Up to this day, the true purpose of the Great Pyramid at Giza is still shrouded in mystery. But if we discard the tradional "tomb theory" for a
moment and look at Khufu's Pyramid from a different, more technical point of view, it may turn out to have served a very concrete scientific and
economic purpose. At least according to three engineers who published a thought-provoking paper
some years back.
But first let's have a look at the internal structure of the Great Pyramid:
The interior design of the Great Pyramid (from now on "GP") suggests that the creators had a 'functional design' in mind. Now, I'm well aware of
the fact that many theories have been proposed on why the GP could have been a "machine" of some sort (eg. by Chris Dunn). However, there is just
this one essay that seems to account for all
the chambers, materials, shafts and other structural features of the GP in a meaningful way. And
if they are right(?), their insights would be awe-inspiring and intriguing.
At first I thought this was 'bogus'. But then I realized that E. Miller, S. Sloan and G. Wilson are meticulously making quite a serious case for
their plutonium processing theory based on insights gained from the Nuclear Production Complex at
Hanford in Washington
. The main idea being that pellets or bricks of uranium oxide were placed inside the granite sarcophagus while water
flooded the king's chamber through the southern shaft. In this concept, water plays a major role because:
... it is the medium, which slows down neutrons and reflects them back into the uranium oxide pile. It is also the mechanism for removing heat
from the chamber. The south “air shaft” from the outside to the chamber would have been a pipe for continuously adding water to the
The by-products generated in the process (steam and radioactive water) would either exit the chamber via the northern shaft (steam) or end up flowing
down the trench of the Grand Gallery (water), from where it is flushed down into the subterranean chamber right into the lower layers of sand (where
it is gradually filtered).
Since the authors did not include any diagrams or images, I tried to visualize the concept (to some degree). I'm not sure whether I got it 100%
right, but it seems to match the text quite well. So here's a general look at what they theorize could have happened in the King's Chamber:
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Please note that the reaction creates extremely high pressures
in the upper section of the chamber, thus pushing down water and steam to the
north shaft & the antechamber. The column of water in the south shaft also presses down into the chamber (due to it's length).
While reading the paper, it helped imagining the running of the reactor with a two-step concept
: 1. functions of the passages, shafts and
chambers 'during' a batch-run of uranium oxide and 2. functions of the pyramid architecture after a potion of uranium ore has been 'spent' so to
speak (make sure to check the fullsize images):
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Needless to say, some aspects of their theory leave certain questions unanswered (at least to me), but the general idea is still fascinating as far as
I'm concerned. I can only encourage you to give the original full-text paper a read, here goes a list of topics discussed in the essay:
- The Development of Nuclear Energy
- Official Egyptian History of The Great Pyramid
- Technical Construction of The GP
- Material Contrasts With Other Pyramids
- Functional Nature of The GP
- Shutting Down the Great Pyramid
- Economic Justification of the GP
- The Second Pyramid at Giza
- Methodologies For Scientific Proof of Nuclear Fission in The GP
It's also interesting that they describe why short-lived izotopes with very limited half-lives would be impossible to track down today. But they also
address how the former presence of heavier izotopes could be measured today, provided that proper measurements and analyses were conducted.
The Great Pyramid at Giza (Scroll to Bottom)
If the internals of the Great Pyramid were a nuclear breeder system, then there was a sizable wash through of water, which went to the Bottom Chamber.
From there the water would have descended to an underground sand layer. Assuming retention of the uranium and plutonium oxides, the major, soluble,
radioactive isotopes are Cesium-137 and Strontium-90. Because they have half-lives of 30 years and 28 years, respectively, they would no longer be
As mentioned by Miller (et al.) in their paper, the "plutonium mill concept" would have required some electrical & mechanical equipment being
present in the GP during the time of operations. That machinery would have been removed from the Pyramid after the shutdown. Of course we have no
evidence for that, but the geometry of the GP is IMO intriguing enough to at least discuss such an idea.
Lastly, however, I think that the King's Chamber was indeed designed to contain some kind of fluid (most likely water), because on the 'great step'
in the gallery, there is a V-shaped water slope that IMO can only be associated with the aforementioned purpose:
So if the assumptions of this pamphlet hold true, then the Ancient Egyptians would indeed have been a so-called adaption society
, to whom the
pyramids were already ancient when they discovered them. They would have incorporated these forgotten buildings into their culture, adding glyhps and
creating their own mythology based on the abandoned infrastructure.
I'm in no way expert enough to say whether or not the interior geometry of the GP would really be perfectly suited to produce considerable amounts of
plutonium, but I'm quite certain that the GP had a function other than that of a "tomb".
Ultimately, I think it's an interesting alternative viewpoint despite the many open questions and the plethora of assumptions they make. Whether it
explains the true purpose of the GP or not, I'm very much looking forward to what others might think about that theory ... !
Sources & Links:
01. Essay: Great Pyramid of Giza (Miller/Sloan/Wilson)
02. Concept of a Pressurized Water Reactor
03. Animation: Nuclear Power Plant
04. Information about Plutonium
05. Light Water Reactor (Concept)
06. Hanford Site, Nuclear Production Complex
07. The Canyon Buildings, Hanford Site
08. U Plant (221-U Facility), Hanford Site