If you have any pertinent information regarding this "cave", G. E. Kinkaid, Professor S. A. Jordan, or the Smithsonian Institute's alleged involvement in this story, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . ALL correspondence to me regarding your possible knowledge involvement or experience at or about this "cave" will be kept confidential or "anonymous" if you wish. - Jack Andrews
Official Smithsonian Replies to Inquiries Concerning the 1909 Arizona Gazette Story of Egyptian Artifacts in the Grand Canyon
Below is a verbatim email I had sent the Smithsonian in 1999. Other
researchers have mailed/emailed the Smithsonian with similar questions about the 1909 story. The responses are
generally similar and always state that the story is "untrue" a "myth" a "hoax" or
similar characterizations. I have always wondered how the Smithsonian makes such blanket judgements about the story.
What set of facts are they using to make such a definitive all encompassing statement? It appears that they base
the claim on the simple fact that they have no record of Kincaid or Jordan as "employees." I wonder how
accurate their employee records are back to 1909? I wonder if the employee records list contract workers?
This is innacurate information. The 1909 article never sates that Kincaid or Jordan were "Smithsonian employees responsible for locating Egyptian temples in the Grand Canyon". It staes that Kincaid was "thirty years in the service of the Smithsonian" (he may well have been a freelance contractor and not on the payroll) and "under the direction of Professor Jordan the Smithsonian is now prosecuting the most thorough examinations" It simply says here that Jordan was "directing", never that he was a Smithsonian employee. He may have been brought to the project from outside the Smithsonian to "direct" investigations. This shows that the Smithsonian's limited research (if any) into this story, amounts to not much more than a skim read of the 1909 article with a skeptical and biased eye.
There are those who suggest the Smithsonian may have other reasons for claiming the story is false. It has been speculated that the Smithsonian may know full well of this story and may have actual artifacts from this "cave" secreted away in the "weird artifacts" room where such artifacts lie for years because they do not align with accepted theories about the origins of native Americans" or the cherished theories of who visited North America where and when. - Jack Andrews
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