Mystery of the Great Pyramid missing capstone


Pyramids have always been a matter of awe for people. There is always a kind of mystery and excitement hidden behind those walls which are millions year old. However in the case of Great Pyramid you can find out that the apex of the pyramid is missing. It has flat top and not pointed like a pyramid should be.  Usually, when a pyramid was constructed, the top part, or capstone (also known as top-stone), was the last thing to be placed on it. It was considered the most important part of the pyramid and was made of special stone or even gold. The capstone was usually highly decorated because it can be seen from a very far distance.



The accounts of visitors to the pyramid from the ancient past, as far back as the time of Christ always reported that the pyramid lacked a capstone. So the possibilities that it was stolen or got broken is generally discarded. A possibility may be that it was never made and the construction work stopped in between. Another possibility is that capstones were sometimes made of gold and maybe the first thing looted. The only problem is that this would be a very large capstone and thus hard to steal.If you climbed to the top, you could walk around very freely on the pyramid as many have done. It is about 30 feet in each direction. Imagine the structure of such a huge monument. Thus, this capstone would have been huge and weighed a tremendous amount. Also on the summit you would see something that looks like a mast or flagpole. Actually it was placed there by two astronomers in 1874 to show where the Pyramid’s actual apex would have been if finished. This provided a new outlook in this theory which was largely discussed at the time.

Sir Siemen’s, a British inventor climbed on the pyramid and there is a great story related to it. One of his guides said that when he raised his hand with outspread fingers, he would hear an acute ringing noise. Siemen raised his index finger and felt a distinct prickling sensation. He also received an electric shock when he tried to drink from a bottle of wine that he had brought with him. Being a scientist, Siemen thenn moistened a newspaper and wrapped it around the wine bottle to convert it into a Leyden jar . When he held it above his head, it became charged with electricity. Sparks then were emitted from the bottle. One of the Arab guides got frightened and thought Siemen was up to some witchcraft and attempted to seize Siemen’s companion. He however got faint due to shock.

Thus apart from general wonder the pyramid also has scientific facts hidden inside it to be explored.

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