Ancient Mysteries

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Hall of Records Coverup?

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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Mysteries of the Effigy Mounds

When early nineteenth century pioneers first crossed into the upper middle west of North America, they found a region later known as the state of Wisconsin blanketed with more than 10,000 landscaped images. After only a few decades, virtually all of them were obliterated by the farmer’s plow but not before they were documented by surveyors. As such, the bioglyphs mostly survive as line drawings, but at least a few samples still exist intact. They provide an inkling of a vast, artistic canvas long since…

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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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Egypt’s Animated Statues

The religious and history books of Egypt are filled with allusions to magical operations and ceremonies that are almost impossible to believe today, and one is the claim that initiated temple priests possessed a special knowledge that could make stone statues move and talk. Egyptians believed that every object, animate or inanimate, could be made to obey the will of men who possessed a thorough knowledge of a series of variant spells and the ‘words of power’ necessary to achieve this end. In this way,…

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The Otherworld in the Andes

Sixteenth-century chroniclers taking the road from Cuzco to Puno, on the western shore of Lake Titicaca, were amazed by the plethora of unusual round, stone towers perched on the edge of a mesa in a rural location called Silustani. These chullpas were constructed from small, ill-fitted river rocks and contained the preserved bodies of Inca nobles. But there were other towers nearby and of a very, very different character—tall and tapering and built with massive curved stones, fitted together tongue-and-groove style, without mortar, so tightly…

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Return of the Crystal Skulls

In 1996, a prominent Argentine anthropologist traveling through China acquired a most remarkable object. Carved from opaque crystal, it is the 6-pound representation of a human skull, 5 inches wide, 5.5 inches tall, and 7 inches long. A professor on the faculty at the Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Dr. Gustavo A. Martínez was a world-class specialist in Neolithic cultures. Only his stellar academic credentials allowed him to purchase the quartz artwork and leave the self-styled Peoples Republic with it,…

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The Lost Builders of Skara Brae

Five thousand years ego, a thriving community existed on an island north of Scotland. Their homes are there today, looking as if their occupants had left them yesterday. They had central heating, toilets with drains and sewers, furni­ture including dressers, beds and couches, water tanks and were partly sunken so as to utilize the earth for insula­tion. Skate Dram on the west coast of the main island of the Orkneys is the finest prehistoric monument in Europe and, if it were in a more accessible…

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Journey to Akakor

In my book Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America (1986), I wrote about a strange character named Tatunca Nara and his claim of a lost city deep in the Amazon jungle called Akakor. Most of the information came from a book published in German and English in 1977 called The Chronicle of Akakor by Karl Brugger, a German journalist living in Brazil. The Amazon jungle is one of the last true frontiers on Earth. To this day, most of it is unexplored. People…

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Enigma of the Long Skulls

Societies around the world portray distinct characteristics that define the language spoken, and the customs and traditions that are passed from generation to generation, each of these can provide insights into a cultural group. There are, however, a number of universal customs that are practiced on each continent around the globe. They include circumcision, death and burial rituals, and cranial deformation. These traditions originated in our remote past, their purpose and meaning seemingly lost to the sands of time. It was once believed that head…

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Easter & the Rites of Spring

It is no coincidence that the Christian celebration of Easter and the beginning of Spring seem to be one and the same event. Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, and, of course, the most sacred event in Christianity, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, are related in many ways although some, you may find, are surprising. It should not be too much of a surprise that the festival that became Passover was celebrated in 621 BC, and that, in turn, was employed by Christianity in picking the date…

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