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Secret Chamber: The Quest for the Hall of Records [Hardcover]

Robert Bauval
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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18 Nov 1999
In the last three years a covert and high-powered archaeological search has taken place at Giza to locate the Hall of Records under the Sphinx and also find a "secret" room inside the Great Pyramid. This work aims to reveal the archaeological discoveries the authorities have tried to keep secret.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Century; 1st Edition edition (18 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712680489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712680486
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not enough evidence. 11 Feb 2000
Bauval writes this book in his usual style, using flowery prose and careful wording to compensate for a lack of evidence. Watch out for statements such as "Many Egyptologist now believe..." - in this particlar case you can bet that many more don't! Don't take anyone's word when they make bold statements in Egyptology. They often misinterpret hieroglyphs and texts in order to fit their own theories! I'm afraid that I believe Bauval to be in this group, although I long for him to prove himeself with concrete evidence as his ideas seem almost possibe and I would love them to be true. Having said all that, this is a book worth having and raises interesting questions, even if the answers suggested fail to satisfy. Also note: anyone wondering what actually happened about the capstone and 'door' on the eve of the millenium, the project was stopped by an international group of Egyptologists. Shame.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 21 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Book started off well but after the umpteenth 'this will be covered later' or 'more of that in the next chapter' I started to lose interest in a subject which I find fascinating. I felt that a great deal of the book was devoted to the exploration of the small tunnels in the Queens chamber and how the author was 'back-peddling' from the responsibility of the exposure to the press. Lots of what look like holiday snaps scattered amongst hand-drawn sketches, for me, reduced the overall impact. If this subject grips you then this book is a worthwhile addition to your library, if it is just out of curiosity that you intend to buy this book then I suggest you look elsewhere. Heaven's Mirror and The Keepers of Genesis offer a better insight into the subject. I don't think Thoth would have this in his library!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Well Written 2 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Robert Bauval has done a tremendous service in advancing the comparative study of egyptology and astronomy. His book "Secret Chamber" is a wonderful addition to my collection on ancient Egypt with a focus on the meaning of the Giza monuments. I was particularly impressed with his knowledge of hermetic philosophy and the politics pertaining to the unearthing of a "hall of records" which appears to be on hold though bureaucratic bumbling and philosophical fear. This is an excellent book by an author who in my mind is vastly under-appreciated by the general readership and by academic scholars. I certainly wouldn't place Bauval among the "new age" wing-nuts which he alludes to in his book. I'm disappointed that this book is not available in Canada. I picked it up while on holidays in New Zealand and was immediately struck by the depth and intellectual strength of this author. Personally I think this book is his crowning achievement and certainly much better researched, compiled and presented than the Orion Mystery.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Title not up to expectation 19 Feb 2000
By A Customer
I had read Keeper of Genesis as was intrigued with the idea of secret chambers under the Sphinx and with the whole ideas of ancient civilisations which might explain anomalies in our understanding of the Universe. A number of other books in this genre have proved interesting and worthwhile, including those written by Graham Hancock. Unfortunately this is about the worst of the bunch. The first part of the book is quite interesting, but I felt that it wasn't really leading anywhere. The second part is I am afraid a yawn. Sorry Mr Bauval. You' got to do better than this. It is easy for us to be hoodwinked into believing that some thing new is going to come out of this. Perhaps it will, but in the meantime treat all these kind of books with some scepticism. Remember these guys are in it to make the rent money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret chamber 30 Oct 2013
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I didn't have time till yet to read the book, so I can say nothing about it at the Moment, the deliverey was quick and the package ok.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Robert Bauval was the first to truly begin to solve the Riddle of the Sphinx in his classic book, "The Orion Mystery." Since then, other prominent authors, including most notably Graham Hancock, have picked up the ball on the question of the Riddle of the Sphinx, focusing their efforts not only on defining what the Riddle means, but what its answer is. Inevitably, all come to the same conclusion, that the answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx is that the pyramids and Sphinx form a vast, three-dimensional treasure map, where X marks the spot on a mysterious Secret Chamber somewhere in the Giza necropolis. This chamber is believed to house an ancient Hall of Records which contains knowledge of the ancient world before the Flood, so naturally archaeologists, historians, and those interested in history in general are keen to discover the ancient Secret Chamber, if it truly exists. Bauval performs an admirable job of chronicling all the major and many of the minor players who have taken part in the quest for the Hall of Records, though I would have preferred more revelations concerning the current search for the Hall. Unfortunately, the recent lockdown by the Egyptian government on additional archaeological research in the Giza plateau has made this impossible. So, rather than relying on speculation to fill out a new book on the subject, Bauval decided to pause and chronicle all the relevant research to this point, a decision that was not only necessary, but appropriate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecellent
I have been to Egypt, the first time was in 1993, and I made my mind up that I'd like to study Egyptology. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2007 by Mrs. A. M. Chadwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring, if a little complicated ....
As a relative novice (with half a brain) to the whole investigation of Secret Chambers and the dating of the plateau's conception/completion, I feel open minded enough to comment... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, provokative and Pure Hermetic Magic!
Secret Chamber is an unusual and provokative work, bringing into focus the complex but magical notions of Hermetic Thinking and its origins in very ancient Egypt. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars More questions than answers - but a great read!
I would first like to thank Mr Bauval for his objectivity and perseverance over the years in relation to the Giza plateau. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2000 by Mr. Paul J. Stephen
2.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of references..... Truly a mystery!
The book attempts to set the scene in the first couple of chapters. However, it then continues to set the scene in far too many remaining chapters. The book has no end. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars totally mind numbing...
totally mind numbing,complex and uniformative. gave nytol a run for its money! was completely baffled by this book from page 2, as it seemed to contain no relevent information. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent behind the scenes presentation from a native
As the media continues to plaster headlines of an unfolding drama on the Giza plateau, armchair archaeologists appreciate a bit of behind the scene information. Read more
Published on 8 July 2000 by michael weddle
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