• The Horizon At Giza open

    That the sun should set very close to midway between the two largest Giza Pyramids when viewed from the Sphinx Temple on the summer solstice (June 21–22) is intriguing by itself. However, the ancient Egyptians also wrote the word for “horizon,” akhet, as the sun setting between two mountain peaks. Could the image of the sun setting between the two pyramids have been the akhet written on a scale of acres?

    Download (.pdf)

  • Giza Mapping Project: Full Circle open

    We have come full circle, returning to the surveying and mapping of major Giza Plateau monuments for the first time since David Goodman and Mark Lehner laid out the basic survey control network in 1984.

    Download (.pdf)<

  • Live Science: Tombs Still Hidden in the Valley of the Kings open

    Multiple tombs await discovery in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, say researchers working on the most extensive exploration project in the valley since the 1920s. Their conclusion is based on excavations and ground-penetrating radar.

    Download (.html)<

  • Live Science: Mysterious Buried Artifacts Discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings open

    Four deposits of artifacts possibly buried as a ritual act of sorts before the construction of a tomb have been discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

    Download (.html)<

  • Live Science: Secret to Great Pyramid's Near Perfect Alignment Possibly Found open

    The towering Great Pyramid of Giza is an ancient feat of engineering, and now an archaeologist has figured out how the Egyptians may have aligned the monument almost perfectly along the cardinal points, north-south-east-west — they may have used the fall equinox.

    Download (.html)<

  • Live Science: Great Pyramid of Giza is Slightly Lopsided open

    The Great Pyramid of Giza may be a Wonder of the Ancient World, but it's not perfect: Its base is a little lopsided because its builders made a teensy mistake when constructing it, new research reveals.

    Download (.html)<

  • Scanning by Eye and Experience: In Search of the Human Hand That Built the Great Pyramid open

    The Great Pyramid of Giza, more than 4,500 years old, remains a never ending source of fascination. For years people have scrutinized it, theorized about construction methods, and speculated about hidden chambers. We at AERA are also trying to understand how the Great Pyramid was built. We map the builders’ marks in the surface around the base of the pyramid.

    Download (.pdf)<

  • Corner Conundrum: A Mapping Mantra open

    If we had clear-cut lines and corners, we could give precise coordinates for the pyramids to those who believe this is meaningful in terms of the builders’ intentions. But, could the builders have measured distances to an accuracy of millimeters or centimeters over hundreds of meters, given sighting by eye without our telescopic instruments and challenges such as the stretch and sag of a rope?

    Download (.pdf)<

  • GLEN DASH FOUNDATION SURVEY: Data for First Accurate Archaeological Map of the Giza Plateau open

    The 2012 Glen Dash Foundation Survey took AERA back to its beginnings: The Giza Plateau Mapping Project, launched by Mark Lehner and David Goodman in 1984 to create an accurate map of the natural and man-made features of the entire Giza Plateau. Despite the intense interest in the pyramids over the centuries, no one had yet produced a good topographic map that showed the precise locations of the pyramids and other monuments at Giza. Mark and David laid the groundwork for the map with a survey control network. But the map was never completed— more urgent projects demanded our attention. Thanks to the Glen Dash Foundation, the GDFS picked up where Mark and David left off. During Season 2012 the GDFS team collected much of the data needed to finally create the map.

    Download (.pdf)<


This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work! Please upgrade today!