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THE GREAT PYRAMID - ASCENDING PASSAGE

Orthodox Theory

According to Egyptologists, the Ascending Passage was a secret passage that provided access to the upper chambers for the funeral of the king. The passage was originally concealed by the prismatic stone which formed part of the ceiling of the Descending Passage. However, as an additional barrier against tomb robbers, three granite plugs were lowered into the passage mouth after the funeral. It is not known why the builders used granite plugs (in a passage made of limestone), nor why there were three of them.

Alford Theory

The Ascending Passage was a secret passage that provided access to the sealed chambers of a repository and time capsule. The granite plugs were slipped down the passage during the construction of the Pyramid, when the roof of the Grand Gallery was still open. Strictly speaking, the use of the plugs was unnecessary, given the fact that the mouth of the passage was camouflaged by the prismatic stone. Therefore, the inclusion of the plugs bears the hallmarks of a ritual, both as regards the sealing and the envisaged future unsealing of the passage. The use of three plugs, made of granite, probably had a religious significance.

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