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Ancient Egypt - more mysterious than you think

Half of writing history is hiding the truth

Egypt. The name invokes images of pyramids, dry dusty deserts broken only by the Nile, stories of Marc Antony and Cleopatra, biblical images of the pharaoh’s harsh treatment of Jewish slaves and their flight through the parted Red Sea.

Over the last couple of decades, differing viewpoints and theories have risen concerning ancient Egypt, especially concerning the origin and achievements of their civilization. These new theories, based on some fairly sound evidence, have been presented in books, on television, and are easily available online.

What I would like to present here and in a future column are some of the highlights of these fascinating new theories.

Let’s start with the familiar Sphinx. Traditional archeology says it is contemporary with the building of the three pyramids at Giza (approximately during the reign of Khafra, from 2558 BC-2532 BC). However, a geologist presented with a full side view of the carving with the paws and head covered with masking tape identified it as a “Yardang;” a hard outcropping of rock that has been exposed by the erosion of softer rock around it. In the case of what he saw, a yardang created by the erosion of water over the course of several thousand years, not erosion by wind and sand, as one might think. When the head and paws were exposed, the geologist was aghast. The last water in the area that could manage such erosion stopped flowing over ten thousand years ago, at the end of the last ice age. (A full 5000 years or so prior to the time when the pyramids are believed to have been built.)

There are any number of repairs that are apparent on the monument. Some were done in the last century or so, but many were obviously done in the days of ancient Egypt, At least one repair seems to have been done shortly after it was carved.

Another observation: the head appears too small in scale with the body. It is believed to be a depiction of an Old Kingdom pharaoh who lived a century or more after the Great Pyramids were built.

Computer modeling shows that the sphinx, if it existed as long as 11,000 years ago, would have been looking at the constellation Leo as it rose in the summer night sky. This leads some to believe that the sphinx was originally a lion and was re-carved and repaired by the early Egyptians. If this is the case, then Egypt’s civilazation is either older than mainstream archeologists believe, or there was another civilization that predates the Old Kingdom.

Before moving on... whatever your opinion of him, Edgar Cayce predicted that a subsurface chamber existed many feet below the paws of the Sphinx. Sure enough, sonar soundings of the area do seem to indicate a hollow area many yards below the ground there. The Egyptian government, however, has forbidden any digging, so as not to risk the integrity of the statue. 

As for the Great Pyramids, when seen from above they precisely align with the three stars in Orion’s belt. A shaft in the great pyramid points exactly to the corresponding first star. Believed to be built by Khufu during the fourth dynasty, supposedly as his burial place, the sarcophagus is empty, with no sign whatsoever of it being used. Of course, grave robbers have had their way with most burial sites, not only throughout ancient Egypt, but with similar sites around the world. Some suggest it was abandoned. But after at least two decades of labor? I question that.

A couple of curious observations have been made over the last century or so by some archeologists: there is no writing on the walls as there is in other tombs; no soot of oil lamps or torches can be seen on the ceilings inside the pyramid nor in the tombs in the Valley of Kings, built during the Middle and New Kingdoms (during which was built King Tut’s chamber). How did they see? Perhaps using mirrors to reflect sunlight, as presented in the movie “The Mummy” does not work.

One temple carving shows a figure holding what appears to be a giant electric light bulb though some say it is a depiction of a flower and the aura of its perfume.

In the Great Pyramid there are curious niches, such as the corbelled one in the Queen’s Chamber, of no apparent function. Some get the impression that the Grand Gallery looks so ancient that it is nearly modern. There are no steps as if it was not for people to walk up and down, but meant for some other function. Some, throughout the history of Egyptology, have gotten the impression that the inside of the pyramid looks almost like part of a machine.

This brings up a recent speculation, however obtuse, that the Great Pyramid, along with other monuments of ancient Egypt and mysterious structures around the world, are actually part of a world wide wireless power transmission, explored by Nikoli Tesla in the late 19th century (a contemporary of Alexander Graham Bell). 

It will take a future column to present just a few more challenging theories concerning ancient Egypt, including its possible beyond northeast Africa. Until the next Shadow Science, check out the website Science-Frontiers.com.

Author’s note: I’d like to address the intent of this column. Conventional, mainstream science, archeology in particular, over the last century or so, has built a picture of the past that, for the most part, is mostly accurate. These academics, however, also have a vested interest in protecting and expanding on their theories because it maintains their standing, in particular in the area of grant money and tenure at Universities. Unfortunately, this can also blind them to new or competing evidence that would force them in to changing or modifying their theories. Thus, they conveniently ignore almost anything new, almost to the point of ridiculing it.

The single response on the Journal’s website (back in June) to the first edition of “Shadow Science” and its account of a possible ancient nuclear war in India was of such a tone. Granted, both this column and “Valley of Shadows” are meant to entertain, but this column goes a step further in that it presents this alternate evidence and is meant to spark an interest in a past that we are only now beginning to get a handle on. To shamelessly paraphrase a quote from a famous television  series: “There may be more than one truth out there.”)

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Lawrence Fury Lawrence Fury is an inveterate letter-to-the-editor writer, and a conservative conscience for this area of North Idaho. He's also an expert on local ghost stories, and is compiling a group of them for future book publication. You can read more about him in a Love Notes feature for the River Journal

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