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Hi Avry,

As usual, the news is conflicting. The idea of a fibre optic camera was told to me by Rudolf Gantenbrink, who seems to have discussed this his source in Egypt. I had heard the same a few weeks ago when I was in Egypt.

I had a several phone conversations with Gantenbrink last night. as you can imagine. In his opinion, a fibre optic camera is unlikely to give any results, since the little aperture (0.5 mm) on the 'door' is far to small to allow good-resolution camera and also lighting to go through. He seems to agree with your view about the GPR as well.

The whole thing is almost certainly a huge 'hollywood' style hype and big-bucks media event. Since 1993, when Rudolf was elbowed out of this project, it became obvious that Zahi Hawass and his media cronies wanted to take over and control this exploration and 'milk it'. Hawass kept on stalling the matter year after year until he could become Chairman of the SCA. This happened a few months ago, and within weeks he put his plan into action with Fox/National Geographic. Everyone knows that he is their 'man' in Egypt, always giving them exclusivity on all big events viz. the live boradcasts of the so-called 'opening of the tomb' and 'Golden Mummies' in 1999 and 2001. Shows like these are sold to over a 100 channels around the world for mega-bucks; some of it officially goes to the SCA in cash and 'publicity'; most goes to Fox and NG; and a some finds its way into private pockets. I remember when the Canadian Peter Zuuring approached Hawass in 1995-6 to get involved in this deal, there was secret talk between him and 'agents' of deals going to tens of millions of dollars.

But not withstanding that archaeology is being turned into a 'Fox/NG' money-making extravaganza, it is a terrible disgrace how this important archaeological project was literally snatched away from its legitimate discoverer, Rudolf Gantenbrink, and 'taken over' by Hawass and friends. For years this man has led the world up the garden path by 'posponing' the event from date to date to suit his agenda. In any case, in my opinion all that we shall be shown is more or less a repeat --albeit Fox style-- of what Gantenbrink had already achieved anyway with his Upuaut II robot in March 1993.

For the record, Gantenbrink told me last night that he will not watch the live Fox/NG broadcast on the 16 September. If it's anything like the last two Fox 'specials' with Hawass, I'm not sure if I will watch either.

Best

RB

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Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 209 Robert Bauval 06-Aug-02 19:06
Awesome!!!! 106 mason 06-Aug-02 19:07
Re: Awesome!!!! 135 Jason Lee 06-Aug-02 19:08
Re: Awesome!!!! 123 PriorityRed 06-Aug-02 19:40
Re: Awesome!!!! - Question for Robert 138 SJ McBride 06-Aug-02 19:52
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 124 Robert Bauval 06-Aug-02 19:59
Re: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 139 R Avry Wilson 06-Aug-02 23:12
Re: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 170 Robert Bauval 07-Aug-02 07:46
Re: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 205 Pete VanderZwet 07-Aug-02 08:24
Re: Exciting, yet.... 139 khephra 06-Aug-02 23:14
Re: Exciting, yet.... 182 mason 06-Aug-02 23:39
Re: Exciting, yet.... 118 khephra 06-Aug-02 23:47
Northern Shaft 106 Pete VanderZwet 06-Aug-02 20:45
Geez, even Pete is all excited (lol) 103 Kees 06-Aug-02 21:03
Re: Northern Shaft 130 PriorityRed 07-Aug-02 02:43
Re: Northern Shaft 132 Holger Isenberg 08-Aug-02 09:54
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 126 Kees 06-Aug-02 21:06
Thanks Robert but ... 135 Don Barone 06-Aug-02 21:25
Re: Thanks Robert but ... 104 alye 06-Aug-02 23:53
Re: Gantenbrink door: So what... 129 chapter71 06-Aug-02 21:56
Re: Gantenbrink door: So what... 136 Pete VanderZwet 07-Aug-02 03:09
Re: Gantenbrink door: So what... 106 chapter71 07-Aug-02 12:14
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 104 modeldon 07-Aug-02 03:45
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 108 Mr. Ron 07-Aug-02 04:22
Live Broadcast?! 137 Billy 07-Aug-02 07:17
Re: Live Broadcast?! 136 Pete VanderZwet 07-Aug-02 08:26
Re: Live Broadcast?! 123 Gordon 07-Aug-02 11:36
Re: Live Broadcast?! 140 SandyM 07-Aug-02 15:52
My prediction 116 Lee McGiffen 07-Aug-02 12:04
Re: My prediction 130 basxruiter 08-Aug-02 21:03
perspective 138 Scousebob 09-Aug-02 04:20
press anouncement 132 Seraph 07-Aug-02 14:28
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 126 DarleenMB 07-Aug-02 14:49
Re: Gantenbrink door and my prediction 155 calisurfer30 07-Aug-02 15:53
Cheers ! Mine's a Pint ! 158 Thirdwave 07-Aug-02 16:04
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 163 daisho 07-Aug-02 23:48
IT'S HAPPENING? IT HAS HAPPENED! 151 SomeString 09-Aug-02 16:37
Re: Gantenbrink door: IT'S HAPPENING! 135 Askani 09-Aug-02 19:59
Re: Gantenbrink door: Damage? 135 montmagic 10-Aug-02 02:54


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