Ancient Technological Mysteries


Great Pyramid was built inside out, Frenchman says

PARIS (Reuters) – A French architect said on Friday he had cracked a 4,500-year-old mystery surrounding Egypt’s Great Pyramid, saying it was built from the inside out.

Previous theories have suggested Pharaoh Khufu’s tomb, the last surviving example of the seven great wonders of antiquity, was built using either a vast frontal ramp or a ramp in a corkscrew shape around the exterior to haul up the stonework.

But flouting previous wisdom, Jean-Pierre Houdin said advanced 3D technology had shown the main ramp which was used to haul the massive stones to the apex was contained 10-15 meters beneath the outer skin, tracing a pyramid within a pyramid.

“This is better than the other theories, because it is the only theory that works,” Houdin told Reuters after unveiling his hypothesis in a lavish ceremony using 3D computer simulation.

To prove his case, Houdin teamed up with a French company that builds 3D models for auto and airplane design, Dassault Systemes, which put 14 engineers for 2 years on the project.

Now, an international team is being assembled to probe the pyramid using radars and heat detecting cameras supplied by a French defense firm, as long as Egyptian authorities agree.

“This goes against both main existing theories. I’ve been teaching them myself for 20 years but deep down I know they’re wrong,” Egyptologist Bob Brier told Reuters at the unveiling.

“Houdin’s vision is credible, but right now this is just a theory. Everybody thinks it has got to be taken seriously,” said Brier, a senior research fellow at Long Island University.

Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities was not immediately available for comment. Dassault said Brier and other Egyptologists attending the ceremony were supporters of Houdin’s theory but had no financial links to him or the firm.

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