Secret Chamber. The Quest for the Hall of Records.

By Robert Bauval

Printed: 1999

Publisher: Century. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 4

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In the original dustsheet. Black cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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In the last three years a covert and high-powered archaeological search has taken place at Giza to locate the Hall of Records under the Sphinx and also find a “secret” room inside the Great Pyramid. This work aims to reveal the archaeological discoveries the authorities have tried to keep secret.

Review: I would first like to thank Mr Bauval for his objectivity and perseverance over the years in relation to the Giza plateau. This ‘meaty’ book follows on from his previous work – The Orion Mystery (with Adrian Gilbert) and Keeper of Genesis (with Graham Hancock) – both highly recommended reading.

Its basis is investigating the truth and evidence pertaining to a Secret Chamber or Chambers somewhere around the Great Pyramid and Sphinx area in Egypt. The first part is certainly intense reading and investigates various perspectives of what, where, when, why and who may have built a secret chamber in this region. Interpretations of ancient texts and religious stories are painstakingly explained by Bauval and although quite heavy going the reader will be drawn into the history and mystery of this wonderful location. Many features are addressed and backed up by various sources.

Part 2 brings the whole story up to date as far as possible. The fact that a number of the events sceduled for the 31/12/99 were cancelled adds even more credence to the whole cover-up scenario. Robert Bauvals own experiances are written openly and the events that have occurred for many ,many years but especially since the filming of the ‘door’ are political sore points and very frustrating.

All the questions are here and more are asked – What does it all mean? When will the answers be known? Not all the questions are answered here but the book itself is a certain must. Interesting , frustrating and totally readable.


Robert Bauval (born 5 March 1948) is a Belgian author and lecturer, perhaps best known for the fringe Orion Correlation Theory regarding the Giza pyramid complex.

Bauval was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to parents of Belgian and Maltese origins. He attended the British Boys’ School in Alexandria (now El Nasr Boys’ School) and the Franciscan College in Buckinghamshire, England. He left Egypt in 1967 just before the Six-Day War, during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser. He has spent most of his engineering career living and working in the Middle East and Africa as a construction engineer.

In late 1992, Bauval had been trying to obtain a translation of Hermetica by Walter Scott. He then came across a new edition printed by Solo Press with a foreword by Adrian Gilbert. Bauval contacted Gilbert after being interested in his foreword concerning a link between an Alexandrine school of Hermes Trismegistus and the pyramid builders of the Fourth dynasty of Egypt. They went on to write The Orion Mystery together, which became an international bestseller. BBC Two broadcast a documentary on Bauval’s ideas around the time of the book’s publication. He has co-authored three books with Graham Hancock, including 2004’s Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith in which the two put forward what sociologist of religion David V. Barrett in a review in The Independent described it as a factually incorrect and unconvincing “mess of a book” based upon indiscriminate use of source material culminating in “promulgating a version of the old Jewish-Masonic plot so beloved by ultra-right-wing conspiracy theorists.


 Orion’s Belt superimposed on the Giza pyramid complex

Bauval is specifically known for the Orion Correlation Theory (OCT), which proposes a relationship between the fourth dynasty Egyptian pyramids of the Giza Plateau and the alignment of certain stars in the constellation of Orion. However, 20 years before Bauval’s book The Orion Mystery suggested that the Giza Pyramids were aligned to Orion’s belt, James J. Hurtak pointed out such a correlation in 1973.

One night in 1983, while working in Saudi Arabia, he took his family and a friend’s family up into the sand dunes of the Arabian desert for a camping expedition. His friend pointed out the constellation of Orion, and mentioned that Alnitak, the most easterly of the stars making up Orion’s belt, was offset slightly from the others. Bauval then made a connection between the layout of the three main stars in Orion’s belt and the layout of the three main pyramids in the Giza necropolis.

The Orion Correlation Theory has been described as a form of pseudoarchaeology. Among the idea’s critics have been two astronomers: Ed Krupp of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, and Anthony Fairall, astronomy professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Krupp and Fairall independently investigated the angle between the alignment of Orion’s Belt to North during the era cited by Bauval (which differs from the angle in the 3rd millennium BCE, because of the precession of the equinoxes), and found that the angle was somewhat different from the ‘perfect match’ claimed by Bauval and Hancock: 47 to 50 degrees, compared to the 38-degree angle formed by the pyramids.

Krupp also pointed out that the slightly-bent line formed by the three pyramids was deviated towards the North, whereas the slight “kink” in the line of Orion’s Belt was deformed to the South, meaning that a direct correlation would require one or the other to be inverted. Indeed, this is what was done in the original book by Bauval and Gilbert (The Orion Mystery), which compared images of the pyramids and Orion without revealing that the pyramids’ map had been inverted. Krupp and Fairall find other problems with the claims, including the point that if the Sphinx is meant to represent the constellation of Leo, then it should be on the opposite side of the Nile (the ‘Milky Way’) from the pyramids (‘Orion’), that the vernal equinox around 10,500 BCE was in Virgo and not Leo, and that the constellations of the Zodiac originate from Mesopotamia and were unknown in Egypt at the time.

On 4 November 1999, the BBC broadcast a documentary entitled Atlantis Reborn which tested the ideas of Robert Bauval and his colleague, Graham Hancock. Bauval and Hancock afterwards complained to the BSC (Broadcasting Standards Commission) that they had been treated unfairly. A hearing followed and in November 2000 the BSC ruled in favour of the documentary makers on all but one of the ten principal complaints brought by Hancock and Bauval.

The BSC dismissed all but one of the complaints, with the one being upheld being in respect of an omission of their rebuttal of a specific argument against the Orion Correlation Theory. In regard of the nine remaining complaints, the BSC ruled against Hancock and Bauval, concluding that they had not been treated unfairly in the criticism of their theories concerning carbon-dating, the Great Sphinx of Egypt, Cambodia’s Angkor temples, Japan’s Yonaguni formation and the mythical land of Atlantis.

The BBC offered to broadcast a revised version of the documentary, which was welcomed by Hancock and Bauval. It was broadcast as Atlantis Reborn Again on 14 December 2000. The revised documentary continued to present serious doubts about Bauval and Hancock’s ideas, as held by astronomer Anthony Fairall, Ed Krupp of the Griffith Observatory, Egyptologist Kate Spence of Cambridge University and Eleanor Mannikka of the University of Michigan.

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