The Templar Engravings at Domme

After a long night enjoying amazing French wine and a bizarre argument over whether Pamela Anderson or Dolly Parton best exemplified the Divine Feminine in our time, our gang of classic American templar and wine enthusiasts left Chartres cathedral way too early that morning. Before we rolled our bus’ GPS pinged a satellite. We locked on like a guided missile to Domme, a ‘lost’ village in the Dordogne valley no one on the bus had ever heard of but me. Even the satellite appeared to…

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Bacon, Shakespeare & the Spear of Athena

William Shakespeare, we are told, was born of illiterate parents, schooled only in grade school, and apprenticed as a butcher’s boy. Five years after getting married, saddled with three children, he decided to leave his family and home­town for London. Once in the great city he began writing plays, and joined an established acting company that would perform them. His plays displayed knowledge of English, French, Greek and Roman history, legal and medical princi­ples, military and naval terms, falconry, horsemanship, and terms only used on…

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Who Were the Earliest Americans?

In Atlantis In America: Navigators of the Ancient World Ivar Zapp and I proposed that when the identities of the first Americans were finally known that they would likely turn out to be South Pacific Islanders. The idea that open-sea navigators would be the first Americans was the result of our belief that the great stone spheres of Costa Rica were sculpted by the earliest peoples in the Americas and that they resembled structures used as sighting stones through­out the Pacific. The Te Atibu ni…

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Probing the Depths of Human History

The other night we were watching a rerun of the History Channel’s report on “Japan’s Underwater Pyramids” (Histo­ry’s Mysteries). An investigation of recent discoveries near Okinawa, which some believe to be artifacts from a lost civilization and others think are natural formations, the program offered interviews with Atlantis Rising favorites Graham Hancock, Robert Schoch and John Anthony West. It is, of course, great fun to watch the mainstream media wrestle with the shocking possibility that the standard historical paradigm—which says, for one thing, civilization is…

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Improving the Record

Writing to Atlantis Rising, via snail mail or e-mail is the best, but not the only way to make your views known to our readers. There are also “forums” on the Atlantis Rising web site (go to www. AtlantisRising.com and select “Discus­sions”). Donato’s Clarification Though the following is addressed to Dr. William Hutton (AKA Wyman Harrison), whose name has been men­tioned in this space, it is the stated intent of the writer that it be published here. Dear Dr. Hutton, What appeared in Atlantis Rising…

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News

EDITOR PERSECUTED FOR INTELLIGENT DESIGN STUDY When Richard Sternberg, editor of the scientific journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, decid­ed last year to publish a paper making the case for “Intelligent Design” he had no idea what he was in for. Despite scrupulous attention to correct peer review procedures, Sternberg, who holds two Ph.D.’s in Biology was accused of being a shoddy scientist and a Bible thumper and of taking money under the table from fundamentalists. “I was basi­cally run out of here,”…

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DO MEXICAN FOOTPRINTS SPELL DOOM FOR AN OLD ARGUMENT? Since its inception Atlantis Rising has reported regularly on the status of research into human origins in the Ameri­cas. In question has been the so-called Clovis horizon, the conventional academic theory, which for many years has held that our earliest ancestors arrived here after crossing an ancient land bridge from Siberia to Alaska not more than 11,500 years ago. Over the years we have written on many research projects which have contradicted this stock view (i.e.,…

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ATLANTIS-OFF-CYPRUS HUNT TO BE ON TV Robert Sarmast, the American researcher who believes Plato’s Atlantis was near the present-day island of Cyprus, will get to the bottom of the story next year. An underwater expedition, including submersible craft, full side-scan sonar and live television broadcast capability, will be led by Sarmast in May 2006. In an August press conference in Nicosia, Sarmast, an architect, unveiled new images from the site which he has been investigating and announced plans for the forthcoming expedition which is to…

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INVISIBILITY TECH CALLED POSSIBLE The day when you will be able to cloak your car from speed cops, just like a Romulan spacecraft in Star Trek, may be a bit closer now, but don’t expect to be beating those tickets for a few years yet. According to a report from Robert Roy Britt, writing for the web site LiveScience.com, the technology to make things invisible is now in its infant stages. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania say it may soon be feasible to use…

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Can the Castor Bean Avert Fuel Wars?

It’s time to get grounded, so to speak. We can’t yet purchase the far-out energy technologies, but some down-to-earth souls are introducing transition technologies that both ecologists and economists can welcome. That means both the business community and environmental activists can be happy, as is the case with the achievements of the Institute of Ecolonomics (IoE). Film star Dennis Weaver founded the IoE in 1993. By the time this is in print, you may have heard news of an ac­tion sparked by the new chairman…

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iNews

• Do Vast Martian Dunes Hide Water Reservoirs? Future visitors to Mars in need of water may find large quantities stored away in sand dunes held together with ice, a leading geologist says. • Out-of-Body Experiences ‘Probed’ UK researchers are asking for your help to find out exactly what is behind out-of-body experiences (OBEs). Psychologists at Manchester University have set up an online survey that they hope about 3,000 people will fill out. • Doughnuts May Make Time Travel Possible Professor Amos Ori of Techion…

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Folk Archaeological Traditions in India

In July 2, 2005, I flew overnight from Los Angeles to London’s Gatwick airport. I took a Thameslink train from Gat-wick to the Thameslink Kings Cross railway station. From there I walked a short ways up Pentonville Road to Din­widdy House, where I stayed while attending a meeting of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists. The meeting, at which I presented a paper, was held in the British Museum, from July 4 – 8. On the morning of July 7, shortly before nine o’clock,…

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Ice Puzzles

This is being written in the summer blast furnace of Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, but it’s winter in Antarctica and so unbearably cold and hostile to human life that all outdoor operations have stopped, awaiting the coming of Antarctic spring. Given such conditions, how can this utterly cold, desolate, and remote place be so ‘hot’ that the Internet is practically ablaze over it? Therein hang several tales. Antarctica, it turns out, is a special place. Those who’ve been there know this, and musicians seem…

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Extra Terrestrials and the Vatican

The death of Pope John Paul II has occasioned widespread discussions about his own stand and the Vatican’s posi­tion regarding a variety of subjects, from purely theological to social issues. Completely lacking has been any refer­ence to an issue of concern to many, and especially to those interested in the subjects of UFOs, Life on other planets, and Extraterrestrials in general, and in Zecharia Sitchin’s writings in particular. As it happened, in April 2000, Sitchin engaged in a public discussion of those very issues with…

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Understanding the Roswell Moment

For some in the UFO community the purported crash of an extraterrestrial spacecraft outside of Roswell, New Mexico on July 4, 1947 has now taken on the dimensions of a historical watershed event comparable to other significant dates in world history, such as the invention of the printing press, the discovery of America by Columbus, and the de­feat of the Spanish Armada. More than any other event involving UFOs, this one has achieved near mythic propor­tions, and has succeeded in becoming the marker of the…

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Secrets of the Pyramid of Kukulkan

It is a curious fact that the ancient pyramid building civilizations still puzzle us. Why did they choose to construct pyramids? What was their purpose and what particular meaning did these structures contain? Furthermore, how is it that we—who have conquered the atom, sent robot-probes to Mars and unraveled the human genome—stand in awe and wonder before structures that our supposedly unsophisticated ancestors built? There is something wrong with this picture. The blocks of silent stone set one atop another, to form a geometric puzzle…

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Viking Runes: More Ancient than Imagined

The well-known “runes” used by medieval Scandinavians made up a syllabary known as Futhark from its first seven letters. It is composed of phonetic symbols belonging to an all-purpose alphabet, with commemorative, recording, identifying, as well as magical purposes. Runes have been found from Iceland and Greenland to the Isle of Man, Ath­ens, and the Black Sea. Some were carved into the floor of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia Cathedral. About a dozen others, far more controversial, appear in North America. Foremost among these is the Kensington…

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Tolstoy and the Paranormal

“At a round table under a lamp the countess and Alexei Alexandrovich sat talking about something in low voices. A short, lean man with womanish hips and knock-kneed legs, very pale, handsome, with beautiful, shining eyes and long hair falling over the collar of his frock coat, stood at the other end, studying the portraits on the wall… “ ‘Monsieur Landau!’ The countess addressed the man with a softness and carefulness that struck Oblonsky. And she introduced them. “Landau hastily turned, approached and, smiling, placed…

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Rocky Mountain Destiny

India Supera is pointing to a small area overlooking a sparkling lake on the nearly 100 acres that comprise the Feath­ered Pipe Ranch in the Rocky Mountains just outside Helena, Montana. It’s her garden, and she’s telling guests they should “feel free to weed it.” She raises a hand expressively towards the expanse surrounding them. Her fingernails display rich, dark dirt—she’s a woman of the land she loves and believes to be as sacred as any spot on earth. As direc­tor of the Feathered Pipe…

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Jupiter in Scorpio: October 2005 – November 2006

“Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue— to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.”—Socrates Scorpio is the eighth sign of the Zodiac and is a fixed water sign. British astrologer Ronald Davison has said, “Each water sign prepares the way for a new kind of manifestation. Every fixed sign represents a particular gathering to­gether of power.” As a fixed water sign Scorpio embodies tremendous emotional power which can be used construc­tively or destructively. Where…

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Countries: Discovered & Otherwise

Mind-expanding explorations into exotic locales are frequent fare in these pages, and this group of videos carry on the tradition in three very intriguing regions: crop circle country, the undiscovered country after death, and the su­premely mysterious Egypt of the ancients. CIRCLESPEAK: A Journey into the Heart of Crop Circle Country Newland Films This compelling new production is the never-before-told story of the crop circle insiders—a group of passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to a mystery. Most have found that their passion comes…

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