In front of the northwest outer corner of the Great Pyramid in Giza. In front of the west side of the Great Pyramid in Giza Nord-South sectional drawing trough the Great Pyramid John and Edgar Morton in the rock chamber (1910) The rock chamber with railing Researching in the rock chamber of the Great Pyramid in Giza Exploring the blind shaft in the rock chamber Measuring in the rock chamber The two huge rock blocks Illustration of the completion of the rock chamber under the Great Pyramid. Step one Completion of the rock chamber under the Great Pyramid. Step two Completion of the rock chamber under the Great Pyramid. Step three Completion of the rock chamber under the Great Pyramid. Step four Completion of the rock chamber under the Great Pyramid. Step five

Pyramid of Khufu

According to mainstream historiography, the great Pyramid was built around 4,500 years ago. However, there exists no record of this, nor any other conclusive evidence. According to ancient Arab lore like Al Makrizi’s ‚Hitat‘, the pyramids are much older than archeologists assume, and the sphinx apparently existed before the construction of the pyramids. The old traditions seem to confirm ancient erosion damage to the sphinx and the pyramids caused by water. The Red Pyramid is attributed to the pharaoh Sneferu (a.k.a. Soris); the Pyramid of Khufu (a.k.a. Great Pyramid of Giza) to Sneferu’s son Khufu (a.k.a. Cheops); and the Pyramid of Khefre to Khufu’s son Khefre (a.k.a. Chephren). However, in ancient Egypt, it was not uncommon for pharaohs to boast structures that were erected by previous rulers. This appropriation of edifices was quite simple: A reigning king had an existing structure or temple complex renovated and/or expanded. In the course of the construction work, the name cartouches and portraits of his predecessors would be removed and replaced with his own cartouches. It could have been this way with the Pyramids of Giza. Sneferu, Khufu, and Khefre were temporary users, but not the builders of the pyramids.

Rock chamber

Deep below the Pyramid of Khufu lies a mysterious chamber. It’s 14.5 meters (48 feet) long, 8.3 meters (27 feet) wide, and 3.6 meters (12 feet) high. The work on it was aborted before completion. The reasons for this are unknown. The chamber can be accessed through the so-called descending corridor. This straight passageway, 105 meters (345 feet) long, leads from the outside of the pyramid at an angle of 26 degrees into the depths. 30 meters (100 feet) below the base level of the monument, the corridor bends and becomes horizontal. Nine meters (30 feet) further on, it ends up in the rock chamber.

Rock chamber in history

John Shae Perring (1813 – 1869) was a British engineer, anthropologist, and Egyptologist, most notable for excavating and documenting the pyramids. In 1837, Perring and the British archeologist Richard William Howard Vyse began their work in the Pyramid of Khufu. In order to force their way into chambers whose existence they suspected, they didn’t hesitate to use gunpowder. The 11 meters (36 feet) long exploratory shaft in the rock chamber was also created by such a detonation. When the brothers John and Edgar Morton explored the pyramid in 1910, they found a huge pile of rubble in the rock chamber, which Perring and Vyse had left behind after their explosions. Nowadays, everything is tidy, and the exploratory shaft is secured with a railing (see photo gallery).

Scholarship on the rock chamber

As for the function of the rock chamber and the reasons for the early termination of the work, scientists have come up with all sorts of speculations, but not with any plausible answers. Bottom line: Nobody knows the true purpose of the 120-square-meter (1,300-square-foot) chamber.  

Words of the old tomb raider

Never will I forget Nagib’s mysterious words, which he said to me before showing me the finger of the giant: “Once you have seen what I am willing to show you, you will be looking at the pyramid with totally different eyes.”

Tomb of giants

Years later, when I entered the Pyramid of Khufu again and went down into the rock chamber, it suddenly dawned on me, and Nagib’s mysterious words made sense. Even back in 1988, the two boulders in the chamber had reminded me of huge, unfinished sarcophagi. In the meantime, I had visited the Serapeum of Saqqara several times, and seen reports and images of other enormous stone sarcophagi that had been discovered. Now the pieces of the puzzle were coming together: indications that the Great Pyramid could have been built before the great flood and thus during the time of the Old Testament; the chopped-off finger of a humanoid giant; the ancient legends, myths, apocryphal writings, the Torah, the Bible, etc., that tell of such giants; the two sarcophagi in Saqqara, Abydos, and Giza, seemingly made for giants. In the rock chamber, the two coffins exist only in the beginning, but if I believe Nagib’s words, I see in my mind’s eye a complete burial chamber for giants (see photo gallery). The Great Pyramid as the burial place of biblical giants / nephilim? An outrageous but fascinating notion that could completely rewrite history as we know it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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