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No One Knows Why Ancient Egyptians Built This 4,600-Year-Old Pyramid

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posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 05:34 AM
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These are interesting the seven known small pyramids along the length of the Nile which are something of a mystery as they aren't considered to have been used for burials, the one at Edfu has recently been uncovered what remains.


Archaeologists recently uncovered a 4,600-year-old step pyramid near the Egyptian city of Edfu. It is the seventh of the "provincial" pyramids built decades before the Great Pyramid at Giza, LiveScience reports. The solid structures are built around Egypt and are nearly identical.



This newest step pyramid stands about 16 feet tall, but when it was new, it towered around 43 feet high. Like the other step pyramids, it was not used for royal burials and contains no inner chamber. And, actually, no one really know what these pyramids were used for.



4,600 year old Pyramid

Seven small Pyramids

Edfu Pyramid Project



Women and children have been found buried at the base from a later period with dedication inscriptions of graffiti, but the pyramids didn't have interiors for burials. Their relationship to the Nile may in some way have reflected the funerary role of that river for Royal burials which passed down it in my opinion, i would also consider that pyramids as reflective of the sacred mountain had the general connotation of 'Place of Establishment'.


It is notable that all were constructed close to important ancient capitals except for Seila (which was located close to the necropolis at Meidum). There also seem to be connections with important constellations (in particular Meskhetyu - the Big Adze) and special events in the Egyptian calendar; notably "Wepet Renpet" (the new year) and "Peret Sopdet" (the rising of Sirius before the inundation).


Perhaps though they still function in an inter-dimensional sense as this image suggests




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posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 05:55 AM
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Most Egyptologists now days believe the Pyramids weren't tombs at all or were never used as such. Especially the great pyramids since they took nearly 150 years to construct, and each Pharaoh was highly jealous of one another.
There is also pyramids scattered along the Nile delta, this is probably just one of them. It's interesting that most of these sites are known but never really published because of Egypt's tight grip on people who want to study them from the outside. It's sad really.
But in all honesty, we will never really know what the pyramids were really used for, they vary in size, some have chambers, some don't. Some have people burried in them, some around them. Some were built on existing structures, or were made from existing structures. So much more we can learn from them.



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 05:56 AM
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I'm going to throw this out there.

I have often wondered if these may have had a practical reason as well as astrological etc, the landscape around theses always seems very flat.

Is it possible the ancients were also geoforming for shade/agriculture reasons, I can't help but think these may have been intended to be "mountains".

Just an out there thought.

Cheers



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 06:25 AM
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Nice thread presentation.

What better way to assure that your tomb isn't vandalized than to put a pyramid on top of it? Maybe these were all royal or "upper class" tombs, but the person is already buried under it when it's started and not within it. Dig a hole, bury the chap, probably your father or grandpa and his or her stuff, put a few massive stones on top of it immediately to assure that nobody digs the stuff up, and then make sure you and your relatives continue to pile stones on top of the grave until a pyramid is formed. One of the ultimate status symbols as well as ultimate grave-robber protector.



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 06:26 AM
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To harness energy from the atmosphere.
The only thing we fail to ralise is that the antennas are missing.



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 06:27 AM
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It's possible i suppose someone is buried underneath them but they aren't considered to have been in the context of Necropoli, though as seen at Edfu a few later burials were placed at the base.


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I haven't come across many of that sort of Egyptologist myself...




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They did have the symbolic function of 'mountains', relating to the mountains of the horizon were the sun rose and set, as in the Akhet sign, and from that i would deduce they could have had the general function of 'place of establishment'.
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posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 06:36 AM
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I thought of this because of North American Indian burial mounds. I've heard that these mounds were often built atop the home (with the body inside) or body of one individual, a chief or medicine man was often the object of affection, and then sometimes grew to include more individuals. If this occurred in one culture it might be possible that the Egyptian culture used well cut rocks and engineering skill to accomplish the same thing - the honoring of the person as well as making it harder for thieves to get to the stuff buried with them. Maybe the explanation for constructing these pyramids in the first place is as easy as that (although probably not - it was more likely some kind of personal ego competition to build the best one).



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 06:44 AM
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Maybe they attempted to emulate the building style of those that came long, long before them.


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posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 06:49 AM
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Is it possible that these smaller pyramids acted as waypoints for travellers and merchants. By standing on one face of the structure did it give the direction and orientation of the next waypoint. Where there oil burning beacons on top to allow night time navigation? So were these objects a route map and compass all in one?



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 06:52 AM
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i have often wondered if the pyramids were built as a kind of counter balance for the earth .

maybe there was some kind of pole shift or the threat of one .

would it be possible for some one to build a computer model of the earth and remove the weight of the known pyramids and see how it affects the earths spin .

and maybe this model could predict the location of other pyramids that have not been discovered yet .

but as a silver surfer with limited computer skills it will not be me .

so to all the computer boffins out there , can some thing like that be done ?



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 07:04 AM
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Perhaps in a sense, the Nile river to which these small pyramids were generally aligned was also comparable to the Celestial river over the length of which the Sun or deceased Pharoah was expected to travel over the length of the night, the Goddess Nut represented this journey arching above in the night time sky.

The points of passage along her body from swallowing the sun to giving birth to it are generally eight, there was also formerly an eighth small pyramid in the Nile Delta, so the journey along the length of the Nile could have been analogous to this, so yes marker points.





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It is considered that all of the small pyramids were built around the same time, either by Pharoah Huni or Snefru, who really liked just building pyramids for the sake of it seemingly, this and an absence of other contemporary burials around them does make it unlikely they were burial places, but who knows...



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posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 07:08 AM
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Treespeaker
I'm going to throw this out there.

I have often wondered if these may have had a practical reason as well as astrological etc, the landscape around theses always seems very flat.

Is it possible the ancients were also geoforming for shade/agriculture reasons, I can't help but think these may have been intended to be "mountains".

Just an out there thought.

Cheers


Well, they are made of limestone, perhaps something there, for "agriculture reasons" or geoforming.

lets see. for pure speculation and fun, lets see some property of the stone.


Other uses include:
It is the raw material for the manufacture of quicklime (calcium oxide), slaked lime (calcium hydroxide), cement and mortar.
Pulverized limestone is used as a soil conditioner to neutralize acidic soils.
It is crushed for use as aggregate—the solid base for many roads.
Geological formations of limestone are among the best petroleum reservoirs;
As a reagent in flue-gas desulfurization, it reacts with sulfur dioxide for air pollution control.
Glass making, in some circumstances, uses limestone.
It is added to toothpaste, paper, plastics, paint, tiles, and other materials as both white pigment and a cheap filler.
It can suppress methane explosions in underground coal mines.
Purified, it is added to bread and cereals as a source of calcium.
Calcium levels in livestock feed are supplemented with it, such as for poultry (when ground up).[11]
It can be used for remineralizing and increasing the alkalinity of purified water to prevent pipe corrosion and to restore essential nutrient levels.[12]
Used in blast furnaces, limestone binds with silica and other impurities to remove them from the iron.
It is often found in medicines and cosmetics.
It is used in sculptures because of its suitability for carving.




You don't invest that time and effort for nothing.

Worship? Tomb? Practical purpose?

Could be a combination, or none at all.

You build that big, so it last, structurally the shape is engineered to last, it will survive a bit of a beating.

Its hard for me to think all that effort was not more than just ceremonial.



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 08:23 AM
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The fact that they are located along the Nile implies the Nile is the key to understanding their purpose. I suspect they acted as watchtowers for monitoring activity along the Nile. The Nile was the primary "highway" for commerce. And, if an invading army was going to attempt to overthrow the ruler, they would likely use the Nile to make a fast approach. The height of 40 ft.(approx.) would enable a good vantage point AND ensure the watchtower was not washed away when the Nile floods annually. When the water level is higher during flood seasons, the guards move the the next higher tier of the pyramid. The stepped pyramids allow for access to each higher level and a flat zone where guards can set up and monitor activity.

What strikes my imagination, is what else may have been at the peak of the pyramid. What there some kind of communications technology, or visual beacon that allowed a chain of communication along the Nile?


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posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 08:51 AM
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wait....seven pyramids running the length of the nile?

Here is more what I am thinking:




posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 08:54 AM
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KanuTruth
The fact that they are located along the Nile implies the Nile is the key to understanding their purpose. I suspect they acted as watchtowers for monitoring activity along the Nile. The Nile was the primary "highway" for commerce. And, if an invading army was going to attempt to overthrow the ruler, they would likely use the Nile to make a fast approach. The height of 40 ft.(approx.) would enable a good vantage point AND ensure the watchtower was not washed away when the Nile floods annually. When the water level is higher during flood seasons, the guards move the the next higher tier of the pyramid. The stepped pyramids allow for access to each higher level and a flat zone where guards can set up and monitor activity.

What strikes my imagination, is what else may have been at the peak of the pyramid. What there some kind of communications technology, or visual beacon that allowed a chain of communication along the Nile?


edit on 25-3-2014 by KanuTruth because: Forgot to add some conent.


The Egyptian "elite", the people who would commission the building of these, were Esoteric initiates. Power was maintained by a priest class in this regard.

The Nile could very easily have symbolic meaning in multiple ways to the esoteric teachings of the time. The number 7 has well known implications in this regard.



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 09:20 AM
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Because...



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 09:28 AM
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There is a theory that the great pyramids were made as energy generators, could these smaller pyramids be used as substation like facilities to boost or harness the power of the electricity?

Cool thread! S&F



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 09:43 AM
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Hi and thanks for a well put thread, Yes me again and honest not troling you but we do have similar interests


With the 7 Pyramids I have heard of them before and there are south of sudan a collection of Ziggurats in a similar manor running along the Sudanese River - Sorry cant seem to find the link.

I have been thinking on the idea of the pyramids on a theory that there where prototypes built. Much like the theory of the 'Bent Pyramids' where these where 'failed' projects where the Architects calculations didnt go to plan. To make sure you dont have this same last minute calculation error on somthing like the pyramid of Giza, it makes sense to me the idea that you would commission several, possibly several dosen of different scaled pyramids to get the calculations and logistics as perfect as possible before arrainging the construction of much larger projects. Much as today Architects need to make scale models to get the logistics right, they cannot base everything on the numbers.

Again not going against what you say on this one
I personally believe that there is a connection in Egypt to something out of this world (possibly litterally) just that the methods to get there needed practice.



posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 10:13 AM
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I think many small (bad quality build) pyramids are just copy's from the great (real) Pyramids. The same you see in Peru, very ancient (very good quality and often very hard stones) and much later the inca's and so on making their own stonework (but very poor quality and just not impressive and I'm sure the very good quality much older ones will survive the later stonework with easy (made most likely to honor (for them holy (ancient) stoneworks).

Also they say they dated this (poorly build) pyramid to 4,600-years old (how??). I guess they date(d) with the ''knowledge'' how old the great pyramids are (just a few decades apart between the Great P and these poorly much smaller pyramids!!!), so they assume and tell us how old they are (which they just don't know).

Build a few decades before the Great Pyramids and in no way comparable (build quality) to the Great Pyramids.. right that makes sense. I'm pretty sure these bad quality & small pyramids are much newer then the Great Pyramids made in an attempt to achieve the same as (their ''gods'') for giving honor - and people just like to ''copy stuff''.
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posted on Mar, 25 2014 @ 10:31 AM
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I don't think it likely they were any sort of construction learning process as their construction is so rudimentary it wouldn't have stretched the Egyptians in any way, nor is a practical design for a watchtower or beacon, almost certainly they had religious significance.

There was a river journey made by the Pharoah in death to the Northern Necropolis but that began at Abydos, this did relate though to translation along the Milky Way to which the Nile was comparative, complications arise with the South-North orientation, in that the normal translation of the Sun from setting to rising is of course a West-East affair along the ecliptic plane, the role of the Milky Way may have been a course for the Ba taking it's place amongt the imperishable stars of circumpolar North.

This Egyptian cosmological world map does illustrate this concept of the two passage or river ways, with the body of Nut probably equating with the ecliptic plane and seen beneath the Galactic/Milky Way.



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I'm sure there was an esoteric element to the progression along the Nile also, this is the Egyptians afterall

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