Again. Perhaps. Well gosh darn it, I hope so! After thousands of years of everyone scratching their head it would be about time.
Of the many theories put forth as to how the Great Pyramid was built, the outlandish ones have been problematic for being too outlandish while the conventional ones have been problematic for being too conventional. (theories which purport that construction was accomplished by means of some since forgotten knowledge of some notion of zero-point energy, which cross into the realm of conspiracy theory, have particularly fascinated me) But the real problem is that there has been no real way to verify any of these theories.
The French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin has put forth a theory that is promising in that it is quite possibly verifiable. It has already passed at least a couple falsification tests.
Houdin claims that a straight external ramp was used to move blocks into position for construction of the lower third of the structure, and an upward spiraling internal ramp was used for the rest. The reason a spiraling ramp could not have been external as previously hypothesized is that it would not have been possible for the corners and edges to be put into place until the end of the project, and calculations based on the corners would have been necessary in order to even have gotten to that point.
Measurements of the density of portions of the pyramid by means of a microgravimetry test conducted two decades ago have not revealed any hidden chambers some have speculated might exist… other than a certain anomaly that the team which made the measurements ignored at the time — vacant space in the shape of a spiraling ramp. Not only did Houdin predict this, he believes an internal ramp is still there! Were we to remove a few blocks we would perhaps uncover it, and then at last the mystery of how the Great Pyramid was built would be settled beyond reasonable doubt.
It’s worth removing a block or two to find out, don’t you think? Who knows, maybe we’ll even find Saddam’s WMD cache in there? 🙂
(And that might be exactly what it would take to get Egyptian authorities to go along with the plan)