If you are curious about how the Great Pyramid was built, and want to have the best theory to come along explained by one of its earliest advocates, then you are in luck.

Dr. Bob Brier, co-author with Jean-Pierre Houdin of “The Secret of the Great Pyramid”, will be delivering a free lecture, open to the public, at Poughkeepsie, NY, on January 27, 2010.

Dr. Bob “The Mummy” Brier, one of the top experts on Egyptian mummies in the world, will be speaking on January 27, 2010, at the Vassar Brothers Institute’s 2010 Science in Your Life lecture series.  Dr. Brier will be the first of three lecturers at the event, which will be held in the Our Lady of Lourdes High School Auditorium in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The subject of Dr. Brier’s lecture will be “The Secret of the Great Pyramid,” based on the book of the same name, and admission is free and open to the public.

Having established himself as the top guy on mummies, Dr. Brier has been branching out into Egyptian architecture in recent years.  In his lecture at Poughkeepsie Dr. Brier will be discussing the work of French architect, Jean-Pierre Houdin, whose work we are currently covering in a series here at Em Hotep, Hemiunu to Houdin.  According to the source article (Poughkeepsiejournal.com:  “Save the Date for Science Lectures”), Dr. Brier states of M. Houdin’s work:

“After five years [of work], he came out with this radical new theory [about the Great Pyramid] that looks like its right. All the other theories of how it was built, we knew didn’t work; this one seems to work. It’s really a remarkable story. After he visited me in New York and I saw what he had I basically took a year off from the university just to help him. I wrote a book with him called ‘Secret of the Great Pyramid’.”

Dr. Brier has recently returned from a tour of Egypt, and Em Hotep will keep you informed of his lectures here in the States.  With regard to our own series on Jean-Pierre Houdin’s work, Hemiunu to Houdin, I apologize for the delay—holidays intervened!  But I am back on track with it and I can absolutely promise that Part 2 will be online before Dr. Brier’s January 27 lecture.  Part 2 will cover the construction of the Great Pyramid up to the fiftieth course, which is where construction of the King’s Chamber begins.

Topics of Part 2 will include the building materials of the Great Pyramid, the external and internal ramps, construction methods, and how the ramps were built.  Sources for the article will include not only Dr. Brier’s and M. Houdin’s book, but also personal correspondence with Jean-Pierre and a book about the subject that is not yet available in the U.S.  In fact, I have the only copy this side of the Atlantic!  Curious?  More details to come!

Part 3 of Hemiunu to Houdin will cover the construction of the King’s Chamber and the remainder of the pyramid.  You will be surprised to see how the pyramid itself was transformed into a machine for the building of the King’s Chamber.  After that we will have a lengthy discussion with M. Houdin with possible hints about what he is working on now.  Stay tuned for details!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t picked it up yet, Dr. Brier’s and M. Houdin’s book, The Secret of the Great Pyramid, is available worldwide in various languages.  Here is a link to the English language paperback version to get you started.  And if you are anywhere near Poughkeepsie, please do yourself a favor and go see Dr. Brier’s lecture.  Jean-Pierre Houdin’s work continues to build momentum—go see for yourself why.

 Copyright by Keith Payne, 2010.  All rights reserved.

Photo “brier_headshot.jpg” courtesy of the C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University.  Graphic “pyramid to king’s chamber.png” courtesy of Jean-Pierre Houdin and Dassault Systèmes, all rights reserved.

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Jean-Pierre Houdin

Hi Keith,

Thank you for the information…I’m in L.A. taking some breath before jumping into a very busy first half-year…I’ll wish Bob a very nice lecture as soon as tomorrow…

As for the angle of the external ramp towards the SouthWest of the pyramid (your last e-mail…), Hemiunu did that to stick with the topography of the Plateau and for… a second reason I discovered a few weeks ago. This discovery will be disclosed later on this year and will bring a new understanding about 3 things highly visible on the Plateau…
Real Egyptology…and a breakthrough…Believe me

Spring will be Fully Loaded 😉


January 10th, 2010 at 1:57 am

Bonjour, Jean-Pierre!

California dreaming, on such a winter’s day, eh? Your sabbatical is much deserved—as far as I know this is the first time I have heard of you taking a break. But then, as you have stated on several occasions, when your work and your passion are the same thing then you have the best of all worlds.

I had suspected that the angle of the external ramp had to do with the terrain, and by the time Part 2 of Hemiunu to Houdin is posted, we will all know the specifics!

I am very excited to report on your new project. The hints you have dropped remind me that I need to really get the current series wrapped up. I have a suspicion that it will provide a good foundation for your continuing work.

As for Em Hotep’s readers, rest assured that we will stay on top of Jean-Pierre’s work. I am also working to get as direct a source as possible on Dr. Bob Brier’s speaking schedule, not just with regard to his work with Jean-Pierre, but with all aspects of his work.

Despite the snow, I can already feel a spring breeze, blowing from Giza, perhaps?


January 11th, 2010 at 9:08 am

Good morning, Keith!

I have a question for you: will there be a webcast of Dr. Brier’s lecture–at the very least, an audio recording posted somewhere afterward? I would very much love to listen in on his lecture. Work, school and Egyptology will be keeping me from hoping on the next flight from Chicago to NY to catch his lecture 🙁

I wait with great anticipation for part 2 of your series, drawn with ravenous hunger for more knowledge. You are so lucky to have the inside scoop on future publications! Needless to say, I’m very jealous indeed. I mean, my goodness, you have a comment from Jean-Pierre Houdin himself! (Being so, I must say a very respectful “Bonjour” to M. Houdin, ending with “Je suis très heureuse de faire votre connaissance.”) You can be sure I’ll be posting your pearls of wisdom on my blog. I have a few Egyptology students on there who will be very appreciative of them.

M. Houdin – I still can’t get over it!

Speaking of whom, I have a funny story for you: I just realized the other day that I bought another copy of Drs. Brier and Houdin’s book – one when it came out in hardcover and a few days ago in paperback. I certainly don’t mind the little gaff. It only goes to show that it is becoming very hard for me to find books on Egyptology, as I have many of them on my bookcase already and have read them all…which is the reason I love coming here and to other places on the web – the dissemination of Egyptology News is quickly available, more so than when someone publishes their findings in book form. Then again, I appreciate peer-reviewed works. They smack more of authority.

Take care!


January 15th, 2010 at 8:39 am


That is to say…I respect your electronic writings (heavens, I publish them too!) LOL Sorry for having put my foot in my mouth just then.


January 15th, 2010 at 8:42 am

Great work Shemsu Sesen

January 28th, 2010 at 2:17 am

Thanks, Tim!

So much for absolutely promising that Part 2 would be up by the 27th.. I think it is safe to say that I am the one with his foot in his mouth, not Jenny!

I won’t get into lengthy excuses, but I will mention that the recent discoveries on the Giza Plateau led to a very thorough treatment of Mark Lehner’s Pyramid City, which is to be posted in the next few days.

What started as a response to Dr. Lehner’s absence in the media flurry regarding the “Slavery Hypothesis” turned into 30+ pages of review! This has been condensed into a couple of more reasonably sized articles.

This frees me up to get back on top of the Great Pyramid, so to speak. I want to have the full Hemiunu to Houdin series online in time for the new stories Jean-Pierre will be dropping this Spring. I can only say that the news looks big and I want to be ready to run once he hands me the ball!

January 28th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
MOTTE Patricia

Il faut soutenir Jean Pierre et relayer sa théorie pour pouvoir l’aider!!!!! Car c’est révolutionnaire…. Merci

[Rough Translation for my English readers: “We must support Jean-Pierre and relay his theory to be able to help!!!!! For it is revolutionary…. Thank you.” And merci, Patricia! –.ed]

March 13th, 2010 at 7:01 am

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