On April 5 1909, the Phoenix Gazette ran a front page story involving the discovery of what was called an Egyptian cavern city in the Grand Canyon. According to the article, the man responsible for the initial discovery was G.E Kinkaid, an explorer for the Smithsonian. A subsequent investigation and exploration of the site was conducted by the Smithsonian and led by S. A Jordan.
The Smithsonian denies such a find, stating that it is common knowledge that no Egyptian ever set foot in North America prior to Columbus. Diffusionism has never been a favorite concept among academia; and to be fair there is no concrete proof that this story is legitimate. The idea that North America was visited prior to Columbus, while still relatively controversial, is making headway in Archeology. So perhaps, just perhaps, this tale may yet prove to be true.
The site is located 42 miles downstream, on the Colorado river, from the El Tovar Crystal Canyon. The entrance of the cave is on the side of a cliff. Kinkaid and Jordan gave the following description of what was found. Inside, there were numerous passageways leading to hundreds of rooms. The rooms were ventilated by holes that led to corridors. Artifacts, such as weapons, pottery, metal instruments, seeds, tablets and idols were present throughout. Certain idols did not appear to be Egyptian, but Asian in appearance according to Kinkaid. Hieroglyphics found on urns, tablets and doorways led Kinkaid to make the Egyptian connection. Unfortunately, there is no mention of a translation for the hieroglyphics.
Pictorial writing of two different animals was also discovered. One of the animal was called prehistoric in the article and the other was not identified. The later is unfortunate, because if a non-local animal was depicted, it may have given us a clue as to the origin of the culture that once lived here and thus settle the Egyptian argument.
The most extraordinary part of the find are the mummies. All male, and found on shelves, each it’s own. Copper cups and pieces of broken swords laid next to each mummy, suggesting that these were soldiers.
One of the rooms was avoided and never explored, due to a strong smell and extreme darkness. Kinkaid noticed that there was no ventilation in this room and he feared some kind of gas. Nothing further was said about the room, or about the mummies. The team estimated that 50,000 people could have lived in the city.
As stated earlier the Smithsonian denies the story and will not comment any further on the matter, which as expected has led to a belief in a cover up. If a cover up was in effect, it is unlikely that anyone working at the Smithsonian today are even aware of the story. Sadly, historical cover-ups are not as uncommon as academia likes to admit. The reasons are tenfold and beyond the scope of this article; but needless to say, replacing all the history books is quite an expensive proposition.
What about the location? Well, this area of the grand canyon is off limits, due to dangerous caves they say. The area is patrolled by rangers and attempts by researchers to access the area has met with failure. What is interesting is that off limit locations include a number of natural formation named after Egyptian deities and pyramids.
I’ll end this with one final thought. Much has been made of the Egyptian connection, but we may not have to look that far for a solution. It may be more likely that, if the site does in fact exist, a central or south American culture may be responsible. Mayans or Aztecs, among others, could have found their way north into what is present day Arizona.