Probably not, but anyone who knows me knows I enjoy a good “tale.” This summer my family went to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and were amazed by its vastness. While there, I looked up if there were any legends or folklore about the place (because I’m obsessed with that kind of stuff). I wasn’t disappointed.
My favorite piece of Grand Canyon “conspiracy folklore” I found stems from a newspaper article printed on April 5, 1909, in the Arizona Gazette. (See copy of article to the right.) In the article, it reports that an archaeological expedition (funded by the Smithsonian Institute ) traveled to the heart of the Grand Canyon and Egyptian artifacts were found—an underground network of tunnels with statues and mummies inside. Now that’s the kind of stuff that makes for a good myth-based mystery, if you ask me.
Over the last hundred years, thousands of people have pestered the Smithsonian Institute about the expedition they supposedly funded. The Smithsonian always responds they have no record of such an event. Thus was born the Grand Canyon Egyptian Cover Up – not as famous as Nevada’s Area 51 Alien cover up, but just as fun.
In reality, deep in the Grand Canyon there are some amazing remnants of the Anasazi people, ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians. They did leave behind excavated caves, drawings, pottery, and the such. While they’re not Egyptian, the Anasazi are equally as unique.