Return to the ‘Hall of Records’?
A New Study from Dr. Robert Schoch and Robert Bauval May Open the Door
Back in the 1990s sensational discoveries on the Giza plateau near Cairo, Egypt, led millions to wonder if forgotten ancient forebears—maybe even Atlanteans—had, perhaps, left behind a ‘hall of records,’ which might soon be discovered. Now, a new academic paper by frequent Atlantis Rising contributors Dr. Robert Schoch and Robert Bauval, joined by independent researcher Manu Seyfzadeh, is revisiting the ancient quest for such a lost cache, or ‘hall’ of records, in Egypt.
In the 1993 primetime NBC television special The Mystery of the Sphinx, narrated by Charlton Heston, the public became aware for the first time that the Great Sphinx might be thousand of years older than believed by mainstream Egyptology. Leading the debate was Dr. Schoch, a Boston University geology professor, with a powerful argument that water weathering of the Sphinx conclusively proved its much greater antiquity. At about the same time, Bauval, a Belgian engineer, hypothesized in his (along with Adrian Gilbert) best-selling book, The Orion Mystery, that a correlation existed between the monuments of Giza and the constellation Orion. Earlier this year (2017) Schoch and Bauval joined forces for a new book The Origins of the Sphinx. And now, “A New Interpretation of a Rare Old Kingdom Dual Title: The King’s Chief Librarian and Guardian of the Royal Archives of Mehit,” was published in August in the peer reviewed journal Archaeological Discovery. In the study, the researchers present new evidence, that, not only is the Sphinx much older than thought but, also, that it may indeed guard a hidden chamber containing the archives of a lost ancient civilization. On page 46 of this issue, you can read an exclusive Atlantis Rising report by Dr. Schoch on the new findings.
While the idea that there may have been a lost fountainhead of civilization, remains controversial, the suggestion that civilization’s origins are much older than previously supposed remains intriguing to many who wonder if we may yet find some previously undiscovered record of an earlier high culture.
Is it possible that a very ancient, albeit advanced, civilization, foresaw a coming dark age of many thousands of years and took measures to leave a kind of time capsule which could survive the intervening dark millennia between their age and another of equivalent advancement? After all, as we learn from the fate of the Library of Alexandria, the knowledge of one age is not always easy to convey to another.
Could the original builders of the monuments of Giza have left behind such records but have hidden them so well that they could elude detection for millennia? A growing number think the answer is ‘yes’ and that a Hall of Records is yet ‘destined’ to be discovered. Such a discovery, it is thought, would help us to understand who we are, in a much deeper way than ever before. For evidence, they point to many ancient and modern sources including:
- On the walls of the Edfu temple are references to ‘The Sacred Book of Temples’ that tell of sacred books and objects hidden in a secret hall, and then hidden still further to protect its secrets.
- The Westcar Papyrus, dating to the Fourth Dynasty, tells of a sage named Djeda who knew of “the secret chambers of the books of Thoth.” The Papyrus instructed the pharaoh Khufu, later credited by some with building the Great pyramid, with keys which would someday open the “hidden place,” a library room where scrolls were kept. Djeda also made prophesies indicating when the hall would one day be discovered.
- The Stele of Thutmose IV, located between the paws of the Sphinx actually appears to reveal an understructure of some kind below the body of the Sphinx. Some researchers think its meaning could have been literal.
- The Greek historian Herodotus, writing in 443 BC, said that hidden under the Giza plateau was a vast labyrinth of tunnels.
- The Corpus Hermeticum (written early in the Christian era, if not sooner) tells how Hermes (the Greek equivalent of Thoth) hid the “secrets of Osiris” and put a spell on them to preserve them from being seen by the unworthy.
- The Roman Marcellinus wrote in the fourth century that, “There are certain subterranean galleries and passages full of windings beneath the pyramids that, it is said, the adepts in the ancient rites (knowing that the flood was coming and fearing that the memory of the sacred ceremonies would be obliterated) constructed vaults in various places.” Such a vault, said Marcellinus, would be found between the paws of a feline monument.
- Several of the quatrains of Nostradamus are interpreted by some as referring to the “Hall of Records.”
- Edgar Cayce said such a chamber housing a storehouse of records did exist beneath the Great Sphinx, and he prophesied that it would be discovered around the end of the twentieth century.
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