> Heading toward 700 posts, Martin,
> Is it really worth it?
Is what worth it? Telling the truth in the face of a morally obtuse whitewash?
Have you seen what appeared on YouTube as ‘Ausschnitt: "Das Cheops Projekt" (Untersuchung der Vyse-Kartusche)’? I saw it before they pulled it and I still have it saved. (Just a thought in passing: have any of our whitewashers stopped to ask why they pulled so much of their original publicity?)
But for copyright, I’d share it with everyone. Best I can do is my comments from October 2013:
There is something deeply puzzling here. We see Dominique Görlitz (I think) in the topmost “relieving chamber”. . . . We see him chipping at one of the roof blocks, at a point some way to the right of the Khufu cartouche, where one of the incomplete (partly hidden?) crew names is to be found (the same characters as follow the cartouche).
Why did I need to say this? Because only someone with a fairly good idea of how the inscriptions are disposed in the chamber would know that what Görlitz is seen to chip away at is not the cartouche itself. Everything else (from the title on) would give the impression that it is—and it would take some kind of a miracle for an evidently competent filmmaker to give this impression without its being intentional, as it requires (among other things) a transition from a long shot to a close-up which avoids giving a clear view of the inscription under attack. The frames which do show the cartouche (apparently lifted from another film) reinforce the impression.
It suited them at the time to give the (apparently false) impression that they had sampled the cartouche—so no, I’m not impressed when Görlitz whines that the accusation of having done so is a product of a conspiracy:
Last I heard, the six Egyptian guards were still in jail.
And yes, when the other doctor comes along and “knows better” on no basis other than egotism, it does get my goat a bit.