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OK friends, love me or hate me for this, but the 'pyramids' are actually Yardangs, natural formations that I photographed in the Egyptian Sahara. There are lots of them, especially in the region between Kharga and Dakhla.

I wanted to test the hypothesis of Dr. Frarouk el Baz that Yardangs may have influenced the pharaohs who developed the architecture of pyramids in the 3rd and 4th dynasty. And you, I am unabashed to admit, were my guinea pigs. But Scott, you did smell a rat, eh?..!

It shows how it is so easy to be deceived by these strange yardangs. I can imagine a pre-architecture expedition of ancient Egyptians who saw these natural structures, reported this to Imhotep (?) and maybe that is how pyramid 'architecture' was born...

When Tom Brophy and I were in the Sahara last month we were very impressed by these yardangs, and especially the so-called Djedefre Water Mountain near Dakhla which we agreed was a natural 'sun temple' chosen for its orientation towards the rising sun.

We even saw large 'blocks' that reminded us of the great monoliths used at Giza at the Valley Temple of Khafre:






Please forgive this rather unorthodox way of testing a hypothesis, but I hope you can all see the validity of such an exercise.

RB


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BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 1078 Robert Bauval 18-May-08 15:41
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 499 Laird Scranton 18-May-08 15:48
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 512 Raja 18-May-08 15:54
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 723 naxosman 18-May-08 15:56
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 498 Ahatmose 18-May-08 16:00
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 513 Citizen Attorney 18-May-08 23:27
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 502 Drewski 18-May-08 16:36
Latitude...longitude 470 Absinthujone 18-May-08 17:14
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 498 Citizen Attorney 18-May-08 23:23
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 470 Scott Creighton 18-May-08 17:03
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 897 Robert Bauval 18-May-08 17:14
Drought 451 Absinthujone 18-May-08 17:19
Re: Drought? Not... 682 Robert Bauval 18-May-08 17:46
Sir, have you ever heard about "the Chairs of Uran" from Omu peak, In Romania? 523 Absinthujone 18-May-08 17:52
Re: Sir, have you ever heard about "the Chairs of Uran" from Omu peak, In Romania? 507 Robert Bauval 18-May-08 17:58
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again.. 491 Absinthujone 18-May-08 18:03
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Re: Drought? Not... 541 legionromanes 19-May-08 18:15
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 493 Poseidon 18-May-08 17:44
Congratulations!.You are it! 459 Absinthujone 18-May-08 17:49
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 492 Ahatmose 18-May-08 18:07
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 652 Laird Scranton 18-May-08 18:08
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'Nuff said man speaks 536 Mark G 20-May-08 00:08
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good luck, P 477 Mark G 20-May-08 02:18
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Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 460 Robert Bauval 18-May-08 18:33
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Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 506 G.J. de Jong 19-May-08 20:49
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Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 436 Ian Alex Blease 18-May-08 17:52
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 515 Robert Bauval 18-May-08 21:03
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 493 Raja 18-May-08 21:20
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 509 Ian Alex Blease 19-May-08 13:45
Damaged Credibility. 506 Andy McCallum 18-May-08 21:44
Re: Damaged Credibility. 507 Poseidon 18-May-08 22:01
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Re: Damaged Credibility. 504 Ahatmose 19-May-08 04:11
its a placebo 479 Citizen Attorney 20-May-08 03:28
Re: Damaged Credibility. 699 JonnyMcA 18-May-08 23:13
Re: Damaged Credibility. 770 Poseidon 18-May-08 23:48
Re: Damaged Credibility. Not really 496 Gigatron 19-May-08 02:49
Bless you , Gigi 501 Ghia 19-May-08 03:44
Re: Damaged Credibility. Not really 454 Robert Bauval 19-May-08 04:15
Re: Damaged Credibility. Not really 514 Poseidon 19-May-08 04:29
Seriously...it lasted only 444 Raja 19-May-08 06:32
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Re: got it, thanks legion . 470 Mark G 20-May-08 03:34
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well stated 615 Mark G 19-May-08 21:23
Who can find the coolest yardang? 468 Citizen Attorney 18-May-08 23:38
remember this one? 614 Absinthujone 18-May-08 23:56
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Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 495 messiah 19-May-08 06:23
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 501 JonnyMcA 19-May-08 09:06
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Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 466 SphinxGirl 19-May-08 21:32
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 452 Scott Creighton 19-May-08 22:12
Re: BREAKING NEWS: Pyramids discovered in Middle Egypt 829 SphinxGirl 20-May-08 01:03
Hello Robert 478 G.J. de Jong 19-May-08 23:43
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