Drawings

Here is the full set of drawings included in my book, The Great Pyramid-The Inside Story.

Figure 1 a, b & c. The route of the supply canal to the north side of the middle pyramid (attributed to Menkaure) through the footprint of the (yet to be constructed) Great Pyramid.

Figure 1aFigures 1b & 1c

Figure 2. The route from the north side of the Great Pyramid through to the lower distribution hub in the lower (queens) chamber.

Figure 2

Figure 3. The lower distribution hub (partially constructed lower chamber).

Figure 3

Figure 4. The installation of the upper gables.

Figure 4

Figures 5 & 6 a & b. The braking mechanism when lowering the upper gables in the entrance tunnel into position on top of the lower gables (Fig. 5) and the jacking up of the upper gables into their final positions (Figs. 6 a & b).

Figs. 5 & 6

Figure 7. The completion of the first stage of the construction.

Figure 7

Figure 8. The installation of the upper gables in the lower chamber.

Figure 8

Figure 9. The first and second stages of the construction.

Figure 9

Figures 10 a, b, c & d. The progression of the barges in the grand gallery.

Figure 10

Figure 11. Establishing the first course of the granite walls in the upper chamber.

Figure 11

Figures 12 & 13. The water locks in the gallery (Fig. 12) and the installation of the (double depth) bridging block above the entrance to the upper chamber (Fig. 13)

Figs 12 & 13

Figure 14. The configuration of the blocks and slabs in the walls, floor and ceiling of the upper chamber.

Figure 14

Figure 15. The installation of the granite roofing slabs (nine) on top of the upper chamber.

Figure 15

Figure 16. The lock beyond the gallery.

Figure 16

Figure 17. The installation of the docking (step) stone at the top end of the grand gallery.

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Figures 18 & 19. Possible lifting points: Either the block on its own (Fig. 18) or the block and the sled (Fig. 19).

Figs 18 & 19

Figs 20 & 21. A rigid cradle (Fig. 20) and an alternative cradle with six hinged lifting fingers (Fig.21).

Figs 20 & 21

Figures 22 & 23. The cradle is shown here suspended from the central rib (Fig. 22) and alternatively, from four points offset from the central rib (Fig. 23). In the second instance it was only the weight of the limestone block that prevented the lower end of the cradle from splaying open, as was required when the block was lowered onto a sled at the top of the shaft, in order for the cradle to be hoisted up clear of the block.

Figs 22 & 23

Figure 24. The Hoist, just prior to it being raised up to the next (almost completed) course of the Great Pyramid. The counterweight had to be supported by a large wooden beam here when the derrick was being raised.

Figure 24

Figure 25. The Antechamber.

Figure 25

Figure 26. The temporary structure viewed from above. The capping blocks indicated here are the blocks used to cap the lift shaft.

Figure 26

Figure 27.  The temporary structure and the wooden platform viewed from the north side of the Great Pyramid.

Figure 27

Figure 28. The temporary support structure (as seen from the east side of the Great Pyramid) with the wooden derrick positioned below the unfinished section. The derrick was used as a supporting frame for a temporary platform at this stage of the construction when the last blocks of the pinnacle were being installed after the support structure had been demolished.

Figure 28

Figure 29. Section through the top of the Great Pyramid (looking north) showing the temporary landing that was constructed on the east side of the structure in order to cap it.

Figure 29

Figure 30. The bypass valves at the top end of each water shaft in the upper and lower chambers. It is the non-return valve and the plunger that has been mistaken for two small doorways by the Egyptological Establishment.

Figure 30

Figure 31. The draw handle that was used by the water pump operators in the upper and lower chambers to close the non-return valves at the top of the water shafts (also known as star shafts). This was discovered in one of the shafts by Waynman Dixon in 1872, along with a stone ball and a flat wooden spar which the handle had been attached to a one time.

Figure 31

Figure 32. The limestone end plug at the bottom of the ascending pipe (corridor) in the Great Pyramid that once concealed this pipe.

Figure 32

Figure 33.  The most probable layout of the canal system on the Giza Plateau (excluding the supply canal on the north side of the Great Pyramid).

Figure 33

Figure 34. Drawing showing the removal of the 200 ton limestone blocks form the Sphinx Enclosure. (These blocks were used in the construction of the Valley Temple, south of the Sphinx Temple.)

Figure 34

Figure 35. Isometric drawing of the sub-surface pipes and chambers of the small pyramid at Giza.

Figure 35

Figure 36. The pipes and chambers of the small pyramid at Giza (viewed from the east).

Figure 36

Figures 37 a, b, c. The hydraulic pipe cutter.

Figs 37a, 37b, 37c

Figure 38. Section through the pump piston in the smallest of the three principal pyramids at Giza.(This piston no longer exists, as it was broken up by tomb robbers at some time in the remote past.)

Figure 38

Figure 39. The chambers and pipes of the small pyramid that lies south of the Bent Pyramid at Dashur.

Figure 39

Figure 40. The chambers, pipes and solid core of the pyramid at Meidum.

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Figure 41. The chambers and pipes of the middle pyramid (attributed to Menkaure).

Figure 41

Figure 42 a, b, c. The Construction of the West Wall at Baalbek.

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Figure 43 a, b, c. The Construction of the West Wall at Baalbek.

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Figure 44. The Stages of the Construction.

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Figure 45. The Hydraulic System.

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Figure 46. The Pump Room (Grotto).

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