GIZA PYRAMIDS FULL OF FOSSILS
Every now and then I get a couple of articles that I just have to blog about, even though they have nothing to do with the daily dose of apocalypse-threatening wackiness that the modern world has become, thanks to its "leadership" class of insane people like alleged President Bidenenko, or fun-loving Tories in 10 Downing Street, or energy-killing Chancellors (and Chancellorettes, speaking of fossils) in Berlin:
On serious note, M.D. found these articles about what has been long known - i.e., the presence of fossils in the limestone of the Giza Pyramids - and what has recently been discovered, the bones of a fossil in a newly-discovered chamber inside the Great pyramid. You'll note the articles are from 2008 and 2014 respectively:
I want in this blog to talk mainly about the second article, but noting that according to the first article, the presence of nummilites fossils in the limestone of the Giza pyramids returns an interesting date:
Nummulites that lived during the Eocene period around 55.8-33.9 million years ago are most commonly found in Egyptian limestone.
Allowing for normal geological processes to form such limestone would still return a date, a terminus ante quem for at least the stones of the pyramids, that is still several millions of years ago.
But I have to comment on the second, 2014, article, for this is the first time I've seen it. You'll note something obvious from the outset, namely, that the picture and caption beginning the article are incorrect: the pictured pyramid is not the Great Pyramid, but actually the Pyramid of Cephren, the second large pyramid at Giza, and easily distinguished from the Great Pyramid by the fact that some of the casing stones at the top of Cephren still remain on it. Cephren also actually appears to be taller than the Great Pyramid because it sits on slightly higher ground than the Great Pyramid.
But what's intriguing about the article is the alleged discovery of the bones of a veliciraptor inside a newly discovered chamber inside the Great Pyramid:
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has announced that a group of French and Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a new chamber in the depths of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Antiquities authorities revealed the newly-discovered large chamber contained dinosaur bones and wall-paintings of dinosaurs resembling velociraptors, a genus of theropod dinosaurs that lived 75 million years ago.
The Ministry added that the bones were assembled and that the archaeology team concluded that the velociraptor was approximately 1.79 meters in size.
While it is unclear why the bones were buried in the chamber, the head of the French archaeologist team Avril Sap stated that the wall paintings in the chamber indicate that the bones had been discovered nearly 4,000 years ago by Egyptians working on the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
“The drawings indicate that workers found the bones which they had never seen before and offered it to Pharaoh Khufu,” explained Sap. “The Pharaoh decided to dedicate a chamber deep within the Pyramid to the discovery. The detail on the walls and the state of the bones’ conservation are truly spectacular.”
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism have decided to delay the reveal of the chamber and of the bones until the opening of Egypt’s ‘Grand Egyptian Museum,’ which is expected to be complete in 2015. Minister Ibrahim added that this discovery is historic, and its display at the new museum will bring tourists from across the globe.
And that is the whole article.
And with that, that is where my difficulties begin: where are the following things? (1) the diagrams of the Great Pyramid showing where the newly discovered chamber is, and (2) where are the pictures of the discovered bones and (3) the pictures of the paintings of the veliciraptor that prove the builders were offering the dinosaur to Khufu... a clever - or perhaps, not so clever - way of perpetuating the Egyptological myth that the gigantic structure was constructed ca. 2000 or so BC by Egyptians for a Pharaonic tomb, in spite of the fact that no mummy - pharaonic or otherwise - has ever been discovered inside the structure? In short, if a dinosaur's skeleton was discovered in, or under, the structure, one would think that it would be balley-hooed by Egyptologists the world over that the structure was at least used as a tomb, even if only for an already long-dead dinosaur.
My difficulties don't end there. Doing a simple search for "newly discovered chamber in the Great Pyramid" revealed lots of diagrams about a suspected hidden chamber somewhere above the so--called "Grand Gallery," but nothing that looks easily accessible, and certainly nothing claiming to contain a dinosaur or paintings of it, for example:
This is an interesting "discovery," because testimony does exist (since Napoleon Bonaparte's expedition in fact), that the Grand Gallery possesses clear acoustical properties, including, according to some "earwitnesses," a faint echo that they maintain was coming from above the Grand Gallery.
But no paintings of dinosaurs.
A search for "newly discovered chamber in the Pyramid of Cephren" yielded nothing but articles with pictures of that Pyramid once again mislabeled as the Great Pyramid. So like one of the commenters on the article, I wonder if the fossil was in fact discovered in some newly-discovered chamber in the Pyramid of Cephren. Apparently not, because I can find no example of such a story after a cursory internet search.
There are thus too many unresolved questions for me to accept this article as reporting something genuine, and it wouldn't be the first time Egyptology has leapt to some extraordinary conclusions based on a scanty reflection on scanty evidence; consider only the ridiculous claims of Colonel Howard Vyse and how they still are front and center in Egyptology's argument that the structure was indeed built by Khufu, in spite of a mountain of evidence that the Vyse inscriptions were forgeries, and the most inconvenient fact that Vyse, when blasting his way with dynamite into the misnamed "relieving chambers" above the equally misnamed "King's Chamber", somehow managed not to blast any inscriptions he later claims were found on all the walls of said chambers except the ones he had just blasted through!
Of course, there are other disturbing possibilities, and we might as well mention them: were the alleged paintings of the velociraptor just of the bones? Or were they paintings of the velociraptor with skin and scales still on? And if the latter, how would the artist have any idea what they might have looked like? Did the artist see one? (For those in the know, I'm thinking of the sirrush problem from my book Genes, Giants, Monsters and Men).
And how came the velociraptor into the chamber? Was he discovered by diggers and builders as is alleged (without, again, any evidence of a tangible nature being reproduced in the article), or did a live dinosaur somehow stumble into the structure and like some witless dinosaur version of The Cask of Amintillado ended up being buried alive? If so, of course, that would make the structure very, very old indeed.
In the end, I am not convinced, neither by the article's "genuineness" nor by its "argument", an "argument" that seems in and of itself another desperate Colonel Vyse-like attempt to attribute the structure to Khufu, and not admit the obvious: (1) it's older than Egypt, (2) Egyptians did not build it, (3) it was never intended as a tomb, and (4) it looks like it was built after the flood... whenever that was... except of course there are those ancient testimonies that record the appearance of a water-mark about half-way up the structure when said water mark was visible on the then in situ casing stones... or built after one flood and before another...?
But I digress.
Hidden chambers? I have no problem there.
With dinosaur fossils and paintings? Show me the pictures and the witnesses from all over the world who have seen them....
See you on the flip side...
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