Mystery Of Ancient Underground Egyptian Tomb in Grand Canyon: Did Smithsonian Cover The Story?


An incredible story was published by the Arizona Gazette in 1909 that reported about an archaeological expedition in the center of the Grand Canyon, funded by the Smithsonian Institute. In the expedition, the explorer G.E. Kinkaid claimed to have discovered the underground citadel during a boat trip from Green River, Wyoming, down Colorado. The archeologists of the Smithsonian Institute made conclusive proof that the civilization that had inhabited the mysterious cave was possibly from Egypt.

Explorer Kinkaid is said to have been traveling alone in a wooden boat down the Colorado River in search of minerals such as Gold. He noticed stains in the sedimentary formation on the eastern side of the canyon where he was sailing, around 40 miles up the river from the El Tovar Crystal canyon. He had difficulty finding the trail but finally reached there.

Exploration in Grand Canyon
An article entitled “Exploration in Grand Canyon,” Published in Arizona Gazette in 1909

Kinkaid stated that above a shelf, there was the entrance to the cave by walking along the steps. He went about a hundred feet inside the cave and found a crypt where he claimed to have discovered mummies. He used his flashlight to photograph one of them. He also saw hallways, rooms, copper objects, and various other artifacts along with what appeared to him at the time to be hieroglyphics of an Egyptian or Oriental type.

According to Kinkaid, the cavern was nearly inaccessible. The entrance was 1,486 feet down the sheer canyon wall. He explained: “The main passageway is about 12 feet wide, narrowing to nine feet toward the farther end. About 57 feet from the entrance, the first side-passages branch off to the right and left, along which, on both sides, are a number of rooms about the size of ordinary living rooms of today, though some are 30 by 40 feet square. These are entered by oval-shaped doors and are ventilated by round air spaces through the walls into the passages. The walls are about three feet six inches in thickness.”

“Over a hundred feet from the entrance is the cross-hall, several hundred feet long, in which are found the idol, or image, of the people’s god, sitting cross-legged, with a lotus flower or lily in each hand. The cast of the face is oriental, and the carving this cavern. The idol almost resembles Buddha, though the scientists are not certain as to what religious worship it represents. Taking into consideration everything found thus far, it is possible that this worship most resembles the ancient people of Tibet.”

Buddha in grand canyon
A simulation of the Buddha described via YouTube

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American author David Hatcher Childress wrote that the discovery is evidence of the extremely advanced civilization that once lived in the Grand Canyon. There is a certain skepticism even on the existence of G.E. Kinkaid, but Ancient American Magazine’s author Jack Andrews noted that Kinkaid might have been a real person. He showed that the area in which Kinkaid had allegedly found the cave was a well-known place for prospecting. The author said that he had known about the cave’s location since 1972 but never checked it physically. He believed that the cave is in a deep river gorge, known as Marble Canyon, which is accessible “by either arriving there in a boat or float trip or on foot from the rim of the Little Colorado River gorge, on the Navajo reservation.”Grand Canyon

“I think the “cave” described in the headline story of the Arizona Gazette, April 5, 1909, and its fantastic underground installation was, and still may be, located above an approximate six-mile stretch of the Colorado River in Marble Canyon, at the border of Marble Canyon and the Navajo Nation above an area near Kwagunt Rapids,” Andrews explained.

There are stories about the sign of civilization in the Grand Canyon in ancient times. The Hopi Indians are a Native American tribe that has been living in Arizona for thousands of years. The place is famous for the Grand Canyon, a beautiful desert area. According to the Hopi legends, the Gods directed them there and built stone apartment complexes. One of the most intriguing Hopi legends is about the Ant People, who saved the Hopi people twice during the fire, volcanic eruption, asteroid strike, ice-age, or a strong coronal ejection from the Sun. During these two devastating events, the Ant People civilization hid the Hopi people in their underground caves and provided them with food and water. There is also a record of one of the most intelligent and mysterious groups of people that lived in the American Southwest 3500 years ago. These ancient inhabitants are known as “Anasazi,” who lived in the most isolated and extreme place in America. What if the remnants found by Kinkaid belong to these civilizations?

It is believed that Kinkaid collected some of the artifacts and carried them down from Colorado to Yuma, a city in Arizona from where he shipped them to Washington with the details of the discovery, presumably to the Smithsonian. The institute carried further investigation under the supervision of a man called S. A. Jordan. Although the institute denies the story calling it a hoax, many people still believe it and think that the Smithsonian Institute tried to cover it.


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