2012 Opening for Pyramid’s Secret Doors Anticipated
The question as to what’s behind the Great Pyramid’s secret doors could be finally answered in 2012, but, for now at least, the mystery and the controversy remain. While some, like Zahi Hawass, the flamboyant former leader of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, have announced that they expect to find a mummy, others, like engineer Christopher Dunn, expect to find the remains of ancient electrical technology (see “The Pyramid Electric,” A.R. #90). After many delays, including those caused by Egypt’s political turmoil of 2011, the so-called Djedi project is expected to resume its robotic exploration of the two long and mysterious shafts sloping upward from the southern and northern walls of the Queen’s chamber.
In January of 2011, a robotic camera designed by Rob Richardson of Leeds University climbed the southern shaft to a so-called “door” with two metal “handles,” first discovered and photographed by German engineer Rudolf Gantenbrink in 1993. Follow-up attempts in 2002 managed to look past the door only to see another door. The 2011 effort succeeded in inserting a snake camera beneath the second door and in photographing the space behind it. Revealed were metal connections to the metal door handles, as well as some kind of painted marks on the walls. Though many questions had been raised, the project was forced to come to a halt by Egypt’s tumultuous political regime. Now, however, a new regime in Egyptian antiquities (post Hawass) is in charge and the exploration is expected to resume sometime this year.
Long believed to contain many secret chambers, the Great Pyramid may finally be close to revealing at least one. As professional tool designer Dunn reported, nothing has so far contradicted his theory that the structure is, in fact, a great machine capable of producing great quantities of energy. For Dunn the two metal handles on the doors of both the southern and northern shafts from the Queen’s chamber are likely to be electrodes in some kind of circuit, which could be closed by fluid rising up the shafts. The doors of both shafts are at the same height, so fluid rising up both would close both circuits simultaneously. For more on this, including diagrams, read Dunn’s A.R. article. As for Hawass’s expectation that a mummy awaits the explorers, he hasn’t been proven wrong yet, either. Now, however, he will, like the rest of us, be forced to learn the facts from someone over whom he has little influence.
The Stonehenge Mystery Deepens
It seems that we have finally figured out for sure where the fabled bluestones of Stonehenge actually came from.
Robert Ixer and Richard Bevins, British geologists, have used state-of-the-art testing to show the origin of the bluestones to within 70 meters. An outcropping called Craig Rhos-y-Felin close to the town of Pont Saeson in Pembrokeshire in Wales is the spot. That is about 160 miles from Stonehenge. The bluestones weigh about four tons each. Experts are baffled as to exactly how they could have been moved. That they were moved and over a great distance, there can be no doubt.
As for the great sarsen stones of the site, which weigh in excess of 40 tons each, they came from quarries somewhat nearer—about 20 miles away. They were also erected about 200 years after the bluestones, we are told. But still no one knows how their transportation could have been achieved either.
Some have argued that it must not have been very difficult for megalithic builders to move such large stones—in fact, it must have been easy. Otherwise why bother? Is it possible that they had access to some kind of technology, now lost to their highly advanced descendants?
Will the Ark of the Covenant Be Seen Soon?
The fabled Ark of the Covenant may be in for public viewing in 2012. That is, if the story told by Ethiopian Christians is true. According to the British newspaper, The Daily Mail, the relic housed in the chapel next to the church of St. Mary of Zion in Aksum, the capitol of Ethiopia, will probably be moved soon, inasmuch as the old building has a leaking roof. Currently, while a new chapel is being built, a tarpaulin covers the old one. As recounted in the Old Testament, the Ark carried the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai. It was made of acacia and plated with gold. Two golden angels sat on top. According to the Bible, and as demonstrated in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, it was very powerful, and if touched by anyone other than a priest it could kill. Certainly gold plating on both sides of the walls of a wooden container could have created a virtual capacitor capable of carrying a very significant static charge. Some scholars have speculated that it was, in fact, some kind of Egyptian priestly device since the Egyptians had similar objects, and since Moses was brought up in Egypt.
The ark was kept in the first temple of Soloman in Jerusalem but was lost when the city was invaded by the Babylonians in the sixth century BC. Ethiopians believe that descendants of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba eventually brought the ark to their country where it has been kept ever since. Only the elderly priest who watches over it is permitted to view it.
The current chapel was designed in the 1960s by emperor Hailie Selassie, but apparently its ability to withstand the weather was not up to the standards of the ancient temple builders. No one knows exactly when it will be moved to its new quarters, but photographers are standing by.