The Great Pyramid, Part 14

The following two illustrations with their various measurements are merely approximations and should
not be taken as exact representations; nevertheless I believe they provide us with a general idea as to
the overall size and dimension of the entrance. From what I’ve been able to gather thus far through
my studies is there appears to be some variations to these measurements from one investigator to
the next so determining the exact figures is rather difficult, however since this aspect of the Pyramid is
not necessarily pertinent to our study we should not be to overly concern.

















































A particular view often depicted in many studies on the Pyramid is that of the masonry work taken
from an easterly vantage point looking toward the west or right side of the entrance. As you can see
from the following two illustrations there appears to be some discrepancy between just how the
various courses of masonry were constructed, obviously our investigators each saw things a little
different in their own investigations. Nevertheless in both of these illustrations the shaded areas
denote all the stones which remain following the removal of the “
sloping stones” and ajundant
masonry, and what we have left is the exposed masonry as viewed to the right of the entrance.












































It should likewise be understood that the upright stones (
B), which appear to be overiding the ceiling
of the entrance passage are in fact located to the far right of the entrance tunnel, the original ceiling
stones long since having been removed. Immediately above these stones located to the right of the
entrance were place another particular course of stones (
A) apparently with the intention of aiding in
bringing the entrance opening which is on a 26 dergree angle leading down to the subterranean
chamber back in line horizonially with the remainder of the pyramid. Even so the remainder of the
courses above and around these stones as depicted in the pictures above still remain a bit confusing
to us especially when we take into consideration that the “
slanted masonry” (C), which was set at
approximarly a
50º angle and located to the left and the right of the entrance as seen in the photos
below (
the purpose of which is still not exactly known), appears to be missing although it is possible
that from their particular vantage point what was illustrated above is exactly what they saw,
unfornuatly all we have to go by is what photos are availible to us. Nevertheless it appears the
architect went to a lot of effort in designing this elaborate entrance.

























Upon a closer examination of
Fig. 1 we can see that there is a distinctive deviation in the angle of the
masonry, course by course as it is slowly adjusted from the 26 degree angle of the descending
passage to that of the horizontal plane of the remainder of the Pyramid.

























Point A represents the horizontal plane of the Pyramid; in contrast Point F denotes the 26 degree
angle of the entrance masonry (
take special note of the hand rails these too are set on this particular
angle
). Now note how from Point F back to Point B how the stone courses gradually are brought back
onto a horizontal plane. By the time the stone courses reach the
27th course (Point B) the entrance
masonry is relatively back on line with the remainder of the Pyramid, this can be seen quite readily in
the next two illustrations.
































The illustration above (
keeping in mind that this is merely an approximation) shows a little more detail
into how the entrance was constructed including the “
slanted masonry” located to the right of the
entrance, the actual design and placement of the various stones involved in this masonry differing
somewhat from that of the design shown at the top of this page, keep in mind that particular
illustration was meant only to be used as a basic guide to aid us in determining the overall
measurements of the entrance. Here we can see that the entrance passage is much more elaborate
than what we might have previously imagined more than merely a simple opening in the side of the
Pyramid.



























This is a cut out of the Pyramid showing the entrance passage with the casing stones in place (
Note:
in this particular illustration we have not illustrated the “
slanted masonry). Regardless you may
have noted from both this illustration and from the previous one that we have simply illustrated the
stones located immediately below the “
slanted masonry” as consisting merely of a rectangular mass
of stones, the reason for this is because there is no indication (
nor way of proving), that these stones
continued on down alongside the stones immediately found over the descending passage, however
with regards to the ceiling stones themselves they are not only visible from within the descending
passage, but I believe are likewise revealed at the opening where Al Mamoun’s forced passage opens
up near the granite plugs here their width is once again confirmed. Another particular set of stones
whose width likewise remains the same beginning from the entrance all the way down to this point is
the
floor-stones.

These floor-stones (2 ½ feet in height, three across) can be traced at their exposed outer ends
for a combined width of
thirty three feet, from east to west. Because of this great width
Professor C. Piazzi Smyth named the floor of the Descending Passage the “
Basement Sheet”. Down
the center of this long broad sheet of stone, and at a distance of three and half feet apart, the walls of
the passage are laid; and placed on top of these are immense roof-stones, eight and a half feet in
thickness, and over twelve feet in width from east to west.

Thus, while the Descending Passage is very narrow, the sheet of masonry which forms its
floor is so broad, that by this means the passage sustains
its symbolical significance, namely,
its representation of the
broad way that leads to destruction.” Professor Smyth was of the
opinion that the present outside end of this Basement-sheet is also its original north-beginning.
Nevertheless, the ancient doorway must have been nearly ten and a half feet further out, in line with
the now missing casing of the building (
See the second black and white illustration above). In the
symbolic and scientific features of the Pyramid, both the ancient and present north commencements of
the Descending Passage floor are recognized thus proving that Professor Smyth was correct in his
opinion as to the importance of the Basement sheet.

Without doubt the Entrance Passage was constructed to endure; and the workmanship displayed in it
has been the object of the great admiration of all investigators, both ancient and modern. Professor
Greaves on beholding the beautiful masonry of this passage in 1638 thirty eight centuries after the
completion of the building exclaimed with almost Tennysonian feeling: “
The structure of it hath been
the labor of an exquisite hand, and appears by the smoothness and evenness of the work,
and by the close knitting of the joints
”; and Professor C. Piazzi Smyth writes: “No one with an
ability to appreciate good work can look unmoved with admiration at the extraordinarily
truthful straight lines, and close fitting of the wall joints near and about the present
Entrance
”; while Professor Flinders Petrie adds his testimony in the following eulogism: “The
pavement, lower casing, and Entrance Passage are exquisitely wrought; in fact the means
employed for placing and cementing the blocks of soft limestone weighing a dozen or twenty
tons each, with such hair-like joints are almost inconceivable at present; and the accuracy of
the leveling is marvelous
.” (Great Pyramid Passages, Pages 215-216)

One more item before we conclude here, there has been some debate as to whether or not
there
were actually 144,000 casing stones
encompassing the Pyramid with some computer calculations
indicating only 40,000 to 50,000 total stones
, roughly 10 to 15 thousand per side, however we fell
to see how this computer estimate could be established unless it were determined that all the stones
were roughly the exact same size both in height and width as in comparisons with the limestone blocks
located immediately behind them on each course, however as was illustrated in our last drawing above
and confirmed by the remaining casing stones found at the base of the Pyramid, we believe these
stones not only varied in height, width, and length, but likewise that additional white casing stones
were placed immediately behind these, and not in any exact manner. Sometimes a long “
header
block
” was placed abutting two outer stones (as depicted in the photo below), sometimes it might be
the other way around or possibly just one stone behind another. Casing stones might even have gone
three deep into a course on occasions. Computer calculations could not possibly account for the
number of these hidden stones.



















Symbolically speaking we can see how these white casing stones representative of the body of Christ,
robed in white raiment could vary in size and shape even as star differs from star, and as for the
hidden stones is it not true that some members of the body are more visible to us than are others,
perhaps further thoughts to ponder.
We will continue with our next post.

                                       PREVIOUS PAGE  INDEX  NEXT PAGE