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Robert Bauval (born 5 March 1948 (age 69) in Alexandria, Egypt) is a Belgian author, lecturer, and Ancient Egypt researcher, perhaps best known for his Orion Correlation Theory regarding the Giza pyramid complex.

In late 1992, Bauval had been trying to obtain a translation of Hermetica by Walter Scott. He then came across a new edition printed by Solo Press with a foreword by Adrian Gilbert.

Bauval contacted Gilbert after being interested in his foreword concerning a link between an Alexandrine school of Hermes Trismegistus and the pyramid builders of the Fourth dynasty of Egypt. They went on to write The Orion Mystery together, which became an international bestseller.

BBC Two broadcast a documentary on Bauval’s theories around the time of the book’s publication. He has co-authored three books with Graham Hancock,including 2004’s Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith which was reviewed in The Independent by David V. Barrett as a factually incorrect and unconvincing “mess of a book” based upon indiscriminate use of source material.

Bauval is specifically known for the Orion Correlation Theory (OCT). This proposes a relationship between the fourth dynasty Egyptian pyramids of the Giza Plateau and the alignment of certain stars in the constellation of Orion.

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