Aliens vs. Nephilim: Competing Claims for the Sarcophagi of the Apis Bull at the Serapeum of Saqqara
I wasn’t going to say anything about this because it seemed too stupid to write much about, but now that Google News has decided to index the fringe religious conspiracy site Christian Truther alongside British tabloids like the Express, the same bizarre claim about the sarcophagi of the Apis Bulls in Egypt is spreading across the internet. It’s also a bit disconcerting that Google News thinks that the Christian Truther is a “real” news source while blogs like my own don’t count. Google has issues when it comes to evaluating what counts as “news.”
On January 3, The Express published a piece on the large granite coffins that Egyptologists say were constructed to house the bodies of the sacred Apis Bulls at the Serapeum at Saqqara. The sarcophagi were excavated by Auguste Mariette in the nineteenth century and have long been recognized as repositories for the mummies of the Apis cult. Later, it was determined that some of the bull mummies might have been fakes composed of pieces of separate animals, but whatever they were, they were meant to at least represent Ptah in his post-mortem bull form, which was Osiris Apis, or Serapis. Some of the sarcophagi weigh up to 70 tons.
The Express suggested that the boxes might have been built by space aliens because they were carved accurately, they claimed, to a tolerance of mere microns. A micron is a millionth of a meter. This is an amplification of claims that Brien Foerster and Christopher Dunn made in a 2014 YouTube video, when they alleged that the boxes had perfect angles of what Foerster called “exactly-ish” 90 degrees and a flatness perfect to “within a few ten-thousandths of an inch.” Someone tried to convert Foerster’s remarks to metric, but no one thought to check if they were true.
“The real purpose and function of the boxes remains unclear,” The Express wrote, “but the[y] were clearly of importance, as they were cut with such precision they would remain airtight for many millennia.” An accompanying video stated that the boxes were made by a technology that “we do not possess.” Both of these claims are deceptive. They are no more technologically perfect than any other Egyptian carvings, and no more hermetically sealed than any large stone container completely covered with a giant heavy stone. A further claim that the black boxes are unmarked is also false; there are iconographic decorations carved into the boxes, as photographs clearly show.
In Experiments in Egyptian Archaeology: Stoneworking Technology in Ancient Egypt (2003), Denys A. Stocks reported the results of an experiment to replicate the techniques used for carving the sarcophagi of Khufu and the Apis Bulls. Stocks concluded from the experiment and a series of mathematical calculations that the sarcophagi could have been produced with copper tools and abrasive sand for polishing, given the willingness of Egyptians to put in the man-hours necessary to complete the work.
The remainder of the Express story is a close paraphrase of the Wikipedia article on the Serapeum at Saqqara.
The Christian Truther latched on to the Express story and produced its own version, closely paraphrasing the Express, often nearly verbatim, but this time they replaced the space aliens with the Nephilim and alleged that the coffins were the burial location for the gigantic Nephilim of Abrahamic lore:
…it is probable that the black boxes were for the Nephilim which predate Ramesses II’s 19th dynasty. The Biblical time period could place the origin of these boxes to pre-flood. Meaning that from creation to roughly 2166 BC, the Nephilim walked the Earth, and the Giants as they were in stature, made men look like grasshoppers in their sight (Numbers 13:33).
The Truther mistakenly believed that the Serapeum had been hidden until its “rediscovery” in 2012: “Given that there is literally no explanation as to how the boxes originated, how they were created, there is still a massive mystery surrounding the 2012 rediscovery of the tombs.” Since the site has been known since the 1800s, that claim threw me for a loop. I had to check, and it turns out that in 2012 the Egyptian government reopened the Serapeum to tourists. It had been closed from 2001 to 2012 because water seepage had made the underground chambers unsafe to visit. “Reopening” is not the same as “rediscovery.”
Not that anyone reading The Christian Truther cares.
1/12/2017 10:30:41 am
Of course the Christian Truther is a reliable news source - it has "truth" right there as part of its title! Plus, you put its title in italics, which is a sure sign of an authoritative source.
1/12/2017 10:56:44 am
Hardly surprising that the Express picked up this fanciful tale as way back in 1962 it had a scifi comic strip Jeff Hawke including a tale called the Immortal Toys which featured ancient giant aliens and a huge sarcophagus.
1/12/2017 11:26:45 am
I always took Numbers 13:33 to mean that the Nephilim were so bad at jumping that humans were like grasshoppers to them.
5/19/2018 05:44:01 am
Your link is full of shit just like your disinformatinest article implies to misconstrude and to decept anyone looking for real answers and who doesn't research what you propose in your opinionated stupidity. ..if we humans appeared as grasshoppers to the nephlim, then we were very tiny in their comparison....like us humans looking at ants.....
1/12/2017 12:09:00 pm
We used to lap two pieces of material (silicon carbide - only diamond is harder) to a flatness of 5 millionths of an inch back in the 60s. There is nothing high tech about rubbing two pieces of rock together with a fine abrasive until they are "perfect".
1/12/2017 12:55:38 pm
I once cut a quarter-inch deep line into a chunk of raw granite with damp beach sand and dental floss in the space of half an hour or so, after watching an Egyptology show of some kind. No diamonds in that sand, it came straight off the beach at Long Beach, CA.
1/12/2017 01:50:31 pm
I watched a documentary and they cut granite with a copper saw and sand. The silica in the sand is what makes the saw work. I can't remember how long they said the copper would hold out before it would need to be replaced.
1/12/2017 12:20:40 pm
I honestly can't believe the argument is being made we couldn't make those sarcophagi today. Do I really need to point out the obvious: refrigerators and freezers? You know, those appliances that have caused the unfortunate deaths of children who climbed inside? They most certainly aren't on the scale of 70 tons, but the configuration is almost exactly the same: a rectangular/square box with a lid. Ninety degree angles, flat surfaces...and a gasket that does, more or less, create a hermetic seal.
1/12/2017 12:57:29 pm
And vaults. Don't forget vaults. Gigantic, multi-ton rectangular boxes with very heavy and sophisticated doors. Often also hermetically sealed, especially when dealing with artifact storage that requires atmospheric regulation.
1/12/2017 12:39:28 pm
I always enjoy how they claim we could not do "x, y z" today even with our modern technology so how could they do it back then?
1/12/2017 01:10:41 pm
Let's take the examination even further. The same nincompoops making the claims our modern technology couldn't replicate the achievements of the past because aliens are defeating their own narrative.
1/12/2017 01:52:13 pm
You would think that, but at some point I guess the aliens got tired of us and left, taking their technology with them and then somehow managing to get humanity to collectively forget everything.
1/12/2017 01:56:34 pm
Not aliens, if Wikipedia and what sources it found are accurate:
1/12/2017 01:57:28 pm
Late Egyptian dynastic rulers, nor Romans.
1/12/2017 02:32:54 pm
Emergency storage containers for grain that wouldn't fit in the pyramids of course.
1/12/2017 04:21:26 pm
1/12/2017 03:22:59 pm
The number of sources I'm having to tell Google News / Google Now that 'I don't want news from this source' is increasing mainly because of the sites it pushes based on this kind of fruitcake quack nonsense.
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