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Cross Staff and Plumbline and the Great Pyramid By Crichton E M Miller
This advanced protractor, similar to the cross and plumb line, is an advanced mathematical device, capable of astronomy, navigation and surveying. It is proposed, that the ancient Egyptian architects and astronomers used this hybrid Celtic cross, for the purposes of stellar alignment and timekeeping. Crichton assembles a tool that might well have been used to help build the great pyramids of Egypt.
Is it a Plane by Dr. Maged El-Baily
The story began when the model was discovered in 1898 in a tomb near Sakkara. The model was then categorized as that of a bird and placed in the Egyptian museum in its designated section, with all the other bird models. In 1969 Dr. Khalil Messiha noticed the difference between this model and the rest of the birds. The typical models of the ancient Egyptian birds have legs but this one did not. Other bird models had painted feathers but not this one. The model has a 7-inch wingspan and a vertical tail, not a horizontal one like typical ancient Egyptian bird models. Messiha's brother, a flight engineer, reproduced it in balsa wood and launched it and it flew.
The Pyramid Inch and Charles Piazzi Smyth in Egypt by Jimmy Dunn
Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819-1900) was a notable scholar during his time, holding the title Astronomer Royal of Scotland and Professor of Astronomy at Edinburgh University. He surveyed Khufu's Great Pyramid located at Giza in Egypt in 1865, armed with the theories of John Taylor, author of The Great Pyramid: Why Was It Built? & Who Built It?, published in 1859. It was Taylor who, based on the records of travelers, took a number of mathematical coincidences and declared that the Great Pyramid was built "to make a record of the measure of the Earth".
The Tempest Stele was erected by the pharaoh Ahmose I at the beginning of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt, which equates to about 1550 BC. The stele derives its dramatic title from the great storms that it details, which evidently struck Egypt during the reign of Ahmose I. Climatically speaking, southern, or Upper Egypt can be thought of as being in the midst of the Sahara desert, and although the occasional desert thunderstorm will create a flash flood every decade or so, the area is otherwise bone dry. Ahmoses account of a raging nationwide tempest of rain continuing without cessation and being louder than a waterfall at Aswan, can therefore be considered to be highly unusual in this region.
Every year we receive from various readers hundreds of strange theories about almost every aspect of ancient Egypt. Sometimes they have some merit, but unfortunately that is not very common. Sometimes they are honest research projects by enlightened lay Egyptologists, while at the other end of the spectrum are theories presented to us obviously by confused minds, and even outright charlatans apparently seeking a little attention (usually for some book or documentary film they are publishing). We do not mind receiving these, though admittedly those that show little or no real understanding of the monuments and ancient culture of Egypt do not hold our attention for long. The majority of these theories involve the pyramids, specifically the Great Pyramids at Giza, which are much like celebrities, becoming the focus of all manner of rumors and even outright lies.
Tunnel Vision By Ralph Ellis & Mark Foster
(Alternative Thought) The classical story of the discovery of the upper chambers inside the Great pyramid at Giza is well known. In the ninth century an Arab governor of Cairo, known as the Caliph al Mamun, decided to see for himself what lay inside the Great Pyramid (Khufu pyramid) and began to bodily excavate a tunnel through the casing and core blocks with hammers and chisels. Fortuitously for the Caliph, the workers who were busy tunneling shook the structure so much that the capstone fell off the end of the ascending passage. But now, Ralph Ellis and Mark Foster take an alternative view of just what actually happened.
Last Updated: June 12th, 2011
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