We are sure that many who have frequented GHMB over the years will be familiar with some aspects of the research we will be presenting over the coming month.
As Graham's Author(s) of the Month for February 2012, we will be presenting and exploring the hypothesis that the pre-fifth dynasty pyramids of ancient Egypt were conceived and constructed to function as 'Recovery Vaults' in the face of an impending natural disaster.
We will also present the related hypothesis that the arrangement of the structures at Giza (including the Sphinx), whilst operating as Recovery Vaults, performed a secondary function as an astronomical timeline (a precession clock) that utilised the Belt stars of the Orion constellation. This is what we hope to achieve.
For those who have other beliefs/theories as to the true nature and purpose of these structures then it is for them to argue and present the evidence to support their own case elsewhere - this is not the time or the place for a discussion of those other theories be they power plants, hydraulic pumps, solar concentrators, tombs, alien landing beacons or whatever.
Throughout our tenure as AoM we will present various pieces of evidence in support of the RVT as well as evidence to support the astronomical timeline element of that theory. For the record, we are not naive enough to think that the evidence we will present in support of the RVT will prove our theory as the true purpose of the great pyramids since there is no one from that time who can affirm our contention. This is to say that unless some remarkable piece of verifiable, unequivocal evidence turns up, informing us of the true purpose of these ancient structures, all proposals regarding their purpose must remain in the realm of the theoretical with the available evidence supporting some theories better than others.
As with most theories, the 'Recovery Vault Theory' (RVT) as an explanation for the construction of the pre-fifth dynasty pyramids of Egypt, did not come to us all at once. Indeed, many of the various elements that make up the theory came to us in a non-sequential fashion and it was only when we felt we had enough of the pieces that a cohesive picture began to emerge as to the nature of these structures and why they were built.
It will become immediately apparent to those reading our work that The Giza Prophecy builds upon some of the ground-breaking work done by Robert Bauval and presented in his 1994 book, The Orion Mystery (with Adrian Gilbert) and also Keeper of Genesis/Message of the Sphinx (with Graham Hancock). Whilst our work builds upon certain aspects of the earlier research by these authors, we have to make it clear from the outset here that our end theories relating to the reason for the Giza-Orion association are quite different. This is to say that we fully believe Bauval was quite right to make the Giza-Orion connection in his Orion Correlation Theory but that he does so for very different reasons to our own Recovery Vault Theory.
So what is the Recovery Vault Theory?
Our book, The Giza Prophecy presents the hypothesis that the relatively sudden emergence of the giant, pre-fifth dynasty pyramids of ancient Egypt arose in response to an unfolding natural disaster of epic proportions in ancient Egypt (and the wider world). A series of catastrophic droughts had, over time, brought the country to its knees and would heavily contribute to its eventual collapse. These droughts were, in our opinion, likely to have been the result of a sudden perturbation of the Earth's rotational axis which, according to some evidence, would have ultimately shifted the latitude of Giza some 6.5 degrees nearer to the equator.
To the ancient Egyptian astronomer-priests, this shift/tilt of the Earth's axis would have seemed as if the sky had fallen; that the four pillars they believed held up the sky (the four sons of the sky god, Horus) had fallen. This fallen sky would have been an ill omen since the waters of the great flood promised by the AE god Thoth that was to come and drown all of Egypt were to come from the heavens "...at the usual interval... like a pestilence..." To the ancient Egyptians this fall of the sky followed by serious climatic change would have seemed like the end of the world was upon them.
Their desire to save themselves from this dire situation i.e. to raise up the sky (the four pillars of the sky) can be seen in their Raising of the Djed ceremony. This enigmatic ancient Egyptian symbol, the Djed pillar, has been described as a composite of the four sky pillars viewed side-on (figure 1). The Djed is also closely associated with the AE god of rebirth/regeneration, Osiris - and for good reason as we shall see later.
Fig. 1 - The Djed Pillar
Fig. 2 - Raising the Djed Ceremony
Confronted with such a dire scenario where they could not have possibly known the long-term effects of this unfolding calamity, the ancient Egyptians had a simple choice: they could do nothing and risk their civilisation disappearing forever should the very worst effects of the fallen sky (the axis shift) come to pass or they could attempt to set in motion a 'national disaster recovery plan' that would at least afford them the possibility (though by no means the certainty) of kick-starting their civilisation again after the worst effects of the cataclysm had passed.
To this end the decision was made and a plan was set in motion to construct a series of colossal, stone 'Recovery Vaults'. The key to the success of these Recovery Vaults would be in their strength and, just as importantly, in their high visibility. These vaults HAD to be built so massive that they simply could not be missed on the landscape for miles around. Having to build so big would naturally require the most stable of structures and in ancient times there was only one such structural form that could offer the ancient builders the stability they sought in such a monumental construction - the pyramid. Quite simply - in ancient times there was no alternative to the pyramid form if the desire was to build BIG.
Naturally it made sense to build as many pyramid Recovery Vaults as possible and as quickly as possible thus we find, for example, the first king of the 4th dynasty, Sneferu (Khufu's father), building a total of four pyramids (some better than others) and built/modified (at least) two of them concurrently. His son, Khufu, also built (at least) four pyramids including the Great Pyramid at Giza.
As stated, these structures would be built to last and, naturally, should be so massive to ensure high visibility thus easy discovery and would have a number of internal chambers in order to provide as much internal storage space as possible. Into these vaults would be stored all the essentials that would be needed to assist in the revivication of the kingdom - pots, vases, plates, seeds (wheat, barley etc), tools, weapons, sacred texts etc. Preservation that would (hopefully) lead to a rebirth of the kingdom. It is not too much of a stretch to see how such a concept born out of a practical need in desperate circumstances, could have been adopted and adapted by later Egyptian kings whereby the preservation and placement of their own bodies into such an edifice might ensure their own 'revivication' and afterlife. Rather than the 'tomb of king', the pre-fifth dynasty pyramids should actually be thought of as the 'womb of the kingdom' - just as the mythological precursor - the primeval mound of creation - was regarded. Out of this primeval mound, the Earth was born. The pyramids - symbolising the primeval mound - would ensure the Earth was reborn.
Whilst all pre-fifth dynasty pyramids would be utilised for the function of Recovery Vaults (even those pyramids that were not perfect pyramids such as the Bent pyramid at Dahshur), the pyramids at Giza appear also to have had a secondary function in that the position of each structure there (including the Sphinx) was carefully planned in order to present an astronomical timeline indicating the time when this calamity befell the ancient kingdom. This dating of the calamity was achieved by utilising the precessional motion of the Belt stars of the Orion constellation, a constellation we know that later Egyptian dynasties had a particular reverence for - and, in our considered view, for good reason. In effect then, Giza represents the culmination of the national recovery plan with its various internal (and some external) recovery vaults but also (in the clever arrangement of its structures) presents the astronomical timeline marking the time when the sky fell.
Furthermore, through our extensive analysis of the structures at Giza (internal and external) we have found and will present compelling evidence that strongly suggests that the builders of these monuments should be credited with knowledge in mathematics, astronomy and geodesy that is not presently attributed to them.
This, in a nutshell is the basic premise of the Recovery Vault Theory and much of the evidence to support the theory is, of course, presented in our book, The Giza Prophecy.
We do hope you will find our ideas of some interest and look forward to an engaging month of discussion. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, we all are seeking the same thing - the truth of our past; of who we are and from whence we came.
On that note, let the discussions begin.......
Scott and Gary
EDIT: To correct spelling.
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