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d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, what would happen if we buried in the ground a piece of the product that we were synthesizing in the laboratory at the time (our first geopolymer material), and an archaeologist discovered it 3000 years later? Their answer was surprising: the archaeologist would analyze this object disinterred from the garden of a ruin in SaintQuentin, and the analysis would reveal that the nearest natural outcrop of the stone was in Egypt in the Aswan region! It was on that day that I realized that if I did not reveal the synthetic nature of the product we had developed, it would be taken for natural stone. T.D. Did you have to face any controversy or criticism from the scientific community, while trying to establish your point? Dr. Davidovits I presented my ideas at several International Egyptology conferences: Grenoble, France (1979), Toronto, Canada (1982), Manchester, UK (1984), Cairo, Egypt (1988). They generated great debates, several articles in newspapers, yet no hostility. However, after the publication of my book for the general public, (The pyramids: an enigma solved, 1988, New York), several materials scientists sent me a letter in which they asked me to stop this research because “I was jeopardizing my career”. In 1989, an eminent American Egyptologist 51 wrote a startling review stating that I had falsified the scientific data (my chemical analysis), etc. My friends wanted me to go to court because of these insults. I answered: “No, this is part of the game in science. A new theory is always severely challenged. This has always