by Stephen Mehler
This article was originally published in
World Explorer Magazine
I first heard his name in early 1979.
Soon thereafter, I acquired a tape of a lecture he gave on the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt in the 1950s. In this lecture he claimed to have discovered one of the greatest finds, not only of this century, but perhaps in the history of archaeology.
Yet, he is virtually unknown
today in the fields of Egyptology and Archaeology and after 16 years of
researching his life and attempting to verify his claims, he remains
almost as much a mystery and fascination to me today as he was in 1979.
He graduated from high school at age 15 and was licensed as a teacher in the state of Ohio at the age of 16. He was the second youngest student ever admitted to Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana in 1894.
was a Classical Course, in which he specialized in Greek and Latin
literature, ancient history, philology and classical archaeology. In
1900, Kinnaman entered the University of Chicago in order to
pursue graduate work in Greek and Classical Archaeology. While at the
University of Chicago he also studied medicine for three years but never
completed the MD degree.
Peet was the editor and founder of the American
Antiquarian and Oriental journal, the most prestigious scientific forum
for archaeology at that time. This meeting would lead to Kinnaman
writing for the journal for several years and eventually assuming the
position of editor-in-chief upon Peet's retirement in 1911.
He was a witness to the
eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 1906, the first since the devastation of
A.D. 79 Kinnaman received a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the
University of Rome in 1907, having associated himself with such famous
Italian archaeologists as Dr. Cesare Gionetti and Dr. Rodolfo
Lanciani. In 1909, Dr. Kinnaman spent a year with the
Chippewa Indians in the U.S. and was later to
write the first recorded history of the tribe and their legends.
Yet, in Petrie's autobiography, Seventy Years In Archaeology,
1932, there is no mention of Kinnaman. In a biography of
Petrie, written in 1985 by Margaret Drower, there is also no
mention of Kinnaman. I wrote to Ms. Drower in 1992 and she
affirmed to me she had never heard of Kinnaman and had never seen
any letter from nor mention of him in Petrie's diaries nor in the
Petrie archives in London. I have also not yet found any concrete
evidence of a Kinnaman-Petrie connection in the archives of the
Kinnaman Foundation in the last six years of
searching. However, there is still a lot of material to go through.
After a while, he casually mentions that he and Petrie discovered a secret entrance into the Pyramid, on the South face, quite by accident. The traditionally accepted entrance is the one on the north face. Dr. Kinnaman then describes several interior chambers in which were found ancient records from Atlantis and anti-gravitational machines, that were used by the Atlanteans to construct the Great Pyramid.
Furthermore, Dr. Kinnaman declared that
manuscripts they found stated the Great Pyramid was built
over 35,000 years ago and was never intended to be a tomb for a king.
This is a fact I have maintained as true for the last 20 years!
The pair then swore an oath to
the highest government officials in Egypt and Great
Britain never to divulge this knowledge during their lifetimes.
There certainly has not been found any record of Petrie ever
mentioning this discovery to anyone during his lifetime, but Dr. Kinnaman told a select few before he died on September 7, 1961.
According to my research the only time they could have made this
discovery was between March and April, 1922.
Colleagues of Sir Flinders Petrie regularly contributed articles to the American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal while Kinnaman was editor and both Dr. Kinnaman and Sir Flinders were members of the same organizations at the same times; yet, there is no smoking gun such as letters or photographs.
Those who knew Dr. Kinnaman and were privy to the information of the find in the Great Pyramid believed it to be a true story. Willi Semple, who knew Dr. Kinnaman closely for the last six years of his life and who wrote an article about him in a 1962 issue of the Rosicrucian Digest, stated: How do I know it was a true story?
For many reasons, but chiefly
because it was impossible to know Dr. Kinnaman very long without
also knowing, beyond doubt, that he would never lie or rationalize or
imagine or even theorize about what might be or might not be so,
especially if it involved archaeology...he was a digger for facts, not a
theorist. Unfortunately, Ms. Semple passed away around 1977 and
is not available for personal confirmation.
Also Dr. Kinnaman claimed
he was a personal friend of Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia and
also knew Haile Selassie when he was a boy. It was Menelik II
who invited Dr. Kinnaman to document that the Ark of the
Covenant was in Ethiopia. Those who are familiar with Graham
Hancock's excellent book, The Sign and the Seal, are aware
that Hancock believes the Ark to be in the
Ethiopian city of Axum! Before he passed away, Dr.
Kinnaman founded the Kinnaman Foundation for Biblical and
Archaeological Research in 1960.
One of these stories will be of particular interest. A few years ago, my research team and I became aware of the books, tapes and lectures of David Hatcher Childress and Adventures Unlimited. In particular, it was brought to my attention of a short piece in David's book, Lost Cities of North and Central America, which concerned the discovery of Egyptian tombs and artifacts in the Grand Canyon in 1909. When I shared this info with Dr. McDonald, he became very excited!
He informed me that Dr. Kinnaman had stated that
one of the functions of the Great Pyramid had been as a
giant radio system. By virtue of the huge crystal stored
in a chamber 1,100 feet below the bedrock of the Giza Plateau,
Egyptian priests could send telepathic messages around the world!
According to McDonald, one of the places Dr. Kinnaman said
these messages were sent was the Grand Canyon! Dr.
Kinnaman may have known about the find in the Grand Canyon
in 1909 and even known Professor S.A. Jordan, but we have no
documentation of this as of yet.
said that Kinnaman clearly indicated that the Ark in
Ethiopia is a copy of the original, an exact copy, but still a
copy! Of course, this is just hearsay; we have not yet found written or
recorded statements from Dr. Kinnaman on the subject. There is no
indication how Dr. Kinnaman would know it was a copy, not the
original Ark. Joseph Jochmans, in his series of
books entitled Time Capsule, states that the original Ark of
the Covenant is under the Sphinx and the Giza
Plateau in the Hall of Records.
This much we can document: Dr. Kinnaman was Fellow and Vice
President of the Victoria Institute of Great Britain, a member of
the Palestine Exploration Fund of Great Britain (as was Sir
Finders Petrie at the same time), Vice- President of the Society
for the Study of the Apocrypha, a member of the International
Society of Archaeologists, the editor of five different archaeological
magazines including editor-in-chief of the American Antiquarian and
Oriental Journal. He was also editor of his own Biblical and
Archaeological Digest and author of hundreds of articles and four books.
In listening to his lectures over and over again through the years, I am convinced that Dr. Kinnaman did not fabricate the discovery of an entrance on the South face, nor of the rooms with ancient records or the prehistoric antiquity of the Great Pyramid. Dr. Kinnaman said he believed the world would be ready for that information someday and believed it would be soon after his death.
This was why I believe he broke his oaths and revealed that information to select people. David Hatcher Childress, other researchers and myself believe the world is now ready to know the truths about lost civilizations and lost wisdom.
Joseph Jochmans and myself support
the predictions of Edgar Cayce that the Hall of Records
under the Giza Plateau will be reopened in this decade and the
truth about lost wisdom and ancient civilizations will be revealed. On
that day, the name of J.O. Kinnaman will be exalted and
remembered as a great archaeologist, adventurer and a true digger for
Since the original publication of this article, Mehler informs us, a typewritten note by Dr. Kinnaman, written five months before his death, has been discovered in which he gives the the precise location of the southern entrance to the Great Pyramid.
Mehler will give no details on the location, but tells us that his organization is now raising the funds to follow up.