A Crimean Pyramid?
by Philip Coppens
One of the most remarkable stories I
came across in my hunt for pyramids for “The New Pyramid Age”, was
the alleged discovery of pyramids in the Crimea.
Crimea is an autonomous republic of
Ukraine, situated on the northern coast of the Black Sea, occupying
a peninsula of the same name.
Vitaly Gokh at
the site of his discovery
To provide a quick historical overview of the location: the earliest
inhabitants of the area that archaeology has found traces of were
the Cimmerians, who were expelled by the Scythians (Iranians) during
the 7th century BC. The remaining Cimmerians that took refuge in the
mountains later became known as the Tauri.
According to other historians, the Tauri
were known for their savage rituals and piracy, and were also the
earliest, indigenous inhabitants of the peninsula. In the 5th
century BC, Greek colonists began to settle along the Black Sea
coast, among them the Dorians from Heraclea, who founded a sea port
of Chersonesos outside Sevastopol.
It is near that city that one Vitalij
Gokh claimed to have discovered a pyramid in 1999.
Gokh had worked for the Soviet military for more than thirty years,
before retiring to his dacha in Sevastopol. With time on hand, he
decided to engage in lines of research that his career had never
allowed him to do. One of these was the exploration of his new
surroundings. This led him to discover… a pyramid… but not as anyone
would know one.
The public were told of the “pyramids of the Crimea” in the summer
of 2002, when Gokh made his claim: there were pyramids buried
underneath the earth, as well as under some of the coastal waters of
the Crimea – an area known to contain some submerged towns.
How had he made this discovery?
As a former engineer, he was
well-acquainted with instruments using magnetic resonance, and had
built a device of his own making. As the area of Sevastopol was
known for its poor water supplies, he developed an instrument to
search for subterranean naps of waters; the instrument performed
extremely well during testing, and Gokh was ready to begin a survey
of the Sevastopol area, in search of potable water.
Their fame spread; in 2002, Gokh’s group was invited by the
government of Mauritania to find water in the Western Sahara. In the
area of the town of Atar, the team claimed that a large supply of
fresh underground water was located. This preliminary conclusion was
confirmed by drilling. Under the layer of solid eruptive rock, at a
depth of 240 meters, an underwater stream was indeed discovered. The
value of these resources was enough to provide all necessaries in
water of the region.
Before, he had refined the system so that specific type of
photography could occur from the air, thus able to cover larger
areas; he also adapted the system for the search of oil, gas and
precious metals, finding a willing partner in the oil company
shaft to the underground pyramid
As early as the summer of 1999, his instrument had uncovered an
underground anomaly on the periphery of Sevastopol: it was, as Gokh
would later claim, the first pyramid. On site inspection revealed at
first a rather ordinary, rocky landscape, but they then found an
opening, leading down. At a depth of 9.20 meters, there was one
solid slab of chalk.
Trying to penetrate through the slab –
with little success at first – Gokh and his partners in exploration
succeeded to shine a lamp into the cavity: it was empty, even though
from the ceiling, some quartz stalactites hung down – matched by
similar ones that grew from the ground up. The team believed they
had stumbled upon an old crucible, but could not find any traces of
metal. They continued digging, but it was equally clear that Gokh’s
group of three (both of his colleagues, Dr. Mukhudin and Dr.
being engineers as well) needed more manpower; five other people
were invited to join.
Soon, several limestone blocks were found. As these had regular
dimensions, ca. 2.5 by 1.5 meters, it was assumed these had been
man-made. Having worked over a distance of thirty meters and
analyzing what they had discovered so far, one member of the team,
Taran, suggested they had definitely discovered a pyramid.
problem was: it was underground.
By the spring of 2000, Gokh had once again improved his instrument,
which now also allowed for vertical surveys. This could potentially
corroborate the shape of the structure they had found. The result
was that they were indeed inside a structure that had a square base,
each side measuring 72 meters long: it was a pyramid. Its height was
ca. 45-52 meters, its top almost at ground level.
The instrument also apparently revealed that from the top of the
structure, three beams of energy emanated, at frequencies 900x109
Hz, 700x109 Hz and 500x109 Hz. Around the pyramid, a field of 10x109
Hz was noticed.
The digging also revealed signs in the surrounding
layers that the pyramid had originally been open to the air, but
that flooding at some point had brought in clay and other substances
that one would associate with an area that became flooded.
If there is one pyramid, could there be more?
The search area was
extended. Eventually, the team concluded that on a straight line,
that went from Sarych to Baia Kamyshovaia, and which runs
northwest-southeast, a total of seven pyramids were present. One of
these pyramids was located under water, near the city of Foros.
Finally, Gokh extended his search for the entire Crimea peninsula
and concluded that there was the possibility of a total of
thirty-odd pyramidal structures for the whole country. At the same
time, the scans had revealed another anomaly, of an object that was
not pyramidal in shape; its curious profile, turned towards the
west, suggested a structure that might be quite similar to that of a
Spirits were high and something seemed to be moving. But as all of
these pyramids seemed to be located underground, excavation would be
both costly and time-consuming. The next step was thus the most
difficult of all: money. Only money would allow the team to continue
the excavations in such a manner that would result in the
confirmation that the Crimea had at least one – if not several –
The next step was also the problematic one. The town of Sevastopol
and the National Academy of Sciences of the Ukraine were not
interested. Still, Gokh’s insistence resulted in some form of
co-operation, which resulted in a ground survey of the area. It
stated that the area had been inhabited, with signs from the 4th
century BC until the first centuries AD. Such a survey did not
contribute much, nor reveal anything that wasn’t already known.
But there were certain reasons why these institutions were unwilling
to fund further research: as is so often the case, they boiled down
to rather extra-ordinary claims made by the discoverer himself. If
Gokh had merely argued that the Crimea had at least one, potentially
up to thirty pyramids, it would have laid a solid foundation for
further archaeological research.
Instead, Gokh added further speculation
that these pyramids were part of a global system, whereby various
rather high-tech regulators – the pyramids – were used to receive
cosmic energy, which was modified, and then distributed across the
planet. According to Gokh, the pyramids were scientific instruments,
there to control and stabilize the land masses of planet Earth. Add
to this the date he proposed for their construction: the system
would be approximately 16,000 years old – or date from 14,000 BC.
Even Graham Hancock, Robert
Bauval or John Anthony West only dared to posit 10,000 BC
for the Sphinx – and leave any speculation about the age of the
Great Pyramid up to the reader’s mental workings.
One of the diagrams produced by the team, explaining the
Rather than these rather extravagant claims, the Crimean pyramids
did not make it into the book for a more mundane reason: all we know
for sure is that there is one vertical shaft, descending near
Sevastopol, in which Gokh’s team have been doing excavations. Though
they have produced some rather nice graphs as to how the entire
pyramid is supposed to look, I did not see any actual scans from the
instrument Gokh had developed to back the graph up.
Though I discovered two email addresses
for Gokh, one was defunct; from the other I never received a reply.
It was therefore possible that there was something to it, but it was
still far too early to say what. Furthermore, my judgment was that
even if they proved to be pyramids, they were unlikely to transform
the overall pyramid debate.
Just after the completion of the manuscript, in July 2006, Gokh
tried to use the interest in
the Bosnian pyramid to gather interest
in the Crimean pyramid, repeating that he needed money to finish his
excavations. Despite needing more money, the statement said that
tens of scientists from different countries were now performing an
archaeological excavation of the pyramid, and that a result was
expected later in the summer. Several months on, there was no
information made public and Gokh’s contact details once again did
not solicit a reply.
Unfortunately, Gokh not only stood by his previous rather
extravagant claims, he now elaborated on them, stating that,
“the majority of scientists [that
had visited the site] consider that the underground pyramids of
Sevastopol confirm the guess of American scientists [that] about
65 million years ago an ancient civilization died out because of
the fall of giant meteorite.”
This is something of a muddled
statement: indeed, American scientists such as Luis Alvarez argued
that the dinosaurs became extinct when a giant meteorite hit the
Gulf of Mexico, approximately 65 million years ago. But the likes of
Alvarez do not make any provisions for pyramids, or an advanced
human civilization building these pyramids – let alone the Crimean
pyramids being part of such a theoretical network.
would “real scientists” claim that these pyramids were 65 million
years old? It seemed very unlikely.
Gokh did not stop there: the line along which the seven pyramid
sites on the peninsula were found, runs, as mentioned, from
northwest to the southeast. Gokh had now extended this line to
gigantic proportions, arguing that Stonehenge was located on this
line, while on the other side, he located “the pyramid of Tibet” and
“sunken pyramids of Easter Island” – both rather imaginary pyramids.
Worse, he then linked both imaginary
pyramids to the lost civilizations of
Gokh obviously had hung the theory before the pyramid, and not the
other way around. In good 19th century tradition to link the
dimensions of the
Great Pyramid with the Bible and a biblical
timeline, Gokh had used an unexcavated pyramid – which might not be
a pyramid at all – as “proof” of a lost, global civilization. The
worst was his speculation that this pyramid, together with other,
non-discovered and hence most likely non-existing pyramids, were
there to “balance out” the Earth – potentially in 14000 BC – or 65
million years BC.
Not to cut any pyramid theory short without giving it a proper
airing, Gokh claims that,
“astronomers already noticed that
some planets radiate more energy, than receive from the Sun. The
similar situation is observed also with some stars.”
According to Gokh, this was due to
“torsion energy”, developed inside the centre of the Earth.
“The source of fuel for such a
reactor is a physical vacuum – the torsion field of the
Universe. It consists of two opposite kinds of particles:
torsions and antitorsions. In a torsion reactor […] an effect of
torsion and antitorsion ‘frequency acceleration’ is taking place
up to such degree that they begin to merge and initiate a chain
“the source of a subtle feed of
celestial objects is provided by a Galactic Beam, emanating from
the centre of the Galaxy. Consistently passing seven cosmic
belts, it synchronizes its vibration. The energy liberated as a
result of such frequency reduction (braking frequency), is
directed on power maintenance of celestial objects’ live
In case you wonder what this has to do
with the pyramids:
“These energies come, in particular,
to a nucleus of the Earth, from stars through pyramids, mixing
up in a power cocktail by means of a Shamballa Crystal – a kind
of a carburetor – and then are delivered to the Earth Nucleus.”
inside the pyramid
Worse is yet to come: the claim was made that there were 144,000
pyramids on Earth, varying in size and location. The basic pyramids
were grouped in twelve places on all populated continents. All
pyramids were connected by power channels, to other “pyramid fields”
and to the crystal nucleus of the Earth, which controlled the
operation of the system.
Twelve basic groups of pyramids,
control, in turn, another twelve smaller groups, or, to throw in
some mathematics: 12 times 12 equals, 144 times 1000, equals
144,000. In case you are wondering, each of the 144 basic pyramids
controls the operation of another 1000 pyramids.
And just like the Great Pyramid before
was linked with the Bible, guess what: the 144,000 pyramids of the
Earth correspond to the 144,000 Biblical Chosen Ones.
“Each of the 144,000 chosen has a
pyramid of ‘his own’.”
I have not written this expose of the
Crimean pyramids to make fun of Gokh’s theories or thinking. I have
used it to show that Gokh is a modern-day example of “the pyramidiot”,
a term used by archaeologists and Egyptologist largely to denote a
profile of people who read much – too much – into a pyramid
(specifically the Great Pyramid), a practice that was common in the
late 19th century, and which saw, in the eyes of the Egyptologists,
a resurgence in the late 20th century, specifically with the likes
of Robert Bauval and co.
The “pyramidiot” is typically “an amateur”, in the best sense of the
word, who believe, often rightfully so, to have made a discovery.
They try to interest archaeologists, but this seldom works.
Consequently, they often begin to formulate stronger claims, or
theories, in the hope that some people will hear, and in a rather
vain hope that archaeologists will now definitely have to take note.
Then, often, archaeologists still do not engage, and a dangerous
chasm is breached, in which the mind does indeed seem to spin out of
control, and “the pyramidiot” is born.
Most discoverers, in whatever field, take it to “step two”: going
slightly too far in their claims, thus exposing themselves as
someone who is easily shot down. It is unfortunate, and
unfortunately, few interested parties seem able to show forgiveness
for unguarded, often one-off remarks, said in the best of interest.
The best example of this is Sam Osmanagich, who may have once
said that possibly the Bosnian “Pyramid of the Sun” might have been
12,000 years old.
Archaeologists entered an endless debate
whether he said it, where, and used the very fact that they were
debating the issue as proof that they should not direct any
attention to the pyramid itself. It is typical of how the field of
archaeology often spins incredible tales themselves, creates
character assassinations that are as idiotic as the pyramidiots
are supposed to be in their theories.
Unfortunately, in the case of Gokh, his claims were so outlandish,
that the Crimean pyramids have gone largely unreported. But it seems
that there is at least something there. It may even be a pyramid.
It seems, however, that no-one is
willing to do even the most basic validation of that possibility.
And that is idiotic too…