Canyonitis: Seeing evidence of ancient Egypt in the Grand Canyon

Is there, within the Grand Canyon, an enigmatic system of tunnels that is evidence of an ancient Egyptian voyage to America? Is it all bogus? Or is the truth most likely somewhere in between?
Philip Coppens

On April 5, 1909, a front page story in the Arizona Gazette reported on an archaeological expedition in the heart of the Grand Canyon funded by the Smithsonian Institute, which had resulted in the discovery of Egyptian artefacts. April 5 is close to April 1 – but then not quite… so perhaps the story could be true? Nothing since has been heard of this discovery. Today, over five million tourists visit the Grand Canyon each year. You would thus expect that if anything was hidden in the canyons, it would thus since long have been uncovered. However, most tourists only spend around 3 hours of time at the canyon, usually visiting the legendary South Rim view around mile 89, where most of the best and oldest tourist facilities are located. Furthermore, some have said that the entire discovery has since become the centre of a major cover-up, apparently in an effort to maintain the old status quo, which is that the ancient Egyptians never ventured outside of the tranquil waters of the river Nile. The original story goes that the team found an underground network of tunnels, high above the Colorado River, containing various ancient artefacts, statues and even mummies. A major discovery, no doubt about it. Impossible to slip off the archaeological radar. Still, the Smithsonian Institute will report it has no records on the subject. So what happened? To find out, there is only one guide: the article itself. Though the article was anonymous, it did identify some of the archaeologists involved: “under the direction of Prof. S. A. Jordan", with Smithsonian-backed adventurer G. E. Kinkaid, who then relates his findings. But the story gets weirder when the Smithsonian stated that it had no Kinkaid or Jordan on record. In one enquiry from 2000, the institution replied: “The Smithsonian Institution has received many questions about an article in the April 5, 1909 Phoenix Gazette about G. E. Kincaid and his discovery of a 'great underground citadel' in the Grand Canyon, hewn by an ancient race 'of oriental origin, possibly from Egypt.' […] The Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology, has searched its files without finding any mention of a Professor Jordan, Kincaid, or a lost Egyptian civilization in Arizona. Nevertheless, the story continues to be repeated in books and articles.” There is room for a cover-up, of course, as some have argued. The files do not necessarily have to set within that department’s and the reference to the Phoenix Gazette rather than Arizona Gazette could be a simple error, or an escape valve that is so often present in official replies engineered to debunk. Stories like “the CIA Division X has no record” often means that Division Y is the one who has that record. So, there is no Professor Jordan, and Kinkaid himself was more than difficult to pin down. However, on March 12 of the same year, the Gazette had reported on an earlier phase of Kincaid's adventure: “G. E. Kincaid Reaches Yuma.” Here, Kinkaid is identified as being from “Lewiston, Idaho”; he “arrived in Yuma after a trip from Green River, Wyoming, down the entire course of the Colorado River. He is the second man to make this journey and came alone in a small skiff, stopping at his pleasure to investigate the surrounding country. He left Green River in October having a small covered boat with oars, and carrying a fine camera, with which he secured over 700 views of the river and canyons which were unsurpassed. Mr. Kincaid says one of the most interesting features of the trip was passing through the sluiceways at Laguna dam. He made this perilous passage with only the loss of an oar." The account is factual enough and seems to just that: fact. The article concludes: "Some interesting archaeological discoveries were unearthed and altogether the trip was of such interest that he will repeat it next winter in the company of friends." Less than a month later, the same newspaper seemed to continue their story where they had left it off: Kinkaid was now talking about his “interesting archaeological discoveries”, which consisted out of a series of tunnels and passages with a cross chamber near the entrance, containing a statue: "The idol almost resembles Buddha, though the scientists are not certain as to what religious worship it represents. Taking into consideration everything found thus far, it is possible that this worship most resembles the ancient people of Tibet." He also stated that he had found an unknown gray metal, resembling platinum, as well as tiny carved heads, scattered on the floor. Urns bore "mysterious hieroglyphics, the key to which the Smithsonian Institute hopes yet to discover." In another room he found mummies: "Some of the mummies are covered with clay, and all are wrapped in a bark fabric." Again, the account is quite factual. Idols “resemble” Buddha, rather than “are” Buddha. The worship “resembles” that of Tibet, not “is”… Kinkaid is trying to use analogies to explain his discovery. It is the anonymous author of the article who makes the connection with ancient Egypt and lets his mind float to one of the biggest discoveries of all time. Still, the newspaper apparently never followed up the story. Though the Smithsonian involvement is therefore either proof of a cover-up (as some have claimed) or they are telling the truth, this does not mean that the entire story is a hoax, or that the newspaper fabricated the story. “Kinkaid”

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etc.” In June 2001..486 feet down the sheer canyon wall. Even though the newspaper may have wanted to wait to run it. They felt the entrance was man made and that there was a 6 foot circular pattern hewn into the ceiling. Osiris Temple. In the Phoenix (Arizona) Gazette article of April 5. inside the Grand Canyon Jack Andrews claims that he has known “of this [Kinkaid’s] location since 1972. we read how he stated that he has made archaeological discoveries. Though he claims that the access was very difficult. It may be a hoax. you would expect Kinkaid to have made some photographs of the general area. made from the native rock. claims that two Manu Temple and Shiva Temple. Tower of Ra. known as Marble Canyon. and the two climbed up. They stated that the cave entrances were at a height of 800 feet. they claimed to have seen several cave entrances. he felt it was “the proper time to reveal the location.Canyonitis: Seeing evidence of ancient Egypt in the Grand Canyon http://www. Kinkaid mentions that he was “looking for mineral”: "I was journeying down the Colorado river in a boat. Alternatively. Tower of Set. It may have been their hoax. One book. but has never set foot inside it.” Andrews spells out some other options. on the Navajo reservation. it is clear that he has made numerous photographs. II. But. though. you would expect to hear more about it. did he actually exist? Jack Andrews has underlined that Kinkaid may have been a real person. It is unknown whether this is an actual discovery. or more “talk”. it appears that the discovery was made roughly four to six months prior the article. found a pyramid. located above an approximate six mile stretch of the Colorado River in Marble Canyon. Once at Isis Temple. Hindu. and may have inflated his credentials. the year of Kinkaid’s expedition.” Is it possible that it remains to be discovered? One ranger said that "that area of the park is very remote and to this day [2000]. page 302). but was helped by a professor from the Smithsonian. So. Kinkaid wrote that "the entrance is 1. it is clear that the delay is entirely Kinkaid’s. But why Kinkaid had not included his discovery in his original account.” But he later adds that he has never discovered the “physical location” of this claim. Isis Temple is more than 40 miles from the location given in the newspaper article. In the newspaper report. but these seem to have occurred all on his own. President Theodore Roosevelt had made the Canyon in a National Forest. But in the second story. The origin of the rather esoteric naming is nearly as mysterious as the canyon itself. 1909) after having "discovered" the site "several months ago". using Kinkaid’s scant information about the site. they were reporting on recent information. Furthermore. as he perhaps could not fill the entire newspaper. But it may also be a perfect memory of its time. but if so. Furthermore. Buddha Temple. at the border of Marble Canyon and the Navajo Nation above an area near Kwagunt Rapids. Irrelevant. But instead they found it had been sealed off with rocks.philipcoppens. in 1908. Ancient Secret of The Flower of Life (Vol. most of which are discovered by hikers. It is clear that as far as the newspaper was involved. or on foot from the rim of the Little Colorado river gorge. when there was a major fascination with all things Egyptian-Indian. A clear favourite for an Egyptian connection is the area around Ninety-four Mile Creek and Trinity Creek has sites with names like Isis Temple. “forty-two miles up the river from the El Tovar Crystal canyon. a well-known cave containing ancient Indian artefacts. We need to stress that the discovery of the underground network occurred before the first story was written. Horus Temple. Greek. Andrews believes that the cave is in a deep river gorge. which is accessible “by either arriving there in a boat or float trip. 1909 it is stated that Kinkaid "brought the story" of the "underground citadel" "to the city" (Phoenix and the Gazette) "yesterday" (April 4. Perhaps… Which leaves Kinkaid. With no traces of Kinkaid. alone.. back in March. In the Haunted Canyon area are such names as the Cheops Pyramid. whetting the public’s appetite. it is but one of numerous buttes in the Grand Canyon named after ancient Egyptian. Stanton Cave. the Buddha Cloister. So he could be real… even though perhaps the newspaper got his name wrong… A spelling mistake could send any researcher off the right track. April 5. on their way to Isis Temple. in an effort to sell more papers. we learn Kinkaid apparently did not travel alone. but by whom? The newspaper reported rather factually about it. Also." The Canyon was a known source of minerals. it seems he did not make any photograph of his discovery. closing it for any mining or prospecting activity. 1909 and its fantastic underground installation was. From his argument. Andrews has furthermore shown that the area in which he had allegedly found the cave was a well-known area for prospecting. looking for mineral. he may have made the entire thing up. and the question is how Kinkaid himself succeeded in the task. is more enigmatic. In fact. hoping to get into what looked like the most promising cave.” This is not very precise. it is not an area we patrol regularly […] the area 2 of 5 1/27/2011 4:23 PM . including announcements like “more to come in the following edition”." Definitely not for the faint-hearted. what about the cave? It is a fact that the Canyon has many holes and caves. including copper. and has given rise to more than a little speculation as to what early explorers may have found there. However. and still may be.html may have existed. Chinese and Nordic gods and goddesses. In his first account. The anonymous author may have fabricated the story. and quite frankly. it seems as if he has “seen” the site in a dream or vision. our knowledge of the area is rather slim. I have held the secret since then. resulting in the conclusion that a person did not exist. Andrews concludes: “I think the "cave" described in the headline story of the Arizona Gazette. all which seem quite manageable to get there… but not necessarily inside the cave.

will be solved. My own resaerch suggests that it is from another dimension. widely scattered across the southern Colorado Plateau and the upper Rio Grande drainage. So. But Icke then adds his own “research”. A. the mystery of the prehistoric peoples of North America. is that there is no need for Tibetans or Egyptians. hewn in solid rock by human hands. where does this leave us? Perhaps the answer is somewhere in the middle of this controversy. "del Muerto" — "of the Dead" in Spanish. containing mummies… even the Smithsonian is involved. Jordan. according to the expedition leader Professor S. have made discoveries which almost conclusively prove that the race which inhabited this mysterious cavern. several months ago. was brought to the city yesterday by G. Nearly a mile underground. with a complex series of rooms. It is merely because the Indians were believed to have no level of sophistication whatsoever that almost de facto. Egypt and the Nile. In the Canyon de Chelly is the so-called Mummy Cave. some must contain something. Furthermore. If their theories are borne out by the translation of the tablets engraved with hieroglyphics. often cemeteries. but that the local Anasazi are most likely its occupants… if it existed… and why not ? Mummy Cave may look very different from what we imagine Kinkaid was describing… But with so little known about Kinkaid… Though this story may or may not be reality. the lower fourth dimension. to Yuma. down the Colorado. into highly sacred sites. whereas Kinkaid’s isn’t. Even if Kinkaid and Jordan were real people. A Thorough Examination Under the direction of Prof. It could simply have been native… The first culture to occupy the valley were the Anasazi. was of oriental origin. he writes – verbatim: "In 1909 a subterranean city which was built with the presicion of the Great Pyramid was found by G. E. the explorer who found the great underground citadel of the Grand Canyon during a trip from Green River. which are one of the living descendants of the Anasazi. With so many caves." Though sceptics have given Andrews a lot of slack. using the story as “evidence” for his reptilian control claims. Here. defined their similarities – and their differences – largely in terms of their multi-storied. Hincaid near the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It is one thing to interpret the Smithsonian’s denial as evidence of a cover-up. but one of the most valuable in the world. It is what tied them together. S. and Arizona and the Colorado will be linked by a historical chain running back to ages which staggers the wildest fancy of the fictionist. their culture had advanced to the point where they had begun to develop their own distinctive pottery style. Kinkaid. we have favoured burials in caves.000 people and mumified bodies found were of oriental or possibly Egyptian origin. the Smithsonian Institute is now prosecuting the most thorough explorations. In The Biggest Secret. A. advanced agricultural methods." The story continues to grow and grow. multi-room pueblo "Great Houses" or "cliff dwellings". since remote antiquity. which is financing the expeditions. specifically if they are facing towards the setting sun. it is a common denominator that caves in cliffs were favoured. the archaeologists of the Smithsonian Institute. even though the individual groups themselves often bore more differences than similarities. The site is indeed close to a Navajo centre. which will be continued until the last link in the chain is forged. others have just run wildly with the story. the two adjacent caves harbour the remnants of a multi-storied dwelling consisting of around 55 rooms and four ceremonial circular structures. possibly dating back to 1050. Kinkaid never said it was Egyptian – he just made comparisons. According to the story related to the Gazette by Mr. the sensationalist flavourings of the report are all due to the anonymous author.Canyonitis: Seeing evidence of ancient Egypt in the Grand Canyon http://www. It was big enough to accomidate 50. hunting small game as well as raising corn and squash for their livelihood. the last known occupied Anasazi site in the area. then it is entirely possible that human remains were found… and perhaps continue to be found. Kinkaid. the site had to be “Old World”… In the 21st century. The one major difference is that this site is known. From Mankind’s most ancient past. we know or kivas. who they were and whence they came. and a unique form of dwelling known as the "pueblo". now harbouring a sizeable population. 3 of 5 1/27/2011 4:23 PM . By 1000 AD. in a wooden boat. Jordan. Situated in a large. But what Mummy Cave equally proves. the long main passage has been delved into. what David Icke made of the story is quite another thing. that the reptilian control and manipulation is primarily orchestrated. like the spokes of a wheel. And even if he was reporting truthfully. but whether it is the Cretan canyon known as the Valley of the Dead or the African Dogon. Anasazi groups. which was mentioned some time ago in the Gazette.E. Examples of this exist in the French Pyrenees. tracing back to Ramses.philipcoppens. Why should the Grand Canyon be any different? And if not.html is seldom visited. who entered the region around 500 AD. their ancient arts. we can imagine why people could have easily mistaken an ancient culture with a local Indian culture. examples such as Mummy Cave have since proven that Kinkaid’s story may not be as important as many believe it is. about 1480 feet below the surface. to find another mammoth chamber from which radiates scores of passageways. within the current climate. protected alcove about 300 feet above the canyon floor. many cultures have made caves in sheer cliff faces. Wyoming. EXPLORATIONS IN GRAND CANYON Mysteries of Immense Rich Cavern being brought to light Jordan is enthused Remarkable finds indicate ancient people migrated from Orient The latest news of the progress of the explorations of what is now regarded by scientists as not only the oldest archaeological discovery in the United States. in a cliff. possibly from Egypt. which means “ancient ones” in Navajo. I would argue that they are most likely remnants of the Anasazi. But rather than Egyptian or Tibetan in origin. It was for the two ancient bodies found entombed at this site that an early Smithsonian expedition named the canyon. we therefore have something that is virtually identical to what Kinkaid alleges: a cave.

Even briefly recounted. There are steps leading from this entrance some thirty yards to what was. in which are found the idol. There was no trail to this point. symbolical. Taking into consideration everything found thus far. the explorations were undertaken. At the head of each is a small bench. along which. All this is carved out of hard rock resembling marble. showing that these ancients smelted ores. There is also slag and stuff similar to matte. indicate the high state of civilization reached by these strange people. stains in the sedimentary formation about 2. one on each side of the dais on which the god squats. The idol almost resembles Buddha. I think. A gray metal is also found in this cavern. made of copper.html Several hundred rooms have been discovered. is a very hard cement. thirty years having been in the service of the Smithsonian Institute. Following this. "Among the other finds are vases or urns and cups of copper and gold. Each one is engraved with the head of the Malay type. at the time the cavern was inhabited. I gathered a number of relics. So interested have the scientists become that preparations are being made to equip the camp for extensive studies. 4 of 5 1/27/2011 4:23 PM . The recent finds include articles which have never been known as native to this country. nor the origin of the ore. The side-passages near the entrance run at a sharp angle from the main hall. Above a shelf which hid it from view from the river. The Hieroglyphics "On all the urns. a yellow stone of no great value. The Shrine "Over a hundred feet from the entrance is the cross-hall. I saw on the east wall. sharp-edged and hard as steel. Mr. The pottery work includes enamelled ware and glazed vessels. Surrounding this idol are smaller images. During that trip I went back several hundred feet along the main passage till I came to the crypt in which I discovered the mummies. The ceilings of many of the rooms converge to a center. Some forty-two miles up the river from the El Tovar Crystal canyon. Two copper hooks extend on the edge. and the force will be increased to thirty or forty persons. The scientists wish to work unmolested. Similar hieroglyphics have been found in southern Arizona. On these are tiers of mummies. one of them having been explored for 854 feet and another 634 feet. which I carried down the Colorado to Yuma. or image.Canyonitis: Seeing evidence of ancient Egypt in the Grand Canyon http://www. On a bench running around the workroom was some charcoal and other material probably used in the process. copper instruments. Another passageway leads to granaries such as are found in the oriental temples. The story of how I found the cavern has been related. The entrance is 1. of the people's god. of good and evil. These are entered by oval-shaped doors and are ventilated by round air spaces through the walls into the passages. Kinkaid was the first white child born in Idaho and has been an explorer and hunter all his life. alone. looking for mineral. About 57 feet from the entrance.000 feet above the river bed. on which is found copper cups and pieces of broken swords. War weapons. but in a paragraph: I was journeying down the Colorado river in a boat. Strewn promiscuously over the floor everywhere are what people call "cats eyes”. but I finally reached it with great almost grotesque. It resembles platinum. and tablets of stone which were found by the image are the mysterious hieroglyphics. probably. it is possible that this worship most resembles the ancient people of Tibet. The engraving on the tables probably has something to do with the religion of the people. others crooked-necked and distorted shapes. The passages are chiselled or hewn as straight as could be laid out by an engineer. One very large storehouse has not yet been entered. I would impress that the cavern is nearly inaccessible. which puzzles the scientists. One is of prehistoric type. on both sides. A trip there would be fruitless. One of these I stood up and photographed by flashlight. and doubtless they had their origin in the orient. The walls are about three feet six inches in thickness. and all are wrapped in a bark fabric. only two animals are found. These people undoubtedly knew the lost art of hardening this metal. The Crypt "The tomb or crypt in which the mummies were found is one of the largest of the chambers. for its identity has not been established. the walls slanting back at an angle of about 35 degrees. which indicates that some sort of ladder was attached. without fear of archaeological discoveries being disturbed by curio or relic hunters. though the scientists are not certain as to what religious worship it represents. I became interested.philipcoppens. though some are 30 by 40 feet square. Some of the mummies are covered with clay. "First. as the materials of which they are constructed. but so far no trace of where or how this was done has been discovered. several hundred feet long. reached by passageways running from the main passage. his history sounds fabulous. narrowing to nine feet toward the farther end. There are two large cactus with protruding arms. or walls over doorways. It is located on government land and no visitor will be allowed there under penalty of trespass. the first side-passages branch off to the right and left. each one occupying a separate hewn shelf. was the mouth of the cave.486 feet down the sheer canyon wall. are a number of rooms about the size of ordinary living rooms of today. but toward the rear they gradually reach a right angle in direction. Among the pictorial writings. These granaries are rounded. and the carving this cavern. Kinkaid's Report Mr. from whence I shipped them to Washington with details of the discovery. as it is twelve feet high and can be reached only from above. When I saw the chisel marks on the wall inside the entrance. The cast of the face is oriental. securing my gun and went in. and the visitor would be sent on his way. made very artistic in design. with a lotus flower or lily in each hand. They contain seeds of various kinds. some very beautiful in form. the key to which the Smithsonian Institute hopes yet to discover. sitting cross-legged. In the opposite corner of this cross-hall were found tools of all descriptions. the level of the river. which has been sought by chemicals for centuries without result. The Passages "The main passageway is about 12 feet wide.

Canyonitis: Seeing evidence of ancient Egypt in the Grand Canyon http://www. and when we approached it a deadly. was probably the main dining hall. Professor Jordan is much enthused over the discoveries and believes that the find will prove of incalculable value in archaeological work. "Among the discoveries no bones of animals have been The whole underground installation gives one of shaky nerves the creeps. Our light would not penetrate the gloom. no skins. no children or females being buried here. Some say snakes. the urns are finer in design. No sounds are heard. though it is presumed that they came south in the winter and farmed in the valleys. Imagination can revel in conjectures and ungodly daydreams back through the ages that have elapsed till the mind reels dizzily in space.000 people could have lived in the caverns comfortably.html The urns or cups on the lower tiers are crude. may be of interest. Undoubtedly a good many thousands of years before the Christian era.” 5 of 5 1/27/2011 4:23 PM . The gloom is like a weight on one's shoulders. There is one chamber of the passageway to which is not ventilated. no bedding. This leads to the belief that this exterior section was the warriors' barracks. "One thing I have not spoken of. showing a later stage of civilization. and until stronger ones are available we will not know what the chamber contains. and our flashlights and candles only make the darkness blacker. Many of the rooms are bare but for water vessels. going back north in the summer. about 40 by 700 feet. It is worthy of note that all the mummies examined so far have proved to be male. for cooking utensils are found here. One theory is that the present Indian tribes found in Arizona are descendants of the serfs or slaves of the people which inhabited the cave. One room. The chronology of human history is full of gaps. a people lived here which reached a high stage of civilization. Upwards of 50. no clothing. while as the higher shelves are reached. but other boo-hoo this idea and think it may contain a deadly gas or chemicals used by the ancients. but it smells snaky just the same. snaky smell struck us. What these people lived on is a problem.

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