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Archive for March, 2016

Giza Valley Temple

Inside the Valley Temple

Inside the Valley Temple

The Giza Plateau is one of the world’s great mysteries. Of course the three large pyramids gain most of the attention, and rightfully so. And the more one studies them, the more amazing they become, beyond what is normally presented in textbooks. The next focus for tourists is the Sphinx, a marvel in itself. Yet few take the time to really examine the rest of the sites on the plateau. There are six remaining smaller pyramids (along with remnants of several others), mastaba tombs, shafts to underground chambers, temples around the pyramids, amazing shaping of granite stones, and several surprises.

For this article I want to take the reader-traveler’s attention to a place visited, but rarely lingered at. The Valley Temple. Located just in front of the Sphinx, this temples not only displays examples of amazing building practices with megalithic blocks placed in Peruvian-style jigsaw fashion, but presents some ideas of age of the Plateau.

First what is a Valley Temple? Short answer, each pyramid was linked on its eastern face (usually) by what is called a Mortuary Temple. Of course there is no proof anyone was every buried in an original Egyptian Pyramid, but it is the name for these temples. At Giza the second and third pyramid have semi-complete structures, while only the basalt floor is left at the side of the Great Pyramid. These temples were linked by a long covered causeway to a Valley Temple, which would have been connected to a boat dock to take arriving boats from the Nile River. Thus a Valley Temple was the starting off point for anyone’s journey to a pyramid in ancient times. The Valley Temple in front of the Sphinx, part of the Khafre Pyramid complex, is the most unique and complete valley temple in Egypt. Only one building in Egypt looks anything like it, the strange Oserion at Abydos. The reason the Valley Temple at Giza is so well preserved it that it was buried in sand for centuries. It is hard to know just how long it had been buried before excavations in the 1850’s when it was uncovered.  Read more…

2016 Site Activity

It has been a long while since I have posted on here. Almost three years when I check my last blog post. The time away was needed. I began back in what may be called “normal life.” Research on new topics continued, but slowly and this site had to be put aside for a while. But the time away has been useful, to just have a bit of space to look over the last 15 years and contemplate. What did I really learn? Where should this journey go to next?

So it seems that it wants to continue, and as I take my study into new areas I want to open myself again to sharing that along the way again as I work on putting together a new book. It, and the new posts on this site, will include many of my old study topics (such as Ancient Egypt, Megaliths, the illusion of reality, Hermeticism, and the search for the Self), but new areas as well (Holy Grail, Templar Knights, Cathars, the examination of earth and space).

In December I took another trip to Egypt. It had been many years since my last visit, and while some things remained the same, others had changed. Once great change was the lack of tourists. At Giza there were perhaps 20 other Western Travelers, while at Sakkara we saw only two other travelers (yes just two!), and at amazing Dashur nobody. It was saddening to know how this was affecting normal Egyptians who make their living off tourists. Of course it gave the small group who came with me a chance to experience Ancient Egypt in somewhat of silence.

But this trip was different for me as well. I had time to look at things that I normally didn’t study closely, such as the type of stone used in temple floors, the way stones were cut and placed, angles and geometry in more detail. And we were rewarded in the various pyramids with the most interesting of experiences, in the simple yet direct sort of ways. The trip was the marker to show the period of being more cave-like was ending, and returning to share my findings was re-starting.

So now that I am back at this site I will retool it a bit, and begin to add longer blog-articles rather than several smaller entries. I am preferring to write fewer but in more depth. Good to be back…hope there will be something of value in the new additions of this site for you.

Thanks goes out to my site over-seer Jason Miller, who even though not much was happening here for the last three years, still kept watch over it for me to assure it would be here when I was ready to return.

Feel free to comment, send an email, drop a suggestion or order a book. I will be getting back out to do talks again during the summer. As I get dates set up I will let you know on here as well. Correct email to reach me is now listed on the contact page.