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Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Skepticism and Science | 6 comments

Chipping away at the Great Pyramid

You wouldn’t think a 100 mg sample taken from a monument weighing approximately 5.9 million metric tons would make a whole lot of difference; but the monument in question is the Great Pyramid at Giza, and the sample in question was chipped illegally from a rare and critically important graffito in one of the inner chambers—and so, yes, it is a very big deal.

The offenders have been described variously as German archaeologists, archaeology students from Dresden, and amateur or “hobby” archaeologists.  The last is closest to being true.  In fact, they are common or garden pseudoscholars, of the Atlantis/pyramidiot subspecies, and what they are apparently trying to prove is that the Great Pyramid is about 20,000 years old, far older than the piddling 4500-odd years allotted by boring old orthodox Egyptologists. They’re also making a documentary about it, Das Cheops Projekt, and attempting to collect lots of euros from sponsors, with hearteningly little success so far.

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Three anti-heroes are involved.  The first is the film-maker  Frank Höfer, whose media company, Nuoviso, specializes in stuff about the Illuminati, conspiracy theories, truthers, crop circles, “climate lies,” and visitors from outer space:

We are a network of people who have set themselves the goal of no longer allowing the extraterrestrial presence on Earth to be concealed.  The overwhelming evidence for extraterrestrials makes a hypothetical debate about their existence unnecessary.

Then there is Stefan Erdmann, who clearly makes enough income from the nursing home he founded in 1990 to finance his independent esoteric research.  A firm believer in the lost Atlantean supercivilization, he has authored such gems as:

  • Banks, Bread, and Bombs (Freemasons, Illuminati, Moses=Akhenaten, Knights Templar, George W. Bush)
  • The Cheops Lie (Egyptologists have it all wrong about the Great Pyramid)
  • Secret Files [regarding] the Ark of the Covenant (Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Knights Templar, Cistercians, Thule Society, etc), and
  • Hitler lived in Argentina (and continued working on Plan B for world domination).
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Dr. Dominique Gorlitz, aka the German Indiana Jones

Completing the trio is Doctor Dominique Görlitz, Heyerdahl-wannabe and ex-high school teacher of sports and biology, who is similarly convinced we have the Atlanteans to thank for civilization in general and the Great Pyramid in particular.  His chief claim to fame is the voyage of his brainchild, the Abora III, an Egyptian-style reed boat built by Bolivians, fitted with leeboards not invented until AD times, and sailed precariously partway across the Atlantic in order to prove something or other about bottle gourds, cocaine mummies, and of course Atlantis.  Then the boat fell apart and had to be abandoned.   Görlitz may have some connection with a German academic institution (it’s a little hard to fathom), but his bread and butter apparently comes from motivational speaking:

Speaker Dr. Dominique Görlitz is a handsome experimental archaeologist. The New York Times entitled the expedition leader and film maker as the “German Indiana Jones, who tried to cross the North Atlantic on a bale on straw“…. His strength lies in his ability to use his research trips as a metaphor for the modern entrepreneurship. He runs the gamut from his research on group dynamics to future societal developments. If necessary, he is integrating any other theme in his lectures.

So those are the vandals.  But why did they do it?  Basically, they want the pyramid to be a 20,000-year-old power plant built by Atlanteans, but the cartouche of the pharaoh who commissioned it – Khufu – inconveniently appears in a position where it would be impossible to forge.  To cut a long and silly story short, these three stooges are presumably hoping the stolen paint chips will nevertheless prove the cartouche is a 19th century fraud, and strip Egyptologists of their only evidence of the pyramid’s date.  Which does, of course, show the vandals’ ignorance of the massive and multiple lines of evidence used by Egyptologists.

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But why, apart from the obvious fact that it was illegal and destructive and pissed off the Egyptians, did something like this bother archaeologists so much?  First, because these guys were described as “archaeologists” – as if the general public needs to be further confused about where archaeology ends and pseudoarchaeology begins; and, as if professional archaeologists need to be tarred by association with such clowns.  Second, other pseudoarchaeologists are hailing them as a heroes: as brave crusaders for the truth, who have risked doing something illegal so that the lies and deceptions of orthodox archaeology will at last be exposed.  *sigh*

Note: further details, discussion and links can be found on a thread at the excellent Hall of Maat, initiated by the indefatigable Martin Stower.

6 Comments

    • Thanks for your input, Philippe, and sorry not to have replied sooner. Yes, the Van Helsing connection is very interesting; I suppose it’s nice that they all found each other. :) Since this was written, things have become very peculiar with the Bauval/Zahi wrangle, and claims and counterclaims flying all over the place. I think I’ll wait for the dust to settle….

      • Honestly, I didn t expect an answer :) Thanks a lot.
        I m still following the story. Great pop corn movie.
        I suppose since your article you also managed to find the link between Gorlitz and universities .
        There s a (long) thread on http://www.hallofmaat.com . But you may already know it.
        Still digging for informations … It s my winter hobby, too much snow outside in Québec :)
        Happy new year !

  1. DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS AROUND THE WORLD.
    Join me in a world campaign against the vicious and outrageous lies made by ex-Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass and published in the newspaper ‘Al Masry Al Yom’. [scroll down t see English tr…anslation of the article “Germans working for an Egyptian Jew in Belgium stole Khufu cartouche in April 2013). Dr Zahi Hawass, ex Minister of State for Antiquities, revealed that the robberies of King Khufu’s cartouche was done on behalf of, Robert Bauval, an Egyptian Jew working in Belgium”]

    Please post your complaints/support/commentary on their ‘facebook wall’ here:

    https://www.facebook.com/AlMasryAlYoumEE

    Also to Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim:

    ministry.antiquities@msa-egypt.org

    The translation in English of the Arabic text:

    (Germans working for an Egyptian Jew in Belgium stole Khufu cartouche in April 2013)
    Dr Zahi Hawass, ex Minister of State for Antiquities, revealed that the robberies of King Khufu’s cartouche was done on behalf of, Robert Bauval, an Egyptian Jew working in Belgium, who has been trying by every means to prove that the pyramid is ‘a Jewish and not Egyptian product’.
    Hawass said in a special statements that Muhamed Ibrahim, the Minister of Antiquities has said in one of his media interviews that Khufu’s cartouche had was stolen in 2006, which is not true, as the inspecting agencies and the police have proved that the robbery took place in 2013, and the the passports of the Germans showed that they entered Egypt last April.
    Hawass wondered ‘how the theft could have taken place in 2006 while the investigations were conducted with current officials and not those responsible for the pyramid area at the time? While the investigation result came to confirm my words, and all those responsible for the have been removed from the pyramid area after their involvement, one way or the other, has been proven’.
    He added: “I would like to make it clear that the foreign vandals are led by an Egyptian Jew living in Belgium, who had previously sent more than one person, who were all forbidden completely, and with whom I have had many battles, and he wrote a book before trying to prove that the pyramid was not Egyptian”. Hawass confirmed that “it was not permitted to enter the pyramid except through tourist companies in order to make control, which is the opposite of what is happing now; which allowed the samples to be smuggled”.
    He (Hawass) pointed that “the German laboratories attempted to demonstrate, through the red colour found in the rooms, that the pyramid dates to 15 thousand years (ago), which means that this was the time it was built, but the fact which is confirmed by both Egyptian and foreign scientists is that Khufu sent in his Year 27 a mission to bring the red colour from the Western Sahara, from Mast stone in which the cartouche was written, which means that it was the quarry from which the colour was brought who dates 15 thousand years ago and not the pyramid”.
    He (Hawass) stressed on “the need for those responsible for antiquities to look to what is happening of destruction and vandalism in some areas, not just remove accusations from officials or trying to deny responsibility for a great disaster like breaking into the pyramid and stealing Khufu’s cartouche, as the present minister does”.

  2. Do something about your misdirected anger – help the homeless?

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