Alternative History

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The Politics of Time

By John Chambers

In the early 1970s, a group of Soviet mathematicians at Moscow State University led by Professor A.T. Fomenko came forth with an astonishing proposition: All the dates in history are wrong; the recorded history of mankind really started no earlier than AD 900 and the majority of all historical events took place after AD 1300. The Moscow mathematicians were building on the work of Russian mathematician/topologist Nicolai Aleksandrovich Morozov (1854–1946), who in 1924 challenged all traditional dates in his book, Christ: A History of Human…

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Doggerland Rising

By Frank Joseph

The “iNews” section of Atlantis Rising, Issue #95, carried the headline, “Britain’s Atlantis Found?” It referred to recent, underwater discoveries of Ice Age harpoons, fish prongs, possible burial sites, and fossilized remains belonging to large mammals—many of them extinct—such as mammoths, giant reindeer, and cave lions. According to physicist Dr. Richard Bates from the Department of Earth Sciences at St. Andrews University, “We have found many artifacts and submerged features that are very difficult to explain by natural causes, such as mounds surrounded by ditches.”…

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Tales of the Real Ulysses

By Steven Sora

Homer may be regarded as the greatest poet of the ancient world. The stories, however, are not his own. He took the imported tales of a great war that happened long before and far from Greece, took some of the gods and heroes that existed among peoples from Ireland, Iberia, and Scandinavia and added his own creativity. The result was The Iliad and The Odyssey. One of his greatest heroes was Ulysses. But Ulysses was known from far more ancient times. Part god, part hero,…

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The Pan Perspective

By Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D.

While writing a book on human genesis and hybrid man (The Mysterious Origins of Hybrid Man), I was determined to leave out the story of ‘Pan,’ the lost continent in the Pacific Ocean, which some call Mu or Lemuria. I thought it was too complex, too controversial—too separate an issue to drag into my already copious (basically anti-Darwinian) arguments. But the chapters were full of references to prediluvial man and the small-statured race, homo sapiens pygmaeus, that, as I believe, escaped the sinking of Pan….

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The Trouble with Timelines

By Rita Louise, Ph.D.

In 1650 CE, a bishop named James Ussher tried to identify when the world was created. He used the dates given in the Bible of the pre-flood people (Adam, Enoch, Noah, etc.) to establish when Adam and Eve lived. Counting back so many years, plus six days, he discovered the date God had created the earth. He determined it was sometime in 4004 BCE. The vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, also looking to determine the date of creation, went one step further. He fine-tuned…

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The Writing on the Wall?

By William B. Stoecker

We once were told that writing, in the form of Sumerian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphics, began some five thousand years ago, having evolved from relatively crude picture writing (this part is probably true). This marked, we were taught, the beginning of recorded history, so the time prior to this is, by definition, prehistoric. We were told that all modern alphabets derived from the Phoenician. Later, some researchers theorized that a kind of alphabet developed in the city state of Ugarit, in what is now Syria,…

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The Mystery of Mary in Ephesus

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

I almost skipped it, as indeed I had on previous trips to the Ephesus-Selçuk region of Turkey. Could Mary, the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, have really lived here? I was vaguely aware of various traditions, going back to the Renaissance and earlier, that she had come to this area with the disciple St. John, but I put about as much stock in the veracity of such accounts as the supposed staff of Moses and sword of David that I had seen a few…

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