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on 6 September 2000
The popularity of neoarchaeology over the last decade, with specific reference to the construction of the Giza Plateau monunments, has always been a breeding ground for uninformed, bandwagonning authors to ply their wearisome theories to attain their fifteen minutes of fame.
Only a few authors, namely Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Colin Wilson and Andrew Collins come anywhere near providing us with plausible explanations of the possible engineering sciences utilised by those who built these structures. We all know the Ancient Egyptians did'nt build them, but their predecessors had access to technological knowledge that transformed the landscape with seemingly impossible buildings (it has been proved that they could be built with todays construction technology and methods).
Collins ventures his theory of construction via sonic platforms and volumetric frequencies with some aplomb, based in rigid, known science rather than assuming that hundreds of thousands of slaves were used for lifting, rolling and cutting the stones into place (how, exactly, did they manage to work 480 feet above the plateau, to get the summit stones atop the Great Pyramid ? )
Of course, the theory is highly speculative and, although based on hard science and ambiguous ancient hieroglyphics / manuscripts, does not leave you completely convinced that that this was the technology used. However, it's certainly one of the more rational theories out there and certainly worth pursuing further via physical experimentation and empirical studies in the effects of sonic platforming.
Therefore, compared to most of the junk literature out there on this and related subject-matters, it is good to see a few authors taking the issue seriously, grounded in good science whilst not engaging in overly fantastical theories, which gives serious exponents of neoarchaeology a bad name.
Recommended.
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on 29 April 2001
I've read a lot of books on the subject and this is possible the worst example. It seems as if COLLINS cleaned out his fridge and put everything he found in this book. No head, no tail, no new twists to the story. He seems to have lost his way after the first paragraph. He makes the faulty assumption that lifting blocks of stone (by sound)is the same principle as disintegrating stone (by ultrasonic drilling).
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on 17 August 2005
As someone who relishes Egyptology I looked forward with interest to reading this book. I did find it a very long read but enjoyable. I particularly liked the plates in the book.
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