Lost Subterranean Wonders

Surprising Discoveries Are Slowly Changing Conventional Models of the Past

Long lost pathways into subterranean domains have always been a source of fascination for students of ancient mysteries. This month’s selections should provide plenty of food for thought.

LOST CAVES OF GIZA Andrew Collins

Produced and Narrated by Greg Little

Ever since the age of the pharaohs, stories have circulated concerning the existence beneath the sands of Egypt of a subterranean realm— seen as the tomb of Osiris and as the underworld through which the souls of the deceased must traverse in order to reach an afterlife among the stars.

Science and history writer Andrew Collins is the author of various books that challenge the way we perceive the past, some of which are: From the Ashes of Angels, which shows that the Watchers of the book of Enoch were shamans responsible for the Neolithic revolution and that their homeland, the biblical Eden, was southeast Turkey where archaeologists have recently found the oldest stone temple in the world; Gods of Eden, which reveals that Egyptian civilization is thousands of years older than is conventionally believed; and The Cygnus Mystery, which argues that veneration of the Cygnus constellation was responsible for the world’s earliest sky religions. His latest book Beneath the Pyramids uncovers Egypt’s cave underworld for the first time, and this DVD is based on this book.

In the 1920s it was foretold by American psychic Edgar Cayce that Egypt’s lost “Hall of Records” would be found. His predictions have inspired various attempts to locate the entrance to this hall in the vicinity of the Great Sphinx. Maybe the entrance to the records has been found elsewhere!

Beneath the pyramids of Egypt lies a lost underworld of catacombs, hewn chambers, and cave tunnels, which are alluded to in ancient texts and Arab legends but have been left unexplored until today. In 2008 a set of these mysterious and long-forgotten caves were rediscovered by Andrew and Sue Collins and Nigel Skinner-Simpson with help from engineer Rodney Hale. In this intriguing documentary, extensive interviews with them are interspersed with their on-site explorations of the caves (Hale did not go on site; just interviewed). Their amazing story begins with Andrew and his wife Sue following up astronomical alignments at Giza featuring the stars of the constellation of Cygnus known as the celestial bird, the Swan; also, the Northern Cross. Aligning them to the three Pyramids highlighted the possible position to a cave entrance equated with the ancient Egyptian tradition as the Duat or underworld. This led Andrew and his team to a previously unrecognized tomb in Giza’s northern cliff, quickly dubbed the “Tomb of the Birds,” due to its apparent use as a bird necropolis in honor of a local bird deity. They found no entrance to hidden realms here, although simple survey lines projected onto the plateau by technical engineer Rodney Hale hinted that this site had a much greater significance. (Andrew Collins has a previous DVD, produced in association with the Edgar Cayce Foundation—Association for Research and Enlightenment—A.R.E., The Cygnus Mystery, based on this common belief shared by key ancient cultures, all of which were aware of the star system Cygnus’s unique place in the cosmos and its significance as the spirit path to heaven. He made a well-reasoned case for ancient awareness of cosmic rays emanating from Cygnus and for their being the spark which ignited evolution—the same spark which continues to alter our DNA right through to the present day. In his article, “Looking for the Fifth Dimension in Cygnus X-3,” he questions: Is the key to finding the relationship between multiple dimensions and matter out there in deep space? Is it a cosmic ray accelerator?)

Andrew’s colleague, the Egyptological researcher Nigel Skinner-Simpson, had separately (since 2003) been on the trail of lost “catacombs” west of the Great Pyramid, explored in 1817 by British diplomat and explorer Henry Salt. Nigel’s research took a new turn when in May 2007 he read Salt’s personal memoirs which had recently been unearthed in the British Museum. They reveal how this former British Consul General to Egypt, along with the Italian explorer Giovanni Caviglia, explored caves for “several hundred yards into the rock” before coming across a spacious chamber that linked with three others of equal size, from which various “labyrinthick” passages continued into the darkness.

Using Salt’s own notes and hand-drawn plan, Nigel painstakingly reconstructed the explorer’s excavations at Giza and finally realized that the location of the cave entrance is the Tomb of the Birds! With this new knowledge, the team returned to Giza and on March 3, 2008, finally located the concealed entrance to what every other Egyptologist and explorer had missed for nearly 200 years—the lost caves of Giza!

This discovery caused quite a furor after it was reported to Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, causing a media circus involving dramatic claims and counter claims. Hawass issued a stern formal statement writing that “no cave complex exists at this site.” However, he immediately ordered an excavation of the tomb complex. After having the tomb excavated, Hawass took an American film crew into the tomb to show that there was no cave complex “running under the second pyramid” but conveniently ignored his statement that the caves didn’t exist at all. On a September 2010 episode of “Chasing Mummies,” Hawass was led into the cave system and was surprised that it ran the precise length that Collins had found and reported in his book Beneath the Pyramids, which was 350 feet. However, the cave actually ran further and the final “tube” at the end of the system was explored for 30 more feet before the archaeologist who crawled into it turned back. How far this tunnel runs remains unknown.

It would be nice if credit were given where credit is due—and that certainly should be to these brave explorers—but based on Hawass’s past record, that’s not likely to happen! He’ll most likely take credit himself relating that he knew it all along, contradicting himself all the way. Collins and crew deserve respect and recognition as the instigators of this amazing discovery. At least for now, viewers can enjoy never-beforeshown film of the caves. And we’ll wait and see what comes of it.

DVD – 83 min. • $19.95 • 1-800-228-8381

LOST CITIES AND ANCIENT MYSTERIES OF THE SOUTHWEST

David Hatcher Childress

Here we are once again with David—this time in conference at the Sedona 2009 Ancient Mysteries conference where he presents a few highlights from his latest book of this same title. After giving a brief biography of his life and adventures, he goes into some detail on the Victorio (not Victoria) Peak/Doc Noss mountain of gold; Egyptians in the Grand Canyon; mummified giants and weird tunnels in Death Valley; mysterious remains of ancient dwellers alongside lakes that dried up tens of thousands of years ago; and concludes with a discussion of Tesla technology and obelisks.

Most who have been to the Grand Canyon do not know there is a lost cavern full of mysterious artifacts, closely guarded by a government which doesn’t want you to know the truth…well, maybe so, maybe not. As David questions in his book: Did an Egyptian navy cross the Pacific or Atlantic and come to Arizona? Could they have left an Egyptian tomb in the Grand Canyon, something similar to those found in the Valley of Kings near Luxor, Egypt, and similar to the one supposedly found in the Superstition Mountains? An article published on the front page of the Phoenix Gazette on April 5, 1909, claimed that just such an Egyptian rock-cut cave was found!

While many mummies have been found in Egypt, very few were in pyramids—and those that were, dated from the later historical periods. The older pyramids dating from the early dynasties (or before!) show no signs of funerary use. Mummies in Egypt are most often found in rock-cut tombs in desert canyons. The tombs often feature tunnels going deep underground with various rooms and passageways along the way. Multiple mummies are often found in one tomb, and the crypts of the wealthy and royalty were filled with precious items and everyday necessities to ease the dead person’s continued existence in the afterlife. According to the article in the Phoenix Gazette, a necropolis of mummies and artifacts similar to an Egyptian tomb was found in the Grand Canyon. An explorer named G. E. Kinkaid apparently discovered a series of catacombs complete with statues, swords, vessels, and mummies in 1908 (the exact date was not given), and he may not have been the first explorer to have seen this “cave.”

What happened to these amazing artifacts? Since the find did not become the history-altering event it should have been, why not? Well, the few facts given in the story do not check out well. The Smithsonian denies any connection with a G. E. Kinkaid. But John Wesley Powell, who famously navigated the Colorado River in the years around 1870, reported some things that are very interesting in light of Kinkaid’s story. Powell’s account corroborates the existence in the Grand Canyon of stone-carved steps that climb the walls, hollowed-out caves in the cliffs, and hieroglyphics left by some ancient race! So, did the Smithsonian actually perform the explorations described by Kinkaid and then engineer some kind of archaeological coverup reminiscent of the last scene in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark (where the Ark of the Covenant is placed inside a crate in one of the institution’s giant warehouses never to be seen again)?

Or, one interesting suggestion is that, while the discovery was real, the archaeologists might not have been. Kinkaid may not have been working for the Smithsonian out of Washington D.C., at all, but merely claiming to be doing so. This may have been a coverup for an illegal archaeological dig that was raiding the ancient site and claiming legitimacy from a very distant, venerated institution. It may have been difficult, in 1909, to check on the credentials of the archaeologists.

While the DVD quality isn’t great (the sound is a bit “tinny” at times), it doesn’t need to be if you’re a Childress fan; as he gives his usual enthusiastic presentation with his infectious, wide-eyed, child-like imagination. He doesn’t provide in-depth research or proof, but gives enough “What if’s” or “Maybe’s” to entice one into his adventure. Then, if you want more confirmation, you can do your own research.

DVD – 87 min. • $19.95 • 1-800-228-8381

METAMORPHOSIS: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies

Illustra Media

Illustra Media produces video documentaries that examine the scientific case for intelligent design. Working with Discovery Institute and an international team of scientists and scholars (including Michael Behe, Guillermo Gonzalez, Stephen Meyer, and Lee Strobel), Illustra has helped define both the scientific case for design and the limitations of materialistic processes like Darwinian evolution. These documentaries (some of which have been reviewed by Atlantis Rising) include: Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Privileged Planet, Darwin’s Dilemma, DNA by Design, and now Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies.

Throughout history butterflies have fascinated artists and philosophers, scientists and schoolchildren with their profound mystery and beauty. In Metamorphosis you will explore their remarkable world as few ever have before.

Spectacular photography, computer animation, and magnetic resonance imaging open once-hidden doors to every stage of a butterfly’s life cycle—from an egg the size of a pinhead to a magnificent flying insect. It is a transformation so incredible biologists have called it “butterfly magic.”

The superbly engineered body of a butterfly is magnified hundreds of times to reveal compound eyes made of thousands of individual lenses, wings covered with microscopic solar panels that warm the insect’s muscles for flight, and navigational systems that unerringly guide Monarch butterflies on their annual migration from Canada to Mexico.

How did these extraordinary creatures come into being? Are they the products of a blind, undirected process? Or, were they designed by an intelligence that transcends the material world? It seems impossible to use evolutionary terms to describe these amazing creatures, which were obviously designed by an intelligence beyond our imagination.

Biologists have long recognized, according to the DVD, that natural selection cannot succeed by taking large, evolutionary leaps. Instead, the process can only move forward through a series of small, incremental steps. In evolution, it’s the smaller-scale changes that have a better chance of being passed on, because they’re relatively limited in their scope—that means they’re disrupting less and they’re more likely to be tolerated by the organism.

But, when it comes to the origin of metamorphosis, the notion of gradual evolutionary change comes to a dead-end. By its very nature, metamorphosis is an all-or-nothing proposition; and throughout biological history, its success is hinged upon the immediate availability of a full set of instructions, including genes, proteins, and the developmental program required to integrate them. It all has to be in place ahead of time— needs to have the genes in place; the regulatory elements that are going to turn the genes on and off; it has to have all the cells preprogrammed to do what they’re going to do when the time comes so they respond to the signals they’ll get in the right way. The larval cells have to know they’re going to die. You’ve got to remember, the caterpillar isn’t thinking about things, like: OK, now it’s time to dissolve my epidermis, and what about that gut; gotta get workin’ on that gut; no—it has to happen rapidly and in a coordinated fashion.

Once you’re committed to the chrysalis stage, there’s no going back. You have to complete the transition. A caterpillar that’s equipped to go 10 percent or 25 percent of the way through metamorphosis is in no way through metamorphosis. Partway into a process that requires getting out the other side as a fully formed adult doesn’t work. You have to re-create adult legs, adult antennae, adult eyes; you have to change the shape of the brain and the connections between the antennae and the eyes. You have to reformat the gut so that it switches from eating plant material to eating nectar. How many mutations does it take, and how do you coordinate all of that? If you get the eyes right, but the gut wrong, it’s a failure as a butterfly. If you get the wings right and the legs right, but the muscles don’t attach, that butterfly is going nowhere; it’s dead. You begin to see the depths of the problem; so, for evolution to have created this sort of pathway gradually, it would have taken a miracle.

Metamorphosis, if it came into existence at all by an undirected process, had to have done so in one fell swoop. Natural selection, by definition, the film argues, cannot build that kind of process. To create a process like metamorphosis, you’d need a totally different type of cause— something that could see a distant target, keep that target in focus, and provide all the resources necessary to hit the bullseye on the first shot. The only cause, the film suggests, that could accomplish that is an intelligent agent.

Filmed in the rain forests of Ecuador, Mexico’s Trans-Volcanic mountain range, and leading research centers, Metamorphosis is an unforgettable documentary filled with the joys of discovery and wonder. As all Illustra films, this is excellent production quality—and more—the scholarship, the reasoning, the classiness of the whole presentation will blow you away!

DVD – 83 min.• $19.95 • 1-800-228-8381

MARSHA OAKS

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