CAIRO, December 7, 2013 – The assault on Egypt’s pyramids to uncover their mysteries never ends.
Last week, two German archaeologists from Dresden University, pretended they were tourists in order to obtain illegal samples of the king’s cartouche (name) inscribed on the wall of a small room on top of the king’s burial chamber. The incident is described by Egyptian authorities as vandalism endangering Egyptian monuments.
Mohamed Abdel Maksoud announced that the two German visitors succeeded in entering the rest house at the Giza plateau and copied the archaeological archive of the discoveries of late distinguished archaeologist Selim Hassan.
According to the rules and regulations of the ministry of archaeology, a group of researchers can obtain a permit and pay a fee of about 5000 Egyptian Pounds to be admitted to special sites. However, there are areas which are completely prohibited from entry under any condition, like the small room on top of the king’s burial chamber.
Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of State Antiquities, is investigating the incident and he announced that there are a number of penalties against the two German archaeologists, their university as well as the travel agency that facilitated their visit to the site.
The two Germans have announced that they discovered that the Khufu’s pyramid belongs to an earlier period and that the pyramid itself is not a burial place but rather a Centre of Power.
However, Mr. Ibrahim said that their results are false and scientifically incorrect.
Among different admirers of the mysteries of the pyramids there is a reference to the lost continent of Atlantis. Obviously, the hypothesis around the construction of the pyramids as well as the character of the pharaoh is still a subject of interest for scholars as well as average visitors.
Mark Lehner in his book The Complete Pyramids explains that the complete pyramid played many roles:
- Massive labor project;
- Baker and brewer for hundreds of consumers;
- Colonizer of the Egyptian provinces;
- Employer of farmers, herdsmen and craftsmen of all kinds;
- Temple and ritual center at the core of the Egyptian State;
- Reliquary of a king;
- Embodiment of light and shadow;
- And the union of heaven and earth, encapsulating the mystery of death and rebirth.
Indeed, the ancient Egyptian aura of otherworldliness still inspires the popular imagination to seek their origin anywhere other than the people who inhabited Egypt thousands and thousands of years ago.