Is Cave System Discovered Under the Giza Pyramids = Ancient Egyptian Underworld?

This story from the Discovery Channel about an amateur sleuth’s “alleged” discovery of a cave system under the pyramids at Giza is not confirmed (and has a sort of Graham Hancock ring to it), but I nonetheless thought it very interesting.

In March, 2008, with the financial assistance of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE) and the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Andrew Collins, along with his wife Sue and another man named Nigel Skinner-Simpson, mounted an expedition to Egypt to look for these caves which Skinner-Simpson believes correspond to “catacombs” explored in the early 19th century but subsequently forgotten.

Egyptologist Zahi Hawas dismisses the discovery of the caves as nothing new, but Collins thinks he’s found “the region of the ancient Egyptian underworld known as the Duat” and says that “Giza was known anciently as Rostau, meaning the ‘mouth of the passages.'”

There’s an Atlantean connection too.  In his newsletter, Collins notes

the modern-day belief that existing beneath the Sphinx is the entrance to a hidden chamber known as the Hall of Records.  According to the readings of American psychic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), this subterranean structure contains the life records of those belonging to a lost civilization that thrived at Giza at the end of the last Ice Age, c. 11,000-10,000 BC.

Here’s a link to Collins’ online newsletter in which he discusses his discovery; and on this page you can find a link to an interview with Mr. Collins (note the Indiana Jones style hat!).

Greensboro Public Library has plenty of books about Ancient Egypt if you’d like to learn more.  Try some of these:  Red Land, Black Land:  Daily Life in Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz; Ancient Egpyt by George Hart (juvenile); The Secret of the Great Pyramid:  How One Man’s Obsession Led to the Solution of Anceint Egypt’s Greatest Mystery by Bob Brier and Jean-Pierre Houdin; Imagining Egypt:  A Living Portrait of the Time of the Pharaohs, written and illustrated by Mark Millmore; An A to Z of Ancient Egypt by Simon Cox and Susan Davies; The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egpyt by John Ray; Mirage : Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt by Nina Burleigh; National Geographic Investigates Ancient Egypt: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Egypt’s Past by Jill Rubalcaba (juvenile); Treasures of the Pharaohs by Delia Pemberton; The Rape of the Nile:  Tomb Robbers, Tourists, and Archaeologists in Egypt by Brian Fagan; and The Search for Nefertiti:  The True Story of an Amazing Discovery by Joann Fletcher.

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