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'PYRAMID OF SECRETS'
CONTENTS

PREFACE
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CHAPTER 1: THE PYRAMID DECODED
Ancient Egyptian religion was not a Sun cult, but a ‘cult of creation’, and the true pyramid was not a solar symbol, but a symbol of the creation of the Universe. It was imperative, therefore, that the king be buried beneath the pyramid, at ground level or below, not amidst the pyramidal superstructure. Egyptologists assume that the Great Pyramid was an exception to this rule, but Alford’s new approach casts serious doubt on their assumption. Rather, it is suggested that the Great Pyramid, in its upper parts, was something other than a tomb.

CHAPTER 2: A TOUR OF THE PYRAMID
A detailed guide to the Great Pyramid, written in a style that avoids any theoretical bias (such as the tomb hypothesis) so that the reader might appraise the design for himself, without being influenced unduly by the assumptions of others. By means of photographs, diagrams, measurements, and a commentary that is, for the most part, completely neutral, the author allows the Pyramid to speak for itself via its own unique language of architecture.

CHAPTER 3: NOTHING BUT A TOMB?
The orthodox burial scenario is outlined in detail, and then subjected to numerous criticisms. Alford exposes the weaknesses of the orthodox theory as regards the King’s Chamber airshafts, the Antechamber, the Grand Gallery, the Well Shaft (vis-a-vis the plugging of the Ascending Passage), the prism stone, the Queen’s Chamber, the Queen’s Chamber shafts, and the evidence for secret chambers above these shafts.

CHAPTER 4: THE BODY TO EARTH
Alford argues that the king was buried beneath the Pyramid, in a small cave-like room, where his body may remain hidden to this day. Thus he paves the way for a re-evaluation of the Pyramid’s upper parts.

CHAPTER 5: THE IRON OF CREATION
If the king was buried beneath the Pyramid, then what was the purpose of the sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber? Alford suggests that this sealed box contained iron meteorites, representing the seed of the creator-god, and supports his theory with a detailed essay on meteorite worship in ancient Egypt. In keeping with this idea, he suggests that the airshafts in the King’s Chamber had a symbolic significance vis-a-vis the blasting of the meteoritic iron into the sky for the creation of the stars, the Sun, and the Moon.

CHAPTER 6: CAPSULE OF ETERNITY
With the king being buried at ground level beneath the Pyramid, Alford argues that the entire upper system of passages and chambers was sealed off at the time of construction by means of plugs, ‘lefts’, and camouflaging stones. But why build the Pyramid thus? Only one answer suggests itself: the Pyramid, in its upper parts, was built as a sealed repository and time capsule in order to safeguard the material treasures and spiritual knowledge of the builders for the benefit of a future civilisation. In support of this idea, Alford emphasises the importance of cataclysm in Egyptian religion, and suggests that the builders may have lived in fear of ‘the end of the world’. Egyptian legends of Sneferu and Khufu (the pyramid building kings) lend support to the cataclysm/time capsule hypothesis, as do later Hermetic and Arab traditions.

CHAPTER 7: ECHOES OF CREATION
In this chapter, Alford returns to the mystery of the King’s Chamber, and suggests that it was designed to harness Earth resonance and generate low frequency sound. Why would the builders have wanted to do this? Only one answer suggests itself: the sound was to be transmitted through the airshafts toward the sky, thus to re-enact the creation of the Universe (sound was an important element in the creation myth). The Antechamber, meanwhile, was designed as an initiation room, where a single experiencer, standing before the granite leaf, could be induced to a state of altered consciousness and receive a vision of the mystery of creation.

CHAPTER 8: THE PYRAMID PLUNDERED
Earthquake damage to the King’s Chamber suggests that the sound system ceased to function a long time ago. Alford believes that the guardians of the Pyramid were prompted by this earthquake to dig tunnels into the upper chambers for inspection purposes. The first of these tunnels (in the Well Shaft) then exposed the monument to plundering by thieves. In this chapter, he offers detailed suggestions as to the booty that was removed from the Pyramid, and reconstructs what happened when al-Mamun entered the monument in the 9th century AD.

CHAPTER 9: THE SACRED BOOK
Alford turns his attention to the Queen’s Chamber shafts and the evidence for secret chambers beyond their plugged ends. He argues that the design of the two shafts – sealed at both ends – fits perfectly with his sealed repository theory. As for the contents of the secret chambers, he makes a detailed argument in favour of sacred books, the contents of which will vindicate his theory of the symbolism and purpose of the Pyramid. At the end of the chapter, Alford discusses the practical problems and moral difficulties of retrieving the contents of the secret chambers.

CHAPTER 10: SECRET CHAMBERS
Alford argues that the Pyramid contains several intact secret passage and chamber systems in addition to the mooted rooms beyond the plugged ends of the Queen’s Chamber shafts. In this chapter, he sets out a number of predictions by which his sealed repository theory may be tested. He also discusses a number of possibilities for the location of the king’s tomb at ground level beneath the Pyramid – a tomb which he believes may have remained intact to this day.

CHAPTER 11: NEW HORIZONS
The final chapter compares Alford’s theory to the orthodox theory, chamber by chamber and feature by feature. It also lists the critical predictions by which the efficacy of the new theory may be tested. Finally, the author identifies a number of anomalies that may be indicative of something more to go for – perhaps a message that has been encoded mathematically into the monument – and drops a hint as to what this something might be.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOTES (31 pages)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

DETAILED ANALYTICAL INDEX (18 pages)

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