I’ve always been fascinated by the unexplained – ancient mysteries, alternative history, UFO’s, unexplained phenomena, conspiracy theories etc, etc. I blame my mother and Arthur C Clarke’s mysterious world.
As a spotty youth, I worked my way through the paperbacks and book club hardbacks that my mum had bought over the years – Immanuel Velikovsky’s Ages in Chaos and Worlds in Collision series, Eric Von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods, the seminal but not for the faint-hearted Santillana and Von Dechend’s Hamlets Mill, the much more commercial and accessible Graham Hancock books and many, many more.
I remember having lively debates with my sixth form geography teachers at school over the consensus view of physical geography at the time, which was uniformitarianism. I was an avid catastrophist, thanks to Velikovsky. They must have thought I was a right twat.
These authors were/are generally treated as heretics and outcasts by their peers. Reading them taught me some fundamental life lessons – the truth can be sought out by applying logic to problems and just because the majority agree about something, it doesn’t mean they are right.
What they also tend to have in common is their expertise is generally from a different discipline altogether from what they end up discovering, and I think this is very telling. They see something from a different perspective that the specialist misses or have wider experience they can apply to a problem that the specialist lacks. And this explains the reaction of the orthodoxy – you’re not even an expert how can you be right! (And where have we heard this before?)
I have absolutely no doubt that human civilisation goes back much, much further than conventional historians would have us believe, but the further back in time you go, the harder it is to find tangible hard evidence. All that is likely to remain of great but ancient civilisation is stone, which is partly why all ancient civilisations built great stone monuments; they wanted to leave something behind that proved they were there. But how do you date stone?
The Egyptologists want us to believe that the Ancient Egyptians and their culture appeared out of nowhere, fully formed and fabulous some 5,000 years ago. No evidence of the gradual advance of an indigenous people leading to the first dynasty and the peak of Ancient Egyptian culture. They just appeared seemingly from nowhere with their star religion, pantheon of animal headed gods, mummification, and giant architecture, knocking up the biggest stone monuments in history. The pyramid building period apparently only lasted a few hundred years then stopped altogether and the culture gradually declined.
This just doesn’t make sense when you think about it, but it is now the accepted view and no ‘establishment’ historian would even think to question it. Occasionally, however, a non-establishment maverick uncovers a small nugget of inconvenient truth to challenge the orthodoxy.
Take for example the widely accepted view that the ancient Egyptian pyramids were pharaohs tombs – despite none of them ever being known to have housed the mummy of a dead pharaoh. The Egyptologists theory of the purpose of the pyramids has no real basis in fact, but it has become the accepted view.
Incidentally, the Great Pyramid does have an empty stone sarcophagus inside it, in the Kings Chamber, but this was empty when the pyramid was first broken into (in recorded history at least) in the 9th century AD. This sarcophagus is none the less interesting though, in that it is cut from a single block of granite and is too large to fit through the only doorway, so must have been in place before the pyramid was finished. It also matches the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant given in Exodus of 2.5 cubits x 1.5 x 1.5…
And how did they move all those blocks of stone, by the way? Some of the very earliest Egyptian monuments and ancient structures in other parts of the world are made from the most enormous blocks, weighing 80 tons or more. These are weights we’ve only been able to lift with any ease in the last 100 years or so. It seems possible that the ancients had a method of moving great weights that we’ve lost, possibly connected with magnetism or electricity or sound in some way. The biblical description of the collapse of the walls of Jericho might well allude to this.
Anyway, see how easy it is to get side tracked with this stuff? Where was I? Ah yes, inconvenient truths.
Like the fact that the Sphinx appears to have undergone severe water weathering, despite being in a desert and being buried in sand for much of its recorded history.
Or the mysterious monumental stone ruins of Tiahuanaco and Puma Punku, high up in the Andes. This was once a thriving city with docks on the shores of Lake Titicaca – only the Lake is now some thirteen miles away. There is also a strand line (indicating the previous extent of the lake) that has been surveyed for nearly 400 miles around the surrounding mountains – but oddly it’s at an angle (higher to the north and lower to the south) indicating some dramatic seismic changes have occurred in the area that could have brought human occupation to an end. But thousands of years ago.
While were on Lake Titicaca, the locals traditionally use reed boats on the lake, and these just happen to be exactly the same design as reed boats used on the Nile. But there was no contact between Ancient Egypt and South America, was there?
And this was originally a salt water lake, so it was once at sea level. But it is now 12,000 feet up in the Andes. That could only have happened in the blink of an eye (geologically speaking) to allow it to retain its water.
You may also be aware of the famous Inca stonework, with intricately interlocking blocks. It almost looks as if the joints are moulded into place like plasticine. No one today can replicate it or can really know if it was the Incas who created it. Maybe they were just re-using something that was already there?
Or who is aware that one of the first modern Egyptologists, Flinders Petrie, examined countless granite and diorite artefacts in Egypt, noting what he believed to be unmistakable evidence of machine tooling methods? He had a grounding in engineering and was able to deduce that the ancient Egyptians used tools such as straight saws, circular saws, and even lathes. This was subsequently picked up by another engineer, Christopher Dunn, who ended up writing a fascinating theory about the true purpose of the Great Pyramid. Get a copy if you can.
What does all this mean? For what it’s worth, I’m pretty sure Graham Hancock is onto something – that there was a worldwide technologically advanced civilisation thousands of years ago, that ended abruptly in a catastrophic event – probably the same event that brought about the end of the ice age, roughly 13,000 years ago. Something caused the ice sheets to retreat and melt in a matter of a few hundred years after tens of thousands of years of permafrost, possibly an asteroid impact. The resulting catastrophic melt waters and flooding could well be the source of all the ancient flood myths which exist in many cultures throughout the world. Some disparate remnants survived and some of these became the founders of what we now think of as the cradles of ancient civilisation in the Middle East, South America, India and China, perhaps making use of the ruined stone monuments that survived the mayhem. They all seem to have been obsessed with astronomy, and this is perhaps not surprising, as they needed to watch the skies for any return of the killer from above…
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