Empty Tomb and Strange Glyphs
Point to a Cover-Up in Egypt
by Michael Lohr
In 1999, a team of Belgium and German archaeologists, while excavating an Egyptian burial chamber on the Giza plateau, halfway between the Chefren Pyramid and the Sphinx, discovered a tunnel that led below the chamber to a small causeway, at the end of which was a solid granite capstone sealing off an apparent tomb. Zahi Hawass, director of the Giza site for the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, was alerted to the discovery and immediately stepped in to supervise the dig.
At the end of a causeway that connects the tomb to Kharfre’s Pyramid, they discovered a circular door made of chocolate basalt, at the base of which read in hieroglyphs that this was the “tomb of the god Osiris.” Upon reading this, two teams of superstitious Egyptian workers immediately stopped working and left the site. (In Egypt, it is common practice to not disturb the artifacts of the ancients. One can only imagine their panic when they discovered they were about to open the sealed tomb of a legendary god of their ancestors.)
According to sources, the tomb’s door had a golden seal placed around the rim of the capstone. This gold, when tested, was dated to between 3844 BC to 4400 BC, well before the supposed establishment date for the Egyptian Upper and Lower Kingdoms and the invention of hieroglyphics in 3300 BC. But when journalists from the BBC and London Times asked about these odd results, no one in authority would address it.
Hawass eventually hired men from the Egyptian army to open the tomb’s capstone and proceed with the excavation. Once the stone was removed, they found a vertical shaft that dropped 95 feet down into the cold, dark earth. Once the team repelled down the shaft, they discovered a large, granite sarcophagus with a hieroglyph-inscribed lid submerged under three feet of water, in the middle of a stone circle that was divided into four quadrants with each dividing line aimed to the north, south, east, and west.
The tomb was also surrounded by four hieroglyph-inscribed pillars situated at each point of the compass. From each cardinal point was a tunnel filled to the ceiling with sand and debris that led presumably under the Giza plateau. There was supposedly nothing found in the sarcophagus except for a small stone tablet that said, “Osiris was resurrected from the dead by Isis, who then ascended into the heavens.”
Evidence of a Cover-Up
Why would the ancient Egyptians go to the trouble of carving out a complex tomb, seal it up, yet never place a mummy or treasure there? Certain people believe that Hawass may have uncovered some unusual artifact that, if revealed, would stand traditional archaeology and perhaps even history on its head.
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.[/font]
Edited by Arcana, 23 February 2007 - 06:46 PM.