Sunday, March 4, 2007

The Tomb of Osiris (Part 2)

Now we arrive to the incriminating details involving the discovery of the Tomb of Osiris:

Several artifacts were reportedly found about the chamber, but a list was never released to the public. Later, in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, Hawass said that the artifacts retrieved dated the lower tomb, the so-called Osiris tomb, to the New Kingdom, around 1550 BC. Then a report released in 2003 by the Egyptian Antiquities Authority stated that the tunnels leading away from the tomb actually went nowhere, a view that was challenged by a group of Egyptologists in the September/October 2000 issue of Archaeology magazine. Surprisingly, neither Hawass nor any of his associates have ever responded to the charges that the tunnels do indeed proceed farther along under the Giza plateau, a silence that was very much out of character. Additionally, during the dig, it was rumored that the Giza plateau was closed to the public, guarded by both U.S. and Egyptian military units. Why were the U.S. and Egyptian armies placed on high alert while this excavation was going on? Surely, they were not mobilized just to deter thieves from raiding the tomb. This was an unprecedented move, for never before were American and Egyptian armies mobilized to protect an archaeological excavation, which suggests that more is going on here than the Egyptian authorities are willing to admit. Thus far, no outside entities, including historians and archaeologists, have been permitted to inspect the Osiris tomb, the Egyptian authorities citing that the Osiris tomb was “closed due to dangerous instabilities in the chamber ceiling” or high water levels, a move that supports the idea that there is something unusual about this tomb that Hawass wants to keep secret.


This is what Hawass had to say regarding the Tomb of Osiris:

"I have found a shaft, going 29 meters [95 feet, approximately] vertically down into the ground, exactly halfway between the Chefren Pyramid and the Sphinx. At the bottom, which was filled with water, we have found a burial chamber with four pillars. In the middle is a large granite sarcophagus which I expect to be the grave of Osiris, the god,"
---ZAHI HAWASS, (Directed of the Giza Plateau, Egyptologist), In newspaper Extra Bladet (Copenhagen), January 31, 1999, "Sandpit Of Royalty", By Dorte Quist

This was during the the March 2nd 1999, FOX Network broadcast:

Hawass: "...I discovered that this is what Herodotus talked about, and I found that this is the 'Tomb of Osiris'. let's go and see what we're talking about."
ZH: "Suzy, this is the 'Tomb of Osiris'."


He then seems to have changed his mind in The Guardian article which is posted on his official site.

"The final chamber we found was most likely a symbolic tomb for the god Osiris; he was believed to control the underground tunnels and tombs of the kings."


The following is from a chat transcript:

11/05/01: Larry asks:"I would like to know more about the tomb of Osiris. Specifically: You know it is Osiris' tomb as it is written on the four stelae that he ordered this tomb to be excavated for him. But it must say more than just that. Also, how is the excavation of the two tunnels that lead off from the burial chamber going?"

Hawass' response: Dear Larry, "The Osiris shaft is a shaft that is located underneath the causeway of the pyramid of Khefra. When we discovered it, the shaft was filled with water. After we pumped the water out of the shaft we found 4 pillars and a large sarcophagus. We know from ancient Egyptian text that the Giza plateau was connected to the god Osiris, who was controlling the underground tunnels at the Giza plateau It only has one tunnel/shaft that we will explore later."

He obviously avoids answering the question.


The following was said by someone who claimed to have been present during the discovery of the tomb.

"The room was surprisingly clean, showing evidence of recent activities, and perhaps even having been cleaned for presentation purposes, as is usual with other Egyptian tombs of significance. This room was in a far better condition than the bottom of the shaft, which was intentionally left to be littered with rubbish.

Whilst we were going into our Time Gate night in the great pyramid, in early March, we were accompanied by the inspector, one of the first under the chain of command of Dr. Hawass. I spoke to him regarding the "well shaft" in the causeway, and that Dr. Hawass had made the discovery of the century, I asked when his book would be ready, the inspector was surprised, he told me :not many people know that he is writing a book", and then asked whose sarcophagus Dr.. Hawass thought it was; whether he had found Chefren's tomb? Without hesitation, and with 5 witnesses present, he stated, overtly "Dr.. Hawass thinks that it is the Tomb of the god Osiris," Randolph Barolet caught my eye, and then stated, so the inspecter could here, I am a witness to what he just stated."


The following may not seem like much to hold onto, but I believe this adds more substance to the idea that this in fact the Tomb of Osiris.

"Like them, he is exceptionally tall and always depicted wearing the curved beard of divinity."---Graham Hancock, (Author), In book Fingerprints of the Gods, 1995, "Gods of the First Time", pg. 391

"I found the enormous sarcophagus, large enough for a bull, and this one had a strange feeling about it. Several versions of the Osiris legends, have Ausir carried on the back of an Apis Bull in his "star journey" pathways of preparation.

There was a darkened sarcophagus leaping out of the left middle room. It was black, but yet it did not hold a resonance as forbading as the enormous one on the mirror side of the room."


More from the 1999 broadcast:

"How much would something like this weigh?"
[as they talk, Suzy and Doctor Hawass measure the length of the sarcophagus lid]

ZH: "Oh, the weight of this was eleven to twelve tons. What's the length?"

SK: "About nine feet."

ZH: "Nine feet. With the whole lid and the second part is about eleven to twelve tons weight."

In my views it could potentially be significatly heavier and larger in length than what was said.

A few comparison notes to Tutankhamun. He died young though he was reportedly at the age of nineteen at the point of death so it can be assumed he was already the average male height. Both sarcophagus were made of different material which accounts for weight differences, but having 10,000 pounds over Tut is enough to suggest the (Osiris) body inside is of considerable mass. I may be wrong of course.

Outer-Sarcophagus #1The young boy king was buried in “three” nested sarcophaguses. The outer-first sarcophagus measured 7.3 feet.

The estimated total weight of the funeral death mask, his mummified body and the three sarcophaguses was 3,000 pounds, a fascinating “1.36 metric ton” of splendid wood, crafted solid gold and precious stones!


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Tomb of Osiris (Part 1)

As of late, I've been attempting to put together what bits and pieces I have managed to come across in my search for the truth behind the discovery of the Tomb of Osiris. The details and information available thus far will be analyzed and shared as my research continues.

Part 1 of the blog:

According to sources this is what led to the finding:

You can either read below or click here

In September 1997, a documentary film maker named Boris Said appeared on Bell's radio show to talk about his recent work at Giza. According to Said, one evening back in 1992 he was taking a stroll on the Giza plateau when he came across one of the plateau guards who offered to show him something interesting for twenty dollars.

In December 1995, Said entered into a joint venture agreement with Dr Joseph Schor. Schor was working under a five year permit, renewable annually, to conduct acoustic and radar surveys on the Giza plateau . Schor supplied one hundred thousand dollars for the venture as the financial sponser and was responsible for all scientific aspects of the work. Said was to be in charge of filming the work for a documentary programme for which he required his own photographic permit.

It is worth noting that in April/May 1996 as part of the work, ground-penetrating radar detected what seemed to be a tunnel approximately two metres wide and about three metres below the surface emerging from the tail of the Sphinx and heading in a westerly direction under the causeway towards Khafre's pyramid.

In November 1996, Said returned to the shaft and on descending it found that it had an intermediate level at a depth of about twenty six metres.

...He noticed two disturbed stone sarcophagii and an iron pump at this newly revealed level. The shaft continued for another fifteen metres to the chamber where he found that the water level had dropped by around five metres since his last visit. The chamber was quite spacious and clearly man-made judging from the appearance of the vertical walls, cut steps and right-angles.

Said next returned to the chamber in February 1997 to take some film of the location. His team scraped away at the dirt on the floor to clear a level area for the camera tripod. To their surprise, it quickly became apparent that a smooth hard surface was becoming exposed. Eventually, they uncovered a complete sarcophagus lid. Said says ancient texts contain many references to the use of a sarcophagus lid to cover the entrance to a sacred chamber or a secret tunnel so they decided to investigate further using ground-penetrating radar. This seemed to indicate that the lid was around thirty inches thick. Two and a half metres below the lid it detected a two and a half metre wide anomoly with what looked like a domed ceiling. This anomoly descended at a twenty five degree angle and headed in the direction of the Sphinx two hundred and seventy five yards away. The alleged tunnel emerging from the tail of the Sphinx and heading under the causeway now starts to assume a new significance.

The lid had been uncovered by removing three or four inches of surface material by hand and penknife etc. Said wanted Schor to ask Dr Zahi Hawass (Director General of the Giza Plateau and Saqqara) to investigate further, for example by digging a hole to enter the tunnel. Said said that he was unaware that Schor's permit was revoked at the end of 1996 and they were operating under his photographic permit, and that for this reason Schor was reluctant to take the find to the Egyptian authorities. Following this disagreement, Said and Schor parted company. Schor funded the venture and so had legal title to the film shot by Said, however Said had exclusive marketing rights meaning Schor would be unable use it in a commercial venture. As a result, it is very unlikely that Said's film taken at the time will ever see the light of day.

Said uploaded photographs of the shaft and chamber to his Magical Eye website to accompany the programme. Some exterior shots of the location showed team members descending into a different shaft. Said stated in the interview that this was a deliberate ploy to put others off the true location of the shaft at the time. Unfortunately, the photographs are no longer available on-line.

Said uploaded photographs of the shaft and chamber to his Magical Eye website to accompany the programme. Some exterior shots of the location showed team members descending into a different shaft. Said stated in the interview that this was a deliberate ploy to put others off the true location of the shaft at the time. Unfortunately, the photographs are no longer available on-line. In another account, in his "Behind the scenes with the Magical Eye team on the Giza plateau" video, Said states that the sarcophagus lid was uncovered in November 1996 and that nothing further was done until the team returned in February 1997. There is also doubt as to whether Schor's permit was actually revoked as claimed by Said on the Art Bell radio show. Notwithstanding these points, Said played a major part in raising the profile of what would come to be known as the "Tomb of Osiris".

Sadly, Boris Said died of liver cancer on the 24th March 2002.

Enter Dr Hawass...

In May 1998, during a conference set up by Art Bell as part of an alaskan cruise, Dr Zahi Hawass made an announcement about a new discovery at Giza, saying that a shaft had been found about thirty yards below the second pyramid and that a new sarcophagus was found along with tunnels and a giant cavern. The tunnels were underwater so divers were used to conduct a preliminary search. At some point in the future, Hawass told the audience, an attempt would be made to pump out the water so that the investigation can proceed. Hawass was apparently very excited when speaking about this discovery. Notwithstanding the possible confusion between "below the second pyramid" and "under the causeway", this report seemed to be talking about the same location.

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.

A press release on Dr Hawass's own website The Plateau reported that he would give two major lectures in December 1998 about the water shaft located under the causeway of Khafre's pyramid. It said Dr. Hawass excavated the water shaft and through diligent research established that it was the tunnel described by Herodotus when he visited Giza over a millenium [sic] ago. According to Dr Hawass, Herodotus said that a tunnel close to the Great Pyramid contained a sarcophagus with Cheop's mummy inside. The shaft was described as opening in the causeway connecting the Sphinx to the Khafre's pyramid. The press release said that Dr. Hawass would describe in his lectures how the shaft was scientifically analysed. Dr. Hawass did indeed present two lectures to the National Geographic Institute in early December 1998, but contrary to what he had earlier stated in his own press release, he made no mention of the shaft under the causeway.

The "Tomb of Osiris" (as it was now called by Hawass) featured in the "Opening The Lost Tombs" FOX TV Special transmitted on the 2nd March 1999 (see page 5). The illustrations of the location were inaccurate compared to the actual layout; presumably there was some "artistic license" to show the interiors of the chambers more clearly. Doctor Hawass subsequently posted an article entitled The Osiris Shaft on his website and featured the location in his 1999 lectures, for example at the University of Pennsylvania on the 11th April (see page 7) and on the 9th December at the National Geographic Institute in Washington D.C. News of the discovery spread and on the 17th June 1999, the Egyptian State Information Service posted an item entitled "Osiris' Tomb near Cheops' Pyramid excavated".

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mahabalipuram Ruins

A major discovery of submerged ruins was made in April of 2002 offshore of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, South India. The discovery, at depths of 5 to 7 meters (15 to 21 feet) was made by a joint team from the Dorset based Scientific Exploration Society (SES) and marine archaeologists from India’s National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) following up a theory first proposed by best-selling author Graham Hancock. Hancock, who dived with the expedition, collected myths and traditions of Mahabalipuram which spoke of a great flood in the area in remote times that had inundated an ancient city and interviewed local fishermen who pointed the way to a series of large submerged structures.

Expedition-leader Monty Halls commented “Our divers were presented with a series of structures that clearly showed man made attributes. The scale of the site appears to be extremely extensive, with fifty dives conducted over a three day period covering only a small area of the overall ruin field. This is plainly a discovery of international significance that demands further exploration and detailed investigation.”

The myths of Mahabalipuram were first set down in writing by a British traveler J. Goldingham who visited the South Indian coastal town in 1798, at which time it was known to sailors as the Seven Pagodas. The myths, still repeated by local fishermen and priests today speak of six temples submerged beneath the waves with the seventh temple still standing on the seashore. The myths also state that a large city once stood here which was so beautiful that the gods became jealous and sent a flood that swallowed it up entirely in a single day.

Investigations were carried out at 5 locations in 5 to 8 m water depths, 500 to 700 m off the shore temple. Investigations at each location have shown the presence of construction stone masonry, remains of walls, a big square rock cut, and scattered square rectangular stone blocks. Most of the structures are damaged and scattered in a vast area, providing substratum for barnacles, mussels and other sedentary organisms.

The discoveries made by the joint SES-NIO expedition appear to confirm that there is substance to the myths. Said Hancock: “I have argued for many years that the world’s flood myths deserve to be taken seriously – a view that most Western academics reject. But here in Mahabalipuram we have proved the myths right and the academics wrong.” The scale of the submerged ruins cover several square miles and at distances of up to a mile from shore.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sphinx & Great Pyramid -How Old Are They?

The erosion of the Sphinx & its surrounding trench show the result of regular heavy rains, not flooding, not wind, not sand. Egypt has not had that kind of climate since 7,000 BC & with the possibility of the Sphinx being buried in sand for much of the time (as it was till recently excavated) it may very well be many thousands of years older than that.

From a detailed study of the highly-weathered limestone rock and the enclosure in which it sits, Robert Schoch, a geologist from Boston University, also concluded that the Sphinx was exposed to prolonged heavy rainfall.

At some point and or currently there is a fourteen-foot layer of silt sediment around the base of the Great Pyramid, a layer which also contained many seashells, and the fossil of a sea cow, all of which were dated by radiocarbon methods to 11,600 B.P. (Before Present) plus or minus 300 years. Records also speak of the fact that before the Pyramid’s outer casing stones were removed, one could see water marks on the stones halfway up the Pyramid’s height, in about the 240-foot level, which is roughly 400 feet above the present Nile level.

As for all three Giza pyramids: Khufu, first on the scene, would naturally have laid claim to the largest pyramid for himself, or the Great Pyramid. His successor, Khafre, now left with only two pyramids to choose from, would have taken possession of the second largest. Menkhare, the last to reign, would have had to be content with the last pyramid available, the smallest of the three. This suggests the Giza pyramids came first, then the Pharaohs ruled, not the other way around.

The relationship of the 3 Giza pyramids & the Nile to the stars of Orions Belt is exact - provided you 'wind back the clock' to circa 10,400BC. The pattern of temples at Ankor Wat makes a match for the layout of the constellation Draco - provided you 'wind back the clock' to circa 10,400BC.

It has also been proven in the past (although not accepted by the mainstream obviously) that painted hieroglyphic inscriptions found in the air space chambers inside the Great Pyramid which include the name of Pharaoh Khufu were forged by Col. Richard Howard-Vyse in 1837. You can read the detailed article regarding this information here:

Pharaoh Khufu himself that he only did repair work on the Great Pyramid. The Inventory Stele, found in 1857 by Auguste Mariette just to the east of the Pyramid, dates to about 1500 B.C., but according to Maspero and other experts, shows evidence of having been copied from a far older stele contemporaneous with the Fourth Dynasty. In the Stele, Khufu himself tells of his discoveries made while clearing away the sands from the Pyramid and Sphinx.

The Stele describes how Pharaoh Khufu, "gave to her (Isis) an offering anew, and he built again (to restore, renovate, reconstruct) her temple of stone." From there, the Pharaoh inspected the Sphinx, according to the text, and related the story of how in his time both the monument and a nearby sycamore tree had been struck by lightning. The bolt had knocked off part of the headdress of the Sphinx, which Khufu carefully restored. Egyptologist Selim Hassan, who dug out the Sphinx from the surrounding sands in the 1930's, observed there is indeed evidence that portions of the Sphinx were damaged by lightning, and the mark of ancient repairs is very apparent. Also, he noted, sycamore trees once grew to the south of the monument, which had been dated to a great age.

The Stele then ends with the story of how Khufu built small pyramids for himself and his daughters, wife and family, next to the Great Pyramid. Today, the ruins of three small pyramids are indeed situated on the east side of the monument. Archaeologists have found independent evidence that the southernmost of the three small pyramids flanking the Great Pyramid was in fact dedicated to Henutsen, a wife of Khufu. Everything in the inscription thus matches the known facts.

This negates the theory that Khufu’s son Khafre built the Sphinx. Moreover, the Inventory Steele fails to make any claim that Khufu built the Sphinx or the Great Pyramid, and these unsurprising omissions offers more support to the actual ages of the various structures.

Civilizations Lost in Time -Yonaguni Ruins

The Yonaguni ruins as they are known cover a massive 311 miles and actually includes eight separate sites. Divers have reported that in addition to the huge eight story tall structures that many people are familiar with; there is clear evidence of roads, paved streets, huge altar-like formations and a processional walk way surmounted by pylons.

The single largest structure so far discovered lies near the eastern shore of Yonaguni at 100 feet down. It is approximately 240 feet long, 90 feet across and 45 feet high.

Countless accounts from hundreds of cultures around the world tell of a flood that destroyed many if not all former civilizations. The Yonaguni ruins are potentially one example of this extraordinary event's aftermath.

Most orthodox archaeologists & scientists 'believe' the Yonaguni ruins to be natural formations, no surprise obviously. Literally each finding indicating the existence of advanced civilizations dating back any further than 8,000 years, are debunked immediately.

True history throughout the years has either been "buried" or what's already dug up, "confused".

The following structures were reportedly "discovered" off the island of Yonaguni under 60 feet of water 12 years ago. The last time the area was above water was during the Ice Age when the sea level was lower, approximately 10,000 years ago. We're made to believe humans were nomadic hunter gatherers around that same time.

The ruins looks exactly as they should after ages undersea.

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