Back in 2008, a group of researchers traveled to Egypt in order to conduct and investigation about a lost labyrinth that had been described by a variety of classic authors. According to tales, the underground temple contained 3000 rooms and was full of ancient art.
The labyrinth had been missing for two millennia under the vast Egyptian sand. Researchers then scanned the territory by the use of technology that had never before been used on an expedition. The expedition began on February 18 and lasted until the 12th of March. By the end of their investigation, researchers concluded that there was, in fact, an underground temple found within the area.
Researchers then came forward with their knowledge and held a public lecture to explain to the public what they had found. Unfortunately, since this took place, silence has surrounded the topic. While lectures are available all over the internet, and a few sparse reports have been made, finding information regarding the expedition is not a simple task.
Herodotus explained the labyrinth in great detail in his writing,
“The Labyrinth has 12 covered courts -six in a row facing north, six south. Inside, the building is of two stories and contains 3,000 rooms, of which half are underground, and the other half directly above them. I was taken through the rooms in the upper story, so what I shall say of them is from my own observation, but the underground ones I can speak of only from report, because the Egyptians in charge refused to let me see them, as they contain the tombs of the kings who built the Labyrinth and also the tombs of the sacred crocodiles. The upper rooms, on the contrary, I did actually see, and it is hard to believe that they are the work of men; the baffling and intricate passages from room to room and from court to court were an endless wonder to me, as we passed from a courtyard into rooms, from rooms into galleries, from galleries into more rooms, and thence into yet more courtyards. The roof of every chamber, courtyard, and gallery is, like the walls, of stone. The walls are covered with carved figures, and each court is exquisitely built of white marble and surrounded by a colonnade.” He went on to say “It is beyond my power to describe. It must have cost more in labor and money than all public works of the Greeks put together – though no one would deny that the temples of Ephesus and Samos are remarkable buildings. The Pyramids to are astonishing structures, each one of them equal to many of the most ambitious works of Greece; but the Labyrinth surpasses them.”
And Herodotus is not the first or only historian who spoke about the labyrinth. A variety of classic authors including Manetho Aegyptiaca, Diodorus Siculus, Strabo, Pliny and Pomponius Mela also claimed to have seen the labyrinth first-hand. Furthermore, the different descriptions given by the writers all seem to match up and to remain consistent with one another.
Unfortunately, for now, the internet is very limited on the current state of the labyrinth. However, you can watch the following lecture given by the researchers who saw it first-hand. Spread this article around, and press the world for answers. Why would such an amazing labyrinth not be reported on further?
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