> Hi Thanos5150,
An interesting factoid RE Osburn's report
> of cartouches being found at apparently the
> entrance. Seems hard to believe it would have been
> missed by everyone of his era but him...
> It's all a little strange.
> Vyse entered the pyramid in 1837. The KK cartouche
> must have been visible as Osburn claimed to have
> seen it only a few years later.
> One would think that upon entering a "tomb" and
> seeing an inscription on the stonework - in this
> case a cartouche - symbolic of a pharaoh - one
> would logically assume that this cartouche would
> be representative of whoever was entombed. But
> Vyse ignored it.
> Vyse was only satisfied when he allegedly
> discovered the simple Khufu cartouche in
> Campbell's Chamber. If Osburn, in 1845, did not
> know the difference between the two cartouches,
> how then did Vyse, in 1837, know that the simple
> cartouche represented Khufu, but the KK cartouche
> must, in his opinion, be some other entity not
> connected with the pyramid?
> What would it matter if Vyse declared to the world
> that he had discovered the builder of the pyramid
> and that his name was Khnum Khufu? What's in a
> One possibility is that Osburn, for whatever
> reason, did not see the KK cartouche at the
> entrance, as claimed, but was lying, although he
> certainly knew of such a cartouche, as evidenced
> in his work. And why wouldn't Vyse and others,
> have brought this discrepancy to light upon
> If the KK cartouche was at the entrance, how was
> it not seen, and recognized, by earlier explorers
> of the pyramid leaving Vyse with no claim to
> It's a bit of a puzzle.
Regarding William Osburn Jr.’s aforementioned published  observation†; one possibility exists at the gabled entrance, The Lepsius Tablet:
The above Lepsius engraving contains King Khufu’s cartouche in the ninth register, reading accordingly:
”Thus speak the servants of the King, whose name is The Sun and Rock of Prussia, Lepsius the scribe, Erbkam the architect, the brothers Weidenbach the painters, Frey the painter, Franke the former, Bonomi the sculptor, Wild the architect: Hail to the Eagle, Shelterer of the Cross, the King, the Sun and Rock of Prussia, the son of the Sun, freer of the land, Frederick William the Fourth, the Philopator, his country’s father, the gracious, the favourite of wisdom and history, the guardian of the Rhine stream, chosen by Germany, the giver of life. May the highest God grant the King and his wife, the Queen Elizabeth, the life-rich, the Philometor, her country’s mother, the gracious, a fresh-springing life on earth for long, and a blessed habitation in Heaven for ever. In the year of our Saviour 1842, in the tenth month, and the fifteenth day, on the seven and fortieth birthday of His Majesty, on the pyramid of King Cheops; in the third year, the fifth month, the ninth day of the Government of his Majesty; in the year 3161 [sic]* from the commencement of the Sothis period under the King Menophthes.” Romer, pg. 33. *[Should read 3164]
Did Osburn misconstrue the connotation of this ‘modern artifact’? Adding to the muddle, his comment† ”In the Great Pyramid of Ghizeh the name of Noh-Suphis repeatedly occurs, rudely written with rubble, or minium, as the quarry mark of the stones of the building. It is on the stones which form the arches of the incline leading down to the inner chambers…”
The ”earlier explorers of the pyramid”, including Vyse, were incapable of detecting a cartouche incised in 1842.
Edit typo "from/form"
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05-Jun-16 17:30 by Dr. Troglodyte.