Red Pyramid Redux

British ancient-history writer and information technologist Matt Sibson operates a popular YouTube channel called Ancient Architects. According to his Facebook page Sibson is “currently re-writing the history of the Stonehenge landscape with new interpretations of Neolithic monuments.” Sibson is among those who regularly challenge orthodox Egyptology, but he does so with a level of detail and a command of the facts that make him quite formidable, and not easily dismissed. Among his arguments is that most of the monuments attributed to dynastic Egypt are, in fact, much older, a view this magazine heartily endorses. We have enjoyed several of his videos, but we were especially taken by his June 18, 2018, presentation “The Red Pyramid Secret Chamber.”

In the twelve-minute piece, Sibson focuses on the curious chamber found beneath the Red Pyramid of Dahshur—sometimes called, but without evidence, the ‘burial chamber’. Sibson quotes the late John Anthony West who believed the ‘chamber’ was a remnant from a time even earlier than the Red Pyramid itself, which, incidentally, is conventionally believed to be older than the more famous pyramids of Giza.

In February of 1999 Atlantis Rising sponsored a West-led tour of Egypt, during which this writer noted aloud the odd disparity between the chamber and the pyramid. Several points stood out. The stones in the pit at the bottom of the chamber were clearly of a different type than the structure above. Moreover, while the pyramid had been built with great precision, the pit was chaotic. And even though its stones were doubtless cut artificially, their edges had been rounded in a way that, to me, suggested water weathering. I thought the place must be part of a much older site, over which the pyramid had been built, possibly to memorialize a sacred, prediluvian place. The sheltering pyramid had arrested whatever weathering had occurred. I thought I was stating the obvious, but West, who overheard me, became excited. “I think you’re absolutely right,” he exclaimed, “I don’t see any other possible explanation.”

In AR #19 (June of ’99), I wrote “Pushing Back the Portals of Civilization,” about our discussion. “West referred again and again to what he felt was a truly important discovery, even dubbing the chamber ‘Kenyon’s Cavern,’ adding that he felt the place might serve, as nothing had yet to clinch his case [for a much greater antiquity of ancient Egypt than is believed by mainstream Egyptologists]… ‘The opposition is always saying, how can the Sphinx be the only evidence of this earlier civilization? Well it isn’t.’ ”

After seeing Sibson’s video, I sent a note to John West’s celebrated colleague on the famous re-dating of the Sphinx, geologist and Atlantis Rising contributor, Dr. Robert Schoch, to ask if he had heard my story. He immediately e-mailed back: “I know the chamber well and yes, John Anthony West told me you observed its seemingly greater antiquity—a really important observation.” Schoch also supports the weathering hypothesis for the stones and its explosive dating implications for ancient Egypt.

John West, Sibson believes, must have been close to the truth, but the most important discovery in the place, he thinks, may be yet to come. On the wall opposite the viewing platform, Sibson points to what certainly appears to be a removable block that might lead to some unknown interior void beyond. Moreover, he reveals, there are what seem to be tool marks around the stone’s edges that he believes show that someone else may have already attempted, and possibly succeeded in, accessing the Red Pyramid’s mystery ‘void.’

Once again the true history of ancient Egypt is left unfinished but not, perhaps, for much longer.


By J. Douglas Kenyon