Ispectrum Magazine Ispectrum Magazine #06 - Page 50

T.D. Dr. Davidovits, I have read that you went all the way to the Giza plateau to study the Egyptian pyramids and in your books Why the pharaohs built the Pyramids with fake stones and The Pyramids: an enigma solved you have presented a captivating and surprising view of how the pyramids were built, supported by archeology, hieroglyphic texts, scientific analysis and religious and historical facts. Your theory was that the stones of the Great Pyramid were not quarried or carved from huge blocks hauled on fragile ramps, but made on site from re-agglomerated stone (a natural limestone treated like a concrete) cast in moulds, somewhat similar to modern cement and other artificial building techniques. You first aired this intriguing theory, which made you famous, in 1974, crippling the conventional Egyptology. What prompted you to undertake this unusually remarkable study? What was the catalyzing factor? Dr. Davidovits It was partly chance. My work as a research chemist really started in 1972. My target was the creation of fire-resistant polymeric materials. For two years, in my laboratory in Saint-Quentin, Picardie, France, I worked essentially on the chemical reactions with clay minerals. Nobody took any notice of us and with my team we developed the first applications, for the building industry. But in June 1974, I realized that what we were 49 producing were materials that are very close to natural cements, such as rocks based on feldspars, the feldspathoids. One day, as a joke, I asked my scientific partners, two well known French mineralogists at the Muséum