“Handles” in the Great Pyramid

pyramid_of_secretsLast year I picked up a second-hand copy of the book Pyramid of Secrets by Alan F. Alford. I’ve read (and re-read) numerous books about ancient Egypt and the Great Pyramid in particular and acquiring this one coincided with a fellow blogger’s post about the pyramid and in particular Chris Dunn whose work I had come across before and was interested to learn more; the index of this book revealed he was was mentioned.

Alford describes Dunn as “an engineer and alternative pyramid researcher” who in 1995 had “carried out a close inspection of some of the” so called “sarcophagi”, for which the Great Pyramid contains probably the most famous example, corroborating a discovery that the sarcophagus in the Great Pyramid resonates at “approximately 440 Hz (the musical note A)”. In 1998 he published his book The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt.

I’ve yet to read that particular book but since being privy to the general idea that the Great Pyramid was constructed as some sort of machine, or power plant, I find it hard to consider that magnificent construction as a tomb carrying some sort of spiritual or religious symbolism. Even Alford’s own references to that latter explanation I find jarring; how certain features were apparently constructed to “keep tomb robbers at bay” are particularly awkward.

I’ve not yet finished reading the book but have flicked through it to absorb some of the various pictures and diagrams, and I’ve also been viewing some relative videos on Youtube, I even mentioned a couple of Pyramid features in one of my own short videos I published, hinting at the fact I had some of my own ideas… but I was jumping the gun somewhat and since then my head has been spinning with all of these ideas as I try and make sense of it all; both consciously and subconsciously.

I woke one morning after having been reading the night before Alford’s book alongside pondering concepts of the human soul after reading the final chapter of Canterbury Tales, and recalled a dream which resembled trapped souls in passageways and from this, in addition to trying to make sense of the Pyramid as some sort of energy-generating machine, I was trying to consider it as some sort of device for guiding souls to (or from) the earth, which in some ways relates to how some archaeologists interpret it; as a means of directing the soul of the dead Pharaoh into the heavens, although in my dream things seemed somewhat sinister and… Orwellian (perhaps blame the Russian novel ‘We’ for this).

So back to trying to think of the Pyramid as a machine and limiting my thoughts at this point to two features; namely the subterranean chamber and the “air shafts”, but obviously in relation to the overall function.


I can envisage the Great Pyramid’s internal workings, as they would have been before parts got damaged and bits removed, as some sort of engine. When I do this the pit makes me think of the oil sump of a car’s engine, but likely holding water rather than oil. Now within the walls of both the so called “Queen’s Chamber” and “King’s Chamber” are what have been called “air shafts”. This seems to be an accurate description for the King’s Chamber because these narrow shafts (depicted more broadly in the diagram above) do reach the outside of the Pyramid, but as for the Queen’s Chamber the shafts there were originally blocked off at the walls of the Chamber until their discovery in 1872 and they don’t reach the outside of the Pyramid; they are so far blocked off by a series of “doors” or “plugs”.

The air shafts in the Queen’s Chamber, measuring around only 20cm square, have been explored by robot back in 1993 and 2002 when these blocks were discovered. In one Youtube video the ill-informed commentator thought there was something fishy going on when one exploration showed one set of handles and another showed different ones; he obviously hadn’t known that both the north and south sets of Queen’s Chamber shafts had been explored; in fact the surface of the walls in each shaft has a different texture near the “door” with the Southern Shaft being smoother here than the Northern one – another curious feature.


These blocks have what have been described as two handles on each. Initially I had only seen the picture in Alford’s book of the handles on the block in the southern shaft and because they were of different lengths I wondered if in fact the so called “handles” were once a single “handle” that had snapped in half causing the two halves to drop down. Taking a ruler to the picture to measure the two halves and the distance between where they go through the block seemed to support this idea.


pyramid_shaft_latchesAlford had his own idea, that they were two handles which when turned would lock or unlock the block from the shaft and allow it to move along. It was then later that I discovered he had included a picture of the block in the northern shaft, and its handles, two of them again, but different different; they were more or less of equal length and being too long to support my idea that they once formed one handle. Reading through Alford’s explanation he thinks they were metal rods fitted through the block to allow it to be lowered into place from above, during construction of the Pyramid. I can accept this concept, although having seen further explanations by others, in particular how the blocks seem to be resting at the end of that section of shaft, I see no need to complicate the supposed design with “locking mechanisms”. I have also heard explanations in the realms of “electrical connections” and I consider this possibility also.

What kind of metal these “handles” are made of has not been satisfactorily explained to me although I suspect they are iron. There is also the added curiosity that they and the holes they are inserted through seem to be coated with something, supporting the electrical contact theory.

The/A latter exploration resulted in the Southern Shaft’s block being drilled through only to discover a further block.


A curious thing to notice in the picture above is that the length of the right “handle” now matches the left. This obviously occurred at some point in time between the shaft first being explored and photographed/filmed, and when the hole was drilled. This raises some questions. Did the shaft explorers, with the aid of their robot attempt to turn the handle only to snap the end of it off? Have all such explorations and attempts been made public, and how often have these shafts been explored? Of the short video clips I have seen they mostly show the teams having to pose for the media and answer repeated questions about what they expect to find. I’m of the opinion that a drilled hole in a block within the Great Pyramid, especially since it resulted in only discovering a further blockage, is a further act of vandalism/unnecessary damage; of all the so-called tomb robbers/explorers/archaeologists that have gone before they seem to only add a further layer of mystery, and damage, that leads us further from the truth; it’s like a computer or car engine that needs repairing except it has been passed between, and meddled with, so many people that don’t have a clue that it gets to the point where it’s beyond figuring out/fixing.

Some “alternative pyramid researchers” claim these shafts point at particular stars, or rather that they pointed at particular stars on a particular date in the distant past, but this doesn’t account for the fact that the shafts aren’t actually straight, as Alford points out.

“Egyptologists” generally expect to find some hidden room containing written secrets of some kind or another and they try to explain all these features in relation to their spiritual or religious symbolism-ideals as they try and pin on everything else, rather than from the perspective of a mechanical engineer standing inside a very large machine… think “Honey I Shrunk The Mechanic” and I believe then then whole system can make a lot more sense.

I have read of suggestions that there was once an explosion within the Great Pyramid. This idea is fuelled by the evidence of “scorch marks” within the interior. If an explosion did occur then it could be that the handle was damaged during this event. I can only assume that the fires from the torches used by early explorers have been ruled out and I postulate that the damage to the corner of the granite sarcophagus was caused by the explosion also, rather than the widely held view that tomb robbers caused all that damage. For there to have been an explosion within the Great Pyramid further suggests that the construction was a machine. Another consideration is that the Pyramid suffered damage caused by an earthquake, but to me the particular points of damage seem to localised whereas they would, I think, be more evident throughout.

I originally thought that the blocks in these shafts could move along the shaft, by the aid of the “handle” I had perceived, but it now seems that these blocks actually sit at what is the far length of that stretch of shaft. In fact how the walls of the shafts don’t seem to quite meet the floor – and why this may be so – give fuel to the feeling that there is still a lot more to figure out with regards to these shafts.


Robot footage & 3D Animation: https://youtu.be/d0H3ousK7PE


Exploring the Great Giza Pyramid of Giza – Lets take a good look at the configuration of the system: https://youtu.be/xVUn8d_vLfg


    • I have read a few of his… such as about the alignments of the pyramids with certain stars and constellations, except when I read this book by Alford I learned that the “air shafts” aren’t actually straight so this calls into question how they could have been used for such alignments, but still very interesting, yes.

  1. And how to dismiss the stellar relation of the shafts with constelations (which match the same era) just because they are not straight? Since the shafts weren´t made for a “physical” walk, does it dismiss the possibility of an ethereal usage, just because they are not straight?

    • Hi Josias, I would suspect that much of the Great Pyramid has both a practical use and ethereal meaning. Considering the precision throughout, the fact that the shafts aren’t straight is unlikely to be a mistake.

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