NOCTURNAL ACTIVITY AT GIZA QUESTIONED
Claims that Dr Hawass has been stealing Egypt's heritage from newly found secret chambers at Giza should be treated with caution
Within 48 hours of these announcements my Facebook wall and message box was flooded with requests for me to comment on what was going on. Has the hall of Records been secretly discovered, its contents removed into oblivion? Were they dynamiting the el-Kahf e-Hanesh caves beyond the Tomb of the Birds (NC2) that you discovered at Giza back in March 2008? Was Dr Zahi Hawass, prior to his official retirement as Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, attempting to steal whatever he could from Giza's hidden record chambers?
course, I could not answer these questions, and so made enquiries with individuals
I know worldwide who have contacts both at Nazlet el-Samman and on the plateau
It was pointed out that if activity involving heavy plant machinery was taking place on the plateau at night, then the chances are that it has a quite mundane explanation. At night it is cooler, and there are no tourists about who could get hurt, or who might get in the way, or take an undue interest in what was going on.
An example of such activity on the plateau is featured in a blog on the site Talking Pyramids. It reports on an operation in 2009 to clear away heavy rock debris from the area in front of Menkuare's pyramid. This involved the employment of a JCB and trucks that took away tonnes of ballast as can be seen from an accompanying picture seen by clicking here.
Although the blog does not state that this activity continued into the night, it does provide an adequate example of the type of industrial activity that can take place on the plateau.
Update: As I write these words, I have just beem told the following by John van Auken, a director for the Association for Research and Enlightenment, the research wing of the Edgar Cayce Foundation who work closely with Egyptian officials and organisations attached directly to the village of Nazlet el-Samman: