I don't think these folks are Egyptological scholars... not in the sense, say, that I'm an anthropologist (coursework, writing, etc.)
Originally posted by Howard the Dolphin
I have come across several Egyptological scholors who have come into the field with very unorthodox views and then seem to suddenly denounce all of
their previous views/ideas and jump over to the orthodox mindset; one name that I remember in particular is Mark Lehner.
Lehner's change in opinion happened pretty much in the way that mine did: he was originally a devotee of Cayce (I was, too, and of Velikovsky) and
then decided that he wanted to pursue studies in the land that so enchanted him, Egypt. So he went there and started attending the university,
learning how to do digs and getting a degree in archaeology/Egyptology.
Along the way, he (as I have) learned to read hieroglyphics, saw the hard evidences for himself... and sadly came to realize (as many of us did) that
Cayce and others are well-intentioned but are pulling all this information out of their own imaginations. That what they say is not true... and that
the REAL story is a thousand times more fascinating than their mind fiction of Atlantis, Mu, and other places.
I have recently read that Graham Hancock has made the switch over to orthodoxy when it comes to some of his views about the Giza
He's acutally a writer with a degree in sociology; not an egyptologist. Although a nice man, I doubt he could immediately tell a Fifth dynasty
hieroglyphics panel from a Fourteenth dynasty hieroglyphics (yeah, there IS a difference...)
He's made the switch, and again it was due to actually learning what's been discovered by the Egyptologists and doing some fact-checking for
I also just read in a thread that Dr. Hawass himself was once an unorthodox thinker who actually was a part of some drilling done at the
There's been a lot of exploration of the sphynx and pyramids by legitimate (university sponsored) scholars... some with fairly unusual ideasl
Here's Hawass' website with lots of interesting stuff:
A lot of people have speculated about why the Egyptian gov't hasn't allowed further field research around the sphinx
Actually, there's digs there and continuing research... Hawass found a tomb there last month, in fact.
What they are NOT allowing is every crystal-clutcher and New Ager and People With Theories to come in and play there in the Giza area and test their
theories out. These folks interfere with legitimate exploration (and worse, sometimes damage sites.) The government is not going to fund someone's
coming in and plating the Great Pyramid with sheets of tinfoil to see if it will usher in a New Age of Righteousness (or something similar.)
Legitimate research and exploration by licensed teams (to keep digs from interfering with each other) continues, however.