Grand Canyon and Egyptian Artifacts

A rumor that the Smithsonian Institution, opens a new window covered up an Egyptian site found in the Grand Canyon dates from an article that was published on the front page of the Arizona Gazette on April 5, 1909.

The article, "Explorations in the Grand Canyon," claimed that there was evidence of an Egypto-Tibetan culture in the Grand Canyon discovered by an expedition under the direction of Prof. S.A. Jordon and archaeologist G.E. Kinkaid. The Smithsonian was supposed to have been a sponsor of the expedition.

The Smithsonian Institution has received many inquires about this over the years. This story is not true but continues to be repeated.


Lago, Don. “'Looks Like a Mulhatton Story': The Origins of the Grand Canyon Egyptian Cave Myth, opens a new window" The Ol’ Pioneer. Volume 20 : Number 2 Summer 2009. 

Colalvito, Jason. "Archaeological Coverup?, opens a new window" | Lost Civilizations Uncovered

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