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Granite clues to the pyramids hidden in plain sight.
- 게시일 2022. 03. 09.
- The third pyramid at Giza was decadently cased in beautiful Aswan granite. This monument, attributed to Menkaure, is a hidden gem that has been neglected by Egyptology. There is priceless evidence strewn about the pyramid which can further our understanding of ancient history.
Granite, the most durable and expensive construction material in antiquity, is one of the best ways to judge the values and practices of ancient cultures because of the high cost of use. Why has Egypt never fully excavated Menkaure's pyramid? What secrets might be found among the mountains of granite debris? Why are some stones dressed smoothly and others left rough?
This video explores the visible evidence left on the pyramid and offers up secrets that might be revealed with a thorough archaeological study of the entire site.
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I can’t imagine how insane it would have been to walk through Egypt when these monuments looked mint
I noticed multiple granite blocks in the picture of exterior rubble that show some sort of partial cut groove on each one around the blocks' perimeters. Also several conical bore or very large drill holes evident on other blocks. Since there really isn't a compelling theory yet (plenty of non-compelling ones abound) regarding how the hardest stones were realistically quarried and dimensionally cut and carved those specific stones should definitely be studied.
New to this channel. Appreciate the knowledge and especially the way you communicate. In a clear, calm and relaxed way. No rushing and very good articulated. Keep up the good work. 👍🏼
At the time Menkaure's pyramid was built there had been flash flooding that had already damaged the bottom of the other pyramids at Giza. The hill behind Menkaure's pyramid sloped up 35' in a short distance while the larger pyramids are on a less steep part of the plateau and had a gentler slope. Kheops Pyramid was already quite old and was showing damage at it's base from the water that would cascade down the sides of the pyramid. A retaining wall built of granite and a granite base was built around Menkaure's pyramid which formed a sealed retaining pool. Add to that the fact that the two pyramids using granite on the casing have the lowest subterranean chambers and we can clearly see that the reason for granite was as waterproofing to prevent seepage. This is further evidenced by the fact that the granite base of Menkaure's pyramid is sloped to a gated drain at the base of the pyramid. The retaining pool at the base of Menkaure's pyramid would have been magnificent when filled.
Excellent video! It's very refreshing to find an ancient Egyptian channel that provides comprehensive details and analysis on pyramids other than the great pyramid as well as not attributing their origins to some kind of supernatural phenomenon or mysticism. Ancient Architects recommended your channel and I couldn't be happier. You two are now my go to channels for ancient Egyptian history!
I really appreciate your coverage of the other pyramids. Nobody else seems to care about them but they are just as important. I also appreciate your clear dialog and analysis. Great work!
I may have taken history for granite but you made me open my eyes and surely clarified previous explorations, visions and findings. Thank you!
Your perspective on the most seemingly unremarkable aspects of the pyramids is worth listening to and gives some of us new ways to think about all sorts of other things in our lives that before went unnoticed i.e., how a single cut in a stone could lead to new understandings about these incredible things, the pyramids.
Thank you for creating this video about the third pyramid. You have focussed on details that have not been noted before as far as I know. You have allowed us to see the style of limestone blocks that I have not been aware of also. They differ from those of the other two larger pyramids.
It's quite impressive howa massive block of granite can be split with wedges and maybe some of that seeming precisionwork is just the result of a huge block being split and producing seperate blocks that align perfectly. Clearly there's way more to it than that but still find it highly unlikely that an ancient civilization would somehow dissapear almost without trace.
The finishings of the "granite" stones up to the 17th Course of the Pyramid discussed seems to be similar to what we see in many ancient sites in Central and South America, as well as in ancient Greece. There is much debate as to how the stone were cut, "molded", placed and finished in Latin American archeology circles. It would be an interesting study to see how similar or dissimilar the techniques were for producing and using this building material in ancient times across the different sites throughout the world. Thank you for bringing this up.
This is definitely my new favorite YT channel and the first one I’ve ever turned on notifications for new video uploads in 10 years! The way you explain particular scenarios and/or possibilities paints a perfect picture in my head and also helps clear up some of the outlandish (in my opinion) theory’s Dr. Hawass would have and has had me believing for 15+ years. Also, the idea that the nickname “Red Pyramid” was carried over to the slightly darker pyramid when the first one lost it’s hue makes perfect sense! You sir, are doing great things here and I thank you.
Your overview & analysis of presentation is more professional and logical than all the ‘Egyptologists’ claiming academic credentials. They tend to repeat nonsense by rote devoid of any genuine interest in the area. Maintaining the status quo & personal interests seems more important than enlightening people with genuine research & understanding. Please keep up your excellent work as we eagerly look forward to seeing more from you. Thanks.
The picture quality in the video is awesome and the detail of the stone-masonry is beautiful. It's not something I would usually watch but I was fascinated just looking at the differences in the smoothed and weathered remaining dressed granite against the roughness of the limestone.
I found and collected what I thought was a native American hammer stone due to its weight in the bottom of a stream bed in the Sanfrancisquito canyon near Newhall in southern California. It's composition is granite with quartz. I keep it on the table next to the chair I always sit in and shortly after I placed it there I noticed quartz anomalies in the surface; that had been exposed by tumbling in the river. What had been revealed are a series of numbers on several sides of the stone. The numbers are 2s and 3s that appear to be natural quartz formations. The numbers are visible in shaded natural light, but aren't visible in direct sunlight.
Great job on all of these. I wonder what the earliest use of the term "red" for this pyramid was? Is it possible that the word isn't referring to color, but is somehow related to the rusticated stonework instead? In much later Roman architecture (during the reign of Claudius and afterwards), rustication was considered a kind of fashion statement. Anyway, I really appreciate the depth of your research on the pyramids.
Your respect for detail and your passion for all aspects of Egyptology is inspirational. Keep it up!
New to this channel, but pretty impressed so far. Only up to the point where you asked the level of the change between granite and limestone. There's a distinctive grey appearance that I attributed to dust and dirt built up on the top of the casing stones as if the granite blocks were larger. It was very rewarding to see the shading stop where I was looking. Thank you very much for your approach at these marvels! Menkare's pyramid is so much less researched and even less publicized, but is none the less, a marvel in and unto itself! Look forward to many more videos, great work! 👍
I climbed the Menkaure pyramid back in '88. The trick was to do it before sunrise. I figured the shorter blocks higher up were easier to raise. I'd very much like to know how the Egyptians cut and dressed the granite blocks. You might have a video on it already; I've only just started watching them. I really appreciate your work.