The Great Pyramid Shafts
This is one more theory involving the mysterious shafts hidden within the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt…but with an extraordinary “point” of view.
Since their first discovery, the shafts have challenged the best of ancient historians. The puzzling features of these miniature tunnels (less than 12 inches square) have provoked many to theorize or create stories of fantasy. The debates are ongoing and will continue until a logical explanation can be presented without further challenge.
Many Egyptologists remain convinced that the ancients believed the shafts allowed the passing of the king’s soul back and forth from the “inner sanctuary” of the pyramid chambers to the outer world. However, evidence indicates that a king was never entombed within any known chamber in the Great Pyramid.
Some theorists believe the shafts point to distant stars, but they cannot agree to which stars the shafts point toward. Meanwhile, others are determined to reject all theories and state that the only function of the shafts was to provide air ventilation for the workers as the pyramid was being completed. This is actually the most basic theory of all and the most simple to disprove.
The ends of the shafts inside the two chambers were sealed from the very beginning. Their discovery was made by accident following a comment asking how one could breathe in such a small chamber without a constant supply of fresh air. The search began…the vents were finally discovered by tapping on the chamber walls in search for “hollow” spots, then chiseling into the stone. For the first time since antiquity, fresh air rushed into the chamber and throughout the connecting passage.
Since the stones forming the chamber walls had to be broken to find the shaft apertures then they could not have served as air-ducts during construction…one down!
The first appearance of these shafts indicate they being perfectly straight from start to finish, unfortunately there are several twists from east to west that the shafts take on their upward direction toward the outer surface. It is impossible to see through the shafts from one end to the other (Ill. 1A).
Illustration 1A. The four shafts inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, two shafts in each of the King and Queen’s Chambers.
This being common knowledge to all serious researchers, then the concept of the shafts pointing toward certain stars can be classified as no more than a whimsical story at best. Adding further, it is impossible for us to determine with certainty what star the designer(s) were viewing. There are four shafts and they all point in various directions…two down!
A new and inspiring concept has also been introduced…the belief that the king’s soul was allowed to pass through the stone wall into the shaft. This “story” was only introduced to “masquerade” the age-old theory of king’s being buried within the pyramids.
Since it is now realized that a king was never entombed within either chamber, a new proposal was adopted.
The king visited his “spiritual” place of internment before his final days on Earth. During this visit, the high priests performed a “mock” funerary service including initiation rituals as the king lay within the sarcophagus. It was now unnecessary for the king to be interned within the chamber after the pyramid was completed. The body could be concealed anywhere within the structure to avoid vandalism or theft…a clever maneuver by the author of this concept, but the points earned for the theory is zero!
Why were the ancients determined to build a monument of such magnitude if they never intended to bury a king or queen within the hidden chambers?
Why would they build two passages and the Grand Gallery that served no function before or after the death of the king?
Why did the builders continue constructing the lower chamber shafts while construction progressed to a point of almost completion for the upper chamber?
Why were the two shafts leading from the Queen’s Chamber sealed before reaching the outside of the structure?
Why were two shafts required for each chamber?
Why did they build two chambers with two sets of shafts, with a single sarcophagus placed in the upper chamber only?
Why do the shafts point toward north and south, not east and west…representing the beginning and end of life, or the traveling by day or night?
Why are there intentional bends in the shafts as they progress toward the outer surface?
The time has come for us to look at the structure through different eyes (Ill. 1B).
Illustration 1B. The four shafts are extended to the location where one shaft from each chamber meet forming two “pointers”.
From the above illustration, we witness the four shafts forming two distinct “pointers” both comprised of a shaft from each chamber. It is imperative that we fully understand the following:
Observing the left upper shaft from the King’s Chamber, in its downward direction, it intersects with the right shaft of the lower chamber (Queen’s Chamber). The next important feature to the shaft’s construction is the point where the upper shafts protrude through the outer casing of the pyramid, they are both found on the 102nd course level of the structure! These are the first indications of the designer’s intentional choice of angles. They must have previously calculated the exact angle required for both upper shafts to protrude through the pyramid sides at the same level. They set their true angle and direction then covered the shaft openings with the first several layer of stones forming the King’s Chamber walls.