Covering Cartouche Controversies

In Atlantis Rising #104 (March/April, 2014) we reported on the recent firestorm of controversy following the disclosure that a couple German archaeology students had apparently managed to clandestinely enter the so-called relieving chambers above the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid and to remove a bit of paint from one of the wall markings. This they smuggled out of Egypt and to a lab in Dresden Germany for carbon dating. Their intention, apparently, was to prove that the paint was not ancient but, instead, a recent forgery (intentionally put there in the early nineteenth century by its claimed discoverer Colonel Richard William Howard-Vyse). Citing the lab findings, their aim was to refute the only direct evidence which mainstream archaeology has that the pyramid was built by the pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), and is not, in fact, much older. Whatever their plan, it backfired. The perceived enormity of their crime provoked such an outcry from official Egyptology that any questions about the validity of their evidence and the actual authenticity of the Khufu cartouche were drowned in the storm of outrage. So, it appeared, the matter would rest. Until now.

In a very ironic turn of events, a new line of research supporting the cartouche forgery hypothesis has suddenly emerged, and Atlantis Rising is delighted to be the first to publish the startling new evidence. Veteran alternative archaeology reporter, Scott Creighton, tells the story beginning on page 42, and we won’t spoil it for you by saying more here.

We would like to add, though, that we doubt the argument will end with the production of this new evidence. Frequent Atlantis Rising contributor Dr. Robert Schoch, who has previously written about the Khufu Cartouche for us (see A.R. #52, July/August, 2005, “Lost Truth and The Great Pyramid”) counts himself as one of those who believes the cartouche is authentically ancient. Though he had not seen Scott Creighton’s new evidence, he expressed skepticism to us about the forgery charge: “When in the chambers one can shine a light down into the cracks and see that the inscriptions continue into areas where it is inconceivable (or so everyone who has seen them agrees) that anyone could get to, even with the finest brush or tool, to fake them. Also, the inscriptions match (in terms of pigments and techniques), as best as anyone can tell, those found in the shafts which were totally sealed until very recent times and thus are undoubtedly ancient. As far as any radiocarbon testing of the pigments, it is probably a red herring. There has been an incredible amount of contamination in the chambers, between bat dung, people rubbing their hands on, and breathing on the inscriptions, bacterial and fungal growth over them, etc., such that any dates may well not date the original pigments but rather the modern contamination (or a combination of recent and ancient). Much the same issue is involved with the radiocarbon dating of the Shroud of Turin, for instance.” Dr. Schoch did say he looks forward to reading Creighton’s article.

It turns out, though, that in his forthcoming book, The Secret Chamber of Osiris (Bear & Co., Jan. 2015) Scott Creighton has, in our view, thoroughly addressed all the issues raised by Dr. Schoch and others. Unfortunately, we don’t have space to cover those arguments here, but when the book is available, you will certainly be able to get it from Atlantis Rising. In the meantime, we think you will find the impressive evidence Creighton produces regarding the true intentions of Howard-Vyse compelling, indeed.

At a minimum, it seems the mainstream objection to the notion of a Great Pyramid much older than the pharaoh Khufu may have lost much of its credibility.

By J. Douglas Kenyon