Enigmas Regarding The Third Pyramid Of Giza In Egypt: So Called Menkaure
Often overlooked because of its small stature, the co called Menkaure pyramid at Giza is as intriguing as its better known giant neighbours. But why is it so much smaller? Here is a quote from National Geographic: 'Perhaps there wasn't enough room left at the Giza Plateau. Maybe the cost of building was too high.' How can they presume that?
The exterior is quite curious in that it is presumed to originally have had the lower courses of the casing stone made of rose granite from Aswan, which is 500 miles away, while the upper courses were of pure Tura limestone, accessed from a quarry which is still active on the other side of Cairo. Was this done for aesthetic reasons alone? Or was there a more practical reason?
And rather than simply being four sided, it, along with the Great Pyramid in fact is in fact an eight sided structure. Why would the builders have gone to all of the extra designing and planning for a feature which is very difficult to see? Again, was this an aesthetic decision which would almost never be noticed? Or was it a pragmatic decision?
As well, the interior passage and chamber system is so complex, that why would the builders have gone to such lengths if it was the burial place of a dead ruler? Would a straight shaft with one large internal cavity not have been enough to achieve the purpose of storing the body and earthly possessions of a so called pharaoh?
And back to the exterior, many of the granite casing stones have protrusions on them which are nothing if not curious. The least logical and yet most common answers are: the work was unfinished, or, they were used to assist in the erecting of the stones, and the builders never got around to cutting them off! Such presumptions are based on zero factual evidence, and no one can prove when the pyramid was in fact constructed.
Curiously, the same thing is found in the area of Cusco Peru, home of the Inca. In the above photo you can see that the famous Inca Roca wall has a number of protrusions, and again many archaeologists believe that their presence is due to the workers never completing the project. We have to look more deeply into the mindset of who did the work, and when.
Come with us from March 8 to 21, 2015 as we explore ancient Egypt, with a focus on the Lost Ancient Technology aspects; full itinerary HERE. We will also be exploring Baalbek in Lebanon immediately after the main tour; details HERE.
Or explore the enigmatic world of the Elongated Skulls of Peru and Bolivia on this one of a kind tour in May 2015: full itinerary HERE.
And in June we are offering a tour with Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman exploring the megaliths and Elongated Skulls of Peru and Bolivia; details HERE.
One of the sites that is always included in our yearly trip to Egypt, and will be on our March 8 to 21, 2015 tour HERE is the so called Bent Pyramid at Dashur. Egyptologists believe that this pyramid was under construction, when its initial angle had to be changed in order to repair a faulty design of the Egyptian engineers. But would the engineers really have been that short sighted?
Engineer Samuel Laboy, from Puerto Rico believes that the design was i... continue reading
For many people, including myself, the most intriguing and mysterious ruler of ancient Egypt was Akhenaten who along with his wife Nefertiti chose to move the capital city of this ancient land from the Thebes area to a virgin site which became Tell El Amarna, or Akhetaten. The reason why this grand gesture was done is very intriguing.
Akhenaten, whose name translates as being “the shadow of Aten” named his city Akhetaten (horizon of Aten) an... continue reading
Located in the Province of Florida, Department of Santa Cruz, the archaeological site of Fuerte de Samaipata consists of two clearly identified parts: the hill with its many carvings, believed to have been the Ceremonial Centre and area to the south of the hill, which formed the administrative and residential district and the political administration.
The site is known to have been occupied and used as a ritual and residential centre by people belongin... continue reading
Thanks to my friend and researcher Gary Holloway, who is a veteran plane and helicopter pilot, my videos will now take on a whole new level, since he brought me a phantom quadcopter in early December 2014. In the above photo he and I conducted our first tests of this amazing machine at the Inti Punku (nca Sun Gate) just south of Cusco Peru. The video is HERE.
Above is but one example of the new views to be had with this amazing device. We were also abl... continue reading
It was with great joy that when we returned to Tiwanaku and Puma Punku in Bolivia in December 2014 there was a new display of forensic reconstructions of Elongated Skulls. Although photography was prohibited, the director himself gave us approval, due to my keen interest.
Who these people were, when they lived there and why they had elongated heads is a matter of some controversy, but that is the subject of a book I am working on. Not just about the in... continue reading
In the small town of Huaro, about an hour’s drive south of Cusco Peru there is a small museum containing artifacts found in the area. Among the most curious are stones, presumably from walls and or floors of ancient structures which are etched with curious symbols.
The inscriptions have been interpreted by Sr. Renato, professional anthropologist of the nearby Andahuaylillas Museum; he was also the founder of the Huaro Museum. As you can see, he h... continue reading
Ingapirca, which means Inca Wall in the native Quechua language is the largest of Inca sites known about in Ecuador. The most significant building is the temple of the sun, seen above, an elliptically shaped building constructed around a large rock. The building was constructed in the Inca way without mortar in most of the complex; the stones carefully chiseled and fashioned to fit together perfectly.
As the Inca Empire expanded into southern Ecua... continue reading
Most academics, and indeed oral traditions tell us that the Inca, founders of Cusco first arose on the Islands of the Sun and Moon in Lake Titicaca, present day Bolivia. However, other beliefs indicate that in fact the Inca were “born from a cave” much closer to the city of Cusco itself, in the area of Paucartambo.
It is near the ancient site of Mauqallaqta, rarely visited by tourists that some believe the 4 Ayar Brothers, progenitors of the ... continue reading
The Sanctuary of Panoias in the Vila Real region is situated in the northeast interior of Portugal and stands at an average altitude of 460 meters, 85 kilometers east of the Atlantic Ocean. The origins of Vila Real are lost in time, but we know that the area was already inhabited in the Palaeolithic period.
There is evidence of both Celt-Iberian and Roman settlements (pagan sanctuary of Panóias). During the Barbarian and Arab invasions the region was a... continue reading
Recent excavations at Alalia on the island of Corsica have revealed not only some small megalithic works, as seen above, but also curious drill holes that can’t be explained by conventional archaeologists.
Corsica had an indigenous population in the Neolithic and the Bronze Age but the east coast was subject to colonization by Mediterranean maritime powers: Greeks, Etruscans, Carthaginians and Romans. It is unlikely that the core drill holes seen i... continue reading
In the summer of 2014 the Oriental Department of the German Archaeological Institute conducted excavations in the stone quarry of Baalbek/Ancient Heliopolis, in Lebanon. There lies the famous monolith “Hajjar al-Hibla” (Stone of the Pregnant Woman.) Similar stone blocks of a 20m length were used for the podium of the huge Temple of Jupiter in the Roman sanctuary of Baalbek.
The aim of this year’s excavations was to find new data about the quarrying tec... continue reading