Resurrection: Inside the Great Pyramid with John Anthony West

(This post is an excerpt from a longer post I wrote for Amazon’s Kindlepost blog.

Arwen walking up the Grand Gallery.

In researching Resurrection, I toured the Great Pyramid with maverick archeologist John Anthony West, known around the world for poking large holes in archaeological doctrine. (His best-known book, Serpent in the Sky, is a great introduction to his work.

When we arrived in Egypt, the pyramid was actually closed to visitors due to some renovations of the interior walkways. Luckily, John new the art of baksheesh and also pulled some strings with the higher-ups. Combined, these assets bought us private entrance into the pyramid, which we explored by flashlight — a flashlight with batteries that were already low when we started and which had nearly run out by the time we emerged back into the sunlight and heat of the Giza Plateau.
John Anthony West walking away from one of the square air passages in the King’s Chamber

Arwen lying in the sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber

John was a big proponent of the pyramid’s sound enhancement qualities (which ended up playing a part in the Resurrection plot), and I was instructed to lie in the sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber and chant an Om. Why an Om? I don’t know, but it sounded amazing. The chamber didn’t echo exactly, it just took the sound and magnified it, letting it reverberate through the solid walls for a LONG time.

In that dark space, with the flashlight’s beam starting to flicker as the batteries gave out, it was a bit creepy but also breathtaking. From my standpoint, my visit to the Great Pyramid may have been more exciting that the one paid by Pruit and Eddie in the story — but I’ll let you be the judge. 

Diagram of the interior of the Great Pyramid, by Jeff Dahl.