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Labyrinth of Egypt

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The mission of the Mataha-expedition was, besides preservation, to research the quarry theory by Petrie based on his finding of a great artificial stone surface (304meter on 244meter). Petrie interpreted the enormous artificial stone plateau he discovered at the depth of several meters, as the foundation of the labyrinth, concluding that the building itself was totally demolished, as a stone quarry in the Ptolemaic period. However, the “foundation” impenetrated by early expeditions, never lost the possibility of being the roof of the Labyrinth, described by Strabo as a great plain of stone. The Mataha – expedition research goal was to confirms the presence of archaeological features at the labyrinth area south of the Hawara pyramid of Amenemhet III.

The Mataha-expedition discovered the lost labyrinth of Egypt at Hawara.
A colossal temple described by many classic authors like Herodotus and Strabo, to contain 3000 rooms full of hieroglyphs and paintings. A legendary building lost for 2 millenia under the ancient sands of Egypt. Bringing the highest level of technology to unlock the secrets of the past. The sand of Hawara was scanned earlier this year (February-March 2008) by the Belgian Egyptian expedition team. Although ground penetrating techniques have been used by archaeologists for years, the Mataha-expedition (Mataha = labyrinth in Arabic) was the first to apply this technology at Hawara, to solve the enigma born in the Renaissance for once.

Mataha Expedition: Labyrinth of Egypt at Hawara

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The conclusion of the Hawara geophysic-survey is officially released by the Egyptian authorities at the workshop in Cairo organized by the NRIAG on 11 of August 2008. This took place in the presence of some members of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, a representative of UNESCO, professors of international Universities, researchers of Cairo based archaeological institutes and a small selection of specialized archaeological press.

Before taking off with the conclusion, it needs to be said that the presented geo-archaeological results about the Labyrinth were received with positive scepticism by archaeologists and alike, who still prefer to believe actual excavation as confirmation of the discovery, without touching the integrity of the geophysic team professionalism. This feeling of doubt was expected like geophysic technics are new in the field of archaeology. Till very recently geophysics were namely only used by the military and oil industry. All geophysic results regarding the groundwater and the geologic situation, are in contrast fully taken for granted by all parties, and even formed the actual start of the existing preservation master plan for the Hawara archaeological site, by the Egyptian government and the Supreme council of Antiquities.

The mission of the Mataha-expedition was, besides preservation, to research the quarry theory by Petrie based on his finding of a great artificial stone surface (304meter on 244meter). Petrie interpreted the enormous artificial stone plateau he discovered at the depth of several meters, as the foundation of the labyrinth, concluding that the building itself was totally demolished, as a stone quarry in the Ptolemaic period. However, the “foundation” impenetrated by early expeditions, never lost the possibility of being the roof of the Labyrinth, described by Strabo as a great plain of stone.

The Mataha – expedition research confirms the presence of archaeological features at the labyrinth area south of the Hawara pyramid of Amenemhet III. These features covering an underground area of several hectares, have the prominent signature of vertical walls on the geophysical results. The vertical walls with an average thickness of several meters, are connected to shape nearly closed rooms, which are interpreted to be huge in number. Consequently, the geophysic survey initiated with the cordial permission of Dr. Zahi Hawass the president of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and conducted by the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (Helwan, Cairo) with the support of Ghent University, can now officially verify the occurrence of big parts of the Labyrinth as described by the classic authors at the study area. The Labyrinth data are acquired mainly from 2 scanned surfaces at the labyrinth area south of the pyramid. One scan survey of 150m by 100m on the right site of the Bahr Wahbi canal, and one on the left site (80m by 100m). Two considerations regarding the conclusion. Seen the survey provided only two big puzzles, the total size and shape of the labyrinth can not yet been concluded. Secondly, the data of the labyrinth are accurate, because of the exceptional dimensions of the structure, but the geophysic profiles still need some filtration to give more details. Groundwater affected the consistency of the survey. The partial defacement of the data is due to the high salinity of the shallow subsurface water and the seasonal fluctuation of this level. So we recommend also another episode of geophysical survey after the dewatering project to enhance the outcome to great extent.

In the upper ground zone above the water level, walls appear at the shallow depth ranging between 1,5 to 2,5 meters. These decayed mudbrick features are very chaotic and show no consistent grid structure and can be comfortably related with the historic period of the Ptolemaic and Roman times. A period in which is known, that the labyrinth area was used as a cemetery, and probably also changed to a living area in the Byzantine period. Underneath this upper zone, below the artificial stone surface appears (in spite of the turbid effect of the groundwater) at the depth of 8 to 12 meters a grid structure of gigantic size made of a very high resistivity material like granit stone. This states the presence of a colossal archaeological feature below the labyrinth “foundation” zone of Petrie, which has to be reconsidered as the roof of the still existing labyrinth. The conclusion of the geo-archaeological expedition encounters in a scientific way the idea that the labyrinth was destructed as a stone quary in Ptolemaic times and validates the authenticity of the classical author reports. The massive grid structure of the labyrinth is also out of angle by 20° to 25° from the Hawara pyramid orientation. An analysis shifting the contemporary idea of the labyrinth as funerary temple and its supposed construction age, but on the other hand it hardens Herodotus accuracy, who described the nearby pyramid to be at the corner of the labyrinth. It might even be considered that the remains of the labyrinth run unaffectedly underneath the canal, which crosses the total Hawara area. Like the scanned Labyrinth sections on both sides of Bahr Wahbi canal have similar and parallel grids on the geophysical results.

From a preservative view of the Hawara archaeological site, humanity is now facing a great challenge. The water level, which raised dramatically since the last decades, is detected at a depth of about 4-5 meters below the ground surface at the labyrinth area. Drowning the whole site completely in the corrosive salty water, which agressively destructs the stones of the labyrinth on a great scale. Making environmental protection directly the utmost necessity. UNESCO committee members publicly considered after the official release of the research conclusion at the workshop in Cairo, to mark the total Hawara site “world heritage”, as the first UNESCO step towards the launch of an international safeguarding campaign. This should be a great honour en help, like Hawara not only contains important Middle Kingdom to late Roman antiquities, but also the greatest wonder of the classical world. With the words of Herodotus “surpassing even the great pyramids of Giza”.

In contrast to many sites, which become vulnerable to illegal excavations and theft after the release of their discovery, the Labyrinth is contradictory protected from illegal human activity by the saline water that destroys it. A situation we can not push towards a next generation without presenting an empty box, like all hieroglyphic texts as described by the classic others will be very soon lost forever, eaten out by salt crystals.

An archaeological rescue operation as never seen before will therefore have to be organized, to raise the necessary media attention, experts, technology and funds to start the drainage, protection and the total excavation of the labyrinth of Egypt. The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities expressed their great devotion and responsibility by announcing the start of the actual renovate master plan for the site, but as a the labyrinth affects the whole world, we are responsible to work together with this great country that bears already the heavy weight to preserve and protect the remains of a giant civilization. A fantastic country with great people, that is reaching a warm hand to the rest of the world to share this new discovered global human heritage.

The Mataha-Expedition team therefore directs the need for any kind of support to all man. We believe that humanity reached the point of civilization to be able to work unconditional together at high efficiency with the honorary aim to protect and discover the colossal stone book that the ancients built with an unimaginable effort of love, to communicate with us from the deep black of time.

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Herodotus' Egyptian Labyrinth

Even more generally, labyrinth might be applied to any extremely complicated maze-like structure. Herodotus, in Book II of his Histories, describes as a "labyrinth" a building complex in Egypt, "near the place called the City of Crocodiles," that he considered to surpass the pyramids in its astonishing ambition:

It has twelve covered courts — six in a row facing north, six south — the gates of the one range exactly fronting the gates of the other. Inside, the building is of two storeys and contains three thousand rooms, of which half are underground, and the other half directly above them. I was taken through the rooms in the upper storey, so what I shall say of them is from my own observation, but the underground ones I can speak of only from report, because the Egyptians in charge refused to let me see them, as they contain the tombs of the kings who built the labyrinth, and also the tombs of the sacred crocodiles. The upper rooms, on the contrary, I did actually see, and it is hard to believe that they are the work of men; the baffling and intricate passages from room to room and from court to court were an endless wonder to me, as we passed from a courtyard into rooms, from rooms into galleries, from galleries into more rooms and thence into yet more courtyards. The roof of every chamber, courtyard, and gallery is, like the walls, of stone. The walls are covered with carved figures, and each court is exquisitely built of white marble and surrounded by a colonnade.*

* Source:  Peck, Harry Thurston (chief editor). "Hieratic Papyrus. (Twentieth Dynasty.)" in the Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, published 1898, page 29.

During the time of Sir William Smith, the remains of the "Labyrinthus" (as he calls it) were discovered "11 1/2 miles from the pyramid of Hawara, in the province of Faioum." As professor Smith states in the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1870), the Labyrinthus was likely modified and added upon "at various times. The names of more than one king have been found there, the oldest" name being that of Amenemhat III. "It is unnecessary to imagine more than that it was monumental, and a monument of more than one king of Egypt."

In 1898, the Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities described the structure as "the largest of all the temples of Egypt, the so-called Labyrinth, of which, however, only the foundation stones have been preserved."


The description of Herodotus

"...Herodotus is my name, I am from Halikarnassos and am now telling the world about the research I did to keep the memory of the past alive and to immortalize the great, impressive works of the Greeks and other people."

"...As a token of their unanimity they decided to leave a memorial and that led to the building of the labyrinth, which is situated not far from the southern bank of the Moiris lake, in the neighborhood of a place called crocodilopolis. I have been there and it is beyond all description. If you would make a survey of all city walls and public buildings in Greece, you will see that all together they did not ask so much effort nor money as this labyrinth. And the temples in Efesse and Samos aren't exactly nothing either! It is true, the pyramids make you speechless and each and everyone of them equals many of our Greek buildings, but they cannot stand comparison with the labyrinth."

"...To start, it has a dozen indoor gardens of which six on a row at the northern side and six at the southern side. They are built in such a manner that their portals are face to face. An exterior wall without openings surrounds the entire complex. The building itself is a two-storied one and has three-thousand chambers of which half of these are underground and the other fifteen-hundred are on the ground floor."

I had to stop reading. Three-thousand rooms with indoor gardens and one single ring wall encircling the building. More gigantic than this is not possible! Half of the rooms are above and the other half under ground. Imagine rooms with a length of only two meters, then the total length would be three kilometers! That gave me dizzy-spells. This had to be the largest building ever! No doubt about it. Why wasn't it known better? Could it be vanished from the earth? It was still there in 448 BC. Has it been taken apart since then and used for other buildings?

"... I visited and looked at the fifteen-hundred ground-floor chambers myself, so I speak from personal experience, but for the underground chambers I have to rely on the authority of others, because the Egyptians refused to let me in. There, the tombs can be found of the kings that originally built the labyrinth, and of the holy crocodiles. So I have not been there and everything I know about it, I know from hearsay.

The rooms on top of them have indeed been shown to me. You would not believe they were built by human hands. The passages interconnecting the chambers and the winding paths from court to court were breathtaking in their colorful variety, as I walked in full admiration from the courtyard to the chambers, from the chambers to the colonnades, from the colonnades to again other chambers and from there into still more courtyards. The ceiling of all these places where made of stone, just as the walls which are covered with relief-figures. Each courtyard is surrounded with a row of white marble, seamless columns."

Good God, I groaned. What luxury! And nowhere is mentioned that it had been plundered or demolished! But then where was this monumental labyrinth, with the tombs of the twelve kings? Undoubtedly, there must be the biggest treasures ever to be found in Egypt! Tutankhamen's treasury is nothing compared to this.

With burning head, I read on:

"...Right by the corner where the labyrinth stops, stands a pyramid of at least seventy-five meters high and decorated with a relief of large animal figures.

It can be reached through an underground passage.

But, however spectacular this labyrinth is, the lake Moiris, right next to it, makes one really gasp.

Its perimeter is 3600 stadiums or sixty schoinoi - 666 kilometers - as long as the entire Egyptian coastline. This long-drawn-out lake has a north-south orientation and its depth is more than ninety meters at its deepest. It is probably man-made because in the middle are two pyramids, each reaching ninety meters above the water, while their base is equally far under water.

The lake is not getting water from natural sources, that would be impossible because the surrounding country is bone-dry; no, a canal is its connection to the Nile. Through the canal the water flows into the lake during half a year and the other six months it flows back into the river again. The profit for the royal treasury during this period is at least one silver talent per day because of the fish that are caught there."

Latest update!!!

September 19, 2009

The fabled Labyrinth may well have been exposed over the past few days. During the excavation works led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, and based on ground penetrating radar scans, the first stones of what seems to be one of the entrances to this massive Labyrinth can be seen in new pictures that were just made a few days ago.

The alleged Hall of Records is what many archeologists as well as historians and scientists hope to find. According to ancient scripture this room with ancient artifacts and superior knowledge of a forgotten culture would be safeguarded in this room. Finding this room may well change many of the current interpretations of our human evolution and beyond to lost knowledge about our planetary system…

The excavation works don’t come too early as an underground river containing contaminated water runs through the location where earlier GPR scans have found the Hawara Labyrinth. Much of the items that were stored in the Labyrinth, or any of its sacred rooms, may already have been damaged by this water. The first priority of Hawass excavation mission is to drain the Labyrinth and deviate the river around the area. This in itself will prove a big challenge but with such a big potential reward, finding the Hall of Records, nothing should be spared to reach the goal.

These are the images that came from the excavation site clearly showing an underground structure:

Hawara Labyrinth

Hawara Labyrinth

Hawara Labyrinth

Books by Patrick Geryl


The Orion Prophecy The Orion Prophecy

Will the world be destroyed in 2012?
Prophecies from the Maya and the Old Egyptians

In the year 2012 the Earth awaits a super catastrophe: its magnetic field will completely reverse in one go. Phenomenal earthquakes and tidal waves will destroy our civilization. Europe and North-America will shift thousands of kilometers northward and end up in a polar clime. Nearly the whole Earth's population will perish in the apocalyptic events.

These predictions stem from the Maya and Egyptians. They are descendants of the legendary Atlantis, which is currently buried under the South-Pole.

The Atlanteans had highly evolved astronomical knowledge and were able to exactly predict the previous world-wide flood in 9792 BC. They built tens of thousands of boats and escaped to South-America and Egypt.

The authors launch this world-shattering message after having cracked several ancient star codes (that are over 10,000 years old) of crucial importance to civilization as we approach the year 2012. In that year Venus, Orion and several other stars will take the same 'code-positions' as in 9792 BC, the year of the previous cataclysm!

But there is more. For thousands of years historical sources have told of a forgotten time-capsule of ancient wisdom located in a massive labyrinth. They speak of secret chambers filled with artifacts and documents from the previous flood. This 'Hall of Records' was created by this antediluvian race and the Old Egyptians, who held strong apocalyptic beliefs and wanted to preserve their accomplishments and wisdom for posterity.

Geryl & Ratinckx have established to locate this famous labyrinth. The authors prove their points with extensive scientific and archeological research. The excavation of this time-capsule will have enormous implications, archeologists and scientists will see it as an invaluable insight into the technologies of a hitherto undiscovered race... if they proceed in time!

The World Cataclysm in 2012

In my previous book, "The Orion Prophecy", I came to the staggering conclusion that the earth will be subjected to a huge disaster. The cause: the magnetic field of the earth will reverse in one go, resulting in catastrophic consequences for humanity. Immense earthquakes will sweep away all buildings on earth; while continents will shift thousands of kilometers and an all-demolishing tidal wave will leave billions of dead people behind.

In this book I scientifically reveal the millennia-old codes of the Maya and the Old Egyptians, which refer to this super-disaster. The reader gets carried away in an astonishing series of discoveries about the secrets of a long lost past -- of an antediluvian civilization, which was able to calculate the previous polar shift, and its late descendants, who have calculated the next reversal for 2012. What I discovered is incredibly shocking and of such crucial importance, that it concerns everybody without any exception.

The Dresden Codex of the Maya, for instance, contains the secrets of the sunspot cycle, about which our modern astronomers know nothing yet! The conclusions that follow, are even more staggering.

At a certain moment, when the sun's magnetism reaches a crucial point, the sun's surface will be subjected to immense storms. They will cause a super-catastrophe on earth, without equal. The astronomical Zodiac of the Egyptians described the exact dates of the previous disasters and their consequences for our planet.

When you combine the facts of these phenomena, you are able to prove the source of the number 666, known from the Bible as the number of the Apocalypse. It is taken from the Egyptian civilization and indicates an aberration in the sunspot cycle, which lays the foundation for the forthcoming world cataclysm.

Furthermore, both cultures had made incredibly precise calculations for the orbit of the earth around the sun. They are so accurate, that they exceed our present values! Completely astonished by this discoveries, I could do nothing but acknowledge these ancient particulars as exact, and with that, concede that our end is imminent.

How to Survive 2012 by Patrick Geryl

In 2012 the next polar reversal will take place on earth. This means that the North Pole will be changed into the South Pole. Scientifically this can only be explained by the fact that the earth will start rotating in the opposite direction, together with a huge disaster of unknown proportions.
Immense earthquakes and kilometers-high tidal waves will torment the surface of the earth. At the same time a pole shift will occur. In just a couple of hours the earth's crust will shift thousands of kilometers. In this short period the United States and Europe will be completely destroyed.

Billions of casualties will occur worldwide; only a few human beings will have a chance to survive.

These are the horrible facts. But how do you survive this "Armageddon", this ultimate "End of Times" scenario?

Everybody will ask this question. This shocking book will give you the answers, and they are not very encouraging: those who do not prepare themselves will die in a terrible way. When you do prepare yourself, your survival chances will quickly rise. The problems we will have to overcome are immense, but not insurmountable.

I wrote this book because I want to be one of the survivors. It is a blueprint for all of you who want to re-live the story of Noah. I explain thoroughly all the problems we are going to encounter and which precautions we need to take. I expect to inspire enough people so that together we can resume life on earth in a new civilization.

About the Author


Patrick was on a diet of fruit and vegetables, believing this would make him live long, very long. Ironically enough, his own discoveries about the "End of Times in 2012" shocked him so deeply that it put him on a worldwide quest.

Patrick Geryl is the author of 9 books, written in Dutch of which one was published in Germany, called "Topfit mit Sonnenkost". All of them became bestsellers.

Since his childhood Patrick was also very interested in astronomy and up to now he studied hundreds of publications and books on this subject.

In his first published book on astronomy ("A new Space-Time Dimension", 1979),
he launched an attack on the world famous relativity theory: he predicted several spectacular things that were connected to the universe. His predictions were confirmed in the last ten years, getting a lot of publicity in the Belgium press and television.

Within three years time he hopes to present his book in the USA, but first he has more important things to do. Through his astronomical knowledge, he discovered a trace leading to a high-developed civilization that was destroyed by a polar reversal. The descendants of this civilization, the Maya and Old Egyptians, predict a similar disaster for the year 2012. Noticing the urgency of this warning, Patrick started an intensive research and wrote three books on this subject.

The first book, "The Orion Prophecy", was published in 1998 in Belgium and Holland. It was translated and published at the end of 2001 in the USA. After this, translations followed in Polish (Edit. Amber), Spanish (Kier), Bulgarian and Portugese (Pensamento). In the meantime the book became a bestseller in Poland. "The World Cataclysm in 2012" was published in 2005 in the USA. It also became a bestseller in Poland. "How to survive 2012" was published at the end of 2006.

After these publications, Patrick will mainly spend his time on forming a survival group.


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