wander the American Southwest thousands of years ago? In the early 20th
century, claims of such a discovery were made by two Smithsonian-funded
archaeologists, who spoke of a thriving civilization tucked within a
series of caverns carved into the side of a remote portion of the Grand
Canyon. What did the archaeologists find? What evidence did they bring
back? Hell, did these men even exist?
the discovery of a series of bizarre caves and artifacts in the Marble
Canyon region of the Grand Canyon. The report claimed two
Smithsonian-funded archaeologists, Prof. S. A. Jordan and G.E. Kinkaid,
are responsible for the find. As the article noted:
which almost conclusively prove that the race which inhabited this
mysterious cavern, hewn in solid rock by human hands, was of oriental
origin, possibly from Egypt, tracing back to Ramses. If their theories
are borne out by the translation of the tablets engraved with
hieroglyphics, the mystery of the prehistoric peoples of North America,
their ancient arts, who they were and whence they came, will be solved.
Egypt and the Nile, and Arizona and the Colorado will be linked by a
historical chain running back to ages which staggers the wildest fancy
of the fictionist.
in the article, a cross-legged idol resembling Buddha is described
along with a large tomb filled with mummified humans: a veritable
mash-up of Egyptian and East Asian cultures.
Although this remote area of the Grand Canyon makes for perilous
traveling, expeditions by private collectors and academics went forward.
The site of Kincaid's discovery was roughly 42 miles away from El Tovar Crystal Canyon, and the Arizona Gazette article noted that the cavern's entrance was 1500 feet down a sheer cliff.
claims to know the exact location of the caverns — the site is guarded
today by a lone soldier carrying an M-16 and that the caverns are a museum for civilization's shadowy elites.
To make things even more bizarre, David Icke connects Kincaid's Grand
Canyon discovery with reptilian overlords in his 1999 book The Biggest Secret.
No record exists of Kincaid or Professor Jordan within the
Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology, nor is there a paper trail at
the Smithsonian detailing the artifacts gathered on the expedition. When
asked directly about Kincaid's claims, a Smithsonian Institute
representative once said:
the first thing I can tell you, before we go any further, is that no
Egyptian artifacts of any kind have ever been found in North or South
America. Therefore, I can tell you that the Smithsonian Institute has
never been involved in any such excavations.
artifacts to maintain this historical viewpoint. Espousers of this
theory mention man-made mounds with plaster walls strewn across the
American Midwest and a series of fire-hewn coffins found in Alabama in 1892 that were turned over the Smithsonian Institute, only to be lost in the years following.
Kincaid and Jordan returned without artifacts or pictures of the findings, leaving the Arizona Gazette article as the sole evidence of the expedition.
data outside of the article substantiates the existence of Professor
Jordan, and Kincaid's only other known reference comes in a March 12
article in the Arizona Gazette. The March 12 piece notes that
Kincaid is in Yuma, Arizona. It mentions simply that he is an avid
photographer who carries very high-end photography equipment. This is a
particularly questionable tidbit, as no photos of Kincaid's discovery of
the mummified bodies or a Buddha-like statue exist, let alone general
photos of this portion of the expedition.
articles mentions his hunt for "the mineral", a euphemism for gold.
Theodore Roosevelt made the extraction of gold from the Grand Canyon
illegal in 1908 when he deemed the canyon a national forest.
in all, the artifact story was presumably an attempt to drive up sales
of a newspaper, or maybe the product of a couple of bored reporters
blessed with a bottle of ether and a slow new day. That said, I would
watch the hell out of this SyFy movie, particularly if they tied it to the lost Reptilian city under Los Angeles.