Ase, Maat Hotep. So Mote it Be.


The reader will have in his hands a book that will not leave him indifferent. The author, engineer who has been into the construction of great public works such as bridges, highways, dams and other buildings for about 30 years, is enamoured with Egypt and its tombs and mastabas and a studious of oldest and extraordinary engineer installations and architecture, as are the multiple erected pyramids to eternally conserve the corresponding Pharaoh. Works that still nowadays cause the astonishment of engineers, architects, technicians and archaeologists, which are not explained through the diverse theories spread during the past two centuries.

The author has been obsessed with the pyramids construction problem until he has developed a so attractive theory, probably being the correct one, because although its development includes technical explanations that could appear to be of a confused and difficult reading, quite to the contrary it guides the reader as we penetrated it in a so pleasant, sensible and logical way that, when finishing the book we are convinced of the kindness of his theory and pledged with those Egyptian architects and engineers who, 5,000 years ago, knew how to leave for astonishment of the today’s world such wonders, using for its construction, besides stone, water, trunks and ropes, the human force and, mainly, their smartness.

The book is very attractively designed, with more than 217 photos and drawings, apart from the sufficient and precise calculations which amply prove the soundness of this theory. This experienced pyramidologist has followed Herodotus’ assertion which, in his second book dedicated to Euterpe, he describes his conversations with Egyptian priests with these words:

“The pyramid was being built so that there were benches or steps, which some ones call scales and other altars. Done thus, from the beginning the bottom part, they raised the blocks, already carved, to their places by means of machines formed of short wooden planks. The first machine raised them from the ground to the top of the first tier. On this one there was another machine, which received the block upon its arrival and conveyed it to the second tier, whence a third machine advanced it still higher. Either they had as many machines as tiers there were in the pyramid, or possibly they had but a single machine which, being easily movable, was transferred from tier to tier as the block was unloaded, for it is good to give of all diverse explanations”.

So, guiding him by this historical story, the author has put in relation those rudimentary rocking beam machines with the same mechanical principle of the present tower cranes, so apparently delicate, but robust and powerful for the elevation and radial transfer of great loads. In addition, the author leads us first through the diverse and most spread theories that have been used by pyramidologists trying to explain the possible methods used in the construction. That is to say:

1 – The perpendicular external ramps on the face or faces of the pyramid, which would be used to drag the blocks up to the different heights of tiers.
2 – The external peripheral ramp surrounding the pyramid up to its summit and that, as in the previous case, it had to serve to elevate blocks dragged on wood sleighs
3 – The internal ramp/corridor, a recent theory of a French architect, where the same principle was applied as in the previous case for elevation of the blocks, which would be inserted and hidden into the body of the pyramid
4 – The routes/tracks for blocks elevation leaned on top of the pyramid faces.

So, enter this intellectual adventure about Egyptian pyramids construction, become while reading a virtual Egyptian architect, and decide yourself which method seems to be the most logical and probable according to your own cleverness.

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