Pyramids radiocarbon dating project
I enclose the middlesized piece and the bone with this letter. These results are intriguing if only that they raise questions as to when the Khafre pyramid was first re-entered after being sealed off by its builders.
My father maintained that these were found in a position which could only have been concordant with the building of the pyramid. Herodotus, who visited Giza in the 5th century BC, apparently saw no entrances to this pyramid .
It was around this time that Dixon discovered the openings of the two shafts on the south and north walls of the Queen's Chamber. Edwards, the curator of the Egyptian Antiquities Department. We will all recall that in March 1993 the German Engineer, Rudolf Gantenbrink, explored the shafts of the Queen's Chamber in the Great Pyramid using a miniature robot fitted with a video camera.
In the horizontal section of the shafts that leads into the chamber, Dixon found three small relics: a small bronze hook; a portion of 'cedar-like' wood, and a granite ball . Edwards in 1946 and through the years by numerous other pyramid specialists, the 'Dixon' relics were never mentioned and their existence apparently forgotten . However, probably because of the distraction caused by the Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Dixon Relics were stored and forgotten. He was astonished to find that the northern shaft had been probed (probably by the Dixons) with a metal rod (assembled in sections by metal sleeves), the remains of which could be still seen in the shaft.
Elizabeth Porteous living in Hounslow near London, was reminded (apparently by the excitement generated by the Tutankhamun Exhibition at the time) that her great grandfather, John Dixon, had left in the family a cigar box with relics inside them found in the Great Pyramid which she had inherited in 1970, after the death of her father. Porteous then took the relics, still in the original cigar box, to the British Museum. It seems almost certain that this longer piece of wood (if wood it is) is contemporaneous with the construction of the Great Pyramid.
In 1818, when Belzoni entered the Second Pyramid (Khafre), he found some bones inside the sarcophagus which apparently turned out to be from a bull .Cole set up his equipment within the Pyramid to fix the legs of the many extractor fans into the open joints of the original limestone blocks.