In my recent research visit to Egypt I attempted to reach the Apex point of the Great Giza Triangle. This is a point to the southwest of Menkaure's
Pyramid (G3) in the Egyptian desert near to Giza. The Great Giza Triangle is a theoretical triangle constructed through the use of the 3 most ancient
centroids and applying these to the three main Giza pyramids. These centroids seem to be indicated by the very unusual 'concavities' which run from
the base to the apex of each face of the Great Pyramid and the smaller pyramid of Menkaure. Of around 100 pyramids in Egypt, only these two pyramids
exhibit such an unusual feature which you can see here:
By interpreting these 'concavities' as indicators of their latent centroids we find that they construct a triangle of a very specific size and
orientation. Indeed, ONLY this triangle will be reconstructed. The apex of this 'triangulation' picks out a very specific spot in the Egyptian
desert to the southwest of the Giza pyramids, here:
Earlier this month, Egyptian explorer and researcher, Jon Bodsworth, attempted to reach this apex point from the north (via the Giza necropolis) but
found a substantial obstacle in his way:
During my own research visit to Giza last week, I attempted to circumvent 'Hawass's Wall' by heading southwest around the perimeter of the Giza
plateau. This is the route I planned to take:
As I journeyed around the perimeter of the Giza plateau (some 6 kilometers or so), it quickly became clear just how seriously the local Egyptian
police took the security of Giza with mounted police (on camels) and manned security towers:
Certainly there has been some security problems in Egypt in the past with tourists being kidnapped and terrorist bombings, so I can understand why the
Egyptians take their security so very seriously. Strange though that the security at the actual entrance to the Giza necropolis is - by contrast -
quite relaxed. Plenty of antiquities police around but no bag searches, no metal detectors - nothing. Odd.
This is when I began to think is 'Hawass's Wall' really about protecting tourists or is it more about preventing tourists from wandering into
Continuing down the main road south it gradually became clear to me that it would be impossible for me to reach the GGT Apex point from the south
(i.e. from the other side of 'Hawass's Wall').
As can be seen from the next image, there is absolutely no way in to the location of the GGT Apex point. Arriving at the location from the south (as
opposed from the north) we find this:
In short then, attempting to reach the Apex point from the North (via the Giza necropolis) is terminated by the obstruction of Hawass's Wall (not to
mention armed mounted police and those also in the watch-towers).
Attempting to circumvent the 'wall' by walking around it to arrive at the Apex point from the south, your path is obstructed by another security
fence for as far as the eye can see.
The location of the GGT Apex is effectively sealed off by Hawass's Wall and a second security perimeter fence. I see no reason for this double-fence
- you certainly do not find them at other sacred sites such as Saqqara or Meidum.
Could it be that this sealed area - i.e. the location of the GGT Apex - is indeed hiding something under its ancient sands, something Dr Hawass does
not wish anyone to know of? Some food for thought.