The mysteries of the pyramids
What secrets do the pyramids keep? Were they only the tombs of the faraons? A lot of questions and mysteries surround the construction of the Egyptian Pyramids. Even after years of research and excavations only hypothesis can be given in an attempt to understand how they were built and all the processes that involved them. In the following lines I would explain some curiosities about these huge monuments, which still remain in spite of their million of years of history, that I found in some interesting articles.
Although the countless questions that the pyramids have aroused, the most recent ones refer to the discovery of channels inside in the chamber of the kings and queens. As Alfonso Martinez claims: “the most logical answer, and the one that most Egyptologist agree with, is that they were built for the soul of the faraons to release and join the stars in the sky”. To support this thesis connections between the exit of the channels and the location of particular stars and constellations have been established.
Another corious fact is that the tombs and some big objects that archaeologists found inside the pyramids even though they could not have been put there through the small channels. The most common answer is that they were introduced during the construction. According to Alfonso, the only solution is “to wait until modern technology discovers ancient one”. However, as far as modern technology is concerned, Lucila Navarrete Turrent states that “despite its developement, mankind has not managed to understand the perfect simetry, construction and architecture that was used for the building of the pyramids”. To suppor this she uses the example of a Japanesse team which tried to build in a lower escale a reconstruction of one Egyptian pyramid, but they just had to quit.
The majesty of these architectonical constructions will last forever, which is what Egyptians looked for: eternity, something that the faraons who were sepulted there and the people that built the tombs could not get.
The latter are the ones that José Miguel Parra Ortiz wants to lead the attention to in his article. During the construction of the pyramids all the architects and the workers lived in the surroundings of the pyramids, where markets for food supply were built and bigger human settlements were found. Excavations have proved that the people who died while building took place were buried in cementeries finding more that 600 bodies of workers and 30 of supervisors. Medical analysis on these bodies have shown that column injuries and bone fractures were frequent among workers and that they were not slaves as some of them had been treated by specialized medical.
To finish with, questions and other enigmas keep on arising as new archeological discoveries are made. These will also allow previous hypothesis to be proved or maybe to be refuted. Concluding with Lucila Navarrete’s words: “with all this mystery pyramids will continue upright for years conserving their beauty and authenticity”.
– Alfonso Martinez. Lo más pequeño de la Gran Pirámide: conductos de ventilación, puertas y cámaras. (2002, 29th September) Retrieved 21st December 2010 from: http://www.egiptologia.com/todo-sobre-las-piramides/88-articulos-sobre-las-piramides-de-egipto-en-general/645-lo-mas-pequeno-de-la-gran-piramide-conductos-de-ventilacion-puertas-y-camaras.html
– Lucila Navarrete Turrent. Pirámides: El Nacimiento. (2001, 19th February). Retrieved 21st December 2010 from: http://www.egiptologia.com/todo-sobre-las-piramides/88-articulos-sobre-las-piramides-de-egipto-en-general/647-piramides-el-nacimiento.html?start=5
– José Miguel Parra Ortiz. Los constructores de las Pirámides de Guiza. (2003, 24th July). Retrieved 21st December 2010 from: http://www.egiptologia.com/todo-sobre-las-piramides/88-articulos-sobre-las-piramides-de-egipto-en-general/644-los-constructores-de-las-piramides-de-guiza.html