ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH No.456 Into the forbidden valley
In the forbidden valley of death you had better take
For an hour or so Mehmet had been showing my Kurdish
driver Sayim and myself over the mutilated grave areas,
as far up the hill as the huge, broken anchor stones.
But those were not the purpose of my visit.
During that time, my eyes were secretly scanning back
and forth, over the valley and the surrounding hills,
carefully trying to pinpoint the site of my real
VALLEY OF DEATH
Eventually, we were back at the edge of his village.
Clearly, the time had arrived for me either to thank
him and leave, or else pull out the crucial sketch
that would betray my real purpose in being there that
Mehmet was a ruthless man, a grave robber, in league
with the Istanbul black market. Reportedly, he had dug
up the ancient remains of a famous woman.
You have heard of her – or at least, her husband. She
is so famous your head would spin if I told you who she
And in her grave Mehmet had found something so
exquisitely beautiful and so priceless that an
accomplice of his would disappear forever after it
WITH THE KILLER
But the truth was, Mehmet would kill you if he expected
you to be a threat.
And the sketch that was stuffed in my pocket? It
portrayed the grave stone pictograph from the very tomb
of that famous woman, which Mehmet had plundered.
Do you get the picture? This piece of paper – if I
showed it to him – could provoke one of two reactions.
1. I could associate this sketch in some way with his
friend David Fasold and Mehmet would suspect nothing
(I hoped!) – or
2. Just as likely, Mehmet would suspect I got the sketch
from a man he had tried to kill – Ron Wyatt – who knew
of his crimes.
And if, so I might never get out of this village alive.
For an instant I hesitated. Because, believe it, life
to me is as precious as it is to you.
But then there nagged at me this compelling thought:
Jonathan, haven’t you travelled half way around the
globe for this moment? Is that to be for nothing? Look,
this is one of the most amazing grave stone portrayals
in history. You’d be a nut to not try and see it!
Okay, the time was now… or never.
So I reached into my pocket and whisked out the crumpled
sketch. It was a piece of dynamite.
PULLING OUT THE DANGEROUS PICTURE
I unfolded it with care and passed it to the black-
Choosing my words carefully, I asked, “David Fasold saw
This renegade had trusted David. Maybe mentioning Dave’s
name would allay any suspicion that I was privy to
Mehmet’s dark crimes.
I watched his expression. Instantly, the fact became
obvious – Mehmet DID recognise the pictograph. That was
written all over his face.
Was he shocked that I possessed this sketch? I waited
nervously for his response.
He nodded. “Yes, David Fasold saw it.”
“Where are these markings?” I asked.
He and his aide exchanged glances, then Mehmet’s eyes
bored into me. It was a long and silent stare. Feeling
a little uneasy, I sensed that something sinister was
beginning to simmer between the two men.
Then Mehmet slunk me a sly smile.
Of course, if my instructions were right, I could get
there without Mehmet.
You see, I knew exactly where the pictographs were
located. They were below an ancient 12-foot altar on
the hill opposite. But to go straight there on my own,
right under his gaze, would be more than my life was
THE KILLER’S INVITATION
Mehmet motioned to me. “Come, I’ll show you the
I did not know it at that time, but Mehmet carried a
gun under his jacket.
“Come,” he repeated, “Come.”
With my own eyes I could see the location in the
distance. It would be a simple matter to head in a
straight line through the fields toward it.
But instead of leading me to the place promised,
Mehmet and his henchman skirted away around that area,
then hustled me away from it.
“Hey, wait a minute,” I thought. “What’s going on?”
Had he removed the gravestone to some other place? I
thought it prudent to say nothing. But my guard was
We passed the giant twelve foot altar which
overlooked the place I had asked to see – but Mehmet
Up on the hill, beyond the big altar, Ron had seen
human bones – and a skull with hair still on it,
which dogs had been devouring. This man, Ron believed,
was a killer. It was up this same hill that he had led
Ron, that Mehmet was now luring me.
“How far is it?” I asked.
“Just 100 meters,” was the reply.
We covered that distance and I grew more apprehensive.
There was a rock with some markings on it, but the
grave marker would not have been brought up here.
“How far now?” I pressed.
“Come,” he said.
“How far?” (Previously he had said a hundred meters.)
“How far is it?”
“Just one kilometer more,” said the man. “Come.”
It now came rushing at me – my recall of the earlier
plot to get Ron into these same hills and kill him.
Yes, it was time to act – fast. I turned to my friend
“Tell him the sun is getting low. We must turn back.”
No time to wait for an answer. I wheeled around –
and sped downhill… FAST!
Sayim raced behind me. We leapt into the car, ducked
down below the windows and sped off.
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International explorer, archaeologist and author
Jonathan Gray has traveled the world to gather data
on ancient mysteries. He has penetrated some largely
unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon
headwaters. The author has also led expeditions to
the bottom of the sea and to remote mountain and
desert regions of the world. He lectures internationally.