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 .