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Dr. Bob Brier, Senior Research Fellow, Long Island University spoke for the Archaeological Institute of America. The presentation was held at the Toledo Museum of Art. The presentation was regarding the Great Pyramid of King Khufu on the Giza Plateau. Egyptologists simply do not know how the ancient Egyptians raised thousands of two-ton blocks of stone to build the 480-foot pyramid. This lecture presented a radical new theory and the recently discovered evidence for it. For years French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin worked in isolation in a one-room flat in Paris with nothing but his computer and detailed blueprints of the pyramid. In 2003 he contacted Egyptologist Bob Brier and the two began working together to find evidence for his theory—that inside the pyramid is a mile-long ramp still waiting to be discovered. In the course of their explorations, they uncovered a room high up on the pyramid’s northeast corner. Recently, Houdin, working with Dassault Systemes, Paris, was also able to demonstrate that the Great Pyramid cracked as it was being built and to pinpoint precisely when and why. This research was the subject of a recent National Geographic Channel TV special. Dr. Bob Brier has worked in Egypt for more than thirty years and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on mummies. He is Senior Research Fellow at the C. A. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, New York, where he teaches Egyptology courses such as "Middle Egyptian (Hieroglyphs)" and a seminar called "The Mummy." In 1994 Dr. Brier made international headlines when he and his colleagues, Ronald Wade, became the first people in 2000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian manner. Using ancient tools and materials, Dr. Brier replicated the mummification of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. The story of the project has reached more than 25 million readers, TV viewers, and radio-listeners worldwide and was the subject of a National Geographic TV documentary, "Mr. Mummy." Dr Brier’s previous projects include reconstructing the tomb of an Egyptian nobleman, complete with accurate hieroglyphs, for the Hillwood Art Museum at C.W. Post. He is the author of numerous books, including The Murder of Tutankhamen (1998), Encyclopedia of Mummies (1998), Egyptian Mummies (1994), and Ancient Egyptian Magic (1990). He has collaborated on numerous television specials and was the host of the six-part series The Great Egyptians, the three-part series "Unwrapped, the Mysterious World of Mummies," and recently a series about his research called "Mummy Detective." Dr Brier is currently studying mummies to determine whether Alzheimer’s disease existed among the ancient Egyptians.