Egyptian Statue Moved By Ropes?
The following is an examination of how evidence gets distorted as it passes from hand to hand...


In recent research we were looking into how the Egyptians moved the huge blocks of stone and statues. A person then posted the image below on a popular discussion board and proceeded to give facts and figures based on this figure... This was his SOURCE  Notice how ALL the details are in place...

Interested in the original source of this image we did further research on the web. We found many websites using this and similar pictures and using it as "proof". It is even called "the famous scene"... so we dug deeper...

"Relief from the tomb of Djehutihotep depicting 172 men pulling a statue of said pharoh, which is estimated to weigh 58 tons. The large pyramid blocks were probably pulled in a similar manner." SOURCE

Lehner, Mark. The Complete Pyramids. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1997. Page 203
At least this image acknowledges the missing plaster.  This Museum site then further shows a...

"Photograph of a team from the television show NOVA when they attempted to build a small pyramid using only techniques the Egyptians would have had. This is probably very similar to a scene that took place when the pyramids were build in ancient Egypt."

Yet no mention of the outcome of that same NOVA Exercise


The next site we exhibit, an Arabian Weekly Magazine,  goes even farther...

"Facsimile of the famous scene from a wall painting in the tomb of Djehutihotep, who lived in the reigns of the Middle Kingdom Pharaohs Amenemhet II, Senusert II and Senusert III (c. 1932-1842 BC), showing his huge monolithic statue being transported from the quarries. It is described as being made of alabaster ("stone from Hatnub") and 13 cubits (more than five metres) high, and can be compared to the famous scene from Sennecherib's palace in Babylon of the transportation of a colossal winged human-headed bull. Both provide evidence of the simple but effective methods of transportation in ancient times."

"The seated figure on the throne, all white except for the head-dress and the artificial beard, is secured on a sledge by which it is being transported. Twisted ropes are kept from chafing the stone by pads of ox skin, and on the knees of the statue stands a figure who, by clapping his hands, gives the beat for the men to tug the sledge."

"In front of the statue is a priest with a censer blessing the figure. First come four rows of workmen, 43 men in each, hauling four cables which are fixed to the front of the sledge. Groups of workmen and officials accompany the statue, and at the top of the scene joyous people with branches in their hands advance to meet the procession. Djehutihotep himself follows his statue on foot together with his three sons and attendants. Then follows a long passage describing the event which was fortunately transliterated before its destruction in the early nineteenth century. The artist who decorated the tomb, and who features on this painted relief, is titled "Lector, mummy-painter, decorator of this tomb ... Ameni-ankhu"."


This is quite an amazing detail of the scene in the picture, especially interesting is the description of the head... Here is the image provided... you will notice it is now in bright colorful detail... easy to see where the previous sketches came from...

Continue below for a tour of the actual Wall in the original chamber...

Secret Templar Symbols in Egyptian Tomb?

When we first discovered this site and watched the cubic panorama of the chamber that's what the first impression was. You will get that same opportunity shortly. Knowing the Templar's respect for ancient sites, we thought it highly unlikely...

Interior wall with Coptic Crosses

Belgian Mission to Deir al-Barsha

This is the group that has excavated the area and is studying it in detail. They could use support as they are a charitable organization and it is expensive to dig. If you are interested in participating please contact the Mission directly


"It should be noted that this area, sometimes referred to as Deir el-Bersha, also probably contained a good many monks during the Christian Period, who used some of the tombs for housing or other purposes."

"Marleen De Meyer began excavations at the level of the 'Old Kingdom' tombs below the plateau with tombs of the Middle Kingdom nomarchs. The long term aim of her work is to document this archaeological area which, thus far, has not received any scholarly attention. Her research envisages not only the tombs themselves (which have probably all been robbed, and which have been stripped of their decoration in the early Christian period), but also the later usage of the area as a quarry site and as a heremites' settlement."

"One tomb was selected for closer inspection, because it offers good opportunities for the study of some of these periods. It is a small rock tomb just below the beginning of the path which leads up to the Middle Kingdom plateau. The tomb was originally probably decorated. In the early Middle Kingdom it received a hitherto unpublished restoration inscription (which was already mentioned in Willoughby Fraser's report of 1893). In the early Christian period, the original decoration was scraped off the wall (leaving only the restoration inscription, which was carved in relief, partly intact). The walls are now decorated with dozens of crosses painted in red ochre."

The above excerpts clearly indicate that the original decoration was striped off and only restoration projects are there...

The following images are screen shots taken from the "Cubic Panorama" of the Djehutihotep Tomb Chamber. The first one is the image as you open the link...

Doorway To Inner Chamber - Crosses on Wall
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Doorway To Inner Chamber - Closeup showing large cross on door. It is easy to see how one might take this as indication of secret Templar chambers...

Left of Entry - Looking Out. 
The glow is from sunlight streaming in through the entry

The Wall Showing the Statue Being Moved
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The Wall Showing the Statue Being Moved - Closer
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If you look closely at the "statue" you will see that it is a raised amorphous mass of plaster or other material... At the bottom of the shape you will clearly see a red cross that is partial under the plaster. There are also several other images partially obsured. The fact that the plaster is raised above the surface is shown by the shadow, the same as it shows on the pieces of missing plaster.

Beth Vegh niticed that the partial figure "standing on the statue" is of a different color and much brighter paint job.

The rope so clear in the earlier drawings {artists concepts!} is not here...

This is the obvious things we noticed. We will let you draw your own conclusions. Check out the tomb for yourself. It is a very interesting 3D presentation. The site has others of the surrounding quarries as well.... 

One last note... don't forget to see the story of the NOVA experiment below. Its very informative

Djehutihotep Tomb Chamber

NOVA Experiment
The Matter of the Ropes....

"...our ropes were of sisal, theirs perhaps of halfa grass;..." NOVA


Most noticeably, a crowd of 50 Egyptian laborers, encouraging one another with raucous cries of mutual support, yanked on ropes attached to a truck-sized block of stone. Weighing perhaps 25 tons, the block rested on a wooden sledge, which the workers were trying to haul along a patch of ground. Earlier, they had firmed up the ground with embedded wooden sleepers laid down crosswise like railroad ties, and had lubricated the sleepers with greasy smears of tallow. The rock had not yet budged, but we were hopeful...

In fact, our little scene looked strikingly similar to one depicted in a relief from the 20th-century B.C. The 12th Dynasty scene shows a gigantic statue of Djehutihotep lashed to a wooden sledge, which 172 laborers in four rows pull using ropes tied to the sledge's leading edge. One man leans out over the statue's feet, pouring a liquid under the sledge to lubricate the runners. Another man, apparently calling out orders or encouragement to the pullers, perches on the knees of the statue, which scholars estimated would have weighed 57 tons...

"This is the last time!"

Then, from on high, he turned to 200-plus leverers and pullers, and yelled at the top of his lungs,


The sledge jumped and, for the first time, kept on going. One foot, two feet, five feet. Only after about ten feet did it finally grind to a halt. Celebrating Jubilant workers celebrate a good day's work by giving Roger Hopkins a victory lift...

Ten feet. All told, in a day's work, maybe 20 feet. Had we done justice to Djehutihotep? Or did our attempt to recreate it in a fashion pale in comparison?...


That was over 200 men, modern rope, steel levers, rollers sled etc.. 10 feet in one day...only a small stone of 25 tons... and they say... "Our sisal rope broke..."

An Interesting Artifact

Notably, one of the most characteristic materials employed by the ancient Egyptians was faience, the brightly colored frit in use from the earliest times for vessels, inlays and a variety of ornaments. One of the finest assemblages of Egyptian faience anywhere in the world is the little-known collection put together by William Joseph Myers and bequeathed to his old school, Eton College, in 1899. What distinguishes the Myers collection from other assemblages of such objects is the fact that many of the key pieces appear to come from a single site, Tuna el-Gebel.


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