We continue our deep dive into Christopher Dunn's excellent book, "The Giza Power Plant" in this third installment of the series.
We follow Mr. Dunn's musings on the enigma of Coral Castle, and how one small man was able to move enormous amounts of weight around and construct a megalithic park by himself, with no help from anyone else, and how this should change our perspective on ancient megalithic builders.
We also start looking at the resonant qualities of the Great Pyramid, it's connection to earth dimensions, and what that might tell us about what the purpose of this structure actually was.
We continue in our exploration of the history of discovery in the Great Pyramid, on the Giza Plateau, and in Egypt in general, by way of Christopher Dunn's book, "The Giza Power Plant".
We make some corrections from part one, then dive into the mysterious "Well Shaft" feature that connects the Descending Passage to the bottom of the Grand Gallery. We also read through Dunn's consulting with various experts in stonework, and his own experiences inside the Great Pyramid, the second(Khafre) pyramid, observations at Aswan, and inside the Serapeum.
And, like in "Lost Technologies", Dunn's practical engineering mindset and perspective immediately appeals to us. He also gives so many fascinating details regarding the Great Pyramid that are completely absent in most popular literature. We spend this show immersed in the first chapters of the book, reading excerpts and discussing the many strange aspects of this most ancient and mysterious structure.
After we catch up on space weather news and listener emails, we read an excellent article on an ongoing experiment to "domesticate" foxes, as remarked upon by many astute listeners in response to Russ talking about "no modern analogues" of animal domestication.
We were wrong, as we often are! But this story still holds interesting implications re: ancient domestication of animals.
After that, we dive back into the final parts of John Anthony West's "Serpent in the Sky", finishing up with the Sphinx, and finally reading about how skerptards are still skerptards and no one can seem to do anything about that.
We have an excellent discussion about all things ancient and mysterious with Mike and Maurice from the Mind Escape podcast. We talk about ancient structures, the mystery of the beginnings of agriculture and animal husbandry, global mythic stories, the deluge, the confusion of tongues, and much more! We also talk about how we all got started in podcasting and in exploring mysteries in general, and the value of seeking better questions rather than "answers".
Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners in the US! Having just arrived back from the EarthKeepers Arklantis conference, and with holidays and family stuff tomorrow, we couldn't do a full show, so we did half of one. This SnakeByte is one hour of talk about the conference, listener emails, and a bunch of really great articles on the ScanPyramids project, new ancient sites discovered in Turkey(how apropos), a weird space sickness, and other interesting stuff, with our usual ridiculous commentary from the nickel seats.
We continue our deep-dive into John Anthony West's excellent work, "Serpent in the Sky". In this episode, we finish with the main body of the book, but there are three appendices regarding the Sphinx, each written later in time as things developed. We are able to get through the first one, and partway through the second(which is about the arrival on scene of Dr. Robert Schoch), but even though we went a bit long, we weren't able to finish it or get to the third.
So the next episode will have the conclusion to this series.
After completing our three-part deep dive into Christopher Dunn's "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt", which was a very technical look at evidence for advanced engineering in Egypt, we thought it only fitting to dive right in to John Anthony West's excellent book, "Serpent in the Sky", which is another look at evidence of advanced concepts in ancient Egypt, only this time in a much more philosophical, metaphysical, and mathematical way.
Unlike Dunn's book, "Serpent in the Sky" is not interwoven around a travel narrative, and is also full of rather deep philosophical and esoteric concepts, which makes it more difficult to "synthesize" for a podcast, but we are going to do our best. This is part one of the attempt.
We conclude our deep dive into Christopher Dunn's excellent book, "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt" in this final episode of a three-part series by looking at Dunn's work and observations in Dendera, at the Temple of Hathor, and the ultra-precise machining evidence there. We also read some of his quotes from Flinders Petrie, the "father" of Egyptology, about the evidence for anomalous cutting of very hard stones in ancient Egypt.
And we conclude with a reading of part of Chris' conclusion of his book, where he lays it all out and basically says the standard model is wrong, whoever built these monuments and carved these objects had machine tools, and more importantly, machine-guided tools.
This is part two of what is now obviously going to be a three-part series on a detailed look at engineer Chris Dunn's book, "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt". In this part, we go back to the beginning of the book where Dunn is studying aspects of the many enormous monolithic statues that can be found in temples all over Egypt. Again and again, his studies find evidence of advanced planning, advanced machining, and the ability to check precision to a very high degree of accuracy.
We also read some very interesting accounts from the book, taken from the writings of explorers from previous centuries who delved into the Serapeum tunnels when the entrance was still concealed under sand.
There is so much information in this book! Part three coming next week.
Ben from UnchartedX joins us to talk about "the case for rewriting history", his travels to ancient sites around the world, and his excellent work on his fast-growing youtube channel. Ben has been to Peru and Egypt several times each, traveled with Graham Hancock and Brien Forester, and taken many terabytes of high quality video and photographs of mysterious aspects of ancient sites, some of which are not easy to get to.
All in all it was a great conversation covering many of our favorite topics. Enjoy!
We catch up on listener emails and comments and open a couple of 1up Boxes. Then Kyle reads a story about recent cattle mutilations in Oregon and we spend some time discussing the history of this strange phenomena and what the "popular" explanations are.
For the second half of the show, we dive into Christopher Dunn's excellent book "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt", looking at the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, an anomalous piece of granite with strange tool marks in Abu Roash, and the infamous "Core #7" found by Petrie. All of these objects hold clues as to the methods for working stone that were used by the ancients, and Dunn does an excellent job investigating them.
Split-end on the sun
Detailed Hieroglyphs carved into the granite
The glyphs are so similar they are like stamps
Very fine three dimensional work on the glyphs
Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan
The obelisk would have been enormous
Deep troughs and cut marks
Linear cuts along the side, with noticeable horizontal striations
Cuts in the trough
Cutting around corners?
Sharp inside corners in trough cuts
Cutting around corners
Diorite quarry stone
Modern quarry excavator saw. Imagine this, but with a chainsaw bar instead of a circular blade
"Unfinished Pyramid" at Abu Roash
Granite block with strange evidence of cutting on it
Archer joins us again in the Tangent Cube to give a slideshow presentation about precision. What does it mean to do precision work? How do you get a perfectly straight edge, or a perfectly flat surface? How do we do it in the modern day, and what does that mean for highly precise work done in ancient times?
This was an awesome conversation. We really recommend watching the youtube video so you can see the slides.
Here is the YouTube Video:
Below are some of the slides from GMA's presentation: