The Age of the Great Pyramid
Written by: Michelle Belanger
Every history book you consult will tell you that the Great Pyramid was built by Cheops, also known as Khufu, around 2500 BCE. The pyramids beside it, each smaller than the first, were later constructed by his son and his grandson.
A great deal of speculation has gone into exactly how the Egyptians of 2500 BCE managed the nigh-unto miraculous feat of engineering that produced the Great Pyramid. Some of the blocks in the Great Pyramid are so large that we do not currently have a crane that is capable of hoisting them. This has lead to a wide number of theories on how Khufu, or more precisely his workers, managed it, up to and including the beliefs that aliens were responsible.
Yet a little known stela may have the answer to it all. Decried as a hoax by most mainstream Egyptologists, the stela appears to have been commissioned by Khufu himself. And if it is indeed legitimate, then it holds, at least in part, the answer of how Khufu and his heirs raised the Giza Three.
Quite simply, they didn’t. The structures were already there, old when fabled Khufu took the throne.
At this point, allow me to defer to another authority on this matter. There’s little sense in writing an article that has already been well and truly written before. Like Khufu, I’ve only spruced things up a bit, but the real work was already done for me long before.
All quotes taken from “How Old Are the Pyramids?” by Joseph Jochmans, Lit. D. Atlantis Rising, No. 8 Fall 1996 pp 23-25, 52, 54-56
“The Greek historian’s (Herodotus) account stands in sharp contrast to most other Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek, Roman, Hermetic, Coptic, and medieval Arabic scholarly sources which agree that the Great Pyramid was not constructed during the time of Pharaoh Khufu or Dynastic Egypt, but was the product of the “Age of the Gods’ thousands of years earlier.” (p. 23)
“It is becoming increasingly apparent that the three Pharaohs who are thought to have built the Giza Pyramids instead simply claimed the monuments as their own, having given up on the idea of attempting to duplicate the structures, as Senefru had tried but failed to do before them. There are several subsidiary pyramids around the Giza Three which were probably built by the Pharaohs and today are almost in total ruins because of their greatly inferior construction. According to ancient stelae and legends, the Pharaohs also made repairs on the Pyramids -- but had nothing to do with their construction.” (p. 56)
“We may well ask, if the Giza Pyramids, in all their excellence, were supposedly built in the 4th Dynasty, what happened to the advanced knowledge seen in their design and construction -- why was it never used again, in not a single later pyramid?” (p. 56)
“...We have the testament of Pharaoh Khufu himself that he only did repair work on the Giza Pyramid.” (p. 24)
“The (Inventory) Stele then ends with the story of how Khufu built small pyramids for himself and his daughters, wife, and family, next to the Great Pyramid ... If these facts can be believed as true, then the additional information that Khufu was only a restorer of the Great Pyramid and not its builder, must also be treated as historically true.” (p. 25)
I have yet to encounter good arguments from traditional Egyptologists that prove the stela a fake. Certainly, the stela is more reputable than one tiny quarry mark on a stone found at the dead of night with no one to corroborate it in a building famous for its utter and total lack of writing whatsoever. Yet that is the sum of the proof attributing the Great Pyramid to Khufu. And it was mispelled, curiously in a fashion that would have seemed correct to the Egyptologist who found it.
From what I've seen, the arguments against the stela go something like this: the stela is of course a fake because it says Khufu did not build the Great Pyramid when we have already decided that he did. It is further obviously a fake because it implies that the Great Pyramid was built prior to 2500 bce and we refuse to acknowledge that anyone from that long ago could outsmart us. As it is, we're having trouble admitting Khufu did it, but there the damned thing stands, so some one must get blamed.
I'm biased, of course, but I think we should probably stick to the history the ancient Egyptians themselves viewed as true. Someone came before them. Not aliens in nifty little ships, but people who had an extensive civilization. People who had temples on many of the same sites the Egyptians later built their own, following the same plans as closely as they could. People advanced enough that the ancient Egyptians revered them as “builders,” and whose technology made Egypt the wisdom capital of the ancient world.
Certainly people who would have been insightful enough *not* to throw out evidence and artifacts simply because they went against their predetermined view of the world.