Robert Bauval, Author of the Month for February 2008
The Egypt Code (cont.)
By Robert Bauval
To be fair, not all academics were prone to dismiss The Orion Mystery. Some very eminent Egyptologists such as Dr. Jaromir Malek of the Griffith Institute and the American Egyptologist Dr. Ed Meltzer, kept an open mind in the same fashion as the late Sir I.E.S. Edwards had done. More refreshingly, the theory received cautious support from the astronomical community, particularly from Professor Archie Roy of Glasgow University, Professor Mary Brück of Edinburgh University, Professor Giulo Magli of Milan Politecnico, Professor Percy Seymour of Plymouth University and Professor Chandra Wikramasingh of Cardiff University. And even though these high ranking astronomers maintained a healthy scepticism, they nonetheless found the theory intriguing and deserving of careful consideration and further research.
Also in the course of the years a crack began to appear in the Egyptological academic armour when Dr. Joromir Malek (who had reviewed my theory in 1994 in the Oxford journal Discussions in Egyptology) declared himself favourable to the possibility that the apparent illogical scattering of pyramids in the Memphite necropolis (a 40 kilometres long desert strip west of the Nile near Cairo) may, after all, have had more to do with "religious, astronomical or similar" considerations than with purely practical considerations such as the topography and geology of the land. Similar views began to be heard in Egyptology, especially from the American Egyptologist Mark Lehner, the Czech Egyptologist Miroslav Verner and the British Egyptologist David Jeffreys. It was, however, the archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni, a professor of astronomy and anthropology at Colgate University, who, in my view, would come the closest in providing an overall picture of what may have been in the minds of the ancient architects who designed and planned such mysterious monuments (not only in Egypt but in other parts of the ancient world) when he wrote that,
"In order to understand what ancient people thought about the world around them, we must begin by witnessing phenomena through their eyes. A knowledge of each particular culture is necessary, but learning what the sky contains and how each entity moves is also indispensable… strange but true: whole cities, kingdom and empires were founded based on observations and interpretations of natural events that pass undetected under our noses and above our heads."
Dr. Aveni was referring to the Mayan and Inca civilisations when he made the above statement. But may as well have been talking about the Egypt's Old Kingdom, for I am now even more convinced that such a statement holds truer for the sacred cities, pyramids and temples built by the ancient Egyptians all along the 1000 kilometres of the Nile Valley during their three-thousand years of civilisation. And this, in a nutshell, is what I set out to prove in The Egypt Code.