Sunday, December 05, 2010

Hemienu to Houdin

Em Hotep (Keith Payne)

Another excellent piece from Keith Payne, stuffed full of diagrams and photographs.

Most theories of how the Great Pyramid of Khufu was built agree that some sort of external ramp was required, even if an external ramp alone would not have been sufficient. But what kind of ramp? What would it have looked like and been made of? Where would it have been built?

Architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has put forth a comprehensive theory of how Khufu’s architect, Hemienu, could have built the pyramid using only the tools, methods, and materials that we know would have been available at the time. Now, just weeks before M. Houdin is to release an avalanche of new work and material that will greatly update and solidify his theory, Em Hotep has endeavored to get a detailed and thorough description of his work to-date online and available for reference.

Picking up where I left off over a year ago with the Hemienu to Houdin series, I admittedly have my work for the coming month cut out for me. Wish me luck! But with the generous oversight of the theory’s author himself, I can promise that the forthcoming will be the best precursor you can find on-line for what Jean-Pierre mysteriously refers to as “Episode 2.”

In this current article we will examine how Jean-Pierre’s theory describes the external ramp that was used to build the bottom third of the Great Pyramid.

1 comment:

Keith Payne said...

Thanks Andie!

Between Jean-Pierre's work and the Leeds' robots this is sure to be an exciting (and revealing!) time for Khufu's pyramid. Not to mention Peter Der Manuelian's Giza Archives Project going 3D, so expand that to "exciting time for the Giza Plateau in general."

Thanks again for all the work you do!