The Great Pyramid of Giza: Base Length Studies

Keith Hunter

Without doubt the Great Pyramid is a very imposing structure, its immense size dwarfing the modern-day buildings of Cairo (Egypt) wherein it is located. One cannot help but inquire therefore; why so big? What was the reasoning behind such a grand scale? Was it necessary for some functional purpose perhaps, or was it built so large on account of some romantic notion on the part of those who commissioned it? Most assuredly, were any true understanding of the structure to be had, the latter suggestion must be dismissed. The question that thus confronts one, stated with full precision, is therefore:

“Does there exist some governing principle that determined why the builders of the pyramid chose to construct it to the size that they did?”

Due to the fact that the builders of the structure remain a mystery down even to this present age, and that there exists no explicit information in the form of records to indicate in any way why the size was chosen, there is very little to go on. Indeed, so far in the course of modern investigations, in a review of the research upon this matter, there is to date only one theory that offers any kind of explanation for the size of the structure. And it is an indirect solution at that.

The 1/43200 Great Pyramid Ratio

In a great many publications and articles concerning the Great Pyramid, it is oftentimes mentioned that the full base-line circumference (of the four sides of the structure) is almost exactly 0.5 of a single minute of arc upon the plane of the earth’s equator. And indeed, a number of researchers have thus suggested that this was the governing principle that determined the size of the monument i.e. it was built deliberately so that the square base circumference of the structure would be equal to half of 1 minute of arc at the plane of the equator; expressed fractionally as 1 / 43200 of the full circumference.

Such is an interesting proposition, and one that is susceptible to analysis. A review of the relevant measures provides the following:

Square-base circumference of the pyramid = 3023.15 feet [1]

3023.15 / 5280 = 0.572566287 statute miles

0.572566287 x 43200 = 24734.86364 statute miles

Compared with the actual value for the Earth equatorial circumference:

Current value of Earth circumference = 24902.4 statute miles [2]

Therefore: 24902.4 – 24734.86364 = 167.536 miles

As can be seen then, if one were to accept that the builders of the pyramid did indeed deliberately intend that it should possess a square base circumference of 1 / 43200 of the true (equatorial) circumference of the earth, then based upon the actual dimensions of the stone structure, one could say that the value they placed upon the size of the earth is about 167.672 miles in error.

An Unlikely Solution

In consideration of the above, one is of course confronted head-on with the issue of just how knowledgeable the ancients were about the size of the earth. Now, in the previous essay that dealt with the global placement of the Great Pyramid with respect to latitude, the precision with which they placed the structure is clearly indicative of an exceptionally advanced knowledge as to the size of the planet. The earth ellipsoid model that they must have employed to achieve such precision with latitude, decisively demonstrates that they had a very exacting set of dimensions for the size of the earth. And as such, it is very unlikely that they would have made an error on the order of some 167 miles respecting a 1 / 43200 relation; a point which, if accepted effectively destroys the idea that such a ratio was the governing principle that determined the fundamental size of the Great Pyramid.

But if the 1 / 43200 ratio is not the answer, then what is? With a new approach, there is indeed a solution to be had.

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