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Against an Egyptian Origin of the Giza Pyramids (cont.)
By Nick Kollerstrom, PhD

The stonemason Humphries Brewer was employed by Vyse and in 1837 he personally witnessed Vyse employee Mr Hill entering the Great Pyramid with red paint and brush, and faking the cartouches. That is documented in the family records of Walter Allen of Pittsburgh, the great-grandson of Mr Brewer. Hill had a 'legitimate' purpose for entering the pyramid thus equipped, because he was painting the names 'Wellington,' 'Lord Nelson' etc on the walls of each newly-discovered chamber. Indeed we rather gain the impression it was the same red paint! (17) It is clearly documented because Mr Brewer was an honest man, and lost his job because he protested at what he saw happening, and thereby ended his contract to be in Egypt.

In the sadly-misnamed book Giza the Truth the co-authors gripe that they have not been shown documentary evidence for this important allegation (p106). Such a family record, composed in 1954 was then reproduced in the 2007 Sitchin book (p.31). This also describes how the author of this family document Walter Allen went on the local radio station to describe this record, from when his family lived in England. The 1956 record quotes Brewer's letter home as saying: '… had dispute with Raven and Hill about painted marks in the pyramid. Faint marks were repainted, some were new…' One could not expect anything much clearer. Let us hope that care will be taken to preserve this family record.

Howard Vyse's team then went onto 'discover' some old bones in the 3rd pyramid and a coffin labeled 'Menkaure' - in a room adjacent to that containing the empty sarcophagus, in that same year, 1837. These 'discoveries' brought him fame and celebrity. Only many years later did carbon-14 dating show that these bones were of more recent origin by millennia, and that the 'Menkaure' so discovered was another pharaoh far more recent, around 660 BC; which caused this 'discovery' to fade out from the textbooks - although the convenient allegation that this was built by Menkaure has persisted. (18) But, we do have evidence here of an intent to deceive, do we not? The authors of Giza the Truth may not have adequately addressed this Vyse ploy of discovering a mummy and old bones in the 3rd pyramid sarcophagus (pp.61, 105; Vyse, Operations Vol. II, 85-6).

The co-authors of Giza the Truth extol Vyse as being a man of decent character. He lost the sarcophagus of the 3rd pyramid, which sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean. His Operations describe his excitement at using his gunpowder, when bits from the back of the Sphinx's head got blown off. (19) Others later found these bits lying around. If you wonder what kind of person would deliberately blast-damage the Sphinx, here is your answer! What kind of person would use gunpowder to get up into the 'relieving chambers' and use red paint to inscribe names of British military generals inside them? One should never underestimate what a man will do for the sake of immortal fame. We recommend one chapter of Sitchin's 1980 opus, Stairway to Heaven: 'Forging the Pharaoh's Name,' (20) perhaps in conjunction with the earlier account of Vyse's work in Peter Tomkins' Secrets of the great Pyramid.

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