Sunday, January 08, 2006

Belzoni on the second pyramid (1820)

http://tinyurl.com/9msk4 (Travellers in Egypt)
A fabulous and lengthy extract from Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries Within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia by Giovanni Battista Belzoni, 1820, describing his work on the "second" Giza pyramid: "The Arabs had great confidence in the hopes I had excited among them, that if any entrance into the pyramid were found, I would give great bakshis, in addition to the advantage they would derive from other strangers. But after many vain expectations, and much hard labour in removing huge masses of stone, and cutting the mortar, which was so hard that their hatchets were nearly all broken, they began to flag in their prospect of finding any thing, and I was about to become an object of ridicule for making the attempt to penetrate a place, which appeared to them, as well as to more civilized people, a mass of solid stone. However, as long as I paid them they continued their work, though with much less zeal. My hopes did not forsake me, in spite of all the difficulties I saw, and the little appearance of making the discovery of an entrance into the pyramid."
See the full extract on the Travellers in Egypt website, above. This is part 1 - I will post when part 2 has been added to the site.

1 comment:

Chuck Jones said...

You might be interested to know that there is a complete facsimile of te Belzoni "Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries Within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia" at Gallica:
http://visualiseur.bnf.fr/Visualiseur?Destination=Gallica&O=NUMM-105346

-Chuck Jones-