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Book Review: Before The Pyramids: Cracking Archeology’s Greatest Mystery by Alan Butler and Christopher Knight

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Before The Pyramids: Cracking Archeology’s Greatest Mystery by Alan Butler and Christopher Knight is an important work which explains how the pyramids evolved by employing standardized measurement statistics and the use of star combinations like Orion’s Belt to make computations from the starting point of the Giza pyramids of ancient Egypt.

The authors explain how the pyramids evolved from the simple mud brick mastaba tomb to the step pyramid and finally to the true pyramid with three small triangles along the major boundaries and one small triangle at the top of the pyramid. Pyramids were aligned to four cardinal earth points using the Thuban or polestar for the northern projection.

The megalithic yard consisting of 2.722 feet was the measurement statistic chosen for engineering construction purposes, as well as the megalithic inch which was .8166 of a standard inch. For neolithic people Sirius was the brightest star passing overhead at a rate of 366 times per year, according to the authors.

Orion’s Belt lines up Sirius with Mintaka, Alnilam, and Alnitak. Mintaka is above the Khufu pyramid, Alnilam is above the Khafre pyramid, and Alnitak is above the Menkaure pyramid. It is believed that the rocks on the sides of the sphinx were subjected to massive water flow after a great comet hit the earth centuries ago.

The authors’ analysis of megalithic measures and the finding of a relationship between the Thornborough Henge in England and the Giza Pyramids of Egypt represent the long-sought linkage between the Atlantean cultures and pre-historic times.

Before The Pyramids is a robust attempt to establish linkages between the pyramids, the stars, and the engineering measurement statistics employed by the designers of the pyramids many centuries ago. This book has important implications for work in other fields such as archeology, astronomy, mathematics, engineering, and Egyptology .

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.