As researcher Dennis Guern and I continue this series about the supposed giants of the Grand Canyon, we are going to delve this time into the folks who have made attempts to find the caves.
LINK to installment #1 The Original Article
We begin with a group of respected researchers, some of them from the team I joined some time ago, Crypto 4 Corners.
Apparently, no real charting of the caves in the canyon has been done. That is rather unusual. And, it would appear that permits to go into the caves are necessary and yet they are also not granted.
LINK: One clue has emerged from some recent research involving split-twig figurines recovered in 1963 from a limestone cavern in the Canyon. Revealed was a radiocarbon date of 2145 B.C., plus or minus 100 years, or at least 3,600 years before Columbus reportedly discovered America.
Those numbers truly stunned this pilgrim, who was taught in good New England schools to believe that civilized life began in North America when the Europeans landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts around 1620.
Speaking of unanswered questions and puzzles, why are so many of the Grand Canyon's buttes and promontories, in the words of author John C. Van Dyke, named for "blinking little divinities of India and Egypt"?
Anyone poring over a topographical map of the Canyon will notice that many of the bizarre rock formations have Egyptian and East Indian names. Specifically, there are various rock formations with names such as Tower of Ra, Horus Temple, Osiris Temple and Isis Temple. In the Haunted Canyon area, one finds the Cheops Pyramid, Manu Temple and Shiva Temple.
When I launched some queries about the reasons for these ancient Egyptian and East Indian names, National Park Service representatives replied that one of the early explorers, Clarence Edward Dutton, simply loved Egyptian and Hindu names.
Why, then, is one entire area near these names designated by the National Park Service as a forbidden zone? No hikes are allowed without a permit in the many caves found there, and no permits are granted.
And, what about caves in the Grand Canyon? Are there many? At least 1000!
LINK: Hidden within the Grand Canyon are an estimated 1,000 caves. Of those, 335 have been recorded. Very few have been mapped or inventoried. Most have developed in the limestone of the Redwall and Muav formations, although some are known to exist in other formations. Some caves are well known and, over the years, have been frequented often by visitors, such as the Cave of the Domes on Horseshoe Mesa.
Some believe they have determined the likely cave location, placing it in Marble Canyon.
LINK: For the reasons detailed above, I think the "cave" described in the headline story of the Arizona Gazette, April 5, 1909 and its fantastic underground installation was, and still may be, located above an approximate six mile stretch of the Colorado River in Marble Canyon, at the border of Marble Canyon and the Navajo Nation above an area near Kwagunt Rapids.
The study of where the cave might be has become an interesting intellectual pursuit. It would seem that access to caves in the Grand Canyon is basically impossible and yet no one in the Bureau of Land Management or Department of the Interior cares to map the caves and document them.
More installments are coming -
**For more in this series, look for the tab up at the top of the blog for "Grand Canyon Mummies."