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Giza pyramid vandalized to prove 'alien theory'

Conspiracy theories abound in our world, including one that suggests the pyramids of Giza was actually built by ancient astronauts, extraterrestrials who came to earth thousands of years ago.

Giza pyramid vandalized to prove 'alien theory'
Pyramids of Giza [Credit: neolaia.gr]
It's difficult to imagine why authorities would engage in a cover-up concerning the building of the pyramids, but three German citizens who visited the Egyptian pyramids in April 2013 believed it enough to vandalize the site to prove they were right.

The three men, Dominique Goerlitz, Stefan Erdmann and their cameraman are now facing charges because of their belief in an alternative history of the pyramids through vandalism. The cameraman was brought along to film the two "hobbyists" while they hunted for their discovery.

The three men were allowed to enter into areas of the Great Pyramid normally off-limits to the public. These areas are reserved for Egyptologists and archaeologists. It is reported the group took several items, including a sample of a cartouche of the Pharaoh Khufu. The three men then allegedly smuggled the items out of the country, in violation of Egypt's strict antiquities laws.

There are six Egyptians also being held in the case, including several inspectors and guards from the Egyptian Antiquities Misistry. Tourism, is the country's most important industry, but this has dropped in recent years due to both political and social unrest. Many owners of tour agencies are willing to bend the rules, especially if the party asking for special consideration is wealthy.

Giza pyramid vandalized to prove 'alien theory'
Dominique Goerlitz and Stefan Erdmann who visited the Egyptian pyramids in April 2013 now face criminal charges for their attempt to prove their "alternative history" conspiracy theories through vandalism [Credit: YouTube]
The German government expressed outrage over the act, and stated the men involved in the alleged crime were private citizens, and in no way associated with the German Archaeological Institute.

There is one theory that states the pyramids were built by an ancient civilization over 20,000 years ago, believed to be Atlantis, or by extraterrestrials. These theories were promoted by best-selling author, Erich von Dniken, who in 1968 wrote "Chariots of the Gods." Proponents of these theories also believe the ancient astronauts "intelligently designed humans."

The Germans, students at Dresden University, vandalized the pyramid believing in these alternative theories, and went so far as to film their pilfering and vandalizing in order to prove to the public they were right. "This is totally false and nonsensical," said Ahmed Saeed, professor of ancient Egyptian civilisation at Cairo University.

Mohamad Abdel Maqsoud, the head of the Ancient Egyptian department added in a press release, "A pyramid is not a sole object; it is part of a structural complex connected to each other. This includes the pyramid itself, the funerary temple, the side pyramid, solar boat pits, the ramp and the valley temple."

There are also papyri diaries by engineers working on the pyramids, as well as records of trading expeditions to get construction materials. Recently, archaeologists excavated a massive nearby worker's camp where the builders resided. Theorists tend to overlook this evidence, dismissing it out of hand in their belief the pyramids were built by an ancient people, not of this earth.

Author: Karen Graham | Source: Digital Journal [February 19, 2014]
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3 comments :

  1. There are several errors here - Firstly it does not state that they were there with an official permit by the Egyptian authorities for a private visit inside the Great Pyramid AFTER OFFICIAL OPENING HOURS. They were even provided with extension ladders. They were then allowed to enter the restricted Relief Chambers under the FULL supervision of Security Personnel and Inspectors from the Ministry of Antiquities. Lets be clear by taking a few milligrams of the red ochre paint the Germans did something that cannot be commended, but the hysteria created by the press and other people screaming that the Cartouche of Khufu has been 'stolen' has led to the arrest and CONTINUING detention of three Inspectors and two guards from the Inspectorate. Its a shame that the plight of my colleagues only receives one line in this article...

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  2. Sarah Shepherd has already said most of what I wanted to say - except that photos of the cartouche taken before and after this event show that it was not damaged by these visitors. I believe samples were taken, but not from the cartouche. It is unfortunate that it appears that the A.N.N. has swallowed, hook, line and sinker, the propaganda released by Zahi Hawass and his colleagues. There has been, I believe, a considerable amount of damage to the Great Pyramid in recent years, and it would be interesting for photographic records to be placed in parallel with 'official visits'. I have heard of one visitor being allowed to urinate in one the the so-called 'relieving chambers'; but it seems this was not a problem to the authorities. Additionally, as ochre samples would, at best, only have dated the ochre, either the Germans are monumentally naive, or there is a lot of threadbare old gossip that has got itself attached to a regrettable, but not egregious, occurrence. It seems to me that there is more to this story than meets the eye and, in all likelihood, less truth than is reported in the article. I think some fact-checking is in order.

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  3. Don't shoot the messenger! TANN only reports the news... it does not necessarily condone the views expressed by authors of articles that appear on this site!

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