The Serapeum at Saqqara

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There is no record of who built this complex, why it was built, when was it built, why was it unfinished and when was it built!

How did the builders moved such huge blocks of granite that was transported from a great distance to the complex, how did they manage to moved these huge blocks within the small tunnels. It is truly a puzzle that may never be answered and has lead to some extreme conclusions!

A mysterious megalithic complex extending over 100 meters / 328.01 feet, which is accessed through two small side entrances. The core was formed of a 6 meter / 19.7 feet high dome arched corridor from which 12 niches extend on each side. In each of these 24 niches stands a granite container, each with its own cover. These monolithic containers measure 3.8 meters / 12.5 feet long, 2.3 meters / 7.6 feet wide and 2.1 meters / 6.9 feet high (without cover).  The long sides are .4 meters / 1.3 feet thick; the short sides are .3 meters / 1 foot thick, while the floor of each container is .3 to .4 meters / 1 to 1.3 feet feet thick. The total volume of the inner room is 8m3 / 282.5 cubic feet, which equal an effective within each container of 11m3 / 388.4 cubic feet. With a specific weight of 2.8 t/m3, this means that each container weighs around 30 tons, plus nearly 25 tons more for the 1 meter / 3.9 foot thick cover. 

Egyptologists gave this complex its name because they assumed that holy Serapis bulls were entombed here (although it has been proven that the containers were empty when discovered by August Mariette in the year 1852). While we were conducting our own research in Saqqara in October 2006, the entire complex appeared to be a massive construction area. The Egyptian government was in the process of installing steel beams to prop up the ceiling construction.

Some containers have odd scoops removed from their surfaces and some from the cover, some of these are very large, it is presumed that if cracks were were found or developed during stone cutting the stonemason would scoop out the cracked stone leaving a smooth curved surface, this would then strengthen the surface and stop the cracks from spreading.

On some finished containers and covers the surface of the stone has a mirror like finish which is said would be extremely difficult to achieve with moderns tools. On one of the containers the underside of the cover which meets the container did not have a mirror finish, except one small area that looks very like a liquid drop stain that has left the same mirror like finish on the granite, it is as if a liquid or type of acid was used to give this mirror like finish on the stones surface!

The ‘experts’ will say the containers are the sarcophagi of sacred bulls much like mummies are buried in stone sarcophagi but this just does not makes sense, the complexity of the mirror finish, the scooped out areas, the size of the containers, the weight of the covers!

On one of the containers shown in the gallery above you will see Egyptian hieroglyphs, this is of such bad quality carving on the hard granite this was obviously added much later, almost lost graffiti of someone trying to claim ownership, explained in the video below! If the Egyptians could not make simple good quality carvings how on earth did they cut the precision boxes! Obviously because they did not create the containers, so who did!

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