Does Egypt's Indiana Jones Have a Hidden Agenda?

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Does Egypt's Indiana Jones Have a Hidden Agenda?

Post#1 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:22 pm

Very interesting where facts about the White Brotherhood pop up.
The elite of the elite satanists are the white brotherhood. Made up of Sabbatean Jews at the top and Rosicrucian goys at the bottom. Anywhere from a 60/40 split to a more realistic 80/20 split with the Sabbateans in the drivers seat.

Does Egypt's Indiana Jones Have a Hidden Agenda? (Part 2) ... nda-part-2
News Type: Other — Sat Feb 24, 2007 4:34 PM EST
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PART TWO of a Two-Part Portrait of Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (for Part One, Click Here).

In the first article in this series, we were introduced to the grinning Lion of Egyptian Archaeology, Dr. Zahi Hawass. Seated only one rung below the Egyptian cabinet, his power over the investigation of antiquities in Egypt – some of the oldest on the planet, and by any measure, the repository of reams of knowledge still ungleaned – is absolute. His supporters say he has ushered in a golden age of Egyptian archaeology, and his skill at courting the media has been extremely useful in raising funds for research.

And yet, there are disturbing signs of a capricious and tyrannical streak to the good doctor that bear examination. For example, in 2003, Dr. Joann Fletcher, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York (U.K.) and Consultant Egyptologist for Harrogate Museums and Arts, and an expert in ancient mummies and their tattoos, hair and wigs, received permission from Hawass to conduct research into tomb KV35 in the Valley of the Kings, which has so often proved to be a treasure trove of mummies. On that expedition, Fletcher claimed to have found the mummy of Nefertiti, a claim roundly dismissed by Hawass, who then had her unceremoniously ejected from the project and the Valley of the Kings, saying only that she had "broken the rules".

While some suggest Fletcher committed no graver error than to go the press before Dr Hawass could, thereby depriving him of the media attention he so craves, others say Fletcher’s conclusions were erroneous, she broke the rules, and she deserved censure. In any case, this treatment of a leading Egyptologist was remarkable enough that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation felt moved to a commission a five-part documentary special chronicling the entire episode.

Even stranger are the events surrounding investigations instigated by the German robotics engineer Rudolph Gantenbrink. Hired in 1992 and 1993 to install ventilation fans in the Great Pyramid, he was intrigued by what were often called ‘air shafts’, blind tunnels ascending on a diagonal from the center of the structure. After convincing the Supreme Council of Antiquities – which would have required Hawass’ cooperation, as he was at that time Chief Inspector for the Giza Pyramds -- to allow him to investigate, he deployed a succession of small robots armed with cameras to climb various shafts.

What he discovered in a shaft rising from the Queen’s Chamber using his robot Upuat II, and what was broadcast to millions in a subsequent documentary, became known as “Gantenbrink’s Door”, a smooth stone slab with copper fittings blocking the air shaft. The findings were spectacular, and theories about what were to be found behind the door -- including a hidden chamber -- ran rampant. Hawass, however, condemned Gantenbrink, and his colleague Dr. Robert Bauval, for sensationalism and speculation.

It was later that year that curious events began occurring, as described by authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince in their book 1999 book The Stargate Conspiracy. Dr. Hawass was fired, then reinstated a month later, following a scandal over a stolen Fourth Dynasty statue. His immediate superior, Dr Muhammed Bakr, who was then President of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the man who had fired Hawass, was himself then fired shortly thereafter. Bakr subsequently complained of a ‘mafia’ which had been controlling the pyramids for 20 years.

The door remained unopened for another 10 years, until Hawass, by now promoted to his Secretary-General position, coordinated a joint Fox-National Geographic special – Secret Chambers Revealed -- to explore the shaft with a specially designed $250,000 robot called Pyramid Rover, built by the American company i-robot (which three years later was commissioned to develop prototype combat robots for the U.S. Army’s Future Combat System). By this point, the original robot genius, and the man who had done more research on the shaft than anyone, Rudolph Gantenbrink, was barred from the project, after disagreeing publicly and privatelyl with Hawass one time to many. Viewers of the special watched in awe, as the robot drilled through the now ironically named Gantenbrink’s Door, inserted a fibre-optic camera, and discovered….

...another door. The disappointment was palpable, but Hawass dismissed it, calling the find a major discovery: “I’m really happy we did this, we found another sealed chamber…Laura, this is very important, this is something I am very proud that finally we revealed the first mystery of the Great Pyramid of Khufu…We will study this, we will find out how we can reveal more secrets of the Pyramid, but this is very important”.

Shortly afterwards, National Geographic announced the discovery of a third doorin another shaft (the northern shaft), and thus the mystery continues, as does the persistent search for a mysterious hidden chamber.

So we have ample evidence of Hawass acting both peremptorily and even erratically. He is on record as opposing alternative history theories and ‘pyramidiots’ on the grounds that they slight the proud Egyptian people. He’s engaged in public feuds with theorists such as Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, and John Anthony West for their "far-out theories", and yet has endorsed bizarre and un-historical projects such as placing a golden capstone on the pyramid to celebrate the millennium, a plan which faced objections from academics at the University of Cairo and was ultimately cancelled.

One of the things most worth noting about this proposal is the existence of a Masonic prophecy that a 'New Order of the Ages' will be inaugurated when a gold capstone is placed on top of Khufu's pyramid (this is the meaning behind the truncated pyramid on the U.S. dollar bill). Even stranger, Edgar Cayce, 'the Sleeping Prophet' predicted this same event, saying in one of his prophecies that it would act as a 'symbol' for the rediscovery of the legendary 'Hall of Records' of Atlantis. This will become significant as we explore Dr Hawass’ background further, as it appears that he – as well as his highly influential colleague Dr Mark Lehner, about whom Hawass has said "you can sometimes have a brother who is not of your blood" -- has significant ties to the Cayce organization.

Before we look deeper, we need to go back to 1946, when Stanford University founded the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) to conduct commercial research and bring extra funds into the institution. The goal of fully accessing commercial funding was never really achieved, although SRI did become self-sustaining by gaining numerous government contracts. By 1993 it was one of the largest independent research institutes in the world, with 75% of its funding coming from the U.S. Department of Defense.

By the early 1970s, one of the fields in which SRI was heavily involved was remote sensing. It was using these emerging technologies to non-destructively probe the pyramids on the Giza plateau for hidden chambers, while at the same time, it was also conducting extrasensory remote viewing research for the CIA’s Office of Technical Services and Office of Research, involving figures such as as Ingo Swann and Uri Geller.

At roughly the same time, a young Mark Lehner was selected by Hugh Lynn Cayce, Edgar Cayce’s son and heir, to become the ‘inside man’ in Egyptology for the Association for Research and Enlightenment, which had been founded by the senior Cayce in 1931. The ARE paid for Lehner to attend the American University at Cairo, and in 1974, according to Picknett and Prince, he wrote: that "the great pyramid was built as a repository of knowledge, and a temple of initiation for the White Brotherhood." It was also in that year that Lehner met Hawass, and the following year, introduced Hawass to his benefactor, Hugh Lynn Cayce.

Only three years later, SRI – now doing resistivity technology studies on the Great Sphinx, and funded by the ARE – discovered subterranean anomalies which appeared to represent cavities. According to Picknett and Prince, this discovery spurred Hugh Lynn Cayce into founding, in 1978, the Sphinx Exploration Project in an attempt to verify his father’s predictions about the Sphinx and the Atlantean Hall of Records, and he enlisted not only SRI but the Egyptian Antiquities Organization (the forerunner of the Supreme Council of Antiquities), represented by none other than Mark Lehner and Zahi Hawass. Shockingly, the team discarded their previous non-invasive techniques and began drilling beneath the right paw of the Sphinx. Nevertheless, while some additional ‘anomalous chambers’ were discovered, there was no Hall of Records.

Nevertheless, Hugh Lynn Cayce was grateful to Hawass for helping Lehner, the Cayce Foundation and the ARE, and doubtless also saw him as a useful person to have on-side. According to Robert Bauval, and as posted on his website, Cayce paid for Hawass’ Ph.D, which proved to be the Egyptologist’s ticket from being a mere Chief Inspector with a Bachelor of Arts to the powerhouse he has become today.

“I got him a scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania in Egyptology, to get his Ph.D. I got the scholarship through an ARE person who happened to be on the Fullbright scholarship board.”

Can this possibly be true? Can the scourge of pyramidiots, the champion of an Egyptian-only origin for the pyramids and the Sphinx, the battler of alternative history proponents like Bauval, Hancock and West, be a puppet of the Association for Research and Enlightenment? A tool to ensure that Cayce affiliates and no one else is allowed to search anywhere near where secret knowledge kept safe since the sinking of Atlantis is predicted to be located?

It’s hard to say. The Hugh Lynn Cayce quote supplied by Bauval is hearsay and as such, fails to meet the standard required for such as shocking claim.

But if true, it would explain a lot. It would make sense of much of Hawass’ bizarre behaviour. It would also explain why on his own personal site ‘The Plateau’, there is information confirming that Hawass delivered lectures at the ARE’s Virginia Beach headquarters as late as 1997, and why a lecture on April 4, 2001 (also mentioned on his website) at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles was conducted on behalf of an organization with the suspicious name of American Research Centre, with queries for further information being forwarded to the American Research Centre for Enlightenment, known to have been affiliated with the ARE since the 1970s.

So, can we prove Hawass is a pawn of the New Age Cayce followers who are desperately seeking the lost remnants of Atlantean knowledge? No.

But if he were, he could hardly be doing a better job.

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Does Egypt's Indiana Jones Have a Hidden Agenda? (Pt 1)

Post#2 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:26 pm

Does Egypt's Indiana Jones Have a Hidden Agenda? (Pt 1)
News Type: Other — Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:30 PM EST
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PART ONE of a Two-Part Portrait of Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities

The discovery last week of a tomb associated with the household of the mysterious Pharoah Akhenaten as well as the recent “very unique” discovery by Japanese archaeologists of four wooden sarcophagi from the New and Middle Kingdoms is just the latest evidence that archaeology is once again in full swing in Egypt.

New finds are being generated more prolifically than at any time since 1997 when more than 60 people, mostly Japanese and Swiss tourists, along with Egyptian police and guides, were killed by an attack on the archaelogical hotbed of Luxor, perpretrated by extremists from the outlawed Islamist Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiya, a terror group with links to Ayman al Zawahiri and Al Qaeda. That attack not only made ensuring the safety of tourists in the country more problematic, but it made archaeology much more challenging and risky as well.

So, both the volume and importance of new finds coming from Egypt are remarkable, particularly considering the continuing extreme unrest elsewhere in the Middle East. Thanks for this are due, according to many, to the stewardship of the man sometimes referred to as the Egyptian Indiana Jones, the head of the Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, the singular Dr. Zahi Hawass

Named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People for 2006, he is the person who -- to quote the venerable magazine -- "determines who will excavate in Egypt, and when and where."

An Emmy winner and a self-promoter extraordinaire, Hawass is a veritable headline machine, most often to be found as the grinning co-host in Fox television specials and Discovery Channel documentaries when tombs are being opened for the first time. The Pennsylvania Gazette, the alumni magazine of his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, calls him "archaeology's answer to Carl Sagan...a celebrity...equal parts statesman, salesman, scientist, teacher, magician, and showman." Dr Farouk El-Baz, the Egyptian director of the Remote Sensing Centre at Boston University, calls him -- not without respect -- "something of a media whore". It's true that a Google search on his name will bring up more than 290,000 hits, and it's also a fact that he even has his own fan club.

Glory hound or not, Hawass is credited by many for restoring the lustre to Egyptology, especially over the last three years, which have seen not only major discoveries but also the repatriation of Egyptian antiquities formerly housed in museums around the world -- another of Hawass' pet causes.

So who is this charismatic and controversial figure?

His official website is full of praise for his recent accomplishments, but is maddeningly curt about his early years: "Dr. Hawass received a Fulbright Fellowship and studied in the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He has written numerous scholarly articles, and is highly respected as an Egyptologist."

His list of official responsibilities details what at first would appear to be a relatively unspectacular rise, accompanied by only average academic pursuits. By 1979 he had spent 10 years as an Inspector of Antiquities, only being promoted to the position of First Inspector in his tenth year. By that time, when we was 33, he had managed to accumulate a Bachelor of Arts in Greek and Roman Archaeology and a Diploma in Egyptology.

There are more detailed biographies of the man out there, though. And, especially in his earlier days, they paint a portrait of a less illustrious figure. And maybe, just maybe, they reveal a somewhat more shadowy and conflicted image than the grinning Indiana Jones figure happily cracking open tombs for the television cameras.

STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO of this portrait of the colourful and controversial Dr Zahi Hawass, in which we will encounter prophecies, Atlantis, conspiracies, psychic phenomena and robots. COMING NEXT WEEK!

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Ancient Egyptian Chambers Explored

Post#3 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:27 pm

Ancient Egyptian Chambers Explored ... ypt_1.html
Nancy Gupton
for National Geographic News
Updated April 4, 2003

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One of the mysteries of Egypt's Great Pyramid deepened early last September when archaeologists penetrated a 4,500-year-old blocked shaft only to find another stone blocking their way.

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During Pyramids Live: Secret Chambers Revealed, presented by the National Geographic Channel, Egyptologist Zahi Hawass used a robot to peer into a narrow shaft that opens into the queen's chamber of the Great Pyramid. Within the shaft Hawass found another stone block, possibly a door.

"What we have seen tonight is totally unique within the world of Egyptology," Hawass said. "There is nothing to compare it to, as these passages are not in any other pyramids, with or without doors. The presence of a second door only deepens the intrigue surrounding the Great Pyramid."

During the live television broadcast, Hawass also opened a sealed sarcophagus in a tomb nearby. Inside he found the undisturbed skeleton of a top pyramid builders' village official.

"Something Important Is Hidden There"

The Great Pyramid shaft has been blocked for centuries by a chunk of limestone that has copper handles and may have been wedged into the shaft by pyramid builders after they used it as a polishing tool.

On September 10th, with Hawass and television viewers watching, the robot sent a camera through a small hole drilled in the block only to encounter another stone blocking the way.

Hawass, head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, was excited nonetheless.

"We can see another sealed door," he said over the shrieks of his team members and television crew crowded into the chamber. "It looks to me like it is sealing something. It seems that something important is hidden there.

"This is one of the first major discoveries in the Great Pyramid in some 130 years, and now what we need is time for further analysis," he said.

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Is There a Chamber Beneath the Sphinx?

Post#4 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:28 pm

Is There a Chamber Beneath the Sphinx?

The idea that there is a chamber beneath the Great Sphinx at Giza likely has its roots in antiquity. In his Natural History, Pliny wrote:

In front of them [i.e. The Giza Pyramids] is the Sphinx, which deserves to be described even more than they, and yet the Egyptians have passed it over in silence. The inhabitants of the region regard it as a deity. They are of the opinion that a King Harmais is buried inside it... [Book 36 XVII]

But it was Edgar Cayce, the "sleeping prophet," who popularized the idea of a secret chamber associated with the Sphinx. According to Cayce, there is a "Hall of Records" with an entrance to be found between the paws of the Sphinx. In answer to the request, "Give in detail what the sealed room contains," Cayce answered:

A record of Atlantis from the beginning of those periods when the Spirit took form, or began the encasements in that land; and the developments of the peoples throughout their sojourn; together with the record of the first destruction, and the changes that took place in the land; with the record of the sojournings of the peoples and their varied activities in other lands, and a record of the meetings of all the nations or lands, for the activities in the destruction of Atlantis; and the building of the pyramid of initiation, together with whom, what, and where the opening of the records would come, that are as copies from the sunken Atlantis. For with the change, it [Atlantis] must rise again. In position, this lies -- as the sun rises from the waters -- as the line of the shadows (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx; that was set later as the sentinel or guard and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx's right paw until the time has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man's experience. Then [it lies] between the Sphinx and the river. [378-16; Oct 29, 1933]

In the years to come, Cayce would speak more on the subject of the so-called Hall of Records:

It would be well if this entity were to seek either of the three phases of the ways and means in which those records of the activities of individuals were preserved -- the one in the Atlantean land, that sank, which will rise and is rising again; another in the place of the records that leadeth from the Sphinx to the hall of records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the Aryan or Yucatan land, where the temple there is overshadowing same. [2012-1; Sep 25, 1939]

... the entity joined with those who were active in putting the records in forms that were partially of the old characters of the ancient or early Egyptian, and part in the newer form of the Atlanteans. These may be found, especially when the house or tomb of records is opened, in a few years from now. [2537-1; Jul 17, 1941]

... [the entity] was among the first to set the records that are yet to be discovered or yet to be had of those activities in the Atlantean land, and for the preservation of data that is yet to be found from the chambers of the way between the Sphinx and the pyramid of records. [3575-2; Jan 20, 1944. Excerpts from Cayce, Edgar. On Atlantis. New York: Warner Books, 1968.]

The Rosicrucians seized the idea of a secret chamber as a place of initiation. (For more information and diagrams of their "Subterranean Hall," see The Rosicrucian View.) In more recent years, the theory of yet undiscovered chambers in the area of the Sphinx has been popularized by authors quick to criticize "mainstream" Egyptologists. In their book The Message of the Sphinx, Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval report on the use of modern technology to investigate the ground surrounding the Sphinx:

In 1973-4 . . . the first in a series of serious pioneering projects was launched, using ground-penetrating radar and other high-tech remote sensing equipment to locate "anomalies" under the bedrock beneath the Sphinx. These projects were channeled through well-established academic institutions - the Ain Shams University in Cairo and the prestigious Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the USA.

In 1977 the US National Science Foundation funded a project at Giza again involving the SRI. This time use was made of several new techniques such as resistivity measurements (from metal rods driven into the rock across which an electric current was passed), magnetometry, and also the latest aerial photography and thermal infrared image-enhancing techniques. According to the SRI team's official report: "Several anomalies were observed as a result of our resistivity survey at the Sphinx ... Behind the rear paws (north-west end) we ran two traverses. Both traverses indicate an anomaly that could possibly be due to a tunnel aligned north-west to south-east ..." Two other anomalies were noted, deep in the bedrock "in front of the paws of the Sphinx." [p. 90-91]

Hancock and Bauval quote SRI geophysicist Lambert Dolphin, who relayed to me a rather different conclusion in a personal correspondence (click here for the full text):

Next we drilled 4 inch bore holes on the anomalies and inspected the hole with downhole TV. Nothing was found except small cracks. We paid special attention to the front paws, and under the paws. No chambers!

I do not believe there are any chambers under the Sphinx at this point in time.

There are three known passageways leading into the Sphinx. One is on the back of the Sphinx near its head. This shaft is short and leads to a dead end. Another is at ground level on the north side of the Sphinx near its hip. This shaft has been explored and leads to a dead end below the water table.

Passage entrance near left hip.
Passage entrance
© Photo copyright Larry Orcutt

The third tunnel is known only from an unpublished photo made in 1926. It is located on the north side near the middle and has been covered with brickwork in later restorations. For more on these tunnels, see Known Sphinx Passages and also Zahi Hawass' 1997 NOVA interview.

Restoration work, 1997.
Sphinx restoration
© Photo copyright Larry Orcutt

Zahi Hawass earlier addressed the rumored chamber in his 1990 "Update" to The Pyramids and Temples of Gizah by Flinders Petrie (London: Histories & Mysteries of Man Ltd., 1990; p. 101-102):

The last site investigated by the Japanese [Waseda University in Japan] was the Sanctuary of the Sphinx. The three areas targeted were:

A. South of the Sphinx.
B. North of the Sphinx.
C. In front of the two paws of the Sphinx.

The results were:

A. South of the Sphinx. The Japanese indicated the existence of a hollow 2.5 m. to 3 m. underground. And, they found indications of a groove on the Sphinx body that extends beneath the Sphinx.
B. North of the Sphinx. The Japanese found another groove similar to the southern one which may indicate that maybe there is a tunnel underneath the Sphinx connecting the south and north grooves.
C. In front of the two paws of the Sphinx. The Japanese found another hollow space about 1 m. to 2 m. below surface. Again, they believe that it might extend underneath the Sphinx.

The conclusion of the Japanese work suggests that the sanctuary of the Sphinx contains more cavities below the Sphinx than were previously known.

The combined data collected by the recent research at Giza resulted in the indications that there is/are:

1. Hollows located under the Sphinx as yet, not identified.
2. Cavities running from north to south underneath the Sphinx.
3. A tunnel south of the pyramid of Khufu ...

For more details on the Japanese work cited above, see the Waseda Report highlights.

It appears that there may indeed be undiscovered chambers and/or passageways in the area of the Sphinx. Though the Giza Plateau has been well-excavated, new discoveries are made there each year. But the idea that there is an Atlantean "Hall of Records" hidden under the Sphinx is based solely on the visions of a so-called "prophet" who in 1941 claimed the chamber would be discovered in a "few years."

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The Rosicrucian View

Post#5 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:31 pm

The Rosicrucian View
In his book The Symbolic Prophecy of the Great Pyramid (Rosicrucian Press, 1936), H. Spencer Lewis included drawings "made from secret manuscripts possessed by archivists of the mystery schools of Egypt and the Orient and are part of secret manuscripts telling of the ancient forms of initiations held in the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid." The existence of the halls and passages are, of course, "denied repeatedly by Egyptian and other authorities and even by eminent archaeologists and investigators from various parts of Europe." (p. 181) The elevation and plan reproduced below is based on this secret information.

Elevation of the Subterranean Hall.
Secret Chamber
© Diagram copyright AMORC: Lewis, The Symbolic Prophecy of the Great Pyramid, p. 127
Spence cites a magazine article "edited in Egypt, and more or less privately published in London" that was written by Hamilton M. Wright. The article focuses on the excavations made by Dr. Salim Hassan of the University of Cairo. "We have discovered a subway," Hassan is quoted as saying, "used by the ancient Egyptians of 5,000 years ago. It passes beneath the causeway leading between the second pyramid and the Sphinx." The subway is some 72 feet wide and more than 1,400 feet long. In addition to the subway, there are a number of subterranean chambers and temples, including a "Chapel of Offerings" that has three pillars in the center. On the west side of this chapel is a "room of initiation and reception" in which was found a "large white sarcophagus of white Turah limestone" and "excellent examples of alabaster vessels." Lewis describes the walls as being "beautifully painted and sculptured with scenes and inscriptions" and adds that "there are many magnificently carved figures in these various underground rooms and chapels, temples, and hallways, also many beautifully colored friezes." (pp. 189-190) Spence assures the readers that all of these details, complete with photographs, are included in Hassan's report.

Plan of the Giza passageways.
Sphinx Plan
© Diagram copyright AMORC: Lewis, The Symbolic Prophecy of the Great Pyramid, p. 126
The factual evidence of Hassan's report, writes Spence, "verify at least in part the things indicated on the two diagrams ... and undoubtedly the passing of time will verify other parts of these diagrams." (p. 190)

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Lambert Dolphin Letter

Post#6 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:32 pm

Lambert Dolphin Letter
Subject: Re: SPHINX
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 1996 07:50:02 -0800
From: (Lambert Dolphin)
To: Larry Orcutt <>

In 1974, 76, and 78 a team of us from SRI International (then Stanford Research Institute) conducted a whole series of scientific measurements in Egypt, in support of archaeology, initially sponsored by a National Science Foundation Grant. In 1974 we discovered that the limestones everywhere in Egypt are damp and rich in clay. This meant that ground-penetrating radar (GPR) had no practical use in Egypt (despite later efforts by others). Radar signals penetrate only a foot or so.

We also tried resistivity and high frequency seismic sounding at the Valley of the Kings, Saqqara, Giza and Alexandria. They worked fine.

In 1978 we had a project funded by the ARE (Association for Research and Enlightening) in Virginia Beach, VA. (They are related to the Edgar Cayce Foundation). Hugh Lynn Cayce was with us in Egypt that year. (We had other sponsorship and other work going on concurrently).

First we did a thorough, close-spaced resistivity survey around the entire Sphinx and the Sphinx temple in front. This gave us an idea where there were cracks. There was no evidence of real voids as deep as 30 or more feet.

Next we conducted high-frequency seismic soundings at all suspicious areas where there were resistivity anomalies of any importance. All we found were cracks.

Next we drilled 4 inch bore holes on the anomalies and inspected the hole with downhole TV. Nothing was found except small cracks. We paid special attention to the front paws, and under the paws.

No chambers!

Hugh Lynn said at the time that Edgar's readings on illness were more accurate, he thought, than some of his archaeological "readings" but they considered it worthwhile to check out the Sphinx.

I saw the TV program claiming a chamber had been discovered by electronic means but in the absence of published data I am skeptical. The bedrock floor around the Sphinx, and in front, shows no evidence of having been tunnelled or disturbed. In places it is weak and of poorer grade. Yes, there are small cracks. The Sphinx itself, cavities, and surrounds were very thoroughly explored and documented subsequently by Mark Lehner now of U. of Chicago. He does outstanding work.

Deep shaft tombs just up the Chephren Causeway from the Sphinx have standing water in them nowdays. This means the water table is not many feet below the base of the Sphinx. In ancient times a canal from the River Nile apparently came right up to the base of the Giza complex, so if there were a chamber under the Sphinx it would be full of water. (This would have been an even more striking resistivity anomaly for us in 1978).

I do not believe there are any chambers under the Sphinx at this point in time.

The work of Schoch and West on the Sphinx is highly flawed. For one thing they ignored the severe local atmospheric industrial pollution in the last century which has severely damaged the Giza monuments and fast, too. This is well known by the Egyptologists. I won't get in to that story, you probably are up to date on their work and the many thorough refutations from well-qualified people.


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Known Sphinx Passages

Post#7 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:34 pm

Known Sphinx Passages
There are several holes and passages in the Great Sphinx at Giza. Some are of known origin but others are not.

There is a hole on the back of the Sphinx, about 4 feet behind the head. It was made by Howard Vyse in the 1840s and has been dubbed Perring's Hole after his engineer. Seeking chambers, Vyse bored a hole 27 feet deep but the drill rod became stuck. He tried using gunpowder to remove the rod, but gave up so as not to do further damage to the Sphinx. The cavity Vyse created was cleared in 1978 by Zahi Hawass, and inside it he found a part of the Sphinx's headdress.

Later, in the 1850s, August Mariette cleared out a shaft on the Sphinx's back, which he realized was nothing more than a widening in a natural fissure. (He also found the peculiar masonry "boxes" against the body of the monument).

In 1923, Department of Antiquities director Lacau and engineer Emile Baraize began an 11 year excavation of the Sphinx area. In December 1925 a photograph was made by the team showing the area of the large masonry box on the south side of the Sphinx. Loose stones can be seen, stones cut for repairs, but in the side of the Sphinx body a large gaping entrance, or perhaps grotto is visible. It was covered up in the restoration. Further conservation included lining the largest fissure on the Sphinx's back (some 6 feet wide) with limestone blocks and covering the resulting shaft with an iron trap door.

Baraize also paved with cement a deep hole on the top of the Sphinx's head. The hole measures approximately 5 feet square and nearly 6 feet deep. An iron trap door was fitted to the mouth of the hole. It has been theorized that the hole, began as a means for affixing a headdress to the sphinx in the manner of the New Kingdom (see photo below), was later deepened in search of hidden chambers.
Tutankhamun's calcite sphinx, Luxor Museum.
Sphinx with headdress
© Photo copyright Larry Orcutt
In 1980, Zahi Hawass uncovered a passage beneath the casing stones leading under the Sphinx (see photo below). He was informed of the passage by two elderly workers who had worked with Baraize (the tunnel had not been documented and had nearly been forgotten). The passage is on the north side near the tail and has two parts at right angles to each other. One descends for 13 feet, terminating in a dead end. The upper part runs for about the same length and ends at a small niche (about 3 feet wide and 6 feet high). Items found among the limestone chips and sand included bits of charcoal, small ceramic particles and other pottery shards, an alabaster chip, a granite chip, part of a modern water jug, a piece of tin foil, another fragment of red granite, and two old but modern leather shoes. It is possible that the passage was made by Vyse, who had mentioned in his journal that he had bored "near the shoulder, and near the tail," without providing further details.

Passage at rear of Sphinx
(bottom left of center).
Sphinx passage entrance
© Photo copyright Larry Orcutt

There is an iron trap door fitted to the ground within the Sphinx's paws, between the Thutmose IV Stela and the chest of the Sphinx. This is not a passage but rather a somewhat rectangular pit that was covered with a cement roof and iron beam then sealed with a trap door by Baraize as a part of his restoration efforts in the 1920s.

There is another shaft in the Sphinx enclosure but not connected with the Sphinx itself. The so-called Keystone Shaft is in the floor of the enclosure under the north ledge of the wall, just opposite the north hind paw. The passage measures about 4.5 feet by 3.5 feet and is just over 6 feet deep. A large piece of basalt, with one side finished smooth, was found inside the shaft. It is likely that the passage was meant to be a tomb but was never completed.

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Waseda Report Highlights

Post#8 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:35 pm

Waseda Report Highlights
The following excerpts are from Studies in Egyptian Culture No. 6: Non-Destructive Pyramid Investigation (1) By Electromagnetic Wave Method by Sakuji Yoshimura, Takeshi Nakagawa, Shioji Tonouchi, and Kazuaki Seki (Tokyo: Waseda University, 1987; grammatical errors remain uncorrected):

1. Area south of the Sphinx

Seven measuring lines were installed east and west and four measuring lines north and south to scan the Sphinx over 70 meters from the east to the west and over 10 meters from the north to the south. The bedrock of the Sphinx contains more moistures than that of the pyramid. This would be because the Sphinx locates closer to an underground stream. A response was obtained which would indicate that there is a plash 2.5 to 3 meters below the ground surface near the south-eastern forefoot. On its body, a groove with a width of 2 meters, a depth of 3 meters, and a length of 2 meters was found which seems to extend underneath the body. At the center of the southern rock, vertical cracks were observed; however, the cracks never seem to affect the bedrock.
2. Area north of the Sphinx

Four measuring lines were installed east and west and five measuring lines north and south to scan the Sphinx over 60 meters from the east to the west and over 7 meters from the north to the south. The northern bedrock seems to contain more moistures than the southern bedrock. The vertical cracks, run east and west across the Sphinx, would be produced naturally. On the body, there is a groove similar to that on the southern part, which seems to extend underneath the body. Under the Sphinx, therefore, there may be a tunnel. Further, near the front elbow, a geometrical cavity (1m x 1.5m x 7m) has been detected, possibly containing metal or granite.
3. Area east of the Sphinx (Near forefeet of the Sphinx)

The front of the Sphinx consists of pieces of limestone that have been arranged artificially and paved. With the passing of time, the arranged and paved pieces of limestone have been projected and recessed. At first, the team had been concerned about survey, as the turbulent reflection on the surface might disturb the sensor. Measuring lines (comprising reticulate 10 lines each) were set by meter east and west, and north and south. Inner part of both the forefeet, a geometrical cavity (1.5m x 3m) has been detected. The bottom has not been detected clearly, because the bottom may be uneven or there may be some articles. The cavity seems top extend from the east to the west, i.e., toward the chest; however, an offering table made of granite prevented survey.

At the western part beyond the offering table, two measuring lines were installed for survey east and west. The surface, which is not made of limestone and has a great number of cracks, was not measured correctly due to violent turbulent reflection on it. Rough survey has indicated the high possibility of the presence of a cavity 1 to 2 meters below the ground surface. The cavity may be connected to the above cavity located in front of the Sphinx, and may extend into the Sphinx. However, if these cavities are separated, it is very possible the former cavity located in front of the Sphinx is Sertab where the statue was installed. [pp. 7-8]

The Sertab mentioned above is more commonly called a serdab, a room in Old Kingdom tombs in which statues representing the ka of the deceased were placed. Eyeholes or slits were often provided so that the ka might gain access to its offerings. There is little reason, however, to think that the Sphinx served as a tomb.

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