The build-up to the publication of Andrew Collins' new book Beneath the Pyramids (pre-order: US/UK) continues with the release of a teaser video of the cave system he discovered at Giza.
A comprehensive introduction to the book can be found here.
A repeat from an old post of mine on what lies beneath the Giza Plateau:
I am confused! According to an old American tv show entitled 'Mysteries of the Pyramid’, Mark Lehner shows the viewer around the passageways, shafts and tombs that lie under the Giza Plateau. The programme infers that these are closed and not well known to the public, but apparently widely known to Egyptologists.
So if there is a complex system of tunnels, shafts and tombs under the Giza Plateau, why are people searching for them? Surely they just have to ask Mark Lehner for the way in...
The following is an extract of the commentary for this section of the show – and the video footage is very interesting.
Extracts from “Mysteries of the Pyramid” TV Show.
Mark Lehner is filmed leading the way into a maze of passages under the Giza plateau.
voice over: Below the Giza Plateau, a maze can be found. A maze in the form of tunnels that twist and turn and seemingly never end- And Mark Lehner is one of the few people who know where those paths turn for one is never sure what is just around the corner - a wall - a passage - or an empty sarcophagus…
Voice over: There's a lot of charcoal in there; a lot of charred bones…
voice over: Through this narrow passageway, we entered a secret chamber, where the life of Egypt is on display… This is a City of the Dead. A Necropolis inhabited by ghosts….
voice over: It's a virtual labyrinth down here. This goes to yet another tomb chamber, and in that chamber there's another shaft going down several meters. There is another chamber at the bottom of that, that seems to go on forever… They honeycombed the whole plateau, putting themselves away for eternity.
So has something new been found or not? The video trailer did not shed any light (literally)on what has been found and was more than useless - apart from the shots which appeared to show the way in.
I think I will wait for more info before I commit to buying the book - and the 'introduction' to the book did nothing to grab my imagination either, sorry to say.
I'm sure Andy is familiar with Mark's work as the director of the Giza Plateau Mapping Project. I'll be seeing him in a couple of weeks as it happens, so I'll quiz him then.
The latest development in the Giza Caves controversy is this inevitable debunking blog entry by Zahi Hawass. More here.
There was hardly any need for it, in my view, as everybody already knows that amateurs cannot find anything new - especially those who have been known to use psychic methods in their research ;-)
Andy has responded to Hawass's claims - (youve probably got the same email I got in fact)
It is clear that Hawass is attacking Andy on silly points like saying that he got confused with the "maze like layout" because he is not an archaeologist or that Salt (who originally discovered the complex 200 years ago before it being lost again) was a consul not an archaeologist and therefore his claims are not valid.
Good luck to Andrew Collins I think
youve probably got the same email I got in fact
Heheh, eventually ;)
I read Zahi Hawass's comments and was hoping that he would put an end to the query I had on the Mark Lehner tv programme. I have to say that nothing I have read or seen to date matches what was shown within the programme.
Maybe Mark Lehner will tell everyone where he filmed the "maze of tunnel and tombs under the Giza plateau" To quote once again from his programme:
"… It's a virtual labyrinth down here. This goes to yet another tomb chamber, and in that chamber there's another shaft going down several meters. There is another chamber at the bottom of that, that seems to go on forever… They honeycombed the whole plateau, putting themselves away for eternity."
It seems to me that there are tunnels or tombs under the Giza plateau, and maybe they have now been found by someone other than Mark Lehner.
Teaser video link of the cave system he discovered at Giza
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