It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The discovery surfaced again when John Anthony West, an attendee and presenter at the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E) conference held at Virginia beach in August 1998, gave a report on a presentation by Dr Hawass at the same conference. West reported that Dr Hawass had recently excavated a deep shaft found under the causeway midway between the Khafre pyramid and the Sphinx. The shaft was over a hundred feet deep, and opened into a kind of pillared chamber. In the middle there was a huge sarcophagus half submerged in water. By its style, Hawass placed the sarcophagus in the Saite Period (around 600 BC) and thought that the whole complex was reminiscent of the description given by Herodotus for the supposed tomb of Khufu. Hawass did not think it was Khufu's tomb but he did believe it might be a (or the) Tomb of Osiris, and in some way connected at least symbolically with the Oseirion at Abydos.
Originally posted by Gazrok
Because of three big reasons...
1. Safety, most of the areas mentioned are tight and not fully excavated properly, etc. for tourism.
2. Preservation...it's bad enough with visitors chipping off a piece to take home.....let alone taking a piece from deeper in the pyramid, before the area has been thoroughly studied...
3. Tourism... You kill the mystery, you start affecting the tourism trade, and you KNOW Egypt doesn't want THAT!!!
Originally posted by esdad71
Is the mothership buried there?
Originally posted by scorchio123
when the shafts were opened there was two wooden artifacts found which could have been carbon dated, but they strangly dissappeared
"...the Dixons found three small relics in the shafts. These objects - a rough stone sphere, a small two-pronged hook made out of some form of metal, and a fine piece of cedar wood some 12 centimetres long with strange notches cut into it - were exported from Egypt in the summer of 1872 and arrived safely in England a few weeks later. During the next year or so they were commented upon in books, and even illustrated in scientific and popular magazines such as Nature and the London Geographic. Before the turn of the century, however, they had dissappeared."
"After doing some more digging we discovered what had happened...they had remained in the hands of the Dixon family for exactly a hundred years. Then, in 1972, Dixon's great-granddaughter had taken them along to the British Museum and had generously donated them to the Egyptian Antiquities Department...Thereafter the relics seemed simply to have been forgotten and only resurfaced in December 1993 because an Egyptologist named Dr Peter Shore happened to read the Independent's story about our search for them."
..."Rudolph Gantenbrink, the discoverer of the 'door' [within one of the 'shafts' located in the Queen's Chamber], had visited London and given a full lecture at the British Museum to a large group of Egyptologists - including Professor Edwards, Dr Vivian Davies and many others who knew of our search for the 'Dixon' relics. During the lecture, Gantenbrink showed and explained detailed video footage [which]...clearly showed, still lying on the floor of the northern shaft...a metallic hook, and an apparent baton of wood."
"To be completely honest we found it very difficult to accept that they really could just have been forgotten for twenty-one years [after they were donated] by the British Museum's Egyptian Antiquities Department."
Hawass- One day before the show, we found out by Altrosonic that the door in the southern shaft of the Great Pyramid is about six centimeters thick, which implied that there was something behind that door. We decided to drill a three-millimeter diameter hole in the door so we could send a camera behind it. In the last minute of the show, the camera was sent in, and I saw the second door 21 cm. behind the first door.
We are planning to clean the south shaft from outside to learn if it does open to the outside. If it does, then it is possible that it was a symbolic door for the king to use in crossing to the Netherworld. If it is sealed, we have to return to the Westcar Papyri and read how Khufu was looking for the documents of the god Thoth to help him with the design of his pyramid.