The "Lost Tombs" Revisited
"Success Has a Thousand Fathers ..."
For some time, it has been apparent to many who have followed our
investigations across these many years that we have been "under
attack" for simply asking several increasingly "uncomfortable" (to
whom?) scientific questions. Despite these continuing efforts to
distract us from our work ... we have persevered.
But recently, these childish personal assaults from unceasing
trivialization of our credentials, accomplishments and professional
associations, to overt "name calling" (which apparently passes for
"informed criticism" in the minds of some of these "dim bulbs") have
undergone an unprecedented major escalation: our discovery of a
desperate, paid campaign of vicious, particularly venomous personal
assaults and innuendo ... which suddenly appeared last Fall
simultaneous with our investigation (at the request of Art Bell) of
a mysterious "radio signal" ostensibly coming from "deep space."
In pursuit of answers to this "signal," we eventually (with the help
of "inside" Pentagon sources) linked events purported to be coming
from a distant star called "EQ Pegasus" - located at 19.5 degrees
declination in the Northern Hemisphere (by now, an obvious code!) - to some equally remarkable events occurring on the ground (actually,
underground!) in northern Arizona ... at a place called "Turret
Peak." We even managed to turn up a bizarre association of these
events with a series of unprecedented electronic "anomalies"
(persisting to this writing..) occurring simultaneously in an
extreme-low-frequency (ELF) experimental "listening" network, as
well at the national network of civilian and military radar
facilities supposedly tracking and recording simple weather!
In fact, this national radar network also now seems to be tracking
"something else" ... something which "someone" obviously doesn’t
want anyone to think about too deeply ... or, the associated,
disturbing "contrails" (and mysterious "unmarked aircraft") that
have recently popped up in close proximity as well ...
All of which suddenly earned us unprecedented (but equally negative)
additional attention from our "critics," and (it turns out) a
generously paid disinformation campaign from a "new kid on the
block," a shady character claiming to be an official "NASA Shuttle
All of which would just be so much additional "noise" around our
efforts ... were it not for our quiet, continuing investigation of a
long-standing deep political connection between the "EQ Peg/Turret
Peak/anomalous radar" events in Arizona and beyond ... and
unquestioned "Masonic planning" quietly occurring there over a
hundred years before (which we first reported publicly during an
historic Coast-to-Coast Radio/Internet simulcast with Art Bell, in
Phoenix, Arizona, July 14th, 1997.
Specifically, a set of "Egyptian/Masonic/Political Connections"
we’ve unearthed, involving the founding and naming of Phoenix (if
not a host of other, remarkably "Egyptian" features all around the
State!) during the 100-plus-year-old Administration of President
(and 33rd Degree mason) Ulysses S. Grant, with the help of Grant
himself (talk about a really "Wild, Wild West" ..!).
Events which now include even more provocative linkages, discoveries
and "chance" occurrences ... extending from Grant’s hundred-plus
year-old Arizona fascination ... to the still-unfolding, current
NASA "Masonic rituals and mission planning" .. to the mind-boggling
appearance of the mysterious 2-mile wide "Phoenix Lights"
themselves, in March,1997 ... to President Clinton’s simultaneous
late-night "Florida accident" (the only Presidential trip that
Kenneth Starr later ever attempted to investigate ... with it’s
equally bizarre "DEFCON 4" alert at NORAD!) ... to the President’s
inexplicable (yet, repeated!) "belated" direct references to "Grant"
"Connections" that now seem traceable, not just back to Ancient
Egypt ... but to Mars itself.
One recent breakthrough in these painstaking investigative efforts
came to a head this Spring: the global airing of the Fox "Lost
Tombs" Television Special (and our inclusion in it). Also pounced
upon and viciously distorted by our enemies - this time, it was
also immediately followed by my own major heart attack a few days
Here, then, is the real "behind-the-scenes story" of that Special
... an Enterprise breakthrough of no small measure (just look at the
reaction) ... and the new "dots" it is now beginning firmly to
On the night of March 2, 1999, the Fox Television Network aired a
worldwide, provocative Egyptian Television Special - "Opening the
Lost Tombs: Live From Egypt."
What made this telecast "provocative" was the fact that - while
ostensibly designed to showcase (one more time!) the Egyptian
Director of the Giza Plateau, Dr. Zahi Hawass, and his "live"
opening of several mundane tombs - the Special also included major
segments directly opposing the public "mainstream" views of Hawass
and other standard Egyptologists: including, the first Prime Time
airing of theories of a possible "Mars/Terrestrial Connection" for
the mysteries of Egypt - our own 16-year investigation of a possible direct link between the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza ...
those at Cydonia (on Mars) itself!
I was chosen as the Network guest that night to lay out these
"heretical" ideas, based on the continuing multi-disciplinary
The Enterprise Mission, and my 1980’s non-fiction best
seller on more than two decades of Cydonia research and possible
"connections" to the mysteries of Ancient Egypt - "The Monuments of
My contributions to the 2-hour Fox broadcast (in addition to those
of other "alternative" researchers, such as Graham Hancock,
Robert Bauval, John Anthony West, etc.) focused on my increasing belief,
based on these almost two decades of exhaustive Enterprise analyses,
"the ruins discovered by
NASA at Cydonia over twenty years ago
increasingly seem to represent, not ’aliens,’ but a former
long-forgotten epoch in human civilization ... straddling at least
two worlds ... Earth and Mars - if not a direct hint at our
possible one time existence on a host of other satellites and moons
across the solar system ... "
As I noted on the show that night,
"This explanation most simply and
neatly now accounts for the otherwise almost completely inexplicable
presence of a very human-looking ... very Egyptian ... very
Sphinx-like ’Face on Mars,’ lying in the deserts of Cydonia ...
"In other words
- we are
To buttress this astonishing assertion (which I thought long and
hard about, before I finally made it to a worldwide audience ...), I
decided to present new, provocative terrestrial archaeological
evidence - also never before seen on network television. Evidence
I’d just come across, strongly hinting at just such a prior,
heretofore unacknowledged "high-tech" civilization ... prior to the
known Egyptian period (or any other on this planet ...).
new data consisted of a series of enigmatic glyphs (see wide-angle
photo, with arrow - click image left), photographed by several sets
of tourists in recent tours of Egypt, carved into the ceiling beams
of a 3000-year old New Kingdom Temple - specifically dedicated to
the chief god of the Egyptian pantheon, Osiris.
The reason the association of these glyphs this night with the main
Egyptian cult center at Abydos - devoted to "Osiris" - was more
than merely "interesting," was the presence of another
"coincidental" sub-text to the March 2nd Special:
astonishing (if all-too-casual) claim that night to have discovered
- deep beneath the Giza Plateau itself - the actual waterlogged
Burial Chamber of Osiris ... complete with Coffin!
ostensible "major discovery" - which Hawass termed repeatedly his
"finest Egyptological achievement" - was only briefly mentioned at
the end of the 2-hour Show, and then, only in a previously-recorded
segment (in a live worldwide telecast ...).
And, in an obvious (and puzzling) contradiction to the preceding
segments of the Show - what was in "’Osiris’ coffin" ...
Now - if any of Hawass’ fantastic claims that night regarding his
"discovery of Osiris’ tomb" were true, given the extraordinary
importance of Osiris to Egyptians - the equivalent to Christians of
literally finding the tomb of Jesus Christ himself! - this event
alone should have been the main thrust of the entire 2-hour Fox
Special ..! And it was not--
Raising the familiar specter that, prompted by some last-minute
urgings to the Executive Producer specifically from Hawass (a key
member of the shadowy group that we have been investigating for so
long ...), this part of the Fox Program - just as the curious and
increasingly unsettling pattern of repeating "Osirian star
alignments" that "Enterprise" has found in 40 years of supposedly
"only scientific" NASA missions was but a continuation of the
pattern of significant "double messages" that we’ve been tracking
lately: one TV program (or TV commercial, or even a major motion
picture!) for the general public ... and another, hidden and more
profound within the same show, for key "insiders" ... perhaps, even
still-believing members of a current "Osiris Cult"--
Alerting them to the impending revelation of "secrets" about the
real Heritage of Humans ... long in the keeping of "Osiris" ... now
- ready or not - about to come unglued ...
And, because of us, "come unglued" they did that night ... all over
"Hawass’ Worldwide Television Special!"
(For another key perspective on what Hawass seems to be up to - with his fantastic claim to have discovered nothing less than "Osiris’
Tomb" (!) - go Here.
It was immediately after this major "Enterprise" network television
breakthrough - new evidence, broadcast worldwide, supporting an
inexplicable, "high-tech" epoch on this planet - that I suddenly
experienced my major "heart attack." While simultaneously--
The most horrendous, carefully-orchestrated campaign was vigorously
launched behind my back, to discredit not only the validity of the
extraordinary glyphs presented in the Fox Television Special, but to
savagely attack "the Messenger" as well - with everything from "200
sophomoric questions," to outright lies about my heart attack.
This broad front assault even included several new Conference
discussions here, one sneeringly called "Hoagland’s Last Stand" (I
get such a kick out of the fact that I’m paying for all these ...) - joining in the claim that I literally stole the original Abydos
discovery in the Fox Show, and had then - somehow - deleted an
entire "Lost Tombs" discussion of my "crime" ...
But, as Mark Twain once noted, "Rumors of my demise have been
Because of these savage and completely unfounded accusations, I want
to take this opportunity to clear up a couple of misconceptions
about just how we did come by the original Abydos graphics in the
first place. And for those who may not fully understand the
complexity of these affairs, I would also like to provide a little
background on how they ultimately wound up on a world-wide Network
Television Show. It didn’t happen "just by accident."
This may take some time, so please bear with me.
Then - I want to unveil some startling new evidence (actually, some
of it is very old ...), from Egypt and from elsewhere, directly
supporting what I said March 2nd.
But, let’s begin with "when" and "how" the Abydos glyphs originally
came to my attention. They came, as much else comes to Enterprise
... from someone who wished to remain totally anonymous.
I get a lot of "stuff" each week - every "public" person does
- via fax, e-mail (yes, contrary to published accounts, I do have a
private e-mail ... ’til it’s made public; then I have to change it
and start all over again ...), and even old-fashioned "snail mail."
Unfortunately, there is no way to ever personally respond to even a
small fraction of this influx; and even reading it would take far
more hours than exist in any reasonable human lifetime ...
So, almost all of it - out of sheer necessity - inevitably gets
filed [well, eventually ... J ] for "future reference."
On this particular occasion last Fall, the writer (who had somehow
acquired access to my private e-mail address) knew one sure-fire
trick to get me to at least pay attention to his message: send along
a couple of neat images!
That was all: a "Look at this" ... and the attached (now identified)
"Abydos graphics" (see below), that also appear in our original Web
posting. I looked ... and instantly dismissed what I saw as but
another "Internet prank." What would you think:
hovercraft ... in Ancient Egypt!?
(click image below)
I strongly suspected that a bit of "touch-up" in
PhotoShop had been
applied to a standard set of Egyptian hieroglyphs; after all, the
writer didn’t even say where they were located, just a maddening
"these are somewhere in Egypt! Interested?" As we were literally in
the middle of the so-called "Pegasus Affair" (with its own
frustrating "clues" and swirling accusations), I was heavily
inclined to think we were just being "set up" one more time ...
But ... damn it: they were extraordinary. What if ..?
Then, in Seattle for a follow-up to our September Conference with
Bearden and Van Flandern, I chanced to ask a friend about the
"glyphs" - still stored within my laptop--
"Oh, I’ve seen those," she instantly shot back, "Greg Braden
photographed them at Abydos, and shows them in his lectures all the
We immediately tried to call
Greg Braden. He was out of town; worse
(according to his answering machine), he was out of the Country ...
on one of his many "weeks-long pilgrimages" to South America. Dead
By now, after an aborted project to go to Egypt myself at the end of
the year (tentatively announced on Art Bell early on in 1998 - which is probably why I got the "Abydos" e-mail in the first place),
I was in the midst of heavy (and secret!) preparations for the Fox
On learning that Braden (whom I had talked to off
and on for several years) was actually using versions of the
mysterious "Abydos glyphs" in public lectures (although, according
to my friend, he hadn’t claimed to have discovered them), I felt
And instantly a thousand times more curious ... Though
they still looked like something done in PhotoShop, I now knew that
at least one human being - whom I actually knew - had ostensibly
seen them in the ceiling there in Egypt!
It was time to try to interest Fox - a major television network -
in verifying their astonishing existence ...
Years ago, while at CBS, I pioneered the technique behind what I was
contemplating now: getting "television" to do some "boot-legged"
Time and time again during those amazing years (as, during our
Network coverage of the Apollo Program; or, for the so-called
"Eclipse of the Century"), I somehow managed to convince CBS
producers, financial controllers and remote crews to expend
resources on ships, satellite transmitters, aircraft,
specially-designed airborne telescopes, far-flung ground stations
... if not to undertake literal expeditions far afield (like, in the
mountainous wilds of Mexico, in 1970 - chasing the Eclipse), all in
a dual effort to provide not only first-rate television ... but
first-rate research as well.
This time, "all I had to do" was convince Fox to send a camera crew
to Abydos ... There was only one "little" concern:
Unlike my "good ol’ days" at CBS - I wasn’t on the payroll at Fox!
The utter necessity for convincing Fox to send a camera team to Abydos was simple:
"If a tree falls in the forest and there is no
one there to hear it ... does it make a sound?"
Apparently (according to subsequent discussions with my friend, the
one who knew
Greg Braden) these "high-tech" glyphs from Abydos had
been kicking around the "New Age/UFO Community" for years; while no
one seemed to be able to tell me who first noticed them (in reply to
several discreet inquiries - see below), the general consensus
seemed to be (Braden’s first-hand testimony notwithstanding - and
he was still unreachable) that it didn’t truly matter anyway ... as
they were fakes!
Mike Bara , my friend and colleague in many of these efforts, seemed
to remember something looking like the glyphs appearing "a couple
years ago ..." on the Whitley Strieber "Communion" Website
to be totally discounted by Whitley himself as "simple forgeries
It was beginning to look as if my first instincts had been right.
Like too much in the surreal world of "UFOs" and "ancient
astronauts" currently thriving on the Internet (and nowhere else!),
all that seemed to really have occurred since these "glyphs’"
mysterious appearance - carved figures purporting to undermine
every bit of ancient history we know! - was a series of back and
forth "claims and counterclaims" appearing on the Internet ... which
I did not have time (or inclination) to run down; the example of
what had happened to former Presidential Press Secretary, Pierre
Salinger (right), regarding his involvement a couple years ago in "TWA
Flight 800," when he had unfortunately depended on the Internet for
key aspects of his research (even though he ultimately was proven by
other evidence correct, that the plane had been shot down and the
entire incident subsequently covered up!) - came all-too-vividly to
So, a far larger question loomed: had any truly "independent," real
world agency - like a major, global television network! - actually
been to Abydos to check the glyphs, to photograph them in their
"native habitat" and verify that they were actually, physically
there ... suspended in the ceiling of a 3000-year-old Egyptian
Temple??!! Apparently not.
Until that critical verification/falsification was actually carried
out, there could be no further scientific progress on either the
reality of the Abydos glyphs, or on their "meaning." And obviously,
from what I had been hearing, all the talk across the Internet about
the "glyphs" had been just that ... talk. No one - Whitley included
- had apparently mustered the required resources to lift the
discussion out of the so-called "Internet/UFO Community," and place
it directly "in the face" of where it actually belonged: as a
direct, defensible challenge to the Egyptologists.
And that could not occur until (and unless) a truly independent,
major verification effort actually went to Abydos ... and looked.
That’s where Fox, like my previous "alma matter," CBS, could now
perform a crucial service to real science ... if I could convince
Just by "coincidence," my Fox segment producer, Debra Gussin (who
was on the payroll at Fox!), was leaving for Egypt from Los Angeles
"within the next few days"; I spent those days furiously trying to
a) that the glyphs were probably "real," i.e., they
were, from at least one first-hand account, in a photographable ruin
there in Egypt; and
b) the glyphs (if ultimately determined to be
"Real") were fundamentally important to the carefully planned
"alternative theme" of not just her segments ... but the entire Fox
Debra and her crew left for Egypt mid-December, 1998
- on a
"non-stop, two-week, whirlwind interview and location tour ..." I
(and she) still did not know, when she left, whether she would have
the time, let alone the energy, to even get to "Abydos" ... which is
hundreds of miles south of the Giza Plateau (the Prime Site of the
Before she left, though, she did inquire through New
York regarding getting "government permission to travel down to Abydos"
- and had discovered it would involve (among other items)
securing "many permits and armed guards ..." on the President of
Egypt’s direct orders, because of the massacre of tourists a couple
of years ago at the Temple at Denderah.
So much for a quick "side trip" ...
This, of course, did not even factor in other, last-minute
"political" obstacles that could easily be placed anywhere along the
way by the Egyptians, if Hawass or his associates got wind that I
was actually behind "the Fox request ..."
This very real consideration heavily constrained my early efforts to
determine the exact origin of the mysterious glyphs.
I had not
exactly been on Hawass’ "Christmas card list," since publishing
first-hand evidence, also in 1997, of secret tunneling going on
inside the Great Pyramid (left).
So, before I had the actual
on-site video from Abydos in hand, I was determined to do nothing
that might alert Hawass, or his friends in the Egyptian Government,
as to "why" Debra’s crew from Fox suddenly wanted to go "hundreds of
miles out of their way" ... to photograph a Temple not even in their
A few days before Debra and her camera folks left town, from what
careful probing I was able to conduct, I did learn that "Bill
Hamilton" (of the Skywatch UFO organization) ... might know
Unfortunately, the last thing I could do was call Bill
Hamilton; for whatever reasons, Hamilton had in months previous
apparently deliberately chosen to join in the round of "new attacks"
- to specifically target me with new, extraordinary (and of course
totally unfounded) accusations, even stooping to (in his mind)
"clever" terms like "Hoaxland" to refer to our overall continuing
research (especially, for some reason, into the current "EQ Pegasus
I did not think I would get a reasonable answer (if any answers at
all!), if I attempted to call Hamilton direct. But, if I tried an
indirect approach ...
I finally decided to prevail upon Francis Barwood, former City
Council-women from the City of Phoenix, and a friend of his, to call
Hamilton instead. Francis was a political veteran, and she could be
trusted; she would instantly see the political sensitivities of all
of this ... if the Egyptian’s got wind of "who" was really
interested in the glyphs at Abydos ...
I briefed her on the whole convoluted story
- including, that a Fox
television crew was about to leave for Egypt, and that they might be
able to verify insitu their (the Glyphs) extraordinary nature. It
was perfectly natural for her to call Hamilton for further
information: he lived somewhere in Arizona, and had been one of the
"ET/anomalous phenomena" brain trust she had turned to after the
infamous 1997 "Phoenix Lights Affair ..." (see right).
I just asked her NOT to tell him the real reason for the call [in
light of his published venomous attitude towards "Enterprise," and
the potential (through the Internet) for my sudden interest in "the
Glyphs" getting back to Egypt ...). She immediately concurred. I
simply suggested she imply that "some friends of friends of hers
(true!) ... were about to leave for Egypt, and wanted to know the
background and location of the glyphs ... if he knew ..."
Unfortunately, when Francis called me back (a few days later), she
informed me that "Bill Hamilton has left the Phoenix area ... and no
one I know seems to know where he’s now living." But, she also
promised to keep looking.
More dead ends.
By now it was approaching Christmas, 1998.
Debra and her crew were
literally incommunicado "somewhere in Egypt" (even Fox, in New York,
didn’t know exactly how to reach them ...), and I was preoccupied
with both the coming Holidays as well as several other, pressing
projects - including, a major family crisis that had suddenly
It was in these weeks that the follow-up to the December 7th,
striking "radar anomaly" recorded at
Turret Peak (above), and the
"real meaning" behind the whole EQ Pegasus
soap opera, was taking
center stage in our research.
That - and a sudden, simultaneous, increasingly strident, and
obviously (in hindsight) "NASA (CIA/NSA?)-sponsored" disinformation
campaign ... aimed directly at "Enterprise," "Art Bell" ... and
anyone else who was daring to ask penetrating questions in this time
Especially ... questions regarding possible links between the "NASA
Osiris/Isis" alignment data ... Comet Encke ... and the stunning
radar anomalies that had literally blossomed on our collective
physical and mental "radar screens" as a direct result of our
publicly focusing on
EQ Pegasi ("death") and Project
Egyptian "Horus" reference ...).
"Where" Debra was in Egypt, and if she was going to be able to
acquire actual video of Abydos, was literally driven from my mind by
these and even more immediate and frightening concerns that were
developing: like ... actual death threats (read on the air by
Bell), tendered to a close friend and colleague in our on-going
Only after the New Year, in early January, did my attention get
turned - however briefly - once again towards Egypt ...
Debra finally called me from Los Angeles, having at last returned
within communications range ... complete with tales of both
incredible exhaustion (see below) ... and of "success!" Yes, she’d
actually seen the glyphs! And yes, with a "steadicam," they had
managed to seamlessly video an entire uninterrupted sequence "from
outside the Temple right through to the inside" ... then, right up
to the Temple ceiling where "they" still serenely sit.
They had, in fact, been carved ...
The Abydos Glyphs were thus officially confirmed - on site, and by
a major, neutral television network--
All it took was a small miracle - an entire network expedition to
the literal middle of nowhere, in an Egyptian desert (complete with
Egyptian guards - armed with AK-47s ... and live rounds, no less!)
to verify that simple, crucial fact ... which, after significant
unpaid efforts, only I and Debra had been able to arrange ... and no
Which meant that - despite all the mindless "chatter" on the
Internet, and even Strieber’s ultimate dismissal - "they," in fact,
Now we could tackle what they truly meant.
Aside from a couple of days spent filming the Fox interview itself
(on location in Seattle, at "The Other Side"), now that the video
from Abydos had been secured, my attention swiftly returned to the
still looming, mysterious "threat" posed by the radar anomalies
previously discussed (see right) ... and the fact that "someone"
seemed determined enough (up to actual threats) to effectively
attempt to foreclose any competent technical analysis ...
Clearly, on this front (let alone on Egypt!) we were getting close
Toward the end of January, with my commitments to the Fox Special
finally finished, and Gussin madly editing her segments in Los
Angeles, I decided to quietly travel to Miami - for, among other
reasons, certain technical information (from "neutral" sources) on
the kinds of radar systems generating the increasingly "anomalous"
And, of course, as everyone now knows, fell directly into "the Miami
This is not the place to fully describe the frenetic activity
required to preserve that ancient monument in the face of literal
"bulldozers at the gate" (!). However, the level of commitment and
around-the-clock activity it took can be approximated by simply
listening to the series of live "Circle updates" we did
Coast-to-Coast nightly on Art Bell, beginning in late January. Or,
by looking at the "Save the Circle" Website that, with our help, has
now been established to preserve this unique treasure.
Literally thousands of miles away, in Los Angeles ... unbeknownst to
me (because my attention was, out of necessity, "diverted"),
Debra Gussin had suddenly become seriously ill - the direct result of her
weeks of no sleep and literal exhaustion, dashing around Egypt,
filming ... including, an ill-fated triple attempt to photograph the
Pyramids and Sphinx from a hot air balloon - which (I found out
later), with her and the camera crew in it, crashed!
Debra eventually became so ill, in fact, that another Fox producer
had to take her place in the final editing of the "Mars/Giza/Abydos"
segment of the Special. With the result that, many of the "bells and
whistles" Gussin and I had contemplated months before (like, actual
Egyptologists undertaking an attempted translation of the mysterious Abydos glyphs on live television ... or, an earnest effort to
identify the earliest known photographs of the mysterious glyphs
among the several archaeological excavation efforts that have taken
place at Abydos in the last century), did not make it to the final
Debra’s major illness also meant that my "preview copy" of the
edited segment was not sent to Miami before airtime. So, I literally
had no idea what had actually been photographed at Abydos ... a
development which would lead to a major new surprise during the
actual airing of the Show (see below).
The evening finally came: March 2nd - and the much-hyped global
telecast of the much-anticipated "Fox Live Egyptian Special" ...
It was late in the 2-hour program, when Debra’s Executive Producers
finally came to the segment discussing what we had verified at
Abydos; I immediately glimpsed something "not quite right" ... the
Abydos video that Debra had acquired somehow looked different from
the "anonymous" computer graphics of the "glyphs" I’d been working
with for over half a year. But ... the segment went by so quickly
I’d have to wait for the Broadcast Tape that Fox was now promising
to send me.
Then, a few days later, having once again plunged into the non-stop,
around-the-clock campaign to "save the Circle" (the Governor of
Florida was about to hold a major hearing on the preservation issue
in the Capitol ... at last!), I awoke that fateful morning
(Saturday, March 6th), knowing that "something wasn’t right ...":
I was experiencing a major coronary!
And the rest, as some would wryly later comment, "became history."
In the months since, during this long, enforced absence from my
previous activities, there has apparently circulated widely on the
Internet the insidious accusation that, somehow, I "stole" the
Abydos graphics seen on "Enterprise" ... if not "credit" for their
original discovery ...
To which I unequivocally now state the following: I "stole" nothing.
And what I do take credit for - while everyone else was casually
dismissing their significance - was simply verifying the existence
of "the glyphs" --
In Abydos itself.
Anyone who has a copy of my book, "The Monuments of Mars," only has
to turn to its extensive index to see the fundamental lie behind
these accusations; there are literally hundreds of references to
"other engineers, computer scientists, archaeologists and
anthropologists, authors and astronomers ..." whom I’ve acknowledged
over the years as somehow contributing to our on-going research on
the Mars investigation - including some who, inexplicably, later on
became bitter enemies of "Enterprise."
But I still named them.
I also do the same thing in other media as well - as anyone can
verify by listening to the extensive archives on the Internet. In
most interviews, I usually wind up boring both the producers and the
hosts (let alone the audience!), by going out of my way to make some
mention of the work of several other researchers in the Program ...
and what I think their contributions mean to this Whole Effort; the
latest example came just the other night, when I once again did the
first hour of Art Bell.
Among other things this particular evening, I wanted to get to the
latest, increasingly blatant evidence of NASA duplicity around the
subject of the Hubble telescope: the fact that - after literally
years of telling us it was "too bright" to photograph - they
suddenly, quietly, used it to take actual pictures of the Moon .. !
But, before getting to the Hubble, I started the hour by mentioning
Dr. Herb Pardell (who’s treating me here in Miami), then moved on to
cite an otherwise obscure researcher in Detroit (over fifty years
ago - Dr. Clark - and long-deceased), who pioneered some of the
very treatments I’m receiving.
Then, in the course of the conversation re the piece that
and I had just posted on the "Enterprise" Website, discussing the
amazing sequence of recent lunar events surrounding Hubble (right),
I happened to mention one of our other colleagues, J. J. Mercieca
- who, a few weeks ago, first brought this startling "reversal of
NASA’s previous position" to our attention.
Now, J. J. didn’t "take" the Hubble pictures; and, he didn’t perform
some Herculean feat around the issue - like, travel half way around
the world from the island of Malta (where he lives) to personally
protest this obvious deception on the steps of NASA Headquarters. He
merely e-mailed "Enterprise" to let us know.
Yet, like all the other folks I’ve demonstrably singled out over the
years, he deserved a "mention" for his efforts.
So the current "rush to judgment" on "Hoagland and Abydos," not only
doesn’t stand the test against my years-long, published record of
innumerable citations ... it has all the earmarks of another in a
carefully-calculated pattern of increasingly "desperate attacks"
that "Enterprise" (and Art Bell) have been recently experiencing.
"Smoke screens" - obviously designed to keep people from focusing
(in this case) on the extraordinary Glyphs themselves ... and what
As I’ve been recovering here in Miami (including, making
arrangements for an extended stay - because, I found out that I
literally "could not go home again," at least, not for quite a
while), I eventually was able to once again begin to search the
Internet. I wanted to complete the task that I had previously
planned, once we had safely shot our Abydos video in Egypt: look for
additional clues (besides
Greg Braden’s testimony) as to the recent
history of the controversial "glyphs" at Abydos ...
This is what I found:
Unlike some recent claims now swirling around the infamous carvings
in Seti’s Temple ceiling, the most likely "discoverer" of the
controversial glyphs was none other than Auguste Mariette himself - the famed French Egyptologist of the last century, who carried out
many excavations of Egyptian ruins up and down the Nile. In the late
1800s, Mariette published a major work on his extensive exploration
of the Temple of Abydos ("Abydos: description des fouilles executees
sur l’emplacement de cette ville_ vol. I, Paris 1869"), now out of
print and extremely rare. It featured plate after plate of
painstaking and exquisite drawings of the vast number of
inscriptions in the Temple. According to one Egyptian expert, Mariette covered in his book "... section[s] of the temple of Sety I
... not ever published in Calverley and Broome’s ’The Temple of
Sethos I at Abydos’" (another volume on the Osiris’ cult center,
published in the same time period).
While I have not yet found a copy of this (over a hundred-years-old)
original "master work" on Abydos, I have little doubt that in it are
carefully reproduced the now infamous "ceiling glyphs" which have
become the focus of so many "cheap shots" against Enterprise in
So, if there is an original "discover" of the hieroglyphs behind all
the current fuss, I nominate as most likely: August Mariette.
Which bring us to some crucial "definitions":
Like - what, in fact, makes a true "discoverer?"
Is it the individual (or institution) who initially ("first") makes
note of a particular phenomenon ... but completely misses (or, even
worse, carefully downplays) its ultimate significance: the classic
example now being "the Face on Mars" itself?
... actually "Dr. Tobias Owen" ... initially "discovered" the
enigmatic "Face" in 1976, on the official Viking photographs
(click image left).
But then, the Agency (and Owen himself) took immediate and drastic
steps to instantly dismiss it as anything "significant."
It wasn’t until DiPietro and Molenaar three years later (in 1979),
got in the game (and ultimately dragged me into it four years after
that), that any political or scientific progress was made on the, by
then, almost decade-old (and essentially dead!) issue.
includes, all the intense political/scientific maneuvering that
ultimately led to the now intensely controversial set of new MGS Cydonia photographs that NASA was ultimately forced to take a year
ago this Spring. These only exist because of the overwhelming public
political pressure we (and others - like Art Bell) were at last
able to bring to bear on NASA (and then ... only about twenty years
NASA’s abysmal "scientific" track record on this issue
(thanks to McDaniel - with his careful documentation of its
intervening two decades of proven cover-up, its officially
dismissive policy whenever "Cydonia" came up), even though they
"took" the original photographs (and one of "their own" actually
"found" the Face itself), did NASA, then, truly "discover" anything
When the first Cydonia Expedition finally lands on Mars, somewhere
between "the City" and "the Face" (right), and the Mission Commander
shouts into his microphone, "Good God, Houston, look at that!!" ...
who will ultimately get "credit" for arguably the greatest discovery
in the history of human beings (besides the on-site crew of the Mars
NASA ...Toby Owen ... JPL ... DiPietro and Molenaar ... or me ..?
Or, all of us together - all those (including a lot of other folks
I didn’t mention) who’ve been inextricably involved in this
generation-long, official scientific "soap opera" called "Cydonia?"
Are there not, in fact, three essential steps required for the
ultimate "discovery" of anything: an initial "awareness" ...
followed by the "recognition" of its true significance ... followed
by ... crucial public and scientific "verification?"
In a former, far simpler era, it used to be that the individual who
achieved an awareness of a new phenomenon was most likely the same
individual who realized the second of these crucial steps: he
(sometimes she) knew it was "important." That was when science was
NOT pursued by vast, dehumanized committees, or equally impersonal
government bureaucracies. Now, in this increasingly curious
"scientific wasteland" in which we find ourselves - where the
institution that actually finds out something new (usually, with
public money) is also now the prime agency often directed just "to
sit on it ..." (like "Brookings" cautioned NASA!)
Who, then, ultimately carries out the next two essential steps - recognition and verification
- for any truly revolutionary
And now - what is the complicating/democratizing, potentially
revolutionary role of the Internet in this whole process ..?
(Continued in Part II)