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  • New robot to uncover Pyramid mysteries: Egyptologist

    09/16/2004 9:10:41 PM PDT · by vannrox · 61 replies · 1,889+ views
    Peoples Daily Online ^ | UPDATED: 08:11, August 12, 2004 | Editorial Staff
    A new robot, currently being designed by a Singaporean university, will hopefully explore the bowels of the Great Pyramid next year, a noted Egyptologist said on Wednesday. "The manufacturing of the robot will start in October, with the university footing the bill. The exploration will likely start next year," Zahi Hawass, chairman of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters. "Stone doors inside the Great Pyramid could not just be there as an ornament. They must have a function and hide something behind them," he said. "They could not just be there for dead King Cheops (Khufu) to slip...
  • French Egyptologists Defend Pyramid Theory

    09/04/2004 10:50:57 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 71 replies · 1,512+ views
    My Way News ^ | 9/4/04 | PAUL GARWOOD/AP
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - A pair of French Egyptologists who suspect they have found a previously unknown chamber in the Great Pyramid urged Egypt's antiquities chief to reconsider letting them test their theory by drilling new holes in the 4,600-year-old structure. Jean Yves Verd'hurt and fellow Frenchman Gilles Dormion, who has studied pyramid construction for more than 20 years, are expected to raise their views during the ninth International Congress of Egyptologists in Grenoble, France, which starts Monday. They also published a book about their theory this week. Standing in their way is Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme...
  • Ancient Tomb Discovered On Giza Pyramid Site

    09/03/2004 5:04:49 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 861+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 9-2-2004 | Paul Garwood
    Ancient tomb discovered on Giza pyramids site PAUL GARWOOD, Associated Press Writer Thursday, September 2, 2004 (09-02) 13:40 PDT CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's antiquities chief on Thursday revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing 400 pinkie-finger-sized statues and six coffin-sized niches carved into granite rock. Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said archaeologists had been working for three months to clear sand from a granite shaft found between the pyramid of Khafre -- also known by its Greek name of Chephren -- Giza's second-largest tomb of...
  • 2,500-Year-Old Hidden Tomb Found in Egypt

    09/02/2004 10:02:25 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 32 replies · 1,144+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | PAUL GARWOOD
    CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt's antiquities chief on Thursday revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing 400 pinkie-finger-sized statues and six coffin-sized niches carved into granite rock. Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said archaeologists had been working for three months to clear sand from a granite shaft found between the pyramid of Khafre — also known by its Greek name of Chephren — Giza's second-largest tomb of a pharaoh, and the Sphinx. Under blaring sun Thursday, Hawass said Giza's latest ancient discovery came to light after archaeologists...
  • Robot made in Singapore to reveal secrets of pyramids

    08/09/2004 1:40:30 PM PDT · by SteveH · 21 replies · 1,495+ views
    Egypt Online ^ | August 7,2004
    Robot made in Singapore to reveal secrets of pyramids August 07, 2004 The Supreme Council of Antiquities SCA Secretary-General Dr. Zahi Hawwas said the secrets of the pyramids will be revealed next year, noting that the council agreed with a Singaporean University to manufacture a robot for revealing what are behind the secret doors inside the pyramid, especially the second and the third ones. He added that work is underway in the radar project that will be used in revealing what is inside the ground between the second Pyramid and the Sphinx. This came during the meeting that was held...
  • Ancient Vessel Traces Voyages Of The Past

    06/13/2002 2:31:03 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 2,402+ views
    Cyprus Mail ^ | 6-13-2002
    Ancient vessel retraces voyages of the past By Stefanos Evripidou IT LOOKS like a tree house stuck on a bamboo banana. In reality it's the incarnation of a pre-Pharaonic reed boat, designed and built to unravel the mysteries of prehistoric navigation. The Abora II drifted in to Larnaca marina yesterday. Weighing in at six- tonnes, the vessel is a totra-reed boat. It is 11.5 metres long, 3.5 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep. The man responsible for building the huge boat is Dominique Goerlitz, a biology teacher at a school in Germany. As a student, Goerlitz was fascinated by the...
  • Space dust to unlock Mexican pyramid secrets

    03/18/2004 5:34:06 PM PST · by vannrox · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Reuters via MSNBC ^ | Updated: 01:58 PM PT March16, 2004 | By Alistair Bell
    Space dust to unlock Mexican pyramid secrets Muon detector could point scientists to hidden burial chambersTwo vendors sit near the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, where physicists are using a muon detector to look for hidden burial chambers. TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico - Remnants of space dust that constantly shower the world are helping unlock the secrets of a 2,000-year-old Mexican pyramid where the rulers of a mysterious civilization may lie buried. Deep under the huge Pyramid of the Sun, north of Mexico City, physicists are installing a device to detect muons, subatomic particles that are left over when cosmic...
  • Archaeologist sheds light on pyramid origin

    02/16/2004 4:46:46 PM PST · by vannrox · 24 replies · 1,270+ views
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Posted: 4:12 PM EST (2112 GMT) | Editorial Staff
    CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) -- Egypt's ancient pyramids are probably a byproduct of a decision to build walls around the tombs of kings, a leading expert on early Egyptian royal burials said on Wednesday. Guenter Dreyer, director of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, said he based his theory on similarities between Egypt's first pyramid, built at Saqqara south of Cairo for the Pharaoh Zozer in about 2650 BC, and the structure of the tomb of one of his immediate predecessors. The Saqqara pyramid, known as the Step Pyramid because of its unique shape, began as a flat mound about 25...
  • Muons To Unlock Secrets Of Teotihuacan

    02/05/2004 10:53:46 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 271+ views
    Physics Today ^ | 2-5-2004
    Muons May Unlock Secrets of Teotihuacan If tombs are discovered in the Pyramid of the Sun, they could shed light on the governing style in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexico. Does the Pyramid of the Sun harbor any tombs? What might such tombs reveal about the society that two millennia ago built one of Mesoamerica's largest pyramids? In an experiment à la Luis Alvarez, who in the late 1960s concluded that there are no tombs in Egypt's Chephren pyramid, a collaboration of physicists and archaeologists hopes to glean answers to these questions by monitoring the passage of muons through...
  • ZOT!!! Whiner charbroiled, fed to kittens. “Had it coming,” say experts.

    12/16/2003 8:26:14 PM PST · by AnHonestMan · 107 replies · 249+ views
    12-16-03 | A. Smoldering Heap
    Worth repeating. Although I'm sure you're all too narrow-minded and angry to consider words like these. But... Please remove the word "Free" from your name. You poor folks don't have a clue. Have everyone read the Constitution again... carefully and, perhaps, sober this time. Sad and pathetic.. an wholly UN-American Signed David (Who loves truly American ideals)
  • Drought That Destroyed A Civilisation

    11/16/2003 11:05:23 AM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 2,105+ views
    The Herald (UK) ^ | 11-11-2003 | Martin Willians
    Drought that destroyed a civilisation MARTIN WILLIAMS November 11 2003 IT is one of history's biggest mysteries and has confounded experts for hundreds of years. But a team of scientists believe they have discovered why the world's first great civilisation, established in Egypt nearly 5000 years ago, crumbled and plunged into a dark age that lasted for more than 1000 years. The researchers, including one academic from St Andrews University, have produced new evidence linking the demise of the Egyptian Old Kingdom with decades of drought after a study of layers of sediment at the source of the Blue Nile...
  • Khufu And The Chamber Of Secrets

    11/28/2002 11:14:44 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 423+ views
    IOL ^ | 11-28-2002 | Owen Coetzer
    Khufu and the chamber of secrets November 28 2002 at 02:24PM By Owen Coetzer History calls it a tomb. Yet no mummy was ever found in it. It is attributed to the 4th Dynasty pharaoh Khufu, (Cheops in Greek) yet the only reference to his name is upside-down in red paint on some quarry blocks discovered by sheer accident in an almost totally inaccessible pressure-relieving vault high above the so-called King's Chamber. In fact, no inscriptions of any kind appear anywhere in the Great Pyramid. And absolute proof is still needed - after some 4 500 years - to attribute...
  • Who Built The Pyramids?

    08/17/2003 5:13:35 PM PDT · by blam · 102 replies · 9,802+ views
    Harvard Magazine ^ | 8-17-2003 | Jonathan Shaw
    Who Built the Pyramids? Not slaves. archeaologist Mark Lehner digging deeper, discovers a city of privileged workers. by Jonathan Shaw The pyramids and the Great Sphinx rise inexplicably from the desert at Giza, relics of a vanished culture. They dwarf the approaching sprawl of modern Cairo, a city of 16 million. The largest pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu around 2530 B.C. and intended to last an eternity, was until early in the twentieth century the biggest building on the planet. To raise it, laborers moved into position six and a half million tons of stone—some in blocks as large...
  • Ancient Pyramids Discovered in Italy

    05/02/2003 10:57:36 PM PDT · by green team 1999 · 107 replies · 1,578+ views
    whitley strieber ^ | may-2-2003 | whitley strieber unknowncountry
    Ancient Pyramids Discovered in Italy 02-May-2003 On the Farshores website, Marco V. of Varese, Italy writes, "You may be interested in a discovery which has been recently made: three pyramids were discovered thanks to satellite and aerial imagery in northern Italy, in the town of Montevecchia… They are the first pyramids ever discovered in Italy and the dimensions are quite impressive; the highest pyramid is [500 feet] tall. They are stone buildings, as recent excavations have proved. However, they are now completely covered by ground and vegetation, so that they now look like hills. "The inclination degree of all the...
  • Alien Chasers Richard Hoagland

    04/14/2003 2:32:11 PM PDT · by green team 1999 · 88 replies · 545+ views
    TLC ^ | april-14-2003 |
    alien chasersRichard Hoagland When a friendly journalist leaked to Richard Hoagland details of the plot of the upcoming film Mission to Mars, he was simultaneously ecstatic and suspicious. The film apparently depicts the discovery of an immense artificial structure on the martian surface that resembles a face — a touch eerily evocative of Hoagland's belief that the Viking I probe photo from 1976 depicts precisely such a structure in the Cydonia region of Mars' northern hemisphere. But that unrecognized nod to his theories only gave him pause; he notes that his longtime adversary, NASA — whose officials have sought to...
  • Rock art clue to nomad ancestors of Egyptian pyramid builders

    04/05/2003 3:58:57 PM PST · by jimtorr · 6 replies · 441+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday April 5, 2003 | Tim Radford, science editor
    Stone age cattle herders left religious imagery which was to re-emerge in Valley of Kings Rock art etched on cliff walls in the eastern Sahara more than 6,000 years ago could spell out the answer to one of archaeology's great puzzles - where the ancient Egyptians came from. The answer? They were there all the time. The pyramid builders made their first entry in the archaeological record 5,000 years ago. This appearance was so abrupt that it has provoked fantasies of alien landings, mysterious civilisations or an invading master race. But in Genesis of the Pharaohs, published on Monday by...
  • The Secrets of Coral Castle

    01/06/2003 11:06:48 PM PST · by gd124 · 3 replies · 750+ views ^ | Steven Wagner
    The Secrets of Coral Castle Did a Latvian immigrant rediscover the secrets to the building of the pyramids... of levitation... of anti-gravity? His amazing "castle" may hold clues to long-lost powers. Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida, is one of the most amazing structures ever built. In terms of accomplishment, it’s been compared to Stonehenge, ancient Greek temples, and even the great pyramids of Egypt. It is amazing – some even say miraculous – because it was quarried, fashioned, transported, and constructed by one man: Edward Leedskalnin, a 5-ft. tall, 100-lb. Latvian immigrant. Many men have single-handedly built their own homes,...