Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Unlocking the Final Secret of the Great Pyramid

Today on Far Future Horizons we join renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in following the story of how one man's decade long obsession produced a compelling new theory on how the Great Pyramid was built.

When ancient architects completed construction on the Great Pyramid at Giza, they left behind the greatest riddle of the engineering world how did builders lift limestone blocks weighing an average of two and a half tons, 480 feet up onto the top of the pyramid? For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Great Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. 

Jean-Pierre Houdin

For the first time, a revolutionary theory argues that the answer may be inside the pyramid. Architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has devoted his life to solving this mystery by creating incredibly accurate blueprints of the Great Pyramid, using cutting-edge 3-D software. Unlocking the Great Pyramid follows Houdin and renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in Giza as they put Houdin’s theory to the test.


This documentary is based on the book The Secret of the Great Pyramid by Bob Brier and Jean-Pierre Houdin.

A decade ago, French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin became obsessed by the centuries old question: How was the Great Pyramid built? How, in a nation of farmers only recently emerged from the Stone Age, could such a massive, complex, and enduring structure have been envisioned and constructed?

3 D Model of Great Pyramid by Jean-Pierre Houdin showing internal ramp

Labouring at his computer ten hours a day for five years—creating exquisitely detailed 3-D models of the Pyramid's interior—Houdin finally had his answer. It was a startling revelation that cast a fresh light on the minds that conceived one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Diagram of Great Pyramid showing internal ramp

Written by world-renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in collaboration with Houdin, The Secret of the Great Pyramid moves deftly between the ancient and the modern, chronicling two equally fascinating interrelated histories. It is a remarkable account of the step-by-step planning and assembling of the magnificent edifice—the brainchild of an innovative genius, the Egyptian architect Hemienu, who imagined, organized, and oversaw a monumental construction project that took more than two decades to complete and that employed the services of hundreds of architects, mathematicians, boat builders, stonemasons, and metallurgists. Here also is the riveting story of Jean-Pierre Houdin's single-minded search for solutions to the mysteries that have bedevilled Egyptologists for centuries, such as the purpose of the enigmatic Grand Gallery and the Pyramid's crack.

This book and documentary are both available from

Unlocking the Great Pyramid 

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