New Scientific Scrutiny for Ancient ‘Giants’
While most ancient Egyptians were, by modern standards, quite small, there was at least one notable exception. The pharaoh Sa-Nakht of the Third Dynasty, around 2700 BC, a towering 6 foot, 1.6 inches, would have been the nearest thing most ancient Egyptians ever saw to a giant, says Michael Habicht, an Egyptologist at the University of Zurich who has written about the subject for an August issue of the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinologist. As measured by most mummies, Egyptian males of the period (at least the upper classes) averaged about 5 foot 6. ‘Tall’ then but not ‘tall’ now, as the writer of this story, an ordinary 6 foot 5 inches, will confirm. Sa-Nackht, nevertheless, is said to have been a victim of ‘giantism’ a condition, which causes one to grow to a very unhealthy height.
The Habicht report is about as close as orthodox science can bring itself to conceding the claims of alternative researchers that there were ancient giants. As the late Zecharia Sitchin pointed out in his last book There Were Giants Upon the Earth: the Bible was but one of many ancient sources with frequent accounts of enormous men probably much taller than 6 foot 1 inch. Goliath, the Philistine giant, famously dispatched by the Hebrew youth and king-to-be David, for instance, was said in the book of Samuel (according to the Dead Sea scrolls, and the Septuagint manuscripts), to have had a height of “four cubits and a span” (6 foot, 9 inches)—not much by NBA standards—but more than any pharaoh we know of.
For more on the controversy, see William B. Stoecker’s article “Decoding the Giant Legends” in A.R. #125.
For alternative health practitioners, the possibilities of using exotic electricity for therapy have been offered to a few for over a century. Some, like Raymond Rife, Wilhelm Reich, and John Worrell Keely, paid with jail time and economic hardship, for their pioneering, if sometimes bizarre, work—their ideas ridiculed as mad science, akin to those in the story of Frankenstein. Now, however, it looks like mainstream science may have begun to come around, with some weird, but electrifying, discoveries of its own.
According to research published in August in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, scientists at Ohio State University have shown that a tiny device that sits on the skin can be programmed to heal injuries or regrow organs with one touch. Called tissue nano-transfection, the new technique uses a digitally controlled electric field to deliver genes to the skin cells beneath it—effectively turning them into cells of a different kind.
For more on the lonely but heroic quest for alternative energy therapies, see the Atlantis Rising video, Clash of the Geniuses, available from Shop.AtlantisRising.com.
From Costa Rica to Bosnia, Stone Spheres Yet Unexplained
Another massive, near-perfect, stone sphere has been unearthed in Costa Rica. Weighing as much as 25 tons, some as large as six feet in diameter, about 300 such spheres have turned up so far; but, as yet, no one has provided a satisfactory explanation for their purpose or method of construction. Similar balls have been found recently in Bosnia. Archaeologist Sam Osmanagich says most of them are in the vicinity of Zavidovici. The largest weighs close to 30 tons.
The conventional view is that indigenous peoples, using hand tools around AD 300 for some unknown ceremonial function, created the Costa Rican spheres. The stone, of course, cannot be carbon dated, so no one is sure how old they are. In their 1998 book Atlantis in America, archaeologists George Ericson and Ivar Zapp speculated that the spheres were created and placed by ancient navigators, possibly from Atlantis, to teach the location of important sea routes. (Read: “Who Were the Earliest Americans?” by George Ericson in A.R. #54, November/December, 2005.)
The National Museum of Costa Rica is currently conducting several archaeological excavations of recently discovered spheres.