Matthew Hurley

Hoaxes & Misinterpretation

During the course of my research numerous people have given me valuble information concerning the artwork on my site. Several of the images have turned out to be hoaxes or from works of fiction, others have been cases of misinterpretation. I feel it is only right to point this out to you all. Therefore I have set up this page to separate the wheat from the chaff.

I occaisionally receive emails regarding rumours of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting a UFO. In actuality it was the historical recording of Halley's Comet which passed over in 1066.(Thanks to Gary Krall)

This painting appears to show a bipedal insectiod entity on an Egyptian wall in the tomb of Ptahhotpe in Mastabas, North Saqqara. Not all is at it seems though.It is in fact a vase with food offerings. Shown below is another version of the same image from Bonechi's "All of Egypt", an easy-to-get egyptian guide. (Thanks to Cesar Guarde.)

Here is an image found on a wall looking remarkably like a rocket, located in a temple in gold mines of Kush (Nubia), Egypt. According to Giorgio A. Tsoukalos Chairman, A.A.S. R.A. Editor-in-Chief, Legendary Times, it's a hoax!

Drobak, Norway 27th July 1907. A large dark lens shaped object was seen and photographed over the harbor anchorage where two Clipper type sailing ships are seen at anchor below it.

Sometimes described as the world's oldest UFO photograph. On this clearer version below one can see it is just a cloud. (Source :Giuseppe Stilo and Edoardo Russo (both of Italy) managed to trace the picture to "Franco Bandini: La Domenica del Corriere" published 20. March 1967.)(Thanks to Ole Jonny Brænne)

Here are some photographs of the Lolladoff plate. It is claimed to be several thousands of years old, found in Nepal. Clearly showing a disk shaped UFO, there is also a figure on the disc looking remarkably similar to what we would today call a Grey. It is supposedly housed in a museum in Berlin.

Explanation: This plate was first shown in a book from the 1970s entitled 'Sungods in Exile' by Karyl Robin-Evans. The book was actually written by a chap named David Agamon whose real name was Gamon who admitted to magazine Fortean Times that this was his hoax.

This claimed by many to be a a cave painting found near Fergana in Uezbekistan, thought to be thousands of years old. Part of it is depicted in my copy of Erich Von Daniken's "Chariots of the Gods." (Souvenir Press 1973 Hardback)

Explanation: A french researcher -Lemaire emailed me the following information. Basically it was a sketch done by a russian artist for a magazine "Spoutnik" in 1967 for an article concerning astronauts visiting mankind 12,000 yrs ago. Spoutnik was a magazine from the former USSR (in Reader's Digest format). It was published in several languages including russian, german, english, french and italian. Below is the original sketch, the artist's signature and the cover of the magazine.

This is a popular image and has done the rounds on many websites. I receive emails of it every few months. It is often referred to as the "The Abydos temple helicopter." It is a set of heiroglyphs from a temple in Abydos, Egypt. On examination it looks like one can see a helicopter, an aircraft and possibly a tank!

Explanation From Katherine Griffis-Greenberg (University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA). Ms. Griffis-Greenberg is also a member of the American Research Center in Egypt and of the International Association of Egyptologists "Special Studies"): it's just a palimpsest (though without the use of that term, and which is defined as "A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible" AHED). It was decided in antiquity to replace the five-fold royal titulary of Seti I with that of his son and successor, Ramesses II. In the photos, we clearly see "Who repulses the Nine Bows," which figures in some of the Two-Ladies names of Seti I, replaced by "Who protects Egypt and overthrows the foreign countries," a Two-Ladies name of Ramesses II. With some of the plaster that once covered Seti I's titulary now fallen away, certain of the superimposed signs do indeed look like a submarine, etc., but it's just a coincidence.

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