The Great Pyramid of Giza:
Tomb of the GiantResearch Report by Gregor Spörri
According to historiography, the Great Pyramid was built 4600 years ago. However, there are no (more) records or plans or any other valid evidence for this. Possibly the documents were stolen, got lost, or they were destroyed together with the library of Alexandria. Or they may be in the as yet unopened ‘secret chambers’ of the pyramid.
Read more: The Great Pyramid at Giza: Secret Chambers.
Egyptologists do claim to have incontrovertible evidence of the Great Pyramid’s construction by Cheops (Khufu), citing fragments of an ancient papyrus from the pharaoh’s time, found in 2013 in Wadi al-Garf, on the Gulf of Suez. The document is part of a ship’s logbook, kept by a chief overseer named Merer. Hence the name: Logbook of Merer or Papyrus Jarf A and B.
The task of the ship’s crew was apparently to deliver building stones from the Tura quarries south of Giza across the Nile to the port at Giza. The logbook from the 26th year of the reign of King Cheops records the daily routines on the ship: date, type and volume of cargo, special events, etc.. It also mentions a kind of harbor master of Cheops, who received the cargoes in each case. Furthermore, in addition to the port in Giza, the Pyramid of Khufu is mentioned, as well as a ‘chapel’ of Khufu, in which the ship’s crew once spent the night.
That is already everything. What this papyrus says is merely: limestones were delivered to Giza. Whether it was used as an outer lining for the pyramid or for rebuilding, repairs or for the numerous other structures around the pyramid is not known. Thus this papyrus is scientifically seen absolutely no proof for the building of the pyramid by Cheops.
According to old Arabic traditions (e.g. Al-Makrizis Hitat), the Giza pyramids are much older than assumed so far. Also the Sphinx is said to have existed long before the pyramids were built. Ancient erosion damage by water to the Sphinx and the pyramids lends additional weight to these reports. So what if the pyramids are actually 10,000 years old or even older and thus date from antediluvian times?
The Pyramid of Meidum, the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid at Daschur, are attributed to Pharaoh Snofru. The Great Pyramid at Giza is said to have been built by Snofru’s son Cheops (also Chufu). The Pyramid of Khafre in Giza by Khafre’s son Khafre (also Chaefre).
In ancient Egypt, however, it was not uncommon for kings to adorn themselves with other people’s buildings. And this is how the ‘building theft’ worked: A reigning king (pharaoh) had a building or temple complex built before his time renovated and/or extended. In the course of the construction work he had the name cartouches and effigies of his predecessor chiseled out of the stone and replaced by his own insignia. A typical example of this are e.g. the so-called Abydos hieroglyphs.
It could have been the same with the Giza pyramids: Snofru, Cheops and Chephren used the structures as a sign of their power, for cultic purposes etc., but were not their builders. They may have had the outer cladding added or renovated and/or had other structures built at the pyramids.
The unfinished rock chamber in the Great Pyramid
30 meters below the Great Pyramid there is a mysterious chamber. The chamber is 14.5 meters long, 8.3 meters wide and 3.6 meters high. However, work on the chamber was stopped before it was completed. The reason for this has not been handed down and the published speculations about it lack any logic.
The rock chamber is reached through the so-called descending corridor. Starting from the main entrance of the pyramid, the corridor leads straight down 105 meters into the rock below the base level of the structure, where it changes to horizontal and ends nine meters further in the rock chamber.
Historical facts about the rock chamber
Engineer, anthropologist, and Egyptologist John Shae Perring (1813-1869) became famous for his excavations and documentation of the pyramids. In 1837, Perring and archaeologist Richard William Howard Vyse (1784-1853) began searching for secret chambers in the Great Pyramid. The two Englishmen did not shy away from blasting. Such a blasting also created the 11-meter-deep ‘explorers’ shaft’ on the east wall of the rock chamber.
In 1910 John and Morton Edgar explored the pyramid. When the brothers entered the rock chamber, they came face to face with the huge pile of rubble that Perring and Vyse had left behind after their blasting operations. Today, the chamber is clean and tidy. The rubble has been removed, the floor leveled, and the exploratory shaft secured with a railing to prevent falls.
Scientific facts about the rock chamber
There are only a few scientific theses about a possible function of the rock chamber. None of them is convincing. Basically, nobody knows for whom or for what the 120 square meter chamber was cut out of the rock.
Mysterious words of an old grave robber
I’ll never forget Nagib’s words to me before he showed me the relic of Bir Hooker: “When you’ve seen what I’m prepared to show you, you’ll look at the pyramid with very different eyes.” Read more about this in my novel LOST GOD: The Last Judgment.
The rock chamber – a tomb for biblical giants?
Even during my overnight stay in the pyramid in 1988, the two mighty boulders reminded me of unfinished giant sarcophagi. After a visit to the Serapeum in Sakkara and an exact measurement of the boulders in the rock chamber, a light came to me and the mysterious words of the tomb robber made sense.
All at once, one piece of the puzzle fit to another: The 70-ton sarcophagi in the Serapeum, made as if for giants. The relic of Bir Hooker = the chopped-off finger of a man-like giant. The ancient sagas, myths, apocryphal writings, the Torah, Bible, etc., which tell of such giants. And in addition the traditions which report that the Great Pyramid originates from antediluvian and thus Old Testament time.
Even if the two sarcophagi were only cut out of the rock in their rough form, I can well imagine how the finished burial chamber might have looked.
War die Felsenkammer tatsächlich als Gruft für ‘biblische’ Riesen (Nephilim) vorgesehen gewesen? Ein total verrückter aber gleichwohl faszinierender Gedanke. Auch wenn die beiden Sarkophage erst in groben Umrissen aus dem Fels geschlagen wurden, kann ich mir gut vorstellen, wie die fertige Grabkammer ausgesehen haben könnte. Nachfolgend meine Rekonstruktion vom derzeitigen Zustand bis hin zur Vollendung.
Read next: The Great Pyramid of Giza: Secret Chambers.
Gregor Spörri has written an exciting and informative mystery thriller on the subject: Gods, angels and giants: more information about the book
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