Ancient Mysteries

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Ancient Metals

BY WILL HART

Our current civilization would not exist if four principle inventions had not occurred: agriculture, the wheel, writing and metallurgy. In each case a considerable amount of conceptual work was invested in the discovery process. This is the all-important precursor to the development of any technology and it is the process that is almost never brought up or analyzed by scholars, archaeologists and anthropologists. In a rare exception, in his excellent paper ‘The Problems and Prospects of Cultural Evolution’ (Part II) anthropol­ogist Robert Fellner did address…

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Ancient Genius

By Robert Bauval

In the region of Greater Cairo, in the northeast segment of the modern city, stands a lonely obelisk. It marks the position of the most revered ‘learning center,’ a ‘university,’ of the ancient world. No Egyptologist really knows how old this mysterious center is, who first put it at that place and why, let alone what systems of science and knowledge were taught there. Most, however, believe that Heliopolis was there long before the pyramids. It was known as Innu by the ancient Egyptians; later…

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Dragons of the Ishtar Gate

BY PETER KING

The Pergamon in Berlin is ranked as one of the great museums of the world and it is equally true that the entrance to it must be the most impressive approach of any museum ever built. This is known as the Ishtar Gate. It was named for the Mesopotamian goddess of love and was one of the eight gates allowing entry to the inner city of Babylon. It was built during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, took 43 years and was completed in 575 B.C….

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Hall of Records Coverup?

BY DR. GREG LITTLE

In Atlantis Rising, (March 2010) Philip Coppens described rumors of secret passageways under the Giza Plateau in­cluding brief details of an illegal excavation that occurred in September 2009. The illegal excavation was apparently a search for Edgar Cayce’s Egyptian Hall of Records. Until researcher Bill Brown asked me for assistance in arranging a meeting with John Van Auken, Director of the Association For Research & Enlightenment (ARE), I was not aware of the details. Oddly, only a few days before Brown’s request, he sent an…

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Mexico’s Myterious Mica

By Arlan Andrews, Sr., D.S.

CAPTION: Mica floor at Teotihuacan The mineral mica is at the center of an archaeological mystery: why did the ancient builders of the Teotihuacan Pyramid complex in Mexico use slabs of it on the gigantic Pyramid of the Sun, as flooring near the Avenue of the Dead, and as lining for the walls of underground tunnels there? Is it possible that the ancient engineers utilized the properties of this material in ways that we have not discovered? I will propose here that our predecessor civilizations…

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The Lost Tomb of Alexander—Found?

By Ralph Ellis

One of the great, unsolved mysteries of antiquity, is the final resting place of that mighty royal warrior, Alexander the Great. His biographer, Arrian, fails to mention the funeral preparations, but Diodorus Siculus takes up the challenge in his Library of History. Diodorus mentions that Alexander’s body was mummified in the Egyptian fashion (he had been, after all, the pharaoh of all Egypt) and placed in a solid gold anthropoid sarcophagus (similar to that of pharaoh Tutankhamen), which had then been placed in another golden…

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The Startling Debut of Superhenge

By Frank Joseph

Late in the summer of 2015, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) operators made what could be British archaeology’s greatest discovery. GPR is a geophysical method that uses electronic pulses to identify hard objects beneath the surface of the earth. Electromagnetic radiation in the microwave band (UHF/VHF frequencies) of the radio spectrum detects reflected signals from subsurface structures, converting them into detailed images, virtual photographs taken of buried objects with radar. Capable of rendering three-dimensional images from an otherwise unseen, subterranean world, the instruments are hitched to trailers…

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The Newport Tower Mystery

BY STEVEN SORA

The Mystery: Standing guard in Newport, Rhode Island, is a strange construction that is possibly the most controversial structure in America. It is a 28-foot-high, stone and mortar tower with a twenty-four-foot, outside diameter. It contains more than 5000 cubic feet of stone, sand, and lime. With each cubic foot of such material weighing 200-some pounds, it amounts to a million pounds being assembled— quite a project for early colonists. It has been called a windmill or stone mill, a twelfth century Viking monument, a…

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Kennewick Man—The Japanese Connection

By Steven Sora

On July 28, 1996, two young men were attending the annual hydroplane races on the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. One of them, Will Thomas, dangling his hand in the water, suddenly touched what he first thought was a round rock, before realizing the rock had teeth. He brought the skull to the police who then returned and discovered the rest of the skeleton. At first officials thought they had a crime scene. Although missing bones from the hands and feet, the skeleton was still…

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Secrets of the Stars

By Frank Joseph

CAPTIONS: Sumerian clay star chart (British Museum) The decipherment of an obscure item in the British Museum has stunned archaeologists with its twenty-seven-hundred-year-old secret. The plain, four-inch-wide, baked-clay disk with peculiar line drawings and cuneiform inscription has been an inscrutable enigma from the moment it was found during the mid-nineteenth century, until final disclosure of the object’s ultimate significance only last January. The discovery came to light amid the frangible ruins of what was for fifty years the largest city on Earth—Nineveh, splendid capital of…

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