Thursday, June 09, 2011

Hieroglyphs found recent in Great Pyramid are numbers

Discovery News (Rossella Lorenzi)

Mysterious hieroglyphs written in red paint on the floor of a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza are just numbers, according to a mathematical analysis of the 4,500-year-old mausoleum.

Shown to the world last month, when the first report of a robot exploration of the Great Pyramid was published in the Annales du Service Des Antiquities de l'Egypte (ASAE), the images revealed features that have not been seen by human eyes since the construction of the monument.

Researchers were particularly intrigued by three red ochre figures painted on the floor of a hidden chamber at the end of a tunnel deep inside the pyramid.

"There are many unanswered questions that these images raise," Rob Richardson, the engineer who designed the robot at the University of Leeds, told Discovery News. "Why is there writing in this space? What does the writing say? There appears to be a masonry cutting mark next to the figures: why was it not cut along this line?" Richardson wondered.

Luca Miatello, an independent researcher who specializes on ancient Egyptian mathematics, believes he has some answers.

"The markings are hieratic numerical signs. They read from right to left, meaning 100, 20, 1. The builders simply recorded the total length of the shaft: 121 cubits," Miatello told Discovery News.


Tony Holmes said...

It is great that the markings have been identified. Hieratic numbers would have been used by the builders. The translation as '121 cubits' begs the question "Is the shaft 121 long?"

Tony Holmes said...

It's great that the marking inside the shaft has been identified as "121 cubits" but it begs the question "Is the shaft 121 cubits long?" Has anyone measured to check?

Anonymous said...

Yes, it was measured by the Rover robot (63.3m), and now by the Djedy robot: 63.6m +/-0.4m (ASAE). These measures correspond to about 121 cubits.

EnochsScribe said...

Look at any hieratic chart, and you will easily see that the red markings are NOT the number 121.