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Our not-so mysterious ancestors

by JT

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Mr. Delucchi:

You wrote:

...is the fact remains our mysterious ancestors, the builders of the pyramids, the builders of the Mayan pyramids and other mystifying edifices of our murky past, seem to have got the mathematics right...

and only yesterday, in a response to another post, you had the effrontery to ask another individual "What on earth are you smoking?"

You can only have got your ideas from those books written for the gullible, such as those by Erich von Danniken or Carl Munck, which ignore basic science and find non-existent great mystery in everything.

Yes - the placement of the Great Pyramid at Giza is remarkably accurate with respect to North / South orientation. Given that the ancient Egyptians closely studied the movement of the stars for astrological purposes, it is not at all surprising they were able to use the stars to orient this pyramid precisely. But does this mean their astrology was other than nonsense? And as for the supposed global positioning accuracy - that is just bunkum based on false premises about the latitude and longitude of the pyramid .[1]

You don't have to venture too far from Giza to find that the Great Pyramid and its two companion pyramids did not spring into being as an original development. There are many earlier and smaller pyramids quite close to Cairo which show the line of development, including step pyramids, a pyramid in which the lines are bent, a squat pyramid, and even a pyramid which collapsed.

If you want a mystery, consider that! Imagine the difficult level of incompetence required to design and construct a pyramidical structure which collapses!

The Great Pyramid about which van Danniken and his ilk invent implausible tales, false statistics, and blatant lies so as to sell books to the ill-informed, was merely the culmination of generations of trial and error in pyramidical tomb construction. And pyramid building stopped when the ancient Egyptians belatedly realized that rather than protecting grave goods, these massive structures served to advertise tomb locations to grave robbers.

If you really want to understand what you consider "mystifying edifices of our murky past," then study some real science, study some real history. Lay off the junk fiction. You might find the murk clears.


Editor's Note:

  1. In researching this claim by Mr. DeLucchi, I found the following nonsense:

    If you take the line of longitude that the pyramid lies on and the latitude that the pyramid lies on,  31 degrees north by 31 degrees west (the fact that they are the same number is a coincidence???)  they are the two lines that cover the most combined land area in the world. In essence, the pyramid is the center of all of the land mass of the whole earth!!!!

    You can find others that make a similar claim, but that the pyramid is at 30 degrees north by 30 degrees west and thereby is at the center of the world.

    And what are the actual coordinates? 29 degrees, 58 minutes, 51.06 seconds north latitude, and 31 degrees, 9 minutes, and 0.0 seconds east longitude. Close enough for coincidence seekers to create a bullcrap story, but certainly not exact; not to mention that our system of latitude and longitude with Greenwich as Prime Meridian dates to the late eighteenth century, and did not become the global standard until 1884, about 4500 years after pyramid construction.