Why is the great pyramid is a “smart” building design?
To understand why a pyramid needs to be a smart building, you need to understand how it was made. And that’s exactly what we’ll try to explain in here. A first advice: it’s nothing unusual and magic, it’s only human potential involved in pyramid building.
To finish our architectural journey across human history we need to continue our “long lost Egyptian walk” chapter which tells us for a start that if you want to build a pyramid temple, you need to travel far into distance. And that distant place is where you start your first architectural plans and drawings.
Before a start, notice that pyramid architects needs to create, before starting any building plan, an ancient gps technique to measure and align their temple with stars. Also they need to change the angle of view and they need to observe pyramid building from above. They need higher perspective. That’s why they need a tower and a distant view which distort physical perspective. So we are actually resurrecting here the most ancient gps measurement technique used by human engineers across human history.
But first, first you need to decide where to build the temple which reveals your engineer mind. So you obviously act smart if you choose a rocky plateau or a stone industrial region. Remember that stone and fire were the first mass production industries that have revolutionized human societies and have fueled empire growth. While you remember that, you place your greatest apprentices to construct some mobile towers, fireplaces running on wood or rock wheels, objects (obelisks) that can be moved around here and there where you wish to start your greatest piece of living architecture. Then you start building your primitive gps mobile device which is also a mobile tower, an object probably made of wood and with stone wheels to sustain heavy loads. Such tower becomes actually your new mobile home , the first personal vehicle in human history, and the first Gps tool ever invented, which is likely to be pushed by animal power.
The first gps “major” mechanical problem becomes the design of the mobile tower itself used for all other architectural plans. So the tower needs to be permanently aligned to earths geometric circumference and not to earths physical geography or topology. To achieve such mechanical feature, you need to place a huge stone at the basis of the tower and a smaller stone at the top of the tower. The rest of the tower could be made of wood and needs to have a mobile balancing “arm” at 360 degree horizontal circumference at its basis. It needs spherical mobility. This way the top stone of the tower will be permanently perpendicular to earth and sky circumference. Once you are in perfect balance with sky and earth, your gps device is ready and functional. Before you start your long measurement walk (observational act), you look up into the sky at night and choose a star constellation which dominates the night sky of your future building zone. Once you have done that you are ready to travel and start the pyramid plans.
I also like to imagine that the architect tower is so massive that the top stone actually is as big as a small temple which can host your home for a while.
Notice here that an Egyptian architect needs to solve 3 geometric problems to calculate gps positioning of the temple. It needs the curvature of earth, the curvature of sky, and the height of its counterweight tower. This way he can calculate the distance where he can start star alignment and also deduce the angle at which he observes temple geometry in perspective. Using such distant mathematical precision the Egyptian architect can calculate all physical measurements which predates a pyramid and it is best if he has a primitive loop glass on which he can place the measuring tool.
The Egyptian chosen constellation has for example 3 main stars which means you choose 3 main pyramids to build. You talk with living leading dynasties and you make future plans for future Pharaohs which will proclaim the pyramids as their immortal tombstone. Then you need to travel in the same direction with the earth rotational act. Then, as you go far enough into distance, at night, you send a messenger which tells your apprentices to light up 3 mobile fire obelisks. Given the geometric curvature of earth and the geometric curvature of the night sky map, you are able to calculate and observe from great distance, at night, where to place your signal beacons to match perfectly with the night sky which appears to become one with the land at some point. So you build a geometric edging tool (hourglass design) which is proportional to sky map and to tower-pyramid distance and which is also mathematically and geometrically adjusted (marked) to pyramid actual measurements. I imagine such geometric edging tool as a cubic wooden profile on which you can place wires that can be used to calibrate distant night fire beacons. So first of all pyramid building starts at night. Secondly, a pyramid architect would use a smart measuring toy made of wires and wood only to align the basis of a great temple using also the great perspective of earth. In the second night of your observational act your messenger will carry a mathematical encrypted message for your apprentices, telling them where exactly to move the lighting beacons to match the star constellation. Once they fit your measuring wires they become the centers of the upcoming pyramids. So in the third night each pyramid location is enlighten with 4 new light beacons which becomes major diagonal axis which also forms edges of the pyramids which needs to be calibrated. So you have to continue night after night while your apprentices lights up more adjustable discrete signal beacons which describes the overall inner architecture of the pyramid as viewed from above.
Once your general design is marked on land it is time for you to return home and do further thinking for building an entire industry to achieve your architectural goal. So how can you achieve mass production of massive stone blocks? You design your pyramid to be the first stone melting factory in the world. For this you need to use hard stones which resist at high burning temperatures and you can use a fast degradable copper press to create perfect building blocks. The Kings sarcophagus might have been such a press device where stone blocks were crafted. The easiest way to build a pyramid is from top to bottom, so that you need to slide all stone blocks on a ramp instead of pushing them up. So you have to be very creative when you design your stone melting factory which eventually becomes the pyramid itself. Because it is also easier to build from outside in once your pyramid becomes a mass “brick” melting factory, then it means that you and your team remains trapped inside the pyramid before completing it so you need to keep a chamber that is below surface and which you can use to escape the pyramid once it is finished on the inside. So a smart pyramid is a pyramid which allows for its architects to escape. That’s a true fact.
So, say you start your stone melting factory inside the Kings chamber. If you start pyramid building from that level up and down, then the hardest part to build is the upper region. Once you have done that the rest of the pyramid remains a giant maze where you simply slide huge rocks into place using some sliding oil and some ramps. So imagine instead of the Kings chamber a huge mass production stone factory which ships stones across the pyramid using two main ramps: the great corridor and an inner spiral ramp which builds the pyramid from outside in.
The only mystery remains now the industry behind melting stones. Were they only using copper, hard rock alloys and huge fire chambers to produce “malleable” stones? I mean, pyramid stones look too perfect to be carved at regular temperatures. And you also need a lot of working hands. But imagine how fast you can generate mass production if you have at least a small industrial factory chamber running at constant productivity. Imagine malleable heated rock descending on a hot granite tunnel ramp which has the exact circumference needed for building and you only need to cut one of its edge with a water cooled copper tool. Now that I would call true Egyptian industry.