The Pyramid Age

The Pyramid Age

The Pyramid Age

The Pyramid Age

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The works of Egypt’s pyramid-building kings, the pharaohs of the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Dynasties, are perhaps the most celebrated of all ancient monuments. Countless volumes have been written about the pyramids, particularly those at Giza, and about the mysterious and godlike kings who raised them. Yet still there is little that can be said with certainty about either the monuments or their builders. Neither Cheops (Khufu), who erected the Great Pyramid, nor his successor Chephren (Khafre), who raised an equally impressive monument nearby, bequeathed to posterity much in the way of inscriptions. Fundamental questions remain unanswered. The very purpose of the buildings, and the method of their construction, remain mysterious.

Modern investigators using the scientific and mathematical tools of the age have disclosed facts about the Giza pyramids that can only be described as astonishing. The result has been a proliferation of books making sensational claims, which have only served to discredit their publishers and cause profound confusion amongst the general public.

Yet, as we shall see in the course of the present volume, the “alternative” writers are not solely to blame. The scholarly establishment itself, by burying its head in the sand and refusing to consider uncomfortable facts, has been largely responsible for leaving the field wide open to these outlandish hypotheses that now fill the “Egyptology” shelves in libraries and bookshops.

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