SHAFT ALIGNMENT AND THE ORION CORRELATION
Yet another point of argument would be with regard to in which year was the Giza Pyramids exactly built. Let us review the alignments of the pyramids with the stars.
Studies have been made and were suggested by Robert Bauval (Author of The Orion Mystery) that the shafts emanating from the King and Queen's chambers aligned to particular stars of great symbolism. While the northern and southern shafts from the Queen's chamber did not extend all the way to the exterior of the Great Pyramid as construction was believed to have been abandoned midway, Bauval reconstructed the image on his computer and concluded that the Northern shaft had actually aimed at the Star Kocab - a star associated by the ancients with the immortality of the soul. The southern shaft on the other hand, corresponded to Sirius, associated by the ancients with the cosmic mother of the kings of Egypt.
Specifically, we have to look at the star alignments of the King's chamber's southern shaft. Reconstructing the ancient skies over Giza reveal that at 2500 BC, the Southern shaft targeted straight at Al Nitak (the brightest of the 3 stars of Orion's belt), symbolising their identification with Osiris, their high God of resurrection and rebirth.
As such, the 4 shafts align with high precision to the exact location of the stars in the skies in the 2500 BC epoch. With the 4 starts targeted being of high ritual importance, it is ruled out that the alignments are of mere coincidence or are accidental. The date at which all Egyptologists and archaeologists believe the pyramids to have been built, is hence 2500 BC.
However, controversy over Giza's exact age continues to linger. Turn our attention to the layout of the 3 pyramids on the ground in 2500 BC. It is then observed that the Orion's belt stars are somewhat skewed in relations to the ground plan of the 3 Pyramids. Since precession causes the height of stars to change with time over a period of 26,000 years, try tilting the sky-image anti-clockwise back to the night sky we would observe in the 10,500 BC epoch. We then observe a perfect match of sky-ground image! While star Mintaka, smallest of the 3 stars of Orion's belt is slightly slanted in a south-westerly direction relative to the axis of the Milky Way, the 3rd pyramid too intimates this layout by being offset from the 2 greater pyramids in a similar direction. The Great Pyramid aligns perfectly to Al Nitak, Second Pyramid to Al Nilam and the Third Pyramid, to star Mintaka.
In addition, only in the 10,500 BC epoch will we see that River Nile (which runs through Egypt) actually mirrored the Milky Way in the night skies. Seemingly, this unique layout was an attempt by ancient Egyptians to build a Heaven on Earth's ground.
Discoveries of ancient Egyptian's fascination and devotion towards stars (of which they associate with God) tell us that the strong resemblance in the pyramids' layout with the skies is unlikely to be coincidental. So, when exactly were the Pyramids built? According to Bauval, 'the Pyramids themselves were largely built in 2500 BC, while the ground plan of the 3 pyramids was physically established in 10,500 BC. His conclusion once again stood up to close scrutiny. While some researchers disagreed with the River Nile mirroring the Milky Way back in the 10, 500 epoch, others concluded that the exact mirroring occurred in 12,500 BC, not the suggested 10,500 BC.