For the first time, we tell you how it was done, where it was filmed, and what it shows


With additional research from

Rodney Hale, Dr Greg Little and
Nigel Skinner-Simpson

On April 28, 2010 video footage appeared claiming to show Atlantean artefacts being secretly loaded on to a low loader by a heavy forklift vehicle around 2am that morning. Those who promoted this video as evidence of a conspiracy at Giza urged everyone to link it to their webpage or website since the cameraman, a foreign national, was now on the run and in fear of his life. Why? Because he had donned an Egyptian uniform and sneaked into a "compound" to capture this unique piece of film footage.

Sounding like something from an Indiana Jones movie, the video clip ignited the world into believing that something sinister was afoot, a shameful misappropriation of priceless objects from the fabled Hall of Records involving everyone from Dr Zahi Hawass to Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment).

We can now reveal how this video was put together, where it was made, and what it really shows. We conclude that this footage is not what it seems, and does not show what it says.

The Posted Version of the Video

The night time video is just over 5 minutes, 30 seconds long and mostly centred on an area of the plateau in darkness. You see three fixed lights in a horizontal line and other lights moving slowly around just off to their right. Eventually, you can make out a piece of plant machinery, a heavy forklift or something similar, with two bright headlights, that is seen maneuvering about.

The soundtrack to the video gives the impression of construction work taking place in the vicinity of the nocturnal activity. Yet, clearly, it is not original to the video, for it consists of five repeated cycles of ambient noises, each one 1 minute, 6 seconds in length. Those behind the video claim they messed around with its audio in order to protect the uniformed cameraman, whose voice features on the original soundtrack.

Edited version of the video of April 28, 2010, edited supposedly to
"protect the life of the person who took it".

Location of the Cameraman

Very little else occurs on the edited version of the video, which can be seen on YouTube, without the soundtrack, which has been removed. However, the original video reveals something crucial to identifying where exactly the cameraman was positioned when the footage was taken. I'll explain why. The nocturnal activity on the plateau showing the heavy forklift vehicle was achieved using the camera's zoom facility. Yet occasionally, on the original video, the camera pans out to reveal a wide street below. Buildings block the road's far end, and we see a wall on the opposite side of the road and a vehicle slowing moving off.

After lingering on this view for a few seconds, the camera lens moves slightly to the right to reveal a single-storey, L-shaped building, with a small parking lot containing a pick-up truck. Another single-story building, parallel with the street outside, is located on the far side of the parking lot.

Thus it becomes clear that the cameraman filmed the video continuously from a vantage point either in or on the building, which obviously overlooks all these features, including, presumably, the plateau itself.

Panorama of what the camera lens could see from its elevated position in the village of Nazlet el-Samman as the video was recorded. We see a wide street, to the right of which is a single-storey building and parking lot, and above and to the right three horizontal lights marking the position (arrowed) of the nocturnal activity captured around 2am on April 28, 2010.

The Exact Position Revealed

So could we go on to identify the location of the cameraman? If the nocturnal activity was taking place somewhere in the vicinity of the Sphinx, then the building in question had to be in the village of Nazlet el-Samman, which abuts the eastern edge of the plateau. Technical engineer Rodney Hale worked on this problem and was able to match the evidence from the video with the corresponding satellite plan of Nazlet el-Samman found on Google Earth. From this we were able to ascertain that the cameraman had been at a vantage point on the east side of Abo Hool El Seiady, a street that runs parallel to the eastern edge of the plateau.

The street in Nazlet el-Samman where the video was taken turns out to be Abo Hool El Seiady. The single-storey building and parking lot are easily matched with corresponding features further along the same street. This match is confirmed from a picture taken by the author very close to the same spot in 2008.

Could we now go on to establish what exactly the camera was looking at on the plateau? Rodney Hale created an overhead projection of the location with the camera angles of the various fixed points marked. Combining this with the suggested angle of elevation of the plant machinery seen in the darkness, brought us to a more or less precise spot on the plateau. This turns out to be an area immediately in front of the Sphinx, on a road loop, close to where it joins a road leading down from the Great Pyramid.

Above, camera viewing angles from the position where the video was shot of the nocturnal activity. Right, the camera angles are transposed on to Google Earth. The red arrow reveals the direction of the nocturnal activity, which seems to target the road loop, immediately in front of the Great Sphinx.

Thus the nocturnal activity caught on video at 2am on April 28, 2010, can be determined to have been about 220 yards (200 metres) away from the cameraman positioned either on or in a building on the east side of Abo Hool El Seiady. But could we now identify the property from which the video was shot? Using the angle of the single storey, L-shaped building seen in the video we were able to gain an exact fix on the position of the cameraman. It turned out to be a property where new agers are known to stay as guests. I made inquiries and established that on the night the video was taken a foreign national was staying here. I am told that he and his wife are friends of the individual who first promoted the video as evidence of a conspiracy at Giza just hours after it was taken on April 28, 2010.

I wonder whether this foreign national, a Pole who lives in the USA, is the cameraman responsible for the secret diggings video footage. Curiously, it was the proprietor of the guest house at the end of this same block who reported hearing a loud bang, like a detonation or earthquake, around 10am that same morning. Apparently, it shook windows and seemed to come from the direction of the plateau.


Clearly, the secret diggings video, 5 minutes and 30 seconds long, was not taken by someone who had sneaked on to the plateau to capture on film priceless Atlantean artefacts from the Hall of Records being shipped on to a low loader by a heavy forklift vehicle. This fantasy scenario is at odds with the simple facts at hand, and they tell us that the video was taken from the comfort of a building well away from the plateau. If so, then why spin the idea that this man is now on the run and in fear of his life because he made this video? If this truly is the case, then what are the real fruits of his labours? Certainly not the video we see before us today.

Rodney Hale overlays the video imagery with the scene from the same building in Abo Hool El Seiady. The perspective right of the single-storey bulding is stretched slightly to account for the cameraman being slightly south of the position of the photo taken by the author from a roof top balcony in the same building. It confirms that the nocturnal activity of April 28, 2010, occurred in the vicinity of the loop road immediately in front of the Sphinx Temple.

Soundtrack is "Misleading"

Since the nocturnal activity captured on video was an estimated 220 yards (200 metres) distance from the cameraman, then it becomes clear that there is something wrong with the accompanying soundtrack (as presented on the sites of those who are promoting this video as evidence of a conspiracy at Giza). As previously stated, it is composed of five looped segments of ambient noises that give the impression of construction work occurring in the proximity of the nocturnal activity. Even though it would be possible to capture the drone of plant machinery operating at such a distance, the ambient noises heard are not consistent with them occurring in the same vicinity as the nocturnal activity.

Complete waveform of the ambient soundtrack for the secret diggings video of April 28, 2010. It is made up of five 1 minute, 6 second looped sections dubbed in afterwards.

This is Rodney Hale's assessment of the soundtrack after examining it using a sound analysis program:

Since the sound was a loop it could be a recording of anything and just dubbed on. I think it was possibly a sound recording taken from a nearby work site, as one hears a vehicle driving close to the microphone, an effect you just would not get when recording from a distance. So the sound is misleading.

Red Bull X-Fighters, Giza, 2010

So what did the unknown cameraman really film on the plateau during the early hours of April 28, 2010? The most likely explanation is that he witnessed construction work taking place in advance of the Cairo leg of the Red Bull X-fighters World Tour, held in front of the Sphinx on May 14, 2010. The manmade jumps and seating stands for this spectacular FMX ("freestyle motor cross") event were positioned in the precise same area as the nocturnal activity captured on video. Indeed, the Red Bull team actually incorporated the road loop into the design of their temporary stadium.


The jumps erected by the Red Bull team in the period leading up to the X-Fighters event of May 14, 2010, are located in the same area as the nocturnal activity filmed on April 28, 2010.

The Red Bull team erected numerous structures in front of the Sphinx Temple, including scaffolding platforms, tall lighting towers and large portals supporting banners and signs. It is work that would have taken place night and day in the weeks leading up to the event. Perhaps the loud bang heard coming from the plateau at 10am on April 28 was a large piece of the design crashing to the ground.

If all this is correct, then the video footage being spun as dramatic evidence of a dark conspiracy at Giza is not what it seems. Nor can this nocturnal activity have anything to do with the discovery to the southeast of the Sphinx of a 100-feet (30-metre) deep shaft cut into the bedrock, which some have speculated might be connected with the search for the fabled Hall of Records. Like the significance of the secret diggings video filmed during the early hours of April 28, 2010, such speculations are groundless, as are claims that a conspiracy is afoot at Giza.

The Red Bull X-Fighters event of May 14, 2010, showing the position
of the jumps and the spectacular nature of the TMX team.


Watch a video of behind the scenes action for the Red Bull X-Fighters event at Giza in 2010. Note the stands and light towers in the exact same area as the heavy forklift vehicle seen in the nighttime video of April 28, 2010.

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