Ancient Mysteries

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The Lost Tomb of Alexander—Found?

CAPTION: The ‘Alexander’ sarcophagus from Sidon. Note that the ‘roof with overlapping scales’ on the lid of the sarcophagus. This magnificent artifact now lies in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. The figures are only 40-odd centimeters tall; and yet, every facial and body feature can be discerned.   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…

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The Newport Tower Mystery

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

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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The Rosslyn Motet

In April 30, 2007, Scotland’s newspaper of record, The Scotsman, published a short article headlined “Musical Secret Uncovered in Chapel Carvings,” about a father-and-son team of Edinburgh musicians, Tommy and Stuart Mitchell, who claimed to have “found a secret piece of music hidden in carvings at Rosslyn Chapel.” It was, Stuart said, like finding a “compact disc from the 15th century.” Two weeks later, after the story had been picked up by the BBC, the AP and Reuters wire services, such high-profile newspapers as the…

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Secrets of the Mayans

With the recent discovery of a second calendar inscription that predicts the end of the world age in Mayan Mexico that culture has come under increased scrutiny. Up until November there had only been one calendar tablet, recovered from Tortuguero (see Frank Joseph’s article on page 22) that predicted the end of the fifth age. For this reason scholars have discredited the implication. The new inscription at Camalcalco not only carries the same implication but was written on bricks within a wall, possibly to conceal…

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Dragons of the Ishtar Gate

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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The Sirius Puzzle

The star Sirius has fascinated humans for many millennia. Many different cultures around the world have beliefs and myths that are tied up with the star. It is the brightest star in the sky from Earth and it is the fifth closest star we’ve identified to our sun. You can see it from the Northern hemisphere in the winter months by following a line down from the belt of Orion, where it appears as a white/blue star. In the right conditions, at high elevation and…

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Strange Roots

When considering the evolution of civilization, we tend to focus on major accomplishments like writing, monumental construction, and wars—battles and conflicts that shaped history. Explaining the meteoric rise of nation-states around 6,000 years ago still confounds historians. In their search, most tend to overlook mundane things that set the stage for rapid changes to come. And some of the simplest things remain a mystery. At least one defining achievement in the advance of civilization remains a mystery—agriculture. Other accomplishments—laws, cities, and even the written language—were…

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Electromagnetism & The Ancients

It’s been suggested, at various times, that ancient humans had knowledge and use of unseen powers, forces and ener­gy fields. Could these unseen forces and fields consist of electromagnetic frequency waves and particle fields that make up the EM Spectrum? This is not a simple question to answer. What evidence exists, and what kind of evidence may come to light, to support such a claim? There is no question that as it has always existed, the EM Spectrum is a naturally occurring part of our…

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