"Alan E. Alford, author of "When the Gods Came Down, " states that, in the late 20th C., Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock and John Anthony West, did a "peace deal" with Zawi Hawass and in return were provided access to the "relieving chambers" above the Kings Chamber.
There they inspected the questionable graffiti and, in Alford's words, "declare(d) themselves converts to the established dogma," claiming to have seen the graffiti marks deep within the joints between the stones.
Alford is skeptical of why the guests of Dr. Hawass so readily changed their point of view in light of the fact that if they photographed these markings, which are obviously crucial to the claim that Khufu built the Great Pyramid, no such images are available as proof.
Firstly, is this story true?
Secondly, are any such images available?"
Among the respondents were Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Scott Creighton, Martin Stower, Warwick Nixon, T Bird amongst many others.
Hancock's response reiterated a previous question posed to him back in 1998 of which the following is an excerpt :
"Re the 'quarry mark' hieroglyphs in the relieving chambers above the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid, I have rightly been taken to task for uncritically supporting Zecharia Sitchin's forgery theory. I reported this theory in Fingerprints (published 1995) and in Keeper/Message (published 1996).
As an author and researcher I hope that my work will always be 'in progress' and never finished or set in stone. When I come across new evidence that casts doubt on theories that I previously endorsed I am ready to change my views and admit to past mistakes.
As John West kindly reported in his open letter to Stower I have changed my views on the validity of the forgery theory.
The relieving chambers are strictly off limits to the public and are extremely difficult to gain access to. I had been unable to obtain permission to visit them prior to the publication of Keeper/Message in 1996. However, in December 1997, Dr Zahi Hawass allowed me to spend an entire day exploring these chambers.
There were no restrictions on where I looked and I had ample time to examine the hieroglyphs closely, under powerful lights. Cracks in some of the joints reveal hieroglyphs set far back into the masonry. No 'forger' could possibly have reached in there after the blocks had been set in place - blocks, I should add, that weigh tens of tons each and that are immovably interlinked with one another.
The only reasonable conclusion is the one which orthodox Egyptologists have already long held - namely that the hieroglyphs are genuine Old Kingdom graffiti and that they were daubed on the blocks before construction began.
I have stated my view on this matter several times in public lectures during and indeed before 1998. In my September 1998 book "Heaven's Mirror" (with photographer Santha Faiia), and in the accompanying television series "Quest for the Lost Civilization", I likewise make absolutely clear my full acceptance that the Great Pyramid (or at any rate most of it) was built during the Fourth Dynasty.
This is not a sudden conversion. Although I was still open to the erroneous forgery theory while Keeper/Message was being written, I was also very much open to the orthodox theory that the Giza pyramids were Fourth Dynasty work - irrespective of the provenance of the quarry marks.
The central thesis of Keeper/Message -- that the Giza monuments were built to commemorate the sky of 10,500 BC -- does not require us to conclude that all the monuments were necessarily built in that epoch.
On the contrary I wrote in Keeper/Message that "the Great Pyramid must have some extremely strong connection with the epoch of 2500 BC - the approximate date at which all orthodox Egyptologists and archaeologists in fact believe it to have been built."
For the record I believe that Khufu did build the Great Pyramid - or anyway most of it (perhaps the subterranean chamber and some other rock-hewn parts of the structure may be earlier).
For the record I do not believe that Khufu built the Pyramid as his tomb. The very fact that his name only appears within the monument in the form of quarry marks accidentally left behind in inaccessible chambers goes to prove that he was not such an ego-maniac. I think that he built it for another purpose altogether - a far loftier and much more mysterious purpose."
Devon, England, 22 July 1998
With 1200 posts on another thread still debating the authenticity of the Khufu cartouche, I must re emphasize that, forgery, or not, unless critics of a Khufu provenance (to some degree) can table hard evidence to support the contention that the cartouche was not the accepted format for the royal insignia from Dynasty 4 onwards, then suspected forgeries, C 14 dating and extrapolations as to the integrity of pyramid explorers are extraneous to the case and do nothing to "change the course of Egyptian history" (to quote Scott Creighton).
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