Originally posted by Ittabena
reply to post by PerfectAnomoly
S+F for the OP. Fascinating! I do have three questions though.
Any idea why these guys might have been so eager to seal this stuff off? I mean concrete has such a finality to it, what would have been the
motivation? And wouldn't you think that sort of action would have been counter to every archaeologist's instincts?
I notice that your location is listed as Oxford. Are you connected with Oxford University?
Any clue to the true motivations for Hawas to close off serious investigation of the mysteries there?
Thank you sir. Appreciated.
I will attempt to answer your questions....
There are many accounts of these tunnels and entrances from the period prior to 1953.... so they were well known about. In fact, Hawass and Lehner
wrote a little know article regarding the rump tunnel in the 90's I think. I do not believe in the conspiracy part of this myth I must admit..... The
chamber that is mentioned by so many accounts, (All of which have been linked by someone above), seems to have been formed during the Old Kingdon,
utilising a natural fissure in the limestone of the plateau, which was enlarged to form the chamber. The entrance to the shaft that leads to this
chamber is also well documented as stated in my OP, even given dimensions and distances from the neck and back of the Sphinx. Old pictures, (Pre
1900's), clearly show a large fissure in the back of the beast where the body meets the haunches, this fissure is what was utilised to create the
shaft and chamber, and subsequently filled with cement by Braize. So, in their eye's, they wern't blocking up or covering anything that hadn't
already been explored and extensively documented. there may have been an element of professional egotism involved also.....
Archeology in the days of Salt and Braize was a very different animal to that which is practiced now. There were no recordings of the positoin of
artifacts discovered during the uncovering, (Something which happened many times in antiquity) or any plan to preserve/protect the monument in its
originally discovered state. They, (Salt and Braize) seemed to have been more obsessed with smoothing out the ruffles so to speak...filling in the
imperfections and adding purely aesthetic additional masonry to the original statue... (In fact, the bottom part of the headdress and the neck are
ruined forever by the large ammounts of cement Braize used to "restore" them, not to mention the extensive alteration of the face to repair the huge
gash in the upper left portion of the forehead. Concrete was also applied to other area's of the face to fill holes and irregularities). I would
suggest that the restoration of the monument was the priority of both these men, (It could be said that they actually did more damage than good during
their works). I believe they explored these tunnels and found the chamber. As previously stated, the rump tunnel also joins with this downwards shaft
at the point where it ends in a concrete wall.
The chamber has been documented as having Old Kingdom hyeiroglyphs daubed on the walls, although people did not have the skills to decipher them at
that time, is the chamber I would be very interested in seeing... at least them we could identify the pharoh it was formed for, and probably when. It
may contain information of when it was formed, as is usual in egyption texts/tombs.
So all these tunnels were well documented and detailed at that time, it just seems modern egyptologists don't seem to pay much attention to anything
pre-1954! This in itself could be evidence of conspiracy I suppose.....
In answer to your second question... no, I am not connected to OU in any way... except I do a fair bit of work for them... (I am a Mechanical services
As far as Hawass's motivations for hiding this info, I hope I have proved, that it isn't really hidden... it's all out there in the public
domain... you just have to dig a bit! Funny charachter was Hawass... in my opinion he was so obsessed with proving that it was the ancient egyptions,
(his people), that built EVERYTHING on the the Giza Plateau, that any information, (of which there is plenty) to suggest otherwise... is dismissed....
selectively selected to back up his own arguments and ego...... Anyone that has seriously researched the constructions on the plateau can have no
doubt that there are many significant contradictions to his arguments and the official parroted story... Good riddance to him... that's what I
So, to summarise, there is no real "mystery" as far as I am aware... the only real mystery is how egyptologists have ignored this prevelant
information and ignored the blatant evidence that backs it up. Wouldn't be the first time though eh?