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I'm investigating proposed alignments between pyramid* shafts and constellations for a video project, and for it, I need to know shaft angles and directions, the directions with respect to true North on Earth (or easily convertible). My problem in looking into this has been that the pyramids are so steeped in new- (and old-) age pseudoscience that online resources I find are all of questionable veracity (i.e., they seem legit but then conclude that the angles are harmonic magical things therefore it was built by aliens).

Can someone point me to the answer via a reputable resource? I would assume with all the study of the pyramids over the centuries that these things are known and agreed upon by legitimate archaeologists.

*I'm referring to the three main ones in Egypt -- Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure.

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Technically this is a request for reference, but I think this is perhaps the ideal request for a reference. I believe this is entirely in scope for H:SE; it is asking for a fairly specific reference, with fairly specific characteristics. If anyone disagrees, let's continue the discussion on meta –  Mark C. Wallace May 22 at 16:29
Well, if you have the answer, I'll take it, I just also need it referenced. :) Your word without a reference is just as good as the random web person's (no offense meant). –  Stuart Robbins May 22 at 17:26
Anyone? Bueller? –  Stuart Robbins Jun 18 at 23:47

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