Against an Egyptian Origin of the Giza Pyramids (cont.)
By Nick Kollerstrom, PhD
Readers of this site will not need reminding, that the Vyse 'cartouches' are the sole evidence anywhere on the Giza plateau for pharonic authorship of these pyramids. Let's quote Alan Alford:
'The workmen's graffiti in the 'relieving chambers' of the Great Pyramid had been faked by their 'discover' Colonel Howard Vyse, who had copied inscriptions which he had already found outside the Great Pyramid in the temples and the quarries, the presence of these inscriptions being fully consistent with the 4th dynasty 'adoption' scenario … What could Hancock and West possibly have seen in the relieving chambers which was so persuasive? If it was (as is claimed) certain masons' marks which appear in the joints between the stones, then it must be emphasised that no photographs or transcripts of these masons' marks have ever been produced (as at September 2001: there is still nothing published). In the absence of photos or transcripts it is only reasonable to presume that the marks are very indistinct …' (14)
Mr Alford's challenge to carbon-date the red paint used (which contains organic matter) has not been taken up: rather the contrary, one gains the impression that such sampling, like photography of the images, would be viewed with disfavor by the Egyptian authorities.
On 26th April 1837, Colonel Howard Vyse's documentary record Operations recorded, 'All hopes of an important discovery were not yet given up.' He had bored a sixteen-foot hole into the Sphinx's shoulder but found nothing much (likewise for a huge hole he made right down the middle of the 3rd Giza pyramid). Would he have to return to England empty-handed? Would his expenditure of a huge family fortune have come to nothing? Ten days later he entered the new relieving chamber which he named after Lady Arbuthnot, and lo! It was covered not only with red quarry-marks but with cartouches bearing the pharaoh's name, Khufu. In sequence: the lowest Relieving Chamber not discovered by Vyse was bare ('Davison's chamber') having no inscriptions; the next two which he blasted his way into (the 'Wellington' and 'Nelson' chambers) had red quarry-marks all over them and then finally, the chamber entered on May 7th had the pharaoh's name.
The imaginative doodles daubed by (presumably) Vyse's assistant J.R.Hill, on the West wall of 'Nelson's Chamber,' are here reproduced. Does anyone really want to regard these as genuine Egyptian hieroglyphs? (15) People commented on how the red paint used looked 'as fresh as if it had been painted yesterday'. (16) Gosh, fancy that.