The Great Pyramid of Khufu has baffled professional Egyptologists and everyday people for millennia, but architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has proposed what many feel is the most likely, and certainly the most sensible, theory about the construction of Khufu’s Pyramid to date. This week France-5 of France Télévision aired a new documentary on Jean-Pierre Houdin’s work called Khéops Révélé.
The documentary is in French, but there are numerous segments with Jean-Pierre and Bob Brier that are in English, and the 3D animations, of which there are many, are just fantastic. A good bit of Khéops Révélé can be viewed at this link to France 5. I am not certain if it is the documentary in full, but there is plenty there worth viewing. In addition to Khéops Révélé there are interactive 3D animations, driven by Dassault Systemes, with English versions. But even the French segments of the documentary are so well produced that you will have very little trouble following the story.
As support for Houdin’s work continues to gain momentum it is hoped that pressure will continue to build for allowing him to put his theories to the test. Thus far Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities has resisted proposals for even the least invasive forms of analysis, such as infrared thermography. General Secretary Zahi Hawass’ opinion has vacillated from open-minded support to dismissive. Increased media attention, support from the professional community, and growing public attention will hopefully force an endgame to what is looking more and more like a case of suppression of a well-founded but contrary theory.
The next installment of Hemienu to Houdin, Em Hotep!’s exclusive in-depth series exploring Jean-Pierre’s work, is nearing the rough-draft stage. In Part Two we will be looking in detail at the internal ramp theory and Jean-Pierre’s solution to the perplexing problem of navigating those 2.5 ton blocks, on sleds, around sharp right angle turns. Here is a hint: Herodotus had part of the story. Keep checking back with Em Hotep! for the rest!
Copyright by Keith Payne, 2009. All rights reserved.
Graphic of the internal ramp inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu courtesy of Dassault Systemes.