Pyramid Research – Around the World and in my Back Yard

GizaPyramids2The Giza pyramids in Egypt have fascinated people for at least the last 5,000 years. In school I was taught that the pyramids were built as elaborate tombs for the Egyptian pharaohs. But… no mummies have ever been found in any of the traditional smooth-sided pyramids (there have been mummies found in the smaller “step” style pyramids), nor is there any evidence they were intended as mausoleums. Some speculate that the pyramids were designed to be public monuments, inspiring awe and respect in those who viewed them. Perhaps, but it seems senseless to have constructed such impressive monuments – and using up so many resources – with no viewing platform as a place of power the leader could stand, nor any ceremonial area for events. It seems that today we are no closer to understanding the what and the why of the Giza pyramids than we were in the early 1800s when the pyramids became a popular archeological and tourist destination among Europeans.

The fact that we know little about the purpose of the pyramids does not stop people from hypothesizing about them. Various theories have concluded that the pyramids are power plants, portals to other worlds, a type of “map” for extraterrestrials, resonance regulators, or some type of scientific “endeavor.”

I’m not going to add to the speculation about the Giza pyramids – I’ve never visited them, nor am I qualified to evaluate either the complicated technical theories or the pure flights of fancy – but will instead focus on the pyramid shape itself.

In 1959 a Czech engineer, Karl Drbal, received a patent for a “Pharaoh’s Shaving Device” – a small cardboard replica of the Great Pyramid. Drbal had discovered that a single razor blade stored in this device would stay sufficiently sharp for 100 shaves, rather than the 5 to 10 shaves a blade would normally provide. It actually took Drbal ten years to get the patent – not because he couldn’t prove it worked (the members of the patent commission agreed that it did), but because he couldn’t provide a scientific explanation for why it worked. After much research (and consulting published scientific research of others), he was able to state that the device worked because the pyramid shape created a resonant chamber that caused: 1) fast dehydration, and 2) action of micro-crystal lattice of inorganic matter (this would be the steel of the razor blade), or action on the structure or microstructure of organic matter, living or dead (this would be the sterilization or killing of micro-organisms). Actually, Drbal found that the effects were not limited to this single shape (a pyramid built to the dimensions of the Great Pyramid), but would also occur using other geometric shapes as long as they were made of some sort of dielectric material. In short, the geometric shape plus the non-conductive material would produce dielectric polarization ( that causes positive and negative charges to shift in opposite directions.

This explanation – the rapid dehydration plus the killing off of micro-organisms – supports experiments that show foods last longer when stored in pyramid-shaped containers, and the bodies of small animals are often mummified (rather than rotting) when placed in them. I was also excited to learn about Drbal’s conclusion that this would also work using other basic geometric shapes, which has significant implications for the use of sacred geometry (but that will have to be for a different article).

While pyramid research is generally relegated to the category of fringe science in the United States, in Russia it is considered to be a serious field of inquiry. Dr. Alexander Golod, Ph.D. has been conducting research into the properties of pyramids since the 1990s ( To date his organization has built 20 pyramids in eight different locations in Russia and the Ukraine. Like Drbal, the Russians believe it is critical to avoid constructing pyramids out of conductive materials, so they use fiberglass (no metal allowed). Instead of using the angles and dimensions of the Giza pyramid, the Russian pyramids are tall and skinny. Among the research conducted by the Russians were experiments on:

  • immune systems – improvement was shown using blood leukocyte composition as an indicator;
  • conventional pharmaceuticals – their potencies increased and side effects decreased;
  • pathogenic strength of viruses and bacteria – after exposure in a pyramid the pathogenic strength decreased;
  • regeneration of tissues – there was an increase in survival of cellular tissue after infections;
  • agriculture – seeds stored in a pyramid from 1-5 days showed a 30-50% increase in yield;
  • environment – the ozone levels improved in areas around pyramids, violent weather and seismic activity appeared to diminish; and
  • materials research – decrease in level of radioactivity in radioactive materials placed in pyramids, changes in superconductivity temperature thresholds and properties of semiconductors and carbon materials.

Unfortunately for most of us we are not in a position to visit the pyramids in Giza or in Russia. Even if we were, we would not be allowed to conduct experiments. The claims regarding “pyramid power” are exciting …and appear exaggerated. How can we find out whether there is any truth to them?

2CornersKitFor me, the next step was obtaining two – one metal and one wood – pyramid corners kits.  Studies have shown that the skeletal structure of the pyramid is sufficient to produce the effects detailed above; walls or other type of siding is not necessary.  Several companies sell corners kits, which are less expensive and more easily shipped than a finished pyramid.  Each kit includes four preformed/drilled “footies” in which the customer inserts the rods or piping (that he or she buys separately from a local home improvement store) to form the base of the pyramid, along with a cap form for the top.  The angles of the pyramid are already set by the angles of pre-drilled holes or the placement of the metal prongs – the only thing customers need to worry about is the length of the connectors to buy – the length of the connectors determines the ultimate size of the pyramid  I purchased the metal corners kit from  The wooden pyramid corners kit is from Precision Pyramids.  I purchased the copper piping for the sides of the metal pyramid from my local Home Depot store, then cut them down to size.  I did the same thing for the wooden dowels I needed to complete the wooden pyramid.  Both companies provided instructions on the length of connectors to use to produce different sized pyramids.

2BackyardPyramidsSo here they sit in my back yard.  They’re both roughly four feet tall, and receive the same amount of sunlight during the day.  The wooden pyramid is oriented towards true north, the metal pyramid towards magnetic north (only about 3.5 degrees difference in my location).  Initially I was going to locate both pyramids on the grass, but my yard turned out to be too uneven (the pyramids should be parallel to the Earth).  But even constructing the pyramids on cement and on brick, I ended up needing to shore up several corners to ensure they pyramids were truly horizontal.  I also used bricks as reinforcement at the corners to ensure there would be no slippage (thus changing the angles of the pyramids).

Over the next few months (until the snow flies), I’ll conduct some experiments to see whether I get results that would indicate there is something to the “pyramid power” claim.  While many people use pyramids for their meditation or heightened consciousness effects, I will focus on conducting trials that produce easily measurable results.  Each experiment will consist of three parts – 1) one part in the wooden pyramid, 2) one part in the metal pyramid (note: despite what the Russians and Karl Drbal found above, there are a large number of people who believe a metal pyramid is more effective than a wooden one at producing results), and 3) a control that is outside either pyramid.  At this point I plan to look at seed germination, plant growth and food decay.  If anyone has a good idea about other possible experiments – taking into consideration the experiments will take place out of doors, exposed to the elements, and at the mercy of inquisitive squirrels – please let me know.  Also, keep in mind that for the purpose of this experiment, the results need to be visual (so that I can post them) and measurable (by me – I don’t have money for lab tests).

I’ve been waiting three years to do this – I’m so psyched!





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  1. Just came across this article after hearing about Karl Drbal experiments in Chris Dunn’s book The Giza Power Plant.
    I’d love to hear how you got on with your experiments?!

    • Hi Scott – thanks for reading! I haven’t done anything at all since I posted on my pyramid experiments. I’ve been traveling for a year and a half (I sold my house and put all my belongings in storage), so I haven’t had the time, space or resources to conduct further investigations. I did, however, actually make it to Egypt in my travels – both to Cairo and to Luxor. Although it was only the first week of June, it was already blazing hot – kudos to anyone who can live and thrive in such an environment! During a Giza tour, my guide (yes, having a guide will make your life so much easier there) gave me the conventional spiel about the pyramids (how they were made, when they were constructed, what they were used for, etc. – the official line is still that the Great Pyramids were tombs for the pharaohs) but ….these are official guides who must spout the official line to keep licensed. At one point my guide quietly stated that the pyramid builders must have had “something we don’t know about” to do what they did. And I agree!

      I’ll be relocating back to the U.S. this spring, and intend to do more experiments once I am settled. That said, if you are interested I would encourage you to conduct your own experiments. “Citizen science” – experiments conducted by regular people – used to be how all science was done (think of Benjamin Franklin). But now someone who does science is required to have several letters following their name, toe the official line, and keep their investigations within the accepted parameters. If we want to advance our knowledge, we can’t rely on the conventional scientific system that exists.

  2. Karen L Marino

    Did you make it back? Tough time to travel home.

    • Yes, I made it back to the U.S. the final week of March. I managed to get a seat on a humanitarian flight out of Ecuador involving both an initial 16 hour delay and then a further 4 hour delay while United Airlines and the Ecuadorian Government argued about the 12 passengers (Ecuadorian citizens) that UA had flown in on the Houston-Quito leg of the trip (since it was a humanitarian flight, the plane was supposed to arrive empty; the standoff finally was resolved with the Ecuadorian military escorting the 12 passengers off the plane into a 2-week quarantine paid for by UA). And let’s not forget about the fistfight between the baggage handlers on the tarmac (no luggage was damaged so all was well). While I’m currently sheltering in place with my daughter and her husband, next week I’ll be heading out to upstate New York, hopefully to find a place to live. And hopefully I’ll have more time to start working on this site again. 🙂

  3. Hafsah Amatul-Wakil

    According to American Les Brown who experimented growing plants inside a large pyramid (green house) he build, he says it must be aligned to magnetic North I you are to compare results from copper and wood they should be aligned the same. It would be interesting to make two of each kind aligned to two “North’s” to ee the difference. Do keep us updated. I’m now constructing with barbecue stix to experiment with seeds and water.

    • You’re right that Brown says all pyramids need to be aligned to magnetic north – that conflicts with what some others say. Arguments aside, this demonstrates the need for more experiments on pyramids (and funding for the experiments!). Good luck on your own experiments.

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