From the Author
Having explained and justified his repository/time capsule theory, Alford goes on to reconstruct the plundering of the Pyramid, making specific suggestions as to the artefacts that were removed. Also, significantly, he predicts the exact locations of further intact secret passage and chamber systems, in addition to the mooted rooms above the Queen's Chamber shafts (here, he makes a specific prediction as to the contents of these rooms). These predictions, along with the earlier prediction that the king's body will be found in a tomb beneath the Pyramid, allow the validity of Alford's theory to be assessed against the results of future explorations.
In a surprising twist to his repository/time capsule theory, Alford suggests that the King's Chamber functioned as an amplifier and broadcaster of sound. Agreeing in part with Christopher Dunn (1998), he argues that the granite beams in the superstructure vibrated in harmony with Earth resonance and transmitted low frequency vibrations to the chamber below. The King's Chamber, built of highly resonant granite, then amplified these vibrations and their harmonics, and transmitted audible sound to the outside world via its 'airshafts'. The aim, says Alford, was to re-enact the myth of the creation. The sound waves, representing the voice of the creator-god, would have spiritualised the iron of creation (a sample of which was sealed in the sarcophagus) and blasted it into the sky via the 'airshafts' (symbolically speaking) for the formation of the stars, the Sun, and the Moon (which were made of iron according to Egyptian belief). This idea fits neatly with the author's theory that the Pyramid itself symbolised the creation of the Universe.
The myth of creation also provides the framework for Alford's repository theory. The builder's aim, he suggests, was to preserve for posterity the sacred science of creation, which provided the basis for all ritual magic in Egypt. This knowledge was encoded into artefacts, which were deposited inside the secret chambers, but also, significantly, into the architecture of the chambers themselves, most notably the Grand Gallery and the Antechamber (to the King's Chamber), such that even if these rooms were robbed, the Pyramid would still protect its ultimate secret for the benefit of a future civilisation. Conceivably, this secret could provide a scientific insight into the mysteries of the creation of the Universe and the construction of the Pyramid (Alford hints that the secret may pertain to a 10-letter word beginning with 'L').
Alford's book thus points the way for further exploration of the Pyramid along two parallel lines: firstly, on-site probes of the anomalous areas which he identifies, i.e. a quest for further secret chambers; and, secondly, desktop analysis of architectural data, i.e. a quest for an encoded message. Both of these approaches, he believes, will offer vindication of his theory that the Pyramid was a creational symbol and a repository of spiritual and scientific knowledge.
In summary, 'Pyramid of Secrets' takes an original and distinctive approach to the mystery of the Great Pyramid, provides a comprehensive and plausible theory for the monument's symbolism and purpose, offers a unique opportunity to reconcile the warring camps of mainstream and alternative Egyptology, and holds out a real prospect of important discoveries in the near future that will herald the closure of the controversy. If Alford is correct in his theory that ancient Egyptian religion was a cult of creation (a companion volume on this subject is planned for 2004), then this book represents nothing less than the first ever study of the Pyramid from an authentic ancient Egyptian perspective.
Note: As you read this, the authorities in Egypt are reaching decisions about future exploration - or non-exploration! - of the Great Pyramid. If Alford is right in his theory, then the authorities are making WRONG decisions based on fundamental misconceptions about the Pyramid's purpose. This is IMPORTANT, and arguably URGENT. And YOU can make a difference to the future chain of events. This is no time for ANYONE to be labouring under any form of self-delusion.