Friday, November 7, 2014

Pyramid of Hellinikon

Pyramid of Hellinikon
Pyramid of Hellinikon – Man-Made Structures

There are around sixteen pyramids in Greece, some of which could be natural pyramidal hills while others like the Hellinikon pyramid were man-made structures. A thermo luminescence test was done by the Academy of Athens which dates the structure to 2720 BC contemporaneous with the age of the pyramid of Egypt.

The Pyramid of Hellinikon is located on the Peloponnes peninsular, around 8.5 km south-west of Argos and 3 km northeast of Kefalari. The purpose of its structure is unknown butit could probably be used for astronomical or observatory purpose. It is the remnants of the mysterious pyramids of the ancient Greek city Ellinika and is estimated to have historians and military bases.

It was first excavated in the early 1900s and 1960s by Germans and Americans and a Greek traveller, Pausanias described the structure as a pyramid, near Argos towards the ancient ruins of Tiryns. Not much remains of the graves in or near the structure. According to some theory, the pyramid of Hellinikon was a memorial to honour the fallen in battle, which brought the brothers and Proetus Akrisius of succession after his father, the king of Argos.

Pyramid of Hellinikon 1
Comprises of Pure Rock without Polish

The Hellinikon pyramid comprises of pure rock without any polish which was discovered in Mycenaean era and the function of this pyramid does not differmuch, that as a place of burial. The rooms are occupied by walls which should have been locked from inside and coupled with a platform roof indicating that one of the functions of this structure could be that it served as a control tower.

Other possibilities could be that it could have been used as a place of worship for heroes as well as warriors of ancient times.The archaeologists estimated that the Pyramids of Hellinikon originated during the period 600-400 BC according to modern methods of optical thermo luminescence. This information is found in archaeological circles which have been dismissed as impossible and the results too have been challenged. The pyramids could have been older than Cheops pyramids in Egypt.

Damaged and Dismantled Partially by Locals 

The Pyramid at Hellenikon has a shape of a tour having its external sides sloping, surrounding a rectangular building having a total dimension of 7,030 by 9,070m.Its external walls rise up high and tend to be vertical in order to support the floors of the building while the main entrance of the structure is situation towards its eastern area which is the side that is turned towards the bay of the Argolid.

From the interior, the gate leads to a narrow corridor towards a smaller entrance opening on the southern wall of the main space, a square room having side of about 7m long and the monument is built from the grey limestone of the district with large blocks in trapezoidal as well as partially polygonal style.

The pyramid is also mentioned in the book `Lost Knowledge Hunters’, designed by Erich von Daniken along with the team of authors. Building materials and artefacts disappeared and the pyramid was damaged and dismantled partially by the locals.

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