The Secret Caves of Giza
Beneath the pyramids of Egypt lies a lost underworld of catacombs, hewn chambers and cave tunnels that have remained unexplored for hundreds of years. They are alluded to in ancient texts and Arab legends, but have been left unexplored until today. They have now been rediscovered and investigated for the first time. What exactly does this subterranean realm tell us about the pyramids?
The layout of the pyramids of Giza is arranged on a logarithmic spiral. The centroid of this spiral falls under the right paw of the sphinx. What lies buried there or even more interestingly what’s buried in the fig orchard at the centre of the spiral. The builders thought spatially and logarithmically not linear.
In the memoirs of British consul General Henry Salt, he documents an investigation by himself and Italian explorer Giovanni Caviglia in 1817, into a system of catacombs at Giza.
Why would a British consul be investigating catacombs is another question!
That two-member team explored the ‘caves’ for several hundred yards which opened into four large chambers which led to other passageways.
British Egyptologist Nigel Skinner-Simpson, Collins reconstructed Salt’s exploration on the plateau, eventually locating an entrance to the lost catacombs in an apparently unrecorded tomb west of the Great Pyramid.
In 1998, Egyptian authorities revealed the existence of a so-called ‘Tomb of Osiris’ on the Giza Plateau. Unfortunately, the structure’s lower levels have been inhibited from further exploration due to underground water. The ‘Tomb of Osiris’ was discovered in 1933–34 by Dr Selim Hassan. He reported that the tomb dates from the Saitic period (26th Dynasty, c. 600 BC), and he labelled it “the most extraordinary example of this type of hole”. He noted that the first chamber led to a second, in which there were seven niches, each containing a basalt sarcophagus, two of which were substantially larger than the others. But all that is known from that finding were two sarcophagi remained out of five.
In 2006, a team led by Abbas Mohamed Abbas, of the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, performed extensive ground penetrating radar scans on various sections of the Giza Plateau. They discovered cavities deep within the bedrock, some down as far as 25 metres, with several tunnels at least three to five metres wide.
With much speculation surrounding the catacombs/caves, and challenged heavily by former Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, are they more than they seem, or less than they seem!
Coppen, P. “Down into the Giza Underground.” http://www.philipcoppens.com/giza_collins.html