The Great Pyramid and 2787 BC
In truth, I did use some of the material I unearthed for a fictional story, but it's a graphic novel rather than a text novel, which is, ahem, far more high-brow. The graphic novel is called ‘The Great Secret’. It’s an adventure story in which a young man in the 1920's stumbles on a mystery involving Giza, Tutankhamun and strange, secret societies. In between the chases and surprises, I’ve made a big effort to explain some of the theories and ideas that I’ve developed through my research.
This article explores possibly the most important idea in the graphic novel, that the Great Pyramid of Giza was designed and built to take advantaged of a very specific and rare event in antiquity, one that has profound consequences with regard to our ancient people's understanding of the cosmos, technology and life-and-death.
If you like this article, you may also want to read my theory about the Sirius Red Controversy and the true meaning of the Ancient Greek Myths. Okay, time to talk about a pyramid…
It therefore seems reasonable to conclude that the Ancient Egyptians regarded their Great Pyramid as some kind of building that contained, or created, a light. The astonishing scale of the Giza Pyramids and the precision of their location, orientation, construction and components indicates that their site’s builders didn’t undertake that massive task out of simple primitive superstition. They seemed to have had a sophisticated plan. What was this plan?
Let us surmise that the Ancient Egyptian architects did actually plan to do what they said they did. They did make a huge effort to send the spirit of their god-king to another star, on a ray of light. Whether this feat is possible is, in a sense, irrelevant to this article for the Ancient Egyptians believed it was possible. They believed it enough to build a massive and precisely constructed device for that purpose.
We can also leave the question of how the Ancient Egyptians made the light inside their pyramid to another discussion. That can be treated as a separate and independent topic. Let us, for now, proceed with the understanding that the Ancient Egyptians built an incredibly large and precisely constructed building with the purpose of firing a ray of light at another star. From this point on, I will not be talking about Ancient Egyptians, gods, myths or anything esoteric or written. From this point on, I will only be talking about astronomy and modern science when solving the riddle of the Great Pyramid's purpose.
The Science and Engineering of hitting another solar system with a ray of light
Fortunately, there are two locations in our night sky where a star does not move. They are the South and North Celestial Poles. If a star is positioned on either of those two locations, it will hardly move at all, because it is moving in a tiny circle, of a very small radius. As a result, it is a viable target for a beam of light fired from our planet as it is effectively a sitting duck. Therefore, a star on our North Celestial Pole is a viable target for a device sited in our Northern Hemisphere. The device would need a firing shaft pointed at true north. In addition, the elevation of its shaft would match the latitude of its location.
Lo and behold, the Giza Pyramids sit at almost exactly 30 degrees latitude in the Northern Hemisphere and the elevation of the northern shaft leading out of the King's Chamber is 30 degrees from the horizontal. It would seem that the King's Chamber Northern Shaft is set up exactly right to send a beam of light to the only location in the Northern Sky that is a viable target location.
Nowadays, there is no star sitting directly on our North Celestial Pole. Polaris is close, but not that close. Fortunately, the position of the stars in our sky change over centuries due to precession. Precession is caused by the slow change of Earth’s orientation, like a spinning top that slowly moves in a titled circle. Our precessional cycle lasts around 25,000 years. During that long, cyclic period, as our planet’s axis points to different locations in a celestial circle, certain significant stars do pass extremely close to our North Celestial Pole.
Was the pyramid built for this date? Rather than rely on Victorian archaeological theories, we can refer to carbon-dating evidence. The Egyptologists Mark Lehner and Robert Wenke carried out carbon-dating work at Giza in 1984. They analysed thirteen samples of mortar from the Great Pyramid and produced dates in the range 3101 BC to 2853 BC and an average date of 2977 BC. They took seven samples of mortar from the Second Pyramid which produced an average date of 2988 BC.
It would therefore seem, according to that scientific data, that work on the Giza Pyramids began in 3100 BC. The construction ran for 250 years and was completed in 2850 BC, roughly sixty years before the moment when Thuban sat on the North Celestial Pole.
There are logical consequences that arise from this evidence, consequences about our past and life in the universe which are fascinating to explore. Many of them will be covered in my graphic novel, along with other evidence I’ve unearthed.
Minor notes: Some readers may point out that the academic literature states that the northern passage of the Great Pyramid is slightly lower than 30 degrees. In response to that comment, I would recommend they study Gantenbrink's detailed surveying of the passages and the slight uplift recorded at the end of the passage as it exits the pyramid.
Adrian Ellis, Summer 2015