Visiting the Pyramids?

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Wonder if anyone is interested in ancient Egypt? Visit the pyramids? Valley of Kings? Sphynx? Luxor?

    Or at least watch the Discovery Channel or History Channel on the land? Just read today a reminder that there WAS NO DESERT around the pyramids.

    So different than what it seems today. Anyone else interested?
     
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    Is that true, about no desert?
     
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    After the Flood and Ice Epoch, the middle latitudes (think of North Africa, Israel, through Iraq, et al) were in the "pluvial" period of intense rainfall and lush fertile growth.

    By the time of Abraham (about 1000 years AFTER the building of the pyramids) the climate was changing into more of what we have today. Of course it changed slowly over centuries.
     
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    Did you know that the oldest roofed building in the world is actually 500 years older than the pyramids, is a burial chamber like them, and is located in Ireland - where there is certainly no desert [​IMG] !
     
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    A friend of mine referred me to an interesting analysis of the age of the pyramids:

    The Message of the Sphinx

    They make a very compelling case for an age of 10 to 12 thousand years.
     
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    The Pyramids data back to c 3200bc (the construction of the Pyramid of Khufu). The Sphinx is a different story. Notice how the head of the sphinx is out of proportion to the rest of the body: it's too small. The likeliest reason is that the head was a re-carved image over a previous image. Most of the spninx lay buried in sand, and thus protected, for centuries. Hence, the head has sufferred severe weathering and abuse. While the age of the sphinx is so far undetermined, it is becoming more apparant that the body of the spninx likely predates the Egyptian culture by several hundred years. In other words, the Egyptians modified a preexisting sculpture into what is now the Sphinx. Its current incarnation dates back to 2600bc.
     
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    It is hard to remember that the time lapse betwen the building of the pyramid at Sukkara (first step pyramid; precurser of the 3 big ones) and the Exodus of Moses was about the same as from the Apostle Paul to the Wright brothers!
     

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