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The Pyramids of Giza have been built around 3,000 years ago and after all this time we still have more questions about them than answers. Carbon-dating points to one date of origin, yet newer finds of water erosion on the statue of Sphinx reveal that it was built way before there was even a hint of Egyptian civilization in the valley of Nile. Historians came up with a new startling number – 12,000 B.C.
This would mean that the Pyramids of Giza and the legendary Sphinx weren’t built by any civilization known to us.
If you think that’s unlikely, wait till you see all the hidden underground chambers and secret passages the government of Egypt is trying so hard to cover up!
Historian Robert Schoch firmly believes that Sphinx itself is much older than anyone thinks. Initially carved from a rock-hard limestone, its surface became ragged in a very specific way. Evidence shows that it was water erosion!
This means the Sphinx has been standing there in the times when the territory of what is now Egypt was all covered in greenery with lots of water to cause the damage. Archaeologists point to a fascinating date – 12,500 years ago, in the beginning of the Ice Age.
The head and the body of the Sphinx seem to be not carved from the same material – the body parts have weathered in different ways, you can even see it in the colouring! This means the monument was altered sometime in the course of history.
The Impossible Pyramids
Historian Gerry Cannon also believes the Sphinx was carved out of a natural stone, but there haven’t been stones like that in the desert for thousands of years! Which means it was created when the area was still green.
He’s more interested in the bigger Pyramids of Giza. The small ones don’t raise lots of questions as humans were quite capable of building them with lots of workers involved, but the bigger ones seem impossible even for modern-day technologies.
Each of the bigger pyramids contains around 2,300,000 blocks and they aren’t just any regular blocks a few people could move – each of them weighs 250 tonnes and more!
The Teeny-Tiny Sphinx head
Do you think that the Ancient builders, whoever they were, planned all the sizes and angles with precise knowledge of trigonometry and then created this hideous disproportionate head of the Sphinx?
Well, we don’t buy it. It seems too small for its body – there are theories that it was carved from a much bigger original, but there are no actual finds that would reveal what it might have looked like.
Some historians believe that it might have been the head of Osiris, the God of Death and Underworld, and a later archaeological find supports that claim!
The Mysterious Hole
We know so little about the ancient Sphinx that it doesn’t really come as a surprise when something incredibly odd is found right on top of its head.
There are close to no aerial photos or videos of the area the Great Pyramids of Giza are located. The government forbids taking any shots or footage like that. The mysterious hole (now cemented) on the top of Sphinx’s head may be the reason why!
But why would the Egyptian government hide it all from people? They could have easily come up with some theory as to the hole’s purpose, but instead, they deny its existence fully.
Historic Evidence of the Hole
You may think it’s just another Sphinx conspiracy, but historic evidence says otherwise. What is now a cemented grey hole on top of the monument’s head used to be fully open – maybe even a passage leading somewhere!
On this picture, you can see men coming out of the Sphinx’s head. It was previously unclear how this was even possible, but now it makes total sense!
The drawing was created by Vivant Denon back in 1798 when he travelled to Egypt to capture the image of the Sphinx.
If you think that’s not proof enough – here’s an aerial photo of the same spot! It’s a photo from the early 1900s – there were still no planes around for such a spectacular photo ride, but there were air balloons already!
It’s stunning that someone would go on an air balloon ride for this one single shot. Yet we’re grateful to that brave photographer, who managed to take it when there were no digital cameras whatsoever.
You can clearly see the huge hole on the head of the statue that is still mostly buried in the sand. It might very well have been an entrance leading down to some underground chambers!
Some historians believe the whole cover-up happened because the hole points to a previous excavation that has been kept a secret. Could it be true?
This theory seems quite believable as well because there is a ban on flights over the area where the Sphinx is located. Could there be signs of other holes and weird-looking artifacts?
One thing we can say for sure – Sphinx is hiding much more than just a hole in the head, however weird and striking that may sound. There is scientific evidence proving there are chambers hiding underneath the monument!
The First Major Cover-Up
Let’s go back in history and witness what was probably the first-ever Egyptian cover-up regarding the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza. It was the year 1935 and archaeologists from all over the world could still roam freely around the Pyramids making their discoveries.
The tomb of Tutankhamun was just opened, and a new discovery shocked the publicity – a Secret Ancient City that was supposed to be 4,000 old or more! There was one article in Britain’s Sunday Express – and then silence…
What was supposed to change the history of Egypt as we know it – disappeared in plain sight and no one wanted to talk about it ever again!
Chambers Under Sphinx’s Paw
Needless to say, cover-ups big and small still happen today. If you’re into Egyptian mysteries and like to keep track of the discoveries made in the Great Pyramids of Giza, you’re probably familiar with the name of one Zahi Hawass.
He has monopolized all the discoveries and excavations that are being made in the Pyramids area and solely decides what to reveal to the public and what to bury in the sands of time.
Zahi Hawass was the one who boasted an incredible find – actual chambers underneath the Sphinx monument! He was so open about the discovery that he even let Fox make a documentary about it, leading one lady down the underground tunnel.
The Secret Tunnels
No one wants to talk about it now, but apparently, there is a hidden entrance on the back of the Sphinx monument. Where does it lead? Well, nowhere in particular, according to Hawass, but how could we believe him?
In 2009, Zahi Hawass was bold enough to take people on top of the Sphinx and even let them take photos and footage of the whole thing!
The footage is out there and can be easily found online, but after that discovery was made public he started denying the fact that there are any tunnels or chambers underneath the Sphinx. Despite showing some of them himself!
The Undeniable Facts
Robert Schoch is among multiple researchers who presented actual data proving that there are some kind of chambers or empty cavities underneath the Sphinx with possible tunnels connecting them.
Some of them were already found and made public, while others remain just a theory with no way of finding out the truth because Zahi Hawass doesn’t let anyone near the excavation sites.
Apart from seismic data presented by Schoch, back in the late 70s scientists used ground-penetrating radars, thermal infrared imaging techniques, aerial photography, as well as magnetometry to study what hiding underneath the Sphinx. They all found evidence of chambers and tunnels!
The Mysterious Shaft Near the Sphinx’s Tail
It’s not a secret there’s a shaft near the tail of the Sphinx in its rear part. Everyone has been buzzing about it for years, making visits to the excavation site (with permission, of course).
Researchers were making guesses as to what was down there, so Zahi Hawass had no other choice but to go down – he even took a cameraman with him!
Of course, he concluded it was a dead end. But what we see is just a tunnel leading down with a ladder hitting the floor. We aren’t shown whether there is a passage leading elsewhere or not! The cameraman never even points in that direction, leaving us wondering as to what is hiding there.
An Excavation no one Speaks About
In the 1970s, something weird happened at the rear of the Sphinx monument – a stone came loose and a cavity behind it was found. Naturally, the Egyptian government wanted to investigate what was there.
Mark Lehner, a close friend of Zahi Hawass, started an excavation that lasted for more than three weeks. How many things could you uncover in three weeks?
The answer is – nothing! Can you even imagine it? He and Zahi Hawass spent three weeks digging up something, covering the site from curious eyes, and then released a statement there was nothing there. So they were studying ‘nothing’ for the whole three weeks, huh? Hard to believe.
The Hall of Records
If you like things to get a little bit more esoteric, then you’ve probably already heard about the Hall of Records – a mysterious library that contains ancient knowledge predating the Great Flood.
This myth has been around for ages, but Edgar Cayce, a clairvoyant from the U.S., was among the first people to bring it up in modern times.
According to Cayce, this Hall of Records contains information about Atlantis from its beginning to its very demise and later on, when the survivors of Atlantis built the pyramids and hid their ancient knowledge there. And you know where the entrance to the Hall of Records should be? Right under the Sphinx’s paw!
So What’s With the Paw?
The chamber under the paw of the Sphinx has been a recurring idea during the last few decades. We know that underground seismic research showed there are some cavities, but no one knew for sure what they were.
Maybe just some random natural caves in the perfectly solid bedrock the Sphinx is sitting on? Yeah, right.
Zahi Hawass didn’t want to deal with this ‘nonsense’ much longer, so he took a drilling team and supposedly drilled right under the paw of a Sphinx that was containing a secret chamber. Did he find anything? Of course not. He stated there was nothing to be seen there. Then why isn’t he letting anyone else check it themselves?
Something Fishy is Going on
Brien Foerster, an Egyptologist and Pyramids researcher, noticed one peculiar detail about the Sphinx, his paws, and the area around them. It appears that the whole Sphinx monument was carved out of limestone bedrock.
If you take a look around the monument, you’ll notice that almost everything there is carved from the same limestone and looks pretty much identical. Yet something else entirely is going on in front of the monument’s paws.
Everything there is covered with intricately carved stone tiles! It’s the only place where you can find them in the whole area. What’s more, they are located exactly above the cavity that was found by the ground-penetrating radar.
What are They hiding?
It really doesn’t seem right. Why no one else is allowed on the premises to check the excavation? And why no other researchers are granted permission to do excavation in the Sphinx area?
And now the whole excavation area, with the supposed cavity and unusual tiles covering the land in front of the Sphinx’s paws, is even more hidden from possible viewers.
Why are they covering everything with boardwalks now? Could those tiles mean there is actually something special hidden underneath the paws of the Sphinx? So many questions still need answering.
The Grave of Osiris
Setting the theoretical chamber aside, how about the shafts and chambers Zahi Hawass did find? He boasted his find for the whole world to see, naming it the Grave of Osiris himself, the God of Death and Underworld.
It turns out there is a shaft hidden between the Sphinx and the Chefren Pyramid. It goes down for around 30 meters and opens up into a series of chambers.
The last one of them contains four pillars, a huge stone sarcophagus, and lots of water that is covering most of it.
Down the Rabbit Hole
This is the very place Zahi Hawass allowed Fox to film and make a documentary about the finding. Located at an astounding depth of 29 meters, there are three chambers that connect to each other through a shaft.
Now that may not seem spectacular to some of you, but remember that it is Ancient Egyptians we’re talking about, who supposedly didn’t know any advanced building techniques and used human power for everything.
The shaft is carved through solid limestone bedrock without any kind of advanced technology we own today. It would be hard even for modern humans to create these chambers despite all the gadgets and tech we invented!
A Real Wonder
Can you imagine the importance of this discovery? A shaft running through the Giza plateau, with chambers that were created using unknown technology, with a mysterious sarcophagus lying buried in water in the last one of them.
When they found it, the whole chamber with sarcophagus was submerged in water. The sarcophagus itself weighs around 24 tons! Can you imagine ancient people building something like this and dragging such heavy things underground?
This really seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it was an actual find and there’s a video of it you can watch on YouTube. Well, now you will never hear anyone speak of this find, especially Zahi Hawass, who keeps on denying there are any kind of underground chambers or shafts underneath the Sphinx monument.
The Tunnels Go on
As impressive as the whole find is, that’s not even the most interesting part! As Zahi Hawass brings the lady even further down the shaft to the last chamber, he shows her that tunnels are going out of it.
Two tunnels that have never been excavated! Well, according to the words of Zahi Hawass, that is. Can you believe that someone would find secret underground tunnels underneath the Great Pyramids of Giza and not explore them? Yeah, we don’t believe it either.
The shafts lie halfway between the Sphinx and the Chefren Pyramid, which means that these tunnels must lead to some underground chambers hidden under the Sphinx monument as well. And even further, to the places we can’t even imagine! The Hall of Records may have been already uncovered, but the publicity is kept in the dark about the whole thing.