside of the pyramid. In the past, scholars have speculated that because of their alignment with the North Star and constellation Orion, these shafts could be symbolic exits for King Khufu's ka, or soul. Many archaeologists today find this unlikely because these small openings are unique to this pyramid. At the time of Khufu's reign, false doors served as symbolic gateways to the afterlife. As to whether the shafts terminate in larger rooms or not are still anybody's guess.
  • Mr. Infidel, Tear Down This Pyramid!

    07/14/2012 9:42:20 PM PDT · by morethanright · 14 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-07-14 21:35:14 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. CurmudgeonWhen Ibn Jubayr, the secretary to the Muslim governor of conquered Spain visited the Great Pyramid of Giza in 1182, he described it as a "miraculous construction and wonderful to look upon." Historian John O'Neill (author of "Holy Warriors") said the Islamic dignitary was blissfully ignorant as to its builders, believing the ancient structures to be "the tombs of early prophets mentioned in the Koran." Jubayr lamented, "To be short, none but the Great and Glorious God can know their story."You see, by Jubayr's time, all Greco-Roman historical sources were swept from the Muslim-dominated world ... they felt...
  • Great Secret In Pyramid Construction Finally Revealed

    01/01/2011 11:28:29 PM PST · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 70 replies
    Egypts Ten Greatest Discoveries | self
    Great Secret In Pyramid Construction Finally Revealed The Egyptians had a secret that allowed construction of the pyramids. Labor Unions! I am not kidding. I about fell off my stationary bike today watching Egypts Ten Greatest Discoveries. The great genius Zahi Hawass came to this conclusion because: There is evidence that some of them had their broken bones cared for (thus they had union healthcare) They ate a very good diet consisting of fresh fish and grains. Some of their organizers were buried in granite tombs composed of discard of the pharaohs tombs they were working on so these were...
  • Pyramids were built with concrete rather than rocks, scientists claim

    12/01/2006 3:55:23 PM PST · by Rodney King · 140 replies · 3,297+ views
    UK Times Online ^ | Today | Chalres Bremner
    The Ancient Egyptians built their great Pyramids by pouring concrete into blocks high on the site rather than hauling up giant stones, according to a new Franco-American study. The research, by materials scientists from national institutions, adds fuel to a theory that the pharaohs craftsmen had enough skill and materials at hand to cast the two-tonne limestone blocks that dress the Cheops and other Pyramids. Despite mounting support from scientists, Egyptologists have rejected the concrete claim, first made in the late 1970s by Joseph Davidovits, a French chemist. The stones, say the historians and archeologists, were all carved from nearby...
  • Ancient tools intrigue author

    08/18/2010 1:27:31 PM PDT · by rosettasister · 41 replies
    Commercial-News ^ | August 15, 2010 | MARY WICOFF
    The ancient Egyptian toolboxes didnt have precise, sophisticated measuring instruments like we have today or did they? Christopher Dunn examines that question in his new book, Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs. Dunn has made nine trips to Egypt since 1986, and each time hes amazed at the precision of the columns, tunnels and statues. He brushes aside conventional thinking, and suggests the ancient Egyptians used highly refined tools and mega-machines. Theres more going on here than meets the eye, he said. A manufacturing engineer by trade, Dunn works as human resources...
  • Archaeologist sheds light on pyramid origin

    02/16/2004 4:46:46 PM PST · by vannrox · 24 replies · 1,270+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Posted: 4:12 PM EST (2112 GMT) | Editorial Staff
    CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) -- Egypt's ancient pyramids are probably a byproduct of a decision to build walls around the tombs of kings, a leading expert on early Egyptian royal burials said on Wednesday. Guenter Dreyer, director of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, said he based his theory on similarities between Egypt's first pyramid, built at Saqqara south of Cairo for the Pharaoh Zozer in about 2650 BC, and the structure of the tomb of one of his immediate predecessors. The Saqqara pyramid, known as the Step Pyramid because of its unique shape, began as a flat mound about 25...
  • Pi, Phi and the Great Pyramid

    06/03/2008 7:59:35 AM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 10,960+ views
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | 27 Mar 2008 | Assem Deif
    We can forget all the ideas crediting Atlanteans or space aliens with building the Great Pyramid of Giza, and instead imagine ourselves travelling back in time in H G Wells's time machine to try and work out not how the ancient Egyptians built this enormous edifice, because this lies beyond our present understanding, but rather what we can best judge to be its most appropriate proportions. Then, however, there were no electronic calculators, only ropes and rods. Constructing right angles at the four corners of a pyramid is easy. To do it, history tells us that the Egyptians were aware...
  • Ancient Egypt's Pyramids: Norwegian Researcher Unlocks Construction Secrets

    09/25/2010 1:07:46 AM PDT · by Palter · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 24 Sep 2010 | Science Daily
    Scientists from around the world have tried to understand how the Egyptians erected their giant pyramids. Now, an architect and researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) says he has the answer to this ancient, unsolved puzzle. Researchers have been so preoccupied by the weight of the stones that they tend to overlook two major problems: How did the Egyptians know exactly where to put the enormously heavy building blocks? And how was the master architect able to communicate detailed, highly precise plans to a workforce of 10,000 illiterate men? A 7-million-ton structure These were among the...
  • Engineer stuns archaeology experts by rubbishing their theories about how the pyramids were built

    01/18/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 115 replies
    Daily Record (UK) ^ | January 11, 2014 | Adam Aspinall
    Peter James believes ancient Egyptians formed the huge tombs by piling up rubble and small rocks on the inside and attaching the large bricks on the outside later rather than using giant blocks carried up ramps. There's much debate over how the pyramids were buil AN engineer dubbed Indiana James has stunned archaeologists by rubbishing their theories on how the pyramids were built. Peter James believes ancient Egyptians formed the huge tombs by piling up rubble and small rocks on the inside and attaching the large bricks on the outside later. His claim challenges hundreds of years of accepted belief...
  • Why did two German 'hobbyists' deface a cartouche of Khufu inside the Great Pyramid

    01/18/2014 9:33:27 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 16 Jan 2014 | News.com.au
    EXACTLY what drove two men to pretend to be archaeologists and hack off pieces of the Great Pyramid? Atlantis. It's a tale of cranks, conspiracies and an ancient cartouche. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (also known as Cheops) on the Giza Plateau is the largest pyramid in Egypt and the only surviving example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The cartouche? It's an ancient red-pigment scribble deep inside the Great Pyramid said to be the linchpin in identifying who it was actually built for. Is it an authentic ancient Egyptian depiction of his name, or a 19th century...
  • Al-Jihadeya Al-Salafeya leader Al-Zawahiri captured (brother of Ayman al-zawahiri, al Qaeda leader)

    08/17/2013 3:05:28 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | Aug 17 | Mustafa Salem
    Mohamed Al-Zawahiri, the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and high-ranking leader of militant group Al-Jihadeya Al-Salafeya (The Salafi Jihad) was arrested in Giza on Saturday, reported state-owned Al-Ahram. Al-Zawahiri was caught while attempting to pass through a police checkpoint when security officials identified him. Al-Zawahiri has been arrested a number of times for his connection to jihadi activities. He recently made appearances on Islamist channels, and wrote statements on his Facebook page (now closed), in which he claimed that Al-Jihadeya Al-Salafeya is monitoring the situation [in Egypt] closely.
  • Syrians paid to kill Egypt protesters- Each participant was handed a shotgun and

    07/28/2013 12:00:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    gulf news ^ | 7/28/13
    Cairo: The General Prosecution revealed on Saturday that Muslim Brotherhood members had recruited Syrians and Palestinians to open fire at protesters opposed to the rule of ousted President Mohammad Mursi. The Brotherhood members asked a Syrian to join them in their protests in return for 500 Egyptian pounds for each protest he would take part in. Investigations revealed that a Syrian called Mohammad Hassan Al Berdkany, was arrested at Maspero after firing birdshot at protesters from Qasr Al Nile Bridge on Friday. Berdkany said he had fled the fighting in his country and had come with his family to Cairo,...
  • Unique Egyptian Sphinx Unearthed in North Israel

    07/09/2013 4:23:44 PM PDT · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 36 replies
    France 24 ^ | 09 July 2013 | AFP Staff
    Part of an ancient Egyptian king's unique sphinx was unveiled at a dig in northern Israel on Tuesday, with researchers struggling to understand just how the unexpected find ended up there. The broken granite sphinx statue -- including the paws and some of the mythical creature's forearms -- displayed at Tel Hazor archaeological site in Israel's Galilee, is the first such find in the region. Its discovery also marks the first time ever that researchers have found a statue dedicated to Egyptian ruler Mycerinus who ruled circa 2,500 BC and was builder of one of the three Giza pyramids, an...
  • Who Built The Pyramids?

    08/17/2003 5:13:35 PM PDT · by blam · 102 replies · 9,802+ views
    Harvard Magazine ^ | 8-17-2003 | Jonathan Shaw
    Who Built the Pyramids? Not slaves. archeaologist Mark Lehner digging deeper, discovers a city of privileged workers. by Jonathan Shaw The pyramids and the Great Sphinx rise inexplicably from the desert at Giza, relics of a vanished culture. They dwarf the approaching sprawl of modern Cairo, a city of 16 million. The largest pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu around 2530 B.C. and intended to last an eternity, was until early in the twentieth century the biggest building on the planet. To raise it, laborers moved into position six and a half million tons of stonesome in blocks as large...