Thursday, 28 April 2011

Exploring the 'lost' tunnels under the pyramids

Science and history writer and best-selling author Andrew Collins often gets the tag 'alternative' for his views on history and his interpretation of the past. His recent book, Beneath the Pyramids, tells the story of catacombs, hewn chambers and cave tunnels which are said to under the Giza Plateau.

Apparently, the location tunnels have been 'lost for 200 years'. A clue to the their whereabouts was found in uncovered memoirs of Henry Salt, the British Consulate General to Egypt in 1816.

Collins has his own theories as to exactly what this subterranean realm tells us about the pyramids, their relationship to the stars and the mythical origins of Egyptian civilisation.

I haven't read the book, although I have read most of his other books and I have seen Andrew Collins lecture several times. A review of this book in the latest issue of Ancient Egypt magazine was polite but distinctly unenthusiastic about Collins' theories and conclusions.

Collins' search for tunnels was funded by Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE) and the book is published by the organisation. For traditional Egyptologists, ARE is viewed as a controversial organisation, founded in 1931 by Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), to "research and explore transpersonal subjects such as holistic health, ancient mysteries, personal spirituality, dreams and dream interpretation, intuition, and philosophy and reincarnation."

Among, Collins' other books is Tutankhamun: The Exodus Conspiracy.

So expect a controversial - but entertaining - read.

Meanwhile, listen to Andrew Collins talk about his new book in these two videos.  Andrew Collins' website can be visited HERE.

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