The Giza Doomsday Clock (cont.)
By Scott Creighton
What are we to make of this implied circle around the Giza pyramid field? What clues might this implied circle present to us that might help us to uncover its purpose? Naturally the most obvious thing we can do in order to answer this question would be to measure the circle's properties. In so doing it might be possible, if significant values are found, to be able to determine the circle's purpose. And, intriguingly, after measuring this circle, this is what we find:
The Implied Great Giza Circle's Radius/Diameter = 1200/2400 AE Cubits
The radius of this implied circle around the Giza pyramid field is equal to 1200 AE cubits (diameter = 2400 cubits). In these values we are immediately reminded of the fact that there are 12 hours of night and 12 hours of light, making 24 hours in a day. It is not unreasonable then to consider that this implied circle is somehow connected with TIME; that the implied Great Giza Circle represents a 'clock face'.
Before leaving this aspect of the Giza ground plan, there is one more indicator here that hints that the purpose this implied circle is indeed connected with time - the circle's circumference. This is calculated thus:
Circumference = Diameter x Pi (22/7)
Circumference = 2400 x 3.142857 = 7543 AE Cubits
This circumference of 7,543 cubits might not, at first glance, appear to be a particularly meaningful value. However, that changes when we then convert this value into INCHES of which there are 20.618 inches to 1 AE cubit. Thus we have:
Circumference (in inches) = 7,543 AE cubits x 20.618 = 155520 inches (rounded).
This value (155520) is also inextricably connected with a particular aspect of Earth time - the phenomenon known as precession. Briefly, dividing this value by 12 provides the highly significant precession value of 12,960 which we will look at in more detail shortly.
There can be little doubt then that the implied circle around the structures of Giza is connected in some way with time. This is the Giza 'clock face'.
2) The Calibrating Point
Before we consider this aspect of the Giza Astronomical Clock, let us first consider the problem of determining the correct time from the following brief example:
What Hour is the Alarm Clock Set To?
And finally - what time is the alarm hand set to?
The Alarm Hand is Set at 10 O'clock
As can be seen in the above example, without a known hour (the 11 hour mark) imprinted on the clock face, it is quite impossible to determine the hour the alarm hand is set to. The calibrating point marks a known hour on the clock and when we know what that calibrating hour actually is (i.e. 11 o'clock), we can then determine the hour the clock's alarm hand is set to. We actually only require ONE calibrating point on the clock face in order to determine where the other hours should be placed relative to the calibrating hour.
That most analogue clocks and wrist watches have the numbers 1-12 imprinted around the clock face is done merely as a matter of convenience, allowing us to quickly recognise the correct time at any given moment. It is entirely possible to obtain the correct time, albeit with a little more difficulty, with a wrist watch that shows the position of just one hour e.g. the 12 o'clock position. However, without any numbers on the clock face and without the convention that generally places 12 at the top of the clock face, it is quite impossible to tell the correct time. This is the importance of the calibrating point e.g. the 12 o'clock position on a clock or the start position of an analogue stopwatch.
So, what unique marker might we find on the implied circle of the Giza clock face that would serve as the calibration point for the Giza astronomical clock - the 'known hour'? There can be but one candidate that serves as this unique marker - the Great Sphinx which, as we have seen already, sits precisely on the perimeter of the Giza 'clock face'.
The Great Sphinx Calibrates the Giza Astronomical Clock
But what evidence is there that might indicate this quite crucial and practical function of the Sphinx? Well, intriguingly, situated right between the paws of the Sphinx stands a stone tablet known as the Dream Stele.
The 'Dream Stele' Stands Between the Paws of the Great Sphinx
An inscription on the Dream Stele tells us that "…this is the place of the first time…" The 'first time' was known to the Ancient Egyptians as the Zep Tepi and some commentators have interpreted this inscription as referring to the beginnings of the AE civilisation. However, there is another, more obvious and logical meaning for this enigmatic inscription. The term "…the place of the first time…" - in terms of an analogue clock - could simply mean that the location of the Sphinx is the start time or the first 'position' of time on the Giza astronomical clock i.e. that the Sphinx marks the Giza Astronomical clock's calibration point!
And let us here consider for a moment - what defines Earth time? In simple terms it is determined by the various motions of the Earth, i.e. its daily (diurnal) rotation around its own axis gives us our 24-hour day, its orbit around the sun gives us our 365.25 day year. Central to all of this is the sun. Is it any surprise then that in Ancient Egyptian mythology the Sphinx was known as Re-horakhty, the sun as Horakhty, as well as Horemakhet, a name for Horus as the sun on the horizon. How fitting then that the Sphinx, as pointed out by Egyptologist, Richard Wilkinson, could take the form of a cosmic lion and as such marks time - the start point for the sun's journey around the astronomical clock.