Campus / Image / Media / News / October 14, 2012

The ‘Mysteries of Egypt’ revealed

William Nethercut, Professor of Classics at the University of Texas in Austin, explains the relationship between the Giza pyramids in Egypt and the Orion’s Belt constellation. As the stars move in the sky, Orion’s Belt can be seen from different chambers in the pyramids, “taking away the light and the returning of it,” Nethercut said. The ancient Egyptians used this as a way to give light to death, especially when the pyramid chambers would capture the “Imperishables” (stars that rotate around the north pole), so “they never settle and are never lost.”

Jessica Couvillier
Jessica Couvillier is a sophomore in Knox's pre-architecture program. She served last year as a photojournalist for TKS, completing over 60 assignments ranging from one-on-one interviews to tennis matches. Prior to coming to Knox, Jessica took two years of photography classes and won awards in black and white film, color film and digital photography from SkillsUSA.

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