Secret Caves Discovered Under Giza!
A system of caves has been discovered under the pyramids. Certainly this is very big news. But look at the reaction of Dr. Hawass on his website:
This is how we introduced our 2011 story. We speculated that many wonderful things would be known in 2012... but then the so-called Arab Spring happened, rearranging the political structure in Egypt and confusing the status of the caves, Dr. Hawass and everything else to do with the pyramids.
A Report by Richard Gabriel
A recent viewzone.com article highlighted a rumbling controversy between the former leading controller of the Giza plateau, Zahi Hawass and Archaeological researcher Andrew Collins. The article reminded us how Hawass denied the existence of a tunnel network leading under the Plateau, despite the fact that Andrew Collins and Nigel Skinner Simpson had rediscovered its entrance from the recently published notes of Henry Salt and Giovani Caviglia -- who explored there in the early 1800s.
Collins, sponsored by the Edgar Cayce organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE), searched and found the fissure entrance at the rear of an apparent tomb, west of the three pyramids at Giza. The entrance had been overlooked by archaeologists for almost 200 years.
The controversy unfolded as Collins continued to develop the importance of the tunnels in correlation to the star system Cygnus -- while Zahi Hawass continued in public outrage and denial. Behind the scenes he barred the main tomb entrance, sent his own hand-picked excavators inside, and presented an infamous documentary purporting to show the tunnels amounted to nothing of interest.
My partner researcher Judith and I had been inexorably drawn to Giza as a part of our own intuitive journey of archaeological discovery, and we have been privileged for more than a decade and through multiple visits to explore and examine many places unavailable to the public (including many times below ground in this tunnel system.) We gathered invaluable evidence which sheds light on its origins and on the likely motivations of Hawass and others who want it kept secret! Read-on to see why we feel this underground system should now be designated as a site of world heritage.
Making Sense of NC2 & the Secret Giza Underground
West of the middle pyramid on the Giza Plateau, the ground rises to its highest point where there are some of the surviving buildings of The Harvard camp, established by George Reisner in 1902 to pursue the aims of the Hearst Expedition of the University of California. The high ground suddenly drops away beyond the buildings leaving eroded cliffs facing north which have many tomb entrances dotted along its length. These sites were given (North Cliff) designations when first explored in modern time; and almost on the doorstep of the main Harvard building - the site of North Cliff 2 (NC2) can be found.
Imagine a very long time ago when sea water lapped to this highest point; and as the sea receded, the deep fissures under the plateau would have been a perfect route for the water to flow.
Erosion from massive water flow has been validated in the deeper tunnels of NC2, and we know that beyond the last ice age, sea levels were certainly as high as or even much higher than the Giza site. The picture [below] from the deep tunnel system is one example of the water erosion.
Imagine at some time in ancient history, the people of the day knew of one large opening and decided to enlarge it and hew it into chambers plus sub-chambers for their own purpose. They may have had strong reasons for not proceeding beyond the initial fissure opening depth. Indeed at the point where the hewn chambers end (on the ground level,)... the (water-eroded) natural entrance into the deeper system was bricked-up and reduced in size a long time ago.
It may be worth noting that inside the first natural (reception) chamber; there is a free standing rock slice alongside the entrance. It takes little imagination to suppose this would have been perfect for use as a door blockage.
For orientation, take a look at the schematic [below] that we produced from an extended underground visit for the purpose. On the left you can see the ground level hewn areas lined black. The ones delineated in red are the hewn sub-chambers. Top right of the left hand pic the reception chambers of the natural system are marked -- and these lead to the extensive tunnel system (bottom-to top) of the right hand pic.
What else do we know?
So what else do we know for sure about the hewn chambers, and then the extending natural tunnels and chambers? We know a lot, and it is surely important to keep close to what we know with any informed speculation; otherwise articles as seen so often take the reader too far from the likely truth.
Powerful legend tells of a huge and extensive underground passageway and chamber system, which may hold valuable repositories from an ancient time. Edgar Cayce spoke of these features extending under the village. We have sampled first hand, a tiny part of the amazing underground network, from NC2, from the Solar Cross, from the village of Nazlet el Samaan and directly from the plateau.
We have spoken to many reliable first-hand local witnesses who explored these regions years before the plateau was barred by its own Berlin Wall. We recall one local security man who lost a friend to a deep shaft in the shadow of the GP. Emotionally he told us how it took a long time to locate his friend's body, and that the tunnels from the shaft led to other equally deeper shafts. He told how the most dangerous of these were plated over, and that many of the most important shafts are now hidden under dirt. We know of at least this exact location.
Ground Penetrating Radar
We know that official ground penetrating radar has produced well published evidence showing networks of tunnels and chambers all over the plateau and in the village. We know that the authorities certainly know of all that the underground promises because of deep imagery received from their own latest survey satellite.
Zahi Hawass and Mark Lehner publications even detailed the proposed layout of Khufu's palace under the village.
In 1817, Henry Salt and Giovani Cavigla were exploring NC2 without the benefit of modern lights and equipment. Henry Salt reported:
"I have little to say. We entered into one, and followed up our researches through rude and craggy vaults, several hundred yards into the rock, creeping at times on our hands and knees, among the bones and carcasses of camels and other animals carried there by the hyenas, which frequent these caves. At last we entered by a forced passage through a thin wall into a spacious chamber, which presented nothing to our view, but bare and mouldering walls. This chamber communicated with three others of equal dimensions, which issued many labyrinthian passages, which had too intricate and uninteresting an appearance to induce us to advance. Captain Caviglia informed me that afterwards he advanced in another direction, three hundred feet farther but found nothing to tempt him to continue his researches."
In the deeper system the main passage extends to circa 350 feet. At that point there is a forced entrance of just a few feet in diameter. We have always referred to it as the Tube Tunnel. This has a blockage at about 20 feet and we have published photographic proof that the blockage was created from the other end of the Tube Tunnel.
At the Solar Cross and NC2 especially we know of the fear that local people have for the underground. They talk of Hanash, the snake which guards the underground. We know of the connection to another spirit snake form in the name of Agathodaimon; the good spirit presiding over the upper and lower worlds. We share the opinion of Andrew Collins that to pass through the Tube Tunnel was as if to pass through the body of the snake to get to what lies beyond.
"Simulacra" in the tunnel entrance
The next picture shows the forced Tube Tunnel. But observe the remains of plaster on the right hand side of the entrance. It has been formed into what looks like ribs, just as if the tunnel was the body of a snake.
A little deeper into the tube-tunnel there are significant rock carvings looking on into the depths of the tunnel. This has a great importance which we will return to later.
There are parallels from a proposed underground complex at Giza to equally unexplained underground cities in other places in the world. Why do they exist? What was their purpose? Perhaps some answers can be teased from NC2.
Thanks to Andrew Collins and Nigel Skinner Simpson in recent times when they rediscovered the entrance from Salt and Caviglia's notes, world attention has been drawn to this important site. Since then, our many visits and many hours in the system have produced important new finds, evidenced in the pictures.
[Above] Image showing first the ground level entrance through to the end platform where the NC2 system entrance can be seen (right.)
Zahi Hawass barred the entrance; he made clear, to prevent others from abusing its contents. Our before and after pictures show in fact it prevented others from seeing that a rape of its contents had taken place -- but not so much that even more important information was missed.
The colour of the rock, covered in bat guano, deposits, dirt and centuries of cultural vandalism, blinds all but the most obvious features to the naked eye. Quite by accident we found that studious digital analysis showed there were faded images covering most surfaces, but so deep to the surface that they required special digital techniques to reveal them.
But these images are not the sort of traditional cave paintings. They are meaningful frescos, murals and 3D scenes of pageant. They contain multitudes of every animal imaginable, many extinct and certainly extinct from this part of the world. There are multitudes of theriomorphic images mixed with natural depictions, including structures, devices and advanced buildings.
Jungle scenes predominate, alongside rock carvings and more. The makers used another technique which we have penned as fractal imaging where the body and features of larger animals etc are themselves filled with ever smaller images until the whole surface is filled like a magic picture waiting to be determined. This feature gives us much difficulty because during analysis it is necessary to develop an eye to see into the depth of the surface to the correct focal point of the main images. It is easy to be tricked into examining the thousands of smaller images and miss the main feature.
The first [above] image is a stripped back final example after many hours of analysis and delineation work, while the second one still requires a lot more work.