The A.R.E., the research foundation originally started by the late medical psychic Edgar Cayce, has announced to its members that a dig discovered massive caves beneath the pyramids in Giza, Egypt. A team led by explorer and author Andrew Collins made the discovery. No formal public announcement has yet been made by either the A.R.E. or Dr. Zahi Hawass, the director of Egyptian antiquities.
The A.R.E. reports in its latest bulletin to members that John Van Auken has been conferring with Dr. Hawass regarding further exploration of these caves.
The ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote of a massive complex both above and below ground on the site of the pyramids. He wrote that a lake and an oasis bordered the plateau, where there was an enormous labyrinth with 1500 rooms and a comparable number of underground chambers. He wrote:
There I saw twelve palaces regularly disposed, which had communication with each other, interspersed with terraces and arranged around twelve halls. It is hard to believe they are the work of man. The walls are covered with carved figures, and each court is exquisitely built of white marble and surrounded by a colonnade. Near the corner where the labyrinth ends, there is a pyramid, two hundred and forty feet in height, with great carved figures of animals on it and an underground passage by which it can be entered. I was told very credibly that underground chambers and passages connected this pyramid with the pyramids at Memphis. [Giza was called Memphis in ancient times.]
Similarly, an article online at bibliotecapleyades.net mentions not only Herodotus but also cites a lost magazine article from 1935. The explorer Emile Baraize was finishing up his 11-year project to remove sand from the Giza site. This article written by Hamilton M. Wright and with photos by Dr. Selim Hassan, details their finds. We have discovered a subway used by the ancient Egyptians of 5000 years ago. It passes beneath the causeway leading between the second Pyramid and the Sphinx. It provides a means of passing under the causeway from the Cheops Pyramid to the Pyramid of Chephren [Khephren]. From this subway, we have unearthed a series of shafts leading down more than 125 feet, with roomy courts and side chambers.
Also halfway between the Sphinx and the Khephren pyramid are four vertical air shafts about eight feet square; these were also discovered about 1935. According to Dr. Hassan, they ended in a spacious room, in the center of which was another shaft that descended to yet another room with seven side rooms off of it.
So the question then arises, is the Collins-A.R.E. project merely removing sand that refilled these chambers and shafts?
John Van Auken is a Director of the A.R.E. (the Edgar Cayce group headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia) and also has his own website, JohnVanAuken.com, where he offers his newsletter, DVDs and CDs on Edgar Cayce and related topics. The author has written several books including Toward a Deeper Meditation, The Lost Hall of Records, Edgar Cayce's Atlantis, and Mound Builders: Edgar Cayce's Forgotten Record of Ancient America. Most of his books are carried by Amazon and the ARE bookstore. He also leads tours to Egypt and other famed sacred sites such as the Yucatan, Asia Minor and Europe. He has appeared on the History Channel and on Quest for Atlantis on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Andrew Collins is an explorer, writer and lecturer who has made several expeditions to find evidence of Atlantis in Cuba. He is he author of The Cygnus Mystery, From the Ashes of Angels, Gods of Eden, and Gateway to Atlantis. He appears often at the Questing Conferences, the test of the 2000 conference lecture can be accessed here: http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/conference/Qc00/speakers/speaker_collins2.html. He also has linked the arrangement of the three main pyramids at Giza to the arrangement of the main stars in the constellation Cygnus. You may watch a brief lecture on that subject on Odeo video here: http://odeo.com/episodes/23093130-Andrew-Collins-in-Egypt.
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavation, not only has a self-named website but also one called guardians.net. He is regularly seen on History Channel or National Geographic specials. Hawass maintains tight control over access to ancient sites and regularly appeals for the return of Egyptian antiquities to their homeland.
Further reading: Ancient Cities Under The Sands of Giza at http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/piramides/esp_piramide_25.htm