In the recent BBC production, "Egypt's Lost Cities
' with Dr Sarah Parcak, about 14 minutes
into the production (as we find Dr Hawass clawing his way up into Campbell's Chamber high above the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid), we hear Dr
Hawass saying the following:
"When they [Caliph Al Ma'mun and his men] dug this entrance and they entered inside [the Great Pyramid], they found many late period
mummified bodies and things like this". - Dr Zahi Hawass
SC: This is patently untrue. Absolutely no "late period mummies" (or any mummies - royal or otherwise) were ever found inside the Great Pyramid. In
fact, there are only rumours and hearsay that anything was found within the 'sarcophagus' of the King's Chamber by Ma'mun. Certainly there is no
evidence that the mummified remains of Khufu were ever found.
So, please do not be misled by Dr Hawass's comment. No such mummies were ever found inside the Great Pyramid. We have no evidence of ANY human
remains having been found inside this chamber. As far as I am concerned this is either a sloppy, throwaway comment by Dr Hawass or, at worst, a
deliberate attempt to misinform. The effect of such a comment to those with little awareness of Ancient Egypt will serve only to reinforce to them the
notion ,much touted by mainstream Egyptology, that the great pyramids (pre-5th dynasty) of ancient Egypt were constructed as tombs for Egyptian kings.
My new book
due for publication in Feb 2012 will present new evidence that shows how
these pre-5th dynasty pyramids simply could not have been designed and built for the purposes of burial but were, in fact, to serve a completely
different - and much more important - function altogether.
I have emailed Dr Hawass, asking him to clarify his comment. Should he reply I will, of course, post his response here on ATS.