Unlocking the Great Pyramid, The
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There are actually three theories that are proposed: (1) the massive blocks were raised to the upper levels of the pyramid using an INTERNAL ramp (how simple, how clever!); (2) the Grand Gallery served as a conduit for the raising of the massive roof beams and supports for the King's Chamber- it seems so obvious now but it took the eyes of an Architect to reverse engineer all of the evidence and come up with a plausible theory; and (3) finally, it was proven that the King's Chamber ceiling beams actually cracked slightly while the pyramid was still under construction- again careful observation, measurement and the Architect's eye make this conclusion highly plausible.
And all of what could be a very dry accounting is done with in a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining way, in no small part due to the narration of Bob Brier, one of my favorite Egyptologists on screen.
I have been fortunate enough to explore the Great Pyramid with an Egyptologist friend of mine thanks to the generosity of Dr Zahi Hawass (even when it was closed to the general public), and this documentary brought back so many vivid memories. I think that it would be even more intriguing to those who have not actually been there: if this documentary doesn't inspire them all the more, nothing will.
I highly recommend this film to all, Egypt buff or not. There were even two new things that I learned about the Great Pyramid but I will not give them away here. Suffice to say that this DVD is worth purchasing because you will want to view it over and over again; I certainly did.
Architect Jean-Pierre Houdin, working with what information he could gather and a sophisticated computer program, developed three significant elements of a theory as to how the Great Pyramid was built. Before he published his theory, the mystery of how those huge blocks of stone could be raised all the way to the top of the pyramid was pretty much complete. There were a few suggestions, but there were pretty convincing arguments against each one.
Some argued that a huge external ramp was built first, but in order to keep it at the maximum workable 7 degree slope, it would have had to have been a mile long. Not only is there absolutely no evidence of such a ramp, but the building of the ramp would have been a project as massive as the pyramid itself. That it would be built and then taken away so completely that no evidence remained is too much to swallow. Using levers and pulleys simply cannot be substantiated; problems about where the bases of the levers would sit, how these huge machines would be moved to the next position needed, and how they could work fast enough are all unexplained. And a ramp outside the pyramid would have obstructed the view of the pyramid itself, making it impossible to keep it straight and true where line-of-sight measurements needed to be taken.
Houdin's theory is that there were ramps built inside the pyramid, much like the ones visible in nearby tombs. Why have such ramps not been found? They may yet be found, but there is also the possibility that they were filled in after the structure was otherwise complete.Read more ›
Watching this gave me the sense of actually being there and how big it is. There is a part of the program, where the host climbs way up the side and it gives you an idea of how tall it is and how dangerous it must have been to build it. I never knew how big the blocks were that made up the pyramid....unreal ! This is a great dvd for anyone interested in the pyramids and how they were built.
High school world history students found this film so fascinating, and it spurred such great class discussion, that several students wanted to watch it again. I would recommend fast forwarding a couple of minutes at the beginning of the film, where they introduce their conclusions, so that kids can really experience the "discovery" phase of looking at the problems surrounding the theories of how the pyramids were constructed.
The pacing of the film was good. My only complaint was that they didn't let the professionals involved really appear as brilliant as they are. Highly recommended!
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Excellent book on a fascinating subject! Mainstream archaeologists cling to the ramp and ropes theory, but frankly they are insane to believe this impossible scenario! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Steve
An excellent 50 minute documentary to show students who are studying ancient Egypt. It combines engineering, history and geography with the story of a true hero (Jean-Pierre... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Diane Stranz
Very entertaining. too bad that Egypt in in chaos these days and cannot explore the idea of the internal ramp described in the presentation. Hopefully somedatPublished 17 months ago by Philip S. Gilliam
I have given this DVD five stars because it is the best version of Jean Pierre Houdin's theories on film. It's clear, interesting and inspirational. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by sharon janet hague
It presents a great view of the possible production of a great structure thgat has been questioned by people for years.Published on June 7, 2013 by Sarah L. Lunn