Wall Of The Crow
Mark James Foster

The so-called Wall of the Crow stands at the Southeast cornerpWc1 of the Giza plateau beyond thepWc2 Sphinx and her Temples
The so-called Wall of the Crow stands at the Southeast corner of the Giza plateau beyond the Sphinx and her Temples. Off the beaten track and rarely seen by most visitors to the Plateau, it is yet one more mystery buried in the sands at Giza…
(View of the Wall of the Crow looking towards the Second Pyramid.) Said to be a wall it has more in common with the giant causeways that run from the three main pyramids at Giza down to the Nile valley, the most well preserved of which is that of Khafre’s Pyramid although the remains of Menkaure’s causeway up near the Third Pyramid itself are still impressive.
Another reason for thinking it may be a causeway is it’s position. The eastern end of the structure is heading out towards where the Nile would have been in Ancient Egypt in a similar way to the causeways of the pyramids at Giza. We know that the causeway of Khafre’s pyramid for example led to the Valley Temple where access to the Nile was possible.The fact that the Wall of the Crow seems to mirror this function adds to the argument that it is a causeway and not a boundary wall.
(Take a look at the following diagram of the Giza Plateau.) Based on an original map by Davidson & Aldersmith it clearly shows the Wall of the Crow and marked alongside it is the legend «Fragment of Ancient Causeway». Simon Cox has brought to my attention the fact that Howard Vyse also believed this structure to be a causeway (see Simon’s article A Sanctuary to Sokar).
Interestingly, you will notice the tunnel cutting through the Wall.
This is a feature found on at least two other causeways at Giza,pWc14 Khufu’s causeway and Khafre’s causeway (not enough remains of Menkaure’s causeway to say for sure one way or the other whether or not such a feature existed here too).
On the Wall of the Crow however, we seem to have a purpose made feature whereas on the other causeways we find rough hewn tunnels (view picture of tunnel cutting through Khufu’s causeway).
Here we catch a glimpse of the scale of some of the blocks that make up the Wall of the Crow.
Some of these individual blocks have a lot in common with the cyclopean masonry found in pWc3the Second and Third Pyramid’s Valley Temples.
Although impressive enough today, what we are looking at here is only the top of this structure, and much like an iceberg, two-thirds of the Wall of the Crow are hidden from view! Sand still buries most of the structure and it is estimated to be somewhere in the region of 45 feet tall.
If we were to clear away all of the sand we would be faced with an awesome sight and it would simply tower above us.
(What you see of the feature on the right for example is only the top of this entrance.)
The walls slope outwards as they near the ground,pWc4 revealing an impressive gateway.
Now if we take into account all that we have discussed so far and assume for a moment that it is a causeway and not a boundary wall then we are left with one problem, (left-a causeway that seemingly does not lead anywhere at all…not anymore at least).
However, if we follow the causeway West it (right-leads us right into the heart of the modern Muslim cemetery).
Surely if there is one site on pWc5the Giza plateau that has not been the subject of extensive excavation this is it… Could there be the remains of something underneath the modern Muslim tombs? Something to which the causeway originally led?
Why exactly is this cemetery on this spot? Did the original builders of that cemetery know something we do not know?
(below? left-Here we have the view looking towards the Wall of the Crow showing it ending right in the middle of the cemetery.)
Whilst it is entirely possible that there might have once been a structure at thispWc6 Western (the cemetery) end of the Wall, there should too be have been a structure at the Eastern End too.
Indeed, the other causeways at Giza have structures at both ends — Pyramids at one end and temples at the other.
Understandably, it is very unlikely there will ever be an excavation on the site of the cemetery while the tombs remain, so maybe we should look to the Eastern end. In fact I feel it is at the Eastern end that we should expect to find something of much greater significance.pWc7
(right-If we follow the causeway Eastwards it ends abruptly in the sand…)
Let’s examine why I think we should focus on this Eastern End.
If we take a look at recent ideas being developed by Alfonso Rubino see diagram right, below and others we will see that Giza seems to have been designed with very strict geometrical rules laid down from the start.pWc8
We can see from this work that there was a unified ground plan for the site that was clearly in the designers mind right from the start.
For example the angle of slope of the main triangle in the diagram below matches exactly the angle of the Second Pyramid. Furthermore the angles of both the Great Pyramid and the Third Pyramid are also obtainable from the diagram.
Along with these, we can get the Third Pyramid’s height along with all the other Pyramid’s dimensions frompWc9 this geometrical representation of Giza.
The Sphinx’s position also fits very neatly into the geometry as does the angle of Khafre’s causeway and other important features on the plateau…This cannot be coincidence.
The layout of all three Pyramids along with the Sphinx had to have been designed from the start as a whole unit…
(right-Alfonso Rubino’s Geometrical Analysis of Giza)
Amazingly, the architect managed to also incorporate a sacred 3:4:5 triangle into the site layout, surely not a consideration of three separate pharaohs each building their own tomb? Why would these three kings have cared whether their monuments related to each other in this way?pWc11 To my mind there is obviously a lot more to Giza than just three King’s tombs unless there is something fundamental we are not grasping concerning Ancient Egyptian Funerary beliefs?
You will notice from the above that there is one corner of the sacred 3:4:5 triangle that is not represented on thepWc10 ground at Giza by any monument, the bottom right-hand corner. Now if we add to this sacred triangle the Wall of the Crow the following can be noted…
The eastern end of the Wall of the Crow intersects with the base-line of the sacred triangle (which runs along Menkaure’s causeway) at precisely the point where the triangle’s corner should be on the ground… Menkaure’s causeway runs exactly East while the Wall of the Crow is offset at approximately 7 degrees. Where the two meet up marks the corner of our 3:4:5 triangle. (right-Wall of the Crow)
From this it would appear as if this is the point to which the Wall of the Crow leads us. It is all the more strange therefore, that it should lead us to nothing but sand.
Was there at one time a temple or other structure situated at this point on the Plateau or does the geometry point to an underground structure? We know from other monuments, such as the Great Pyramid itself, that the builders of these structures incorporated underground chambers and passages, built with amazing skill into their above-ground constructions. Is there something waiting below our feet at the end of the Wall of the Crow, something to which three lines on the Giza plateau seem to be pointing to directly?pWc12
Something which has been forgotten for millennia?
This page and all photographs are copyright of Mark James Foster except where stated. They can only be used with the consent of the author. The geometrical representation of Giza is copyright Alfonso Rubino.