Recently there has been a flurry of articles, blog posts and general excitement over the release of photos of alleged "alien artifacts" recovered from a hidden room within the estate of the late, great Egyptologist Sir William Petrie. It began with a Youtube video and was picked up by multiple different alternative news outlets with great enthusiasm, mainly the editor-in-chief of Intellihub News, Shepard Ambellas. I'm afraid to report that these artifacts are a total fabrication and as far as the curator of the Petrie Museum in London, Dr. Alice Stevenson is concerned, do not exist in their collection.
|Screenshot from the Youtube video|
How did I come to this conclusion? I asked the curator of the museum directly. I'm reminded of that scene in The Bourne Identity where Jason spends all this time walking Marie through a complicated set of steps in order to get the information they need from a bank employee. She gets the information they need in a few minutes and, stunned, he asks her how she did it: "I simply asked for it nicely" she replies. Sometimes the most direct route is the most effective.
Dear Kaye,Many thanks for your interest in the Petrie Museum. The Museum holds a number of artefacts collected by Petrie during his 1881-1882 work around the Great Pyramid. These are all viewable to the general public here (along with the entirety of the Petrie Museum collection of 80,000 + objects):Look up UC16032, UC16034, UC16036, UC16037, UC41397, UC41398Petrie published his work in 1883: The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh.Nothing in the collection, however, matches the descriptions in the video. Petrie worked in Egypt from 1881 until 1925, and his departure to work in Palestine was due to restrictions placed on excavators working in Egypt by the Egyptian Government in the 1920 following the discovery of Tutankhamun. An account of his life based on the known archival material held here and at the Egypt Exploration Society is in Drower, P. (1985) Flinders Petrie. A life in archaeology.With best wishesAliceDr Alice StevensonCuratorPetrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCLMalet PlaceLondon, WC1E 6BTTel: 020 76792882Greetings,
I am contacting you in regards to an article that recently came out regarding some 'artifacts' found in a secret room in Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie's home. Is there any truth to this or is this a total fabrication? And if there IS truth to it, would you let the public know or would you suppress this information?
Thank you in advance for your reply,
I'm not entirely sure why she suggested I look up those six specific artifacts in the database since none of them have anything to do with my request, but nevertheless it seems as if Dr. Stevenson is sincere in her reply to my inquiry. I would like to note that none of the other three people I included in that email have replied to me. Could Dr. Stevenson be feeding me a line about this? Absolutely. Do I think that's the actual case? Nope, not really. I think that much like the Mayan "alien artifacts" (which ironically kicked off The Object Report Special Reports blog) someone is trying to push this story as being legitimate by throwing out the names of some well known Egyptology museums in the hopes that it will gain traction.
Until any of this can be independently verified, I'm going to place this story in the "hoax" bin. If anyone out there has more to add to this story, we would love to hear from you.
- Agent K