Posted by: Johan Normark | November 4, 2010

2012: Debunking bunkers

Rob Bast entertains the idea that pyramids throughout the world are bunkers that protected ancient people from cosmic rays during former disasters (and as we all know the same thing will occur only two years from now). Today Bast speculates that the tunnel found during excavations of the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacan is yet another piece of evidence of his ideas.

It is not difficult to debunk this bunker theory. How come these tunnels almost always have been sealed from the outside in ancient times? One would expect the bunker tunnels to have some sort of door enabling the people inside to get out. Instead these people would have encountered tonnes of stone and dirt and would have starved to death or suffocated.  The only people found within the tunnels and chambers throughout the world’s “pyramids” were dead before entering the chambers or they were sacrificed in these places. Most pyramids in Mesoamerica also lack these tunnels since the structures were constructed on top of burial chambers. Exceptions like the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque support the rule.



  1. It is hard to tell how many pyramids have tunnels underneath, because, as in this case, major effort is required to discover them. The Temple of the Sun also has a tunnel, as does its counterpart at Giza.

    If you look at the diagrams in Lehner’s The Complete Pyramids, virtually every Egyptian pyramid has chambers and tunnels below ground level.

    Those who intended the pyramids to be bunkers were long gone before the pyramids & tunnels were closed or filled.

  2. So, Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacan has a counterpart at Giza? You do not bother about the complete difference in construction technique, material, form, alignment, chronology, placement within larger settlement, etc?

    Yes, many pyramids have chambers below surface. So do most old houses where I live (storage facilities before the age of refrigerators).

    By claiming that “those who intended the pyramids to be bunkers were long gone before the pyramids & tunnels were closed or filled” you simply reveal lack of knowledge of simple archaeology. For example, pyramids at Tikal were built during centuries and sealed at many different times. These bunker people must have come and gone and returned and left many many times then…

    In any case, I suspect that the thousands of caves in the Maya lowlands would have been much better and easier accessible “bunkers” than a huge pile of stones.

  3. The counterparts nearly have the same sized base (within 3%), and both incorporate pi. I’m not aware of any other pyramid that incorporates pi, so I call them counterparts.

    Although I don’t know much about modern architecture, I’d presume most architects work with a variety of materials and alignments. Every house on my street looks different, but all have the same primary purpose…

    I believe the original use of pyramids (bunker for an event that never arose) was short-lived, and subsequent uses, by other people, over thousands of years are not related.

  4. Incoproates pi? That needs to be clarified for someone not too knowledgeable in various pseudoscientific associations.

    You do know that all pyramids are not built at the same time (not even within the same site)? These structures can be dated…


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