The Great Pyramid of Giza is no secret, and it remains the oldest and largest pyramid on Earth. It’s so old and large, in fact, that it still baffles modern scientists today, who all squabble about how, what, and who could have possibly built this monolithic structure. There are many different theories and ideas about how it could have been constructed with simple prehistoric tools. At the end of the day, there still isn’t one definitive answer to any of those questions—and there probably won’t be for some time. There have been numerous recent findings, however, that have blown all past theories out of the water.
Below are some of those uncommon facts, recently discovered, that throw a wrench into our modern understanding of the Great Pyramid in general. The titles are hyperlinked to other sources you can check out, if you want to do further research for yourself, I strongly recommend it!
While the Pyramid of Giza has traditionally been explained as the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu, there hasn’t, to date, been any findings of burial equipment or remains that would signify that the pyramid was used as a tomb. Essentially, what they found locked away deep in the heart of the pyramid was an empty granite box. This granite box was constructed with perfect mathematical dimensions, and its stark contents contrast greatly with other sarcophagi dedicated to dead Pharaohs.
Another mind-blowing discovery, one that modern science still have yet to explain, is the fact that the Great Pyramid is actually eight-sided. When viewed during the Autumn and Spring equinox, the sides of the Pyramid reveal themselves to be slightly concave, splitting each of the four sides in two mathematically equal halves. This begs the question, “If this was built in ancient times, how in the world could they have known all that?”
A man by the name of John Taylor in 1859 proposed that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built to represent the mathematical phenomena of pi, and the golden ratio, both of which are essentially the foundations of all math on Earth. Taylor found out that if you divide the perimeter of the Great Pyramid by its height, you get pi. Taylor goes on to describe that if you do this same equation with a circle you get the same result, pi, and he argues that the Pyramid was built in order to represent the spherical nature of the Earth. If this is true, it would suggest that the ancient Egyptians understood way more about math, the universe, and space than we originally thought.
The final, and my favorite uncommon fact about the Pyramid of Giza, is the fact that there are now scientists who believe that the Pyramid of Giza is connected mathematically with multiple different ancient religious sites throughout the world. This train of thought originated from a man named Alfred Watkins, who in 1921, began dancing with the idea that all prehistoric religious sites were lined up in straight lines all across the globe called “ley lines.”
If those facts aren’t unsettling, or at least intriguing, then I’m not sure what is. What these simple discoveries show us is that, despite our technology and modern understanding, there are numerous things about our past that we will never quite understand. The best way to approach an answer is to keep an open mind.