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Why the Mystery in the Grand Canyon

Updated on July 27, 2012

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The Hopi Indians have long spoken of legends about their ancestors once living underground. These tales have been passed on from generation to generation, yet most scientists consider these to be mere myths than points of history.

However, as reported in The Phoenix Gazette on April 5th 1909, G.E.Kincaid who was in the employ of the Smithsonian Institute, found what appears to be a man made cave in the Grand Canyon that was probably capable of housing at least 50000 people and dated back perhaps 12000years.

According to the report in the Gazette, Kincaid claims to have removed artifacts that he found in the cave and sent them to Washington D.C., presumably to the Smithsonian. He claims that amongst these finds were items that seemed to have Egyptian hieroglyphics and others that appeared to be from Tibetan origin.

Supposedly following this initial find, the Smithsonian sent a research team of about 40 people, to investigate further.


It seems strange to me, that a discovery of this magnitude, that could not only change the perceived history of North America but of the World, did not receive further coverage in the press, not globally nor nationally, why?

Apart from the article in the local Gazette, nothing again was said of the find until 1962 when it was mentioned in Joseph Miller’s book, “Arizona Cavalcade”.

At that time, apparently, questions were then asked of the Smithsonian what of the artifacts and subsequent research. The Smithsonian responded that they knew of no such artifacts or research team, why?

Mysteries of the Canyon

I have often wondered why parts of the Grand Canyon had such oriental names, such as Tower of Ra, Isis Temple and Shiva Temple.

Could these apparent far flung names really have a more regional significance?

It seems strange that not only are parts of the Canyon, supposedly near where the cave was found, out of bounds to the public but certain parts are out of bounds to even the Park Rangers.

Why the mystery and supposed cover up?

What was really found and sent back to Washington?

If the artifacts were not sent, to the Smithsonian, then to whom were they sent and why?

Since 1990, increasing attention is being paid to whether or not this find was genuine or not but if it really was some kind of prank, then surely it could easily be proven as such.

Why, considering the potential historical evidence, does this remain a mystery?


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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      daskittlez69 - The point is: we are not supposed to of heard of these things. If you find out more PLEASE let me know.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Druid Dude - Thanks, looked up Little Egypt and can't find any mention of artifacts. No surprise, anyway i'm interested, so if you could give me a lead i'd appreciate it.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      moonlake - Secrets in order to be secrets, are kept secret by somebody. Anybody who would want these secrets kept secret, own the media.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      pagesvoice - It is not my intention that people should lose sleep because of nightmares, however is there a potential nightmare happening in front of our awaken eye? Question - What year did the USA make into law that it was illegal to explore any unreported cave?

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and interesting. It seems that the more we learn the more we really don't know. Your article presents an interesting tale of mystery and intrigue. Then I read Druid Dude's reply and it just adds to the mystique. Okay, so if I have nightmares tonight I'll write you back in the morning. I think I will retire to my man cave now.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Very interesting hub. I wonder why some of these tv shows don't jump on this seems to me many people would be interesting in hearing about it. Enjoyed reading your hub. Voted Up

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      Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

      Good hub. Wasn't sure if you were aware of the artifacts uncovered in the area of S. Illinois known, oddly as 'Little Egypt' Not sure of their legitimacy, just thought you might like to check it out. Good luck on your writing.

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      daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

      This is the 1st I heard of this find. I will have to research it more. Thanks for the Hub. Here is your up!

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      daskittlez69 5 years ago from midwest

      This is the 1st time I have heard of this find. I will have to research more. Thanks for the Hub. here is your Up!