The Gravity Cubit (cont.)
By Scott Creighton
Of course, critics of the "Gravity Cubit" hypothesis will undoubtedly point to the fact that the ancient Egyptian Royal Cubit was in use hundreds of years before the Great Pyramid at Giza was built therefore it would have been impossible for its dimensions to have influenced the unit of measure in the manner proposed. The simple fact is, however, there is no need to physically build the Great Pyramid in order to have determined what its eventual dimensions would be. A scaled plan for the Great Pyramid (along with the other Giza pyramids) could have been devised long before a single block of any pyramid was ever set in place. The plan's scale would naturally have been based upon the "Gravity Cubit" and incorporated into any plan. In this regard it is interesting that the Great Pyramid's height consists of 280 Royal Cubits with the cubit measure itself divided into 28 equal parts thus perhaps demonstrating a 1:10 scale.
But what do the ancient Egyptians say of such plans? Interestingly, etched into the stonework in the colonnade of the Temple of Horus at Edfu there is to be found the following curious inscription in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs:
"They [the temples] were built according to an architectural plan which was supposed to have been revealed in a codex that fell from the heavens at Saqqara in the days of Imhotep."
What this inscription seems to imply is that the structure that the great vizier, Imhotep, built for the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser at Saqqara - the world's first Step Pyramid - was actually constructed from a plan that had apparently come, not from the ancient Egyptians (AEs) of the 3rd Dynasty (or, indeed, from any AE dynasty), but from somewhere else; from some earlier time. It further implies that every "temple" from Imhotep's time to those constructed by much later Egyptian dynasties was based upon this ancient "codex" from "heaven". It would seem then that, although Imhotep probably oversaw and engineered the actual construction of Djoser's Step Pyramid at Saqqara, he apparently was not its architect - the plan was "revealed" to Imhotep. Who the original architects of this "heavenly codex" were will likely remain a mystery.
Assuming that such architectural plans were indeed passed down through generations of the ancient Egyptian civilisation in some form, it seems somewhat improbable that the implementation of any such architectural plans by the AEs would have occurred immediately. Further assuming that the plan or "codex" was a three-dimensional model of the Giza Pyramids (perhaps crafted in durable granite), then it is logical to consider that the builders would first have to familiarise themselves with the craft of constructing the pyramid form before even attempting to make manifest their "sacred plan". And from the evidence we see in Egypt today and from the ancient record, we do indeed find a natural evolution of the pyramid form having taken place from Djoser's Step Pyramid at Saqqara to the smooth-sided Red Pyramid of the Pharaoh Snefru at Dahshur.
Along the learning-curve to achieving their goal of constructing smooth-sided pyramid structures, it is unsurprising that many mistakes were made. Pyramids were built on ground that was - all too late - found to be too unstable. Pyramid slopes were constructed at too steep an angle, causing the structure to collapse under its own weight. Eventually, however, having learned from their past mistakes, the builders eventually managed to construct the world's first stable, smooth-sided, "true pyramid" - the Red Pyramid at Dahshur.
And so, having finally secured the craft of constructing stable, true pyramids, the time to fully implement their ancient "codex" had arrived - the construction of the Pyramids of Giza, finally implemented by the 4th Dynasty Egyptians in quite stunning fashion.
In forming the Gravity Cubit hypothesis, the author sincerely wishes to thank the following individuals for their valued assistance and insights:
Stephen W. Dail
Dale Robert Lerch