French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin, whose work is the subject of the Em Hotep series Hemiunu to Houdin, and whose pioneering collaboration with Dassault Systèmes introduced industrial 3D architectural and engineering simulation to the field of archaeology, will be recognized for his work at a week-long archaeological film festival in Cairo next week.

An architect among archaeologists, Jean-Pierre will be addressing the French Institute of Eastern Archaeology, and his documentary film, Kheops Révélé, will kick off the festival.

This Sunday (May 2, 2010), Jean-Pierre Houdin will be the Guest of Honor on the opening night of a week-long archaeological film festival organized by the French Center for Culture and Cooperation (CFCC) at Mounira, Cairo.  The festival, which runs from May 2 through May 6, is part of the CFCC’s Year of Science and Technology, and is presented in partnership with the Cairo-based French Institute of Eastern Archaeology (Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale—IFAO) and the  Center for Alexandrian Studies (Center d’Etudes Alexandrines—CEAlex).

The festival opens with the documentary Kheops Révélé, which was directed by Florence Tran and produced by Gedeon Programmes and Dassault Systèmes.  The film details Jean-Pierre’s work with the Pyramid of Khufu and his internal ramp theory, which is also the subject of the on-going (and soon to be resumed!) Em Hotep series Hemiunu to Houdin.

According to the brochure, the film challenges the assumptions of previous theories of how the Pyramid of Khufu was constructed by “proposing [Jean-Pierre’s] idea that the pyramid was built from the inside out… A brilliant hunch he confirms with the help of the latest 3D technology from Dassault Systèmes.”  The film treats us to Jean-Pierre’s remarkable 3D animations which not only demonstrate how his theory works, but how it addresses questions that have remained unanswered for millennia and explains the functions of puzzling features, such as the Grand Gallery and the small enigmatic “tunnels” leading out of various points in the structure.

The brochure goes on to point out that Kheops Révélé is regularly presented at the prestigious La Géode at Paris and has already been seen by over 30,000 school children.

Jean-Pierre’s work with Dassault Systèmes has opened a new world for both experiential 3D simulation and archaeology, as evidenced by the recently announced partnership between Peter Der Manuelian of the Giza Archives Project, and Dassault’s Mehdi Tayoubi, who is also one of Jean-Pierre’s collaborators on Project Khufu.

This latest honor signals that M. Houdin’s work continues to garner support in the field of Egyptology, and that the official excuses for not allowing him to put his theories to a more direct empirical test are looking increasingly threadbare.

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Copyright by Keith Payne, 2010.  All rights reserved.

Cover art and DVD menu from Kheops révélé, are provided courtesy of Jean-Pierre Houdin and Dassault Systèmes, all rights reserved.

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Le Dr HAWASS va-t-il enfin autoriser M. HOUDIN à réaliser les tests nécessaires (et de plus non destructifs!) … pour confirmer….ou infirmer sa théorie?
Je l’espère vivement.

[TRANS: Will Dr. Hawass finally allow Mr. Houdin perform the necessary tests (and more non-destructive!) … To confirm …. Or disprove his theory?
I hope so.]

July 5th, 2010 at 5:46 pm


Nous vous remercions de contribuer à la conversation. J’espère aussi que le Dr Hawass se relâcheront. Mais je vous assure, les travaux de M. Houdin se poursuit sans relâche. Plus à venir!

[TRANS: Thank you for contributing to the conversation. I also hope that Dr. Hawass will relent. But I assure you, Mr. Houdin’s work continues unabated. More to come!]

July 8th, 2010 at 11:45 am

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