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Originally posted by Danbones
whos the great big giant guy in the above hyro?
one of the giant aliens they keep on about, or a statue of one of the giant aliens?edit on 19-3-2011 by Danbones because: (no reason given)
The Importance of the Wooden Rod for Dating of the Great Pyramid
I immediately made contact with Dr. Neil Curtis in Aberdeen. The Grant relics and memorabilia sent by Mrs. Morice had not be classified but only stored in the Marischal Museum's vaults. Being understaffed and also in the process of refurbishing the Museum, Dr. Neil assured me that a search for the missing 5-inch measuring rod would be carried out, but warned me that this could take quite a while. I contacted Dr. Neil last on 14 June, but he had not been able to locate the missing rod with the Grant collection, but felt confident it was somewhere in the Museum, perhaps filed in a different section. He assured me that the search would go on.
It is extremely likely that the 5-inch piece found by Grant and Dixon in the northern shaft of the Queen's Chamber is, in fact, a fragment from a longer piece as was suggested by the Warden of Standards, Mr. Henry Williams Chrisholm back in 1873. We shall recall that when this shaft was re-explored by Rudolf Gantenbrink in 1993 (who was then working under Dr. Rainer Stadelmann of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo) he was able to see a wooden rod, measuring about 70 cm. long and having the same rectangular cross-sectional shape and general appearance than the smaller fragment found in 1872 by Grant and Dixon, lying deep inside the shaft. A photograph of this wooden rod taken by Gantenbrink's robotic camera showed fragments of white stone or plaster covering the part of rod that was pushed against the corner wall of the shaft. This may explain the "little small stones" encrusted in the smaller piece found by Grant and Dixon as described by Piazzi Smyth in his diary entry of the 26 November 1872.
But if this hypothesis is correct, then how did the smaller piece break off and fall down the shaft and come to rest where it was found by Dixon and Grant in 1872?
The northern shaft starts with a horizontal part which is about 2 meters long and then slopes upwards for a further 24 meters at an angle of 39 degrees. It is at the junction of the horizontal and sloping parts that Grant and Dixon found the small fragment. But could this piece have rolled down the whole length of the sloping shaft unaided? The answer is, in my opinion, probably not. This is because a small, square-shaped rod not smoothly planed cannot easily slide or roll on its own down the limestone flooring of the shaft and overcome the frictional resistance of the stone as well as the 20 or so masonry joints. When Gantenbrink explored this shaft, we were all surprised to note that a modern iron rod which had obviously been used to probe the shaft was still lying there, from somewhere about 7 meters up the sloping part of the shaft up to where the shaft bent towards the west. In none of the literature from Dixon, Grant or Piazzi Smyth is this iron rod mentioned. It is likely, however, that Grant and Dixon did, in fact, use this rod to probe the shaft but preferred not to report their 'treasure hunting' exploration, and that in probing the shaft so did cause the 5-inch fragment of the wooden rod to break off the longer piece and was pulled from its original resting place down to the bottom of the shaft by the iron rod.
At any rate, there can be no doubt that the wooden fragments viz. the small piece found by Grant and Dixon and the larger piece still in the shaft photographed by Gantenbrink, are contemporaneous with the construction of the Great Pyramid, since the shaft was sealed at both ends and not opened till 1872 by Dixon and Grant. These wooden fragments, therefore, could prove extremely useful in defining a more accurate date for the monument by the Carbon-14 method. Retrieving either or both pieces is thus of great importance to the study of this monument. The matter now rests in the hands of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo and the Marischal Museum in Scotland