by Christopher Dunn

June 2, 2011

New images from inside the Great Pyramid shaft reveal evidence of electrical terminals, cables and even ancient wiring diagrams!

The discovery of electrical contacts and wiring inside the Great Pyramid, along with markings that show how to connect them, do not fit anywhere in conventional Egyptology but confirm the theory first published in my book, The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt in 1998.

Only this theory has ever made such predictions, and every robot explorer they send up the shafts finds more and more evidence to prove that the theory is correct.

Background and details follow:

The Great Pyramid has long been a source of mystery for the world. Specialists and lay people alike have been drawn to what it might tell us about our ancient past, with a variety of theories being offered for consideration. While there are over a hundred pyramids in Egypt, the majority of them, while important and significant themselves, seem all to be cast in the shadow of the Great. What is it about this pyramid that makes it so GREAT?

Going back as far as the 17 century, there are accounts of numerous explorations into the Great Pyramid that have yielded significant new details of the structure. In more recent times, a flurry of excitement has surrounded the mystery of a small shaft discovered in 1872 in the wall of the Queen’s Chamber. This shaft did not connect to the chamber and was discovered after a rod was pushed into a small crack in the wall and, after meeting no resistance, prompted Waynman Dixon, a British explorer, to have the limestone chiseled away revealing a square opening that measured 20.32 cm (8.00 in) wide and 22.35 cm (8.8 in) high. A similar shaft was subsequently found in the north wall.

In 1993, a German robotics engineer, Rudolph Gantenbrink, on contract to install ventilation fans in the King’s Chamber shafts after cleaning the debris using a robot, proposed that he uses his robot, named “Upuaut II”, meaning “opener of the ways”, to explore the Southern Shaft in the Queen’s Chamber to coax from the depths of pyramid more of its secrets. While the exits from the shafts from the King’s Chamber are found on the outside of the pyramid, no exit has ever been found for either of the Queen’s Chamber shafts.

Because of the machine like the technical appearance of the Great Pyramid and the precision with which it was built, in 1977, I began developing a theory that the original function of the Great Pyramid was not a tomb but a power plant. Within the context of the power plant, all its attributes and anomalous features that other theories were unable to explain without resorting to symbolism, found a practical answer.

The Queen’s Chamber, I proposed, served as a reaction chamber and the shafts leading to this chamber supplied two chemicals that when mixed together created hydrogen. In 1993 I was viewing the exploration by Gantenbrink and when Upuaut II came to the end of the shaft, what is now famously known as Gantenbrink’s “door” came into view with two metal pins attached.

Jeff Summer, a friend with whom I was watching the video, immediately claimed that they looked like electrodes. This made sense to me for in order to maintain the head pressure in the shafts, they had to be kept full and the electrodes would serve as a switch to signal replenishment. In 1998, my book, The Giza Power Plant, was published incorporating this theory.

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Then in 2002, to much fanfare and excitement, “Opening of the Lost Tomb”, which offered to show live the exploration of the Queen’s Chamber southern shaft drilled through the limestone block with the metal fittings and then insert a camera through the hole to see what was behind it. Broadcast in Europe by National Geographic and in the US by Fox Television the documentary capture 30 million viewers in the US alone.

Since the publication of my book and prior to the broadcast I posted three articles on my website explaining my reasoning behind my analysis of these shafts and what would be revealed if we were able to look behind it. Based on what I wrote in The Giza Power Plant, the last article outlined a prediction of what would be found behind the block.  The prediction included a drawing of the continuation of the metal fittings, or wiring attached to them, and a chemical supply shaft for the delivery of the chemical.

The results were not conclusive, but parts of the theory were supported – particularly the thickness of the block. However, what has recently been revealed shows that my design was not quite correct. The ancient Egyptians’ design was much better and provided greater evidence to support my theory that I had hoped for!

In an article published on May 25, 2011, in New Scientist online magazine, the latest exploration of the Southern Shaft in the Great Pyramid’s Queen’s Chamber provides new information that answers the question of what the back of this block looks like. A new robot has been sent up this shaft and had taken more images behind a stone block. (The shaft due to its small size could only allow a small animal to pass and Gantenbrink does not call the block a “door” as it has been named by Egyptologists, but a USO, or Unidentified Stone Object – a nomenclature that I will adopt for purposes of this article.)

I was astonished that information regarding this long-awaited exploration had been released without fanfare. Zahi Hawass, the minister of antiquities in Egypt, and director of this recent expedition described these internal features as the “last great mystery of the Great Pyramid.” With the last exploration broadcast on Fox television in the US garnering 30 million viewers, why was National Geographic or Fox television not involved?

Reading the article and looking at the grainy images of the back of the stone block with the metal fittings first detected by Gantenbrink’s robot, it became clear that the author and expedition team members were aware of the power plant theory. Rowan Hooper writes, “Metal is not part of any other known structure in the pyramid, and the discovery ignited speculation that the pins were door handles, keys or even parts of a power supply constructed by aliens.”


Unfortunately, comments like these are not helpful. As the first person to publish a work that described the pins as electrical devices, I must set the record straight that I have never credited the construction of the Great Pyramid to aliens, or any other people except the indigenous people living in that area at the time. Moreover, the discovery of the pins in 1993 was not the trigger that gave birth to the idea that the Great Pyramid was a power plant; they simply enhanced the proposed use that I had formulated in 1977 for the Queen’s Chamber and the shafts.

Shaun Whitehead the camera designer from the company Scoutek in Melton Mowbray, UK said: “Our new pictures from behind the pins show that they end in small, beautifully made loops, indicating that they were more likely ornamental rather than electrical connections.”

Egyptologist Kate Spence, of the University of Cambridge, UK, indicated that the USO would have served a symbolic purpose, a door with door handles. This notion has been proposed before. Without knowing what the rest of the metal looked like these features were described as symbolic door handles for the King to use to symbolically raise the door so that his soul can fly off to the stars to which the pyramid shafts are allegedly aligned.

The continuation of the pins on the backside of Gantenbrink’s USO was not the only discovery captured by the new robot. The images also revealed a line and some symbols painted on the floor in red. Peter Der Manuelian, an Egyptologist at Harvard University and director of the Giza Archives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, said “Red-painted numbers and graffiti are very common around Giza. They are often masons’ or work-gangs’ marks, denoting numbers, dates or even the names of the gangs.”

There was no immediate explanation for what these red symbols mean, but they are a significant discovery and have the potential to open up an entirely new area of research in gaining an understanding of ancient Egyptian symbolism. When considered along with the metal pins the symbols provide all the evidence necessary to prove the electrical use of the pins and also give us a roadmap for exploration into the future. Not only did the ancient Egyptians leave us with the physical evidence that proves this to be so, but they also provided us with an electrical schematic that showed how the pins were wired!

The first most important discovery is the design of the two pins. Judging by their relationship to the size of the space, the pins are approximately .8 cm 5/16 inch in diameter. Figure 1 shows the metal looping around, with an apparent gap where the loop on the right pin seemingly disappears into the limestone block. The left pin shows signs of corrosion, similar to those in the main shaft, though not as severe. There also seems to be a white deposit around the left pin and its hole, while the right pin has what appears to be a black ring encircling the hole that penetrates through to the main shaft.


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