I would like to share a few interesting stories that involve the Coverup of archaeological studies and destruction or hiding of evidence by the
they are little known stories that have been around for over 100yrs. they do share one thing in common huge history changing finds with little
evidence, many times the little evidence that is recovered by archaeologist's is lost or labeled as to extraordinary to be true.
Source The cover-up and alleged suppression of archaeological evidence
began in late 1881 when John Wesley Powell, the geologist famous for
exploring the Grand Canyon, appointed Cyrus Thomas as the director
of the Eastern Mound Division of the Smithsonian Institution's
Bureau of Ethnology.
When Thomas came to the Bureau of Ethnology he was a
"pronounced believer in the existence of a race of Mound Builders,
distinct from the American Indians."
However, John Wesley Powell, the director of the Bureau of
Ethnology, a very sympathetic man toward the American Indians, had
lived with the peaceful Winnebago Indians of Wisconsin for many
years as a youth and felt that American Indians were unfairly
thought of as primitive and savage.
The Smithsonian began to promote the idea that Native Americans, at
that time being exterminated in the Indian Wars, were descended from
advanced civilisations and were worthy of respect and protection.
They also began a program of suppressing any archaeological evidence
that lent credence to the school of thought known as Diffusionism, a
school which believes that throughout history there has been
widespread dispersion of culture and civilization via contact by
ship and major trade routes.
The Smithsonian opted for the opposite school, known as
Isolationism. Isolationism holds that most civilizations are
isolated from each other and that there has been very little contact
between them, especially those that are separated by bodies of
water. In this intellectual war that started in the 1880s, it was
held that even contact between the civilizations of the Ohio and
Mississippi Valleys were rare, and certainly these civilizations did
not have any contact with such advanced cultures as the Mayas,
Toltecs, or Aztecs in Mexico and Central America. By Old World
standards this is an extreme, and even ridiculous idea, considering
that the river system reached to the Gulf of Mexico and these
civilizations were as close as the opposite shore of the gulf. It
was like saying that cultures in the Black Sea area could not have
had contact with the Mediterranean.
When the contents of many ancient mounds and pyramids of the Midwest
were examined, it was shown that the history of the Mississippi
River Valleys was that of an ancient and sophisticated culture that
had been in contact with Europe and other areas. Not only that, the
contents of many mounds revealed burials of huge men, sometimes
seven or eight feet tall, in full armor with swords and sometimes
For instance, when Spiro Mound in Oklahoma was excavated in the
1930's, a tall man in full armour was discovered along with a pot of
thousands of pearls and other artefacts, the largest such treasure
so far documented. The whereabouts of the man in armour is unknown
and it is quite likely that it eventually was taken to the
In a private conversation with a well-known historical researcher
(who shall remain nameless), I was told that a former employee of
the Smithsonian, who was dismissed for defending the view of
diffusionism in the Americas (i.e. the heresy that other ancient
civilisations may have visited the shores of North and South America
during the many millenia before Columbus), alleged that the
Smithsonian at one time had actually taken a barge full of unusual
artefacts out into the Atlantic and dumped them in the ocean.
to believe that isolationism was that standard back then does not make sense and evidence shows otherwise so why would the Smithsonian need or want to
suppress the idea of Diffusion?
more evidence of coverups.
Coffins discovered n 1892 then lost and found 100yrs later also with an explanation as to what they were!
The STONEWATCH NEWSLETTER of the Gungywamp Society in Connecticut, which researches megalithic sites in New England, had a curious story
in their Winter 1992 issue about stone coffins discovered in 1892 in Alabama which were sent to the Smithsonian Institution and then
'lost'. According to the newsletter, researcher Frederick J. Pohl wrote an intriguing letter in 1950 to the late Dr. T.C. Lethbridge, a
The letter from Pohl stated, "A professor of geology sent me a
reprint (of the) Smithsonian Institution, THE CRUMF BURIAL CAVE by
Frank Burns, US Geological Survey, from the report of the US
National Museum for 1892, pp 451-454, 1984. In the Crumf Cave,
southern branch of the Warrior River, in Murphy's Valley, Blount
County, Alabama, accessible from Mobile Bay by river, were coffins
of wood hollowed out by fire, aided by stone or copper chisels.
Either of these coffins were taken to the Smithsonian. They were
about 7.5 feet long, 14" to 18" wide, 6" to 7" deep. Lids open.
"I wrote recently to the Smithsonian, and received a reply March
11th from F.M. Setzler, Head Curator of Department of Anthropology
(He said) 'We have not been able to find the specimens in our
collections, though records show that they were received."
David Barron, President of the Gungywamp Society was eventually told
by the Smithsonian in 1992 that the coffins were actually wooden
troughs and that they could not be viewed anyway because they were
housed in an asbestos-contaminated warehouse. This warehouse was to
be closed for the next ten years and no one was allowed in except
the Smithsonian personnel!
Wooden troughs? for feeding pigs? really the Native Americans were farmers as-well?
this is news in itself they even had Lids for the troughs how inventive
this discovery in 1944 Acambaro Mexico was an incredible story almost unbelievable, I would like to know what others think about it.
to me it is a perfect example of a Dis-info. coverup.
read for yourself I cant wait to hear ATS'ers thoughts on this.
In 1944 an accidental discovery of an even more controversial nature was made by Waldemar Julsrud at Acambaro, Mexico. Acambaro is in
the state of Guanajuato, 175 miles northwest of Mexico City. The strange archaeological site there yielded over 33,500 objects of
ceramic;stone, including jade; and knives of obsidian (sharper than steel and still used today in heart surgery).
Jalsrud, a prominent local German merchant, also found statues ranging from less than an inch to six feet in length depicting great reptiles,
some of them in ACTIVE ASSOCIATION with humans - generally eating them, but in some bizarre statuettes an erotic association was
indicated. To observers many of these creatures resembled dinosaurs.
Jalsrud crammed this collection into twelve rooms of his expanded house. There startling representations of Negroes, Orientals, and bearded
Caucasians were included as were motifs of Egyptians, Sumerian and other ancient non-hemispheric civilizations, as well as portrayals of
Bigfoot and aquatic monster like creatures, weird human-animal mixtures, and a host of other inexplicable creations. Teeth from an extinct
Ice Age horse, the skeleton of a mammoth, and a number of human skulls were found at the same site as the ceramic artifacts.
Radio-carbon dating in the laboratories of the University of Pennsylvania and additional tests using the thermoluminescence
method of dating pottery were performed to determine the age of the objects. Results indicated the objects were made about 6,500 years ago,
around 4,500 BC.
A team of experts at another university, shown Jalrud's half-dozen samples but unaware of their origin, ruled out the possibility that they
could have been modern reproductions. However, they fell silent when told of their controversial source.
In 1952, in an effort to debunk this weird collection which was gaining a certain amount of fame, American archaeologist Charles C. DiPeso
claimed to have minutely examined the then 32,000 pieces within not more than four hours spent at the home of Julsrud. In a forthcoming
book, long delayed by continuing developments in his investigation, archaeological investigator John H. Tierney, who has lectured on the case
for decades, points out that to have done that DiPeso would have had to have inspected 133 pieces per minute steadily for four hours,
whereas in actuality, it would have required weeks merely to have separated the massive jumble of exhibits and arranged them properly
for a valid evaluation.
Tierney, who collaborated with the later Professor Hapgood, the late William N. Russell, and others in the investigation, charges that the
Smithsonian Institution and other archaeological authorities conducted a campaign of disinformation against the discoveries. The Smithsonian
had, early in the controversy, dismissed the entire Acambaro collection as an elaborate hoax. Also, utilising the Freedom of
Information Act, Tierney discovered that practically the entirety of the Smithsonian's Julsrud case files are missing.
After two expeditions to the site in 1955 and 1968, Professor Charles Hapgood, a professor of history and anthropology at the
University of New Hampshire, recorded the results of his 18-year investigation of Acambaro in a privately printed book entitled MYSTERY
IN ACAMBARO. Hapgood was initially an open-minded skeptic concerning the collection but became a believer after his first visit in 1955,
at which time he witnessed some of the figures being excavated and even dictated to the diggers where he wanted them to dig.
Adding to the mind-boggling aspects of this controversy is the fact that the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, through the late
Director of PreHispanic Monuments, Dr. Eduardo Noguera, (who, as head of an official investigating team at the site, issued a report which
Tierney will be publishing), admitted "the apparent scientific legality with which these objects were found." Despite evidence of their
own eyes, however, officials declared that because of the objects 'fantastic' nature, they had to have been a hoax played on Julsrud! A
disappointed but ever-hopeful Julsrud died. His house was sold and the collection put in storage. The collection is not currently open to
The next story is probably the most publicized, its a story labeled as a newspaper hoax. but it has several coincidences like all coverups and
with all these coincidences in lost artifacts and buried research. it makes me question the Smithsonian and our known history of indians being a
superstitious unorganized culture only going back to a few hundred years A.D.
I believe just like the ancient Maya & Inca empires were wiped out of most of their knowledge and history. our Native American was lost in the same
way, and in order to keep the rosy picture of Indians and white settlers having thanksgiving together in the public eye. never mind those cozy
diseased blankets we gave them for the trip to their new land provided by the new U.S. Gov.
Explorations in the grand canyon written in 1909.
Here is the history behind the cover up or possible hoax story.
I still have not found 100% proof this was a hoax.
A lengthy front page story of the PHOENIX GAZETTE on 5 April 1909 (follows this article), gave a highly detailed report of the
discovery and excavation of a rock-cut vault by an expedition led by a Professor S.A. Jordan of the Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian, however, claims to have absolutely no knowledge of the discovery or its discoverers.
The World Explorers Club decided to check on this story by calling the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., though we felt there was little chance
of getting any real information.
After speaking briefly to an operator, we were transferred to a Smithsonian staff archaeologist, and a woman's voice came on the
phone and identified herself.
I told her that I was investigating a story from a 1909 Phoenix newspaper article about the Smithsonian Institution's having
excavated rock-cut vaults in the Grand Canyon where Egyptian artifacts had been discovered, and whether the Smithsonian
Institution could give me any more information on the subject.
"Well, the first thing I can tell you, before we go any further," she said, "is that no Egyptian artifacts of any kind have ever been found
in North or South America. Therefore, I can tell you that the Smithsonian Institute has never been involved in any such excavations."
She was quite helpful and polite but, in the end, knew nothing. Neither she nor anyone else with whom I spoke could find any record of
the discovery or either G.E. Kinkaid and Professor S.A. Jordan.
While it cannot be discounted that the entire story is an elaborate newspaper hoax, the fact that it was on the front page, named the
prestigious Smithsonian Institution, and gave a highly detailed story that went on for several pages, lends a great deal to its
credibility. It is hard to believe such a story could have come out of thin air.
Is the Smithsonian Institution covering up an archaeological discovery of immense importance? If this story is true it would
radically change the current view that there was no transoceanic contact in pre-Columbian times, and that all American Indians, on both
continents, are descended from Ice Age explorers who came across the Bering Strait.
(Any information on G.E. Kinkaid and Professor S.A. Jordan, or their alleged discoveries, that readers may have would be greatly
appreciated.....write to Childress at the World Explorers Club at the above address.)
Is the idea that ancient Egyptians came to the Arizona area in the ancient past so objectionable and preposterous that it must be covered
up? Perhaps the Smithsonian Institution is more interested in maintaining the status quo than rocking the boat with astonishing new discoveries
that overturn previously accepted academic teachings.
Historian and linguist Carl Hart, editor of WORLD EXPLORER, then obtained a hiker's map of the Grand Canyon from a bookstore in
Poring over the map, we were amazed to see that much of the area on the north side of the canyon has Egyptian names. The area around
Ninety-four Mile Creek and Trinity Creek had areas (rock formations, apparently) with names like Tower of Set, Tower of Ra, Horus Temple, Osiris
Temple, and Isis Temple. In the Haunted Canyon area were such names as the Cheops Pyramid, the Buddha Cloister, Buddha Temple, Manu Temple
and Shiva Temple.
Was there any relationship between these places and the alleged Egyptian discoveries in the Grand Canyon?
We called a state archaeologist at the Grand Canyon, and were told that the early explorers had just liked Egyptian and Hindu names, but that
it was true that this area was off limits to hikers or other visitors, "because of dangerous caves."
Indeed, this entire area with the Egyptian and Hindu place names in the Grand Canyon is a forbidden zone - no one is allowed into this large
We could only conclude that this was the area where the vaults were located. Yet today, this area is curiously off-limits to all hikers and
even, in large part, park personnel.
here is a link to the Full story as it was written in 1909 this site also goes further into evidence of lost cities all but forgotten or misplaced.
Explorations in Grand Canyon
Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern Being Brought To Life
many cultures have homes, shrines, burial chambers and large city like areas built into cliffs and caves so this story is not so far fetched as the
mainstream Smithsonian would have us believe.