Richard Gabriel with Judith Elter  2009  All rights reserved

 

                                                   

The Berlin Wall of Nazlet   

 

 

 

         How the Sphynx Square used to look                                     How the Sphinx Square looked recently !

 

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The picture on the left was taken from the Pizza Hut, top balcony (seen centre of Pic right.) Now the balcony is barred, because it allows people to see 'too much' of what is happening on the plateau around the Pyramids and Sphynx

 

 

In the right hand Pic you can see a black pickup truck. It faced a gateway in the wall where the flash of cash, even at this point of construction, could gain you easy entry past the police guards to the plateau.  On this page we are going to take a look at the Berlin Wall of Nazlet! Its official purpose: To keep the peddlars off the site and to control tourists etc. Its unofficial purpose to control the plateau so that a new entrance centre can be completed from the Western desert road / so that all entry is barred from the Eastern side/ to tie with the forced removal of hugh sections of the village overlooking the sphinx areas/ so that sections of the wall near those areas which were falsely built with block for easy removal can be demolished/ so that Khufu's temple and palace (officially still undiscovered) can be excavated there with impunity/ so that any ancient hidden treasures and knowledge can be plundered.

 

In its completed state, the peddlars and camel touts still roam the site, protected themselves from harassment by a corrupt system that turns a (cash) blind eye to their illegal entry through, under, and over the high security perimeter wall designed and built for $$millions to keep them out!

 

You will see in one of the pics how the children especially stand on top of the concrete wall to lower baskets down on ropes and haul junk trinkets up throughout the day. They feed them under the wire fence overstructure to their friends and touts on the plateau side.

 

You will see in another pic at night, behind the village where the wall turns a couple of corners. At this point the disguised figure in the pic is indicating where the top fence has a gap where anyone can squeeze through to the other side. A convenient pile of well trodden rubble on the village side makes access easy. Care is taken in its use, but it is one of many known busy crossing points anyway. Very close by there are the sleepy security cameras; and the ground motion sensors would be hardly disturbed!

 

[Several blocks South of the sole official  Eastern entrance to the pyramids, there is an entrance known as the Sphinx Gate. Somebody has removed a three-metre wide section of the Supreme Council's new wall. The gap is being used by the camel- and horse-handlers and the touts to enter.

Source:  http://www.thestar.com/News/article/208677  (April 30th.07)]

 

 

Perhaps if we take a look at some of the Wall statistics we may better

speculate other motivations for its construction

 

Some details:

 

The Wall is made with anti tunneling mesh below ground, reinforced concrete above ground, with a high chain link fence on top. Where it intersects the village at the Sphynx Square section, the incomplete wall at time of photographing was been studded with copious broken glass fragments cemented to the top. This can be seen clearly in at least one of the pics below and in the lead pic, bottom right. In some places the wall rises to 4 meters in height. More than enough to stop any camel leaping over!

 

The wall construction started in 2002. It runs for an approximate length of 20 kilometers, way out into the desert (in case there ever may be a mass influx of tourist from that direction!) and covers an approximate area of 8 square kilometers. It paid little respect itself to the priceless archaeology it disturbed or destroyed along its course. It cuts through cemetary and village alike, and stands like an archetect's blight upon the plateau landscape.

 

The wall is decorated with Infra Red sensors, Motion Detectors, Frequent remote CCTV cameras, and alarms; and just for good measure, there are permanant guards stationed at all times at intervals along its length. In rankings of barrier wall construction, this Wall means business! Despite this state of the art enclosure, while genuine tourists wend their way through the metal detectors and x ray machines of the new concrete control buildings (where the picturesque square used to exist,) the camel touts and trinket children keep the black economy afloat using far less troublesome means of entry. 

 

With such a magnificent Citidel it does not take much effort to feel it is a slight overkill to its official purpose. $27m. was the initial budget for the site makeover, and the wall must have been the most hungry project for the funds. Tourists will for evermore wish to visit the site and the peddlars/touts will continue to apply their more laboured business. This being so, the enormous sum of money used in its construction may have been directed to a less costly idea... unless there was a better purpose to the construction.

 

In order to understand what that may be, we have to acknowlege the principles of worth for many in Egypt, where the job ethic extends to whatever can be gained in Backsheesh (tips) to suppliment a poor income. This is at the fabric of Egyptian society, where everyone understands the hierachy of its power. An example is in the trade of old or ancient artifacts. Some villagers turn their living rooms into tunneling shafts to see what they can find from the ground. Items are passed up the human conveyor belt to a final customer and backsheesh oils the system. This way everyone is happy because the poorest scratch a living; the poorly paid guards suppliment their income; the officials and and dealers, deal.... But much more importantly, those at the top have a ready chain of information-command for everything that is taking place above and below ground. They are able to dive in to snatch significant finds, or maintain their overall control with a few jailed and beaten 'examples' along the way.

 

The oil of this economy is also evident in the control of tourists!  Would it be too simplistic to speculate that the control of peddlars and the direction of tourists would be a simple job for a well trained and honest police force? Would it be too simple to imagine that a zero police tolerance for infringements, coupled with the initial examples of high punishment, would quickly bring the unwanted local touts and tourist parasites into check? By way of compensation, could the millions of $$$ saved have been better spent to raise the impoverished locals from their shanties to a better site? (But in reality the few local Lairds would not be too happy at their supply drying up)  You will see graphic Pics and accounts in forthcoming evidence pages of the activities I have described above.

 

Over lifetimes, the ethos of pride and honesty in any job for its worth's sake - fairly rewarded and recognised, has been replaced with a worth only in what can be prised from the pockets of especially "chickens." Many locals know Tourists as "chickens!" (because chickens can be easily caught and plucked.)

 

At the bottom of the ladder, some locals live in abject poverty while brushing shoulders with wealthy tourists who prop the more discrete flow of Backsheesh to their masters at the other end of the wealth scale, and provide a gravy boat for the expert extraction of money at every other level . Tourisim is the backbone, which in turn relies upon Egypt maintaining absolute possession of its aparrent heratage.

 

The Dynastic and Pharonic past of Egypt is indeed great, with by far the greatest discoveries from ancient time still to be uncovered. The world is in awe, and wants to come see. If there is to be no pride in fairness and worth within society, then there is plenty of nationalistic pride to be hailed from its Dynastic and Pharonic past.

 

But here is the twist: What if there is a past within Egypt that stretches for eons to a time before the name of Egypt, and represented a post Atlantean culture more advanced in their own way than we are today? What if evidence from that remote time survives? What if knowledge and technology may still be recovered? Would this point to a heritage which belonged 'beyond' Egypt to the whole World?

 

If the possibility exists, you would expect to see the authorities doing everything in their power to protect their nationalistic lineage reaching to Dynastic and Pharonic times, first and foremost. You would expect to see them at the same time controlling absolutely everything that may lead to valuable discoveries beyond their model. You would expect them to have absolute control of any actual exploration to prove the more ancient lineage; plus the artifacts of any ancient technology that may go with it. Does it all sound familiar?

 

All speculation?? But from our own findings, and the findings of those far more astute and learned than ourselves, it seems the plateau conceals the very things of which I speak. Protecting and controlling it would be a far more understandable justification for the cost and construction of the great Wall of Giza.

 

There is a supreme irony in all I have speculated, if true. On the one hand the culture of Egypt is held up to the world on the bedrock of a great Dynastic and Pharonic past. This is defended at all cost. However if the truth should include a more distant past before Egypt was even know by its name, then Egypt could rightly claim to be a bedrock of modern global civilisation. Now what could be a better claim than that!!!

 

I fear however, the self interests to be served within the establishment will not open their doors to such a thing until it is forced upon them. Let us hope if so, that such a time is not too late for the whole world, including Egypt,  to benefit from it.

 

 

The pictures below were taken from many vantage points including from rooftops within Nazlet village. They are not pictures to just glance at. They reveal much more to careful study. As the views walk you around the village, note the garbage everywhere. This is a side effect from the collection point of Cairo city garbage. Tons of it are collected to be sifted by impoverished villagers close to the wall. Recycling suppliments their existence and relieves the authorities from dealing with the garbage collections properly. It matters little that a few feet separated from tourists, villagers and children compete with vermin to be able to live. The overspill is obvious in some pics, but we have more graphic pictures on record.

 

Notice also just beyond the upper fence in places, where archeology is now in a forgotton no-mans-land and where the wire top-fence thrusts forth like an icon to blocked knowledge. That is where Russian teams have been happily excavating for years. The pics below are just a sample, but they leave no doubt: There must have been a better way!

 

 

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