Since its inception, this magazine has devoted considerable space to the topic of lost ancient technology. We even produced a video/DVD on the subject, Technologies of the Gods, and a book Forbidden History. Now two of the researchers who played key roles in much of our coverage have teamed up to produce a DVD of their own.
David Hatcher Childress and Christopher Dunn
“Archaeology is largely the study of history’s toolmakers,” says Chris Dunn, “and archaeologists understand a society’s level of advancement with tools and artifacts…. Ever since man first learned that he could effect profound change in his environment by applying force with a reasonable degree of accuracy, the development of tools has been a continuous and fascinating aspect of human endeavor. The Great Pyramid leads a long list of artifacts that have been misunderstood and misinterpreted by archaeologists who have promoted theories and methods that are based on a collection of tools with which they struggle to replicate the most simple aspects of the work. For the most part, primitive tools that are discovered are considered contemporaneous with the artifacts of the same period. Yet during Egyptian history, artifacts were produced in prolific number with no tools surviving to explain their creation. The ancient Egyptians created artifacts that cannot be explained in simple terms. These tools do not fully represent the “state of the art” that is evident in the artifacts. There are some intriguing objects that survived after this civilization, and in spite of its most visible and impressive monuments, we have only a sketchy understanding of the full scope of its technology. The tools displayed by Egyptologists as instruments for the creation of many of the incredible artifacts are physically incapable of reproducing them. After standing in awe before these engineering marvels, and then being shown a paltry collection of copper implements in the tool case at the Cairo Museum, one comes away bemused and frustrated.”
This film is a collaboration between Christopher Dunn and David Hatcher Childress, both of whom are very familiar to Atlantis Rising readers. You are allowed to join them in Egypt as they tour the sites of various granite artifacts and uncover what amounts to smoking-gun evidence for advanced technology in ancient Egypt. The persistent belief among some Egyptologists that the granite used in the Great Pyramid was cut using copper chisels (with primitive manpower, no less!) is examined and discarded for lack of evidence. On the other hand, clearly defined tool marks on machined granite show that on this planet high levels of technology did exist in the ancient past.
To the many readers of his books Childress is known as a real-life Indiana Jones. Born in France and raised in the mountains of Colorado and Montana, his curiosity about the world was piqued at a young age. After attending the University of Montana where he studied oriental culture and philosophy he briefly took a job teaching English in Taiwan. In 1976 Childress left the United States on what would become a six-year research and adventure odyssey. During this time, he studied firsthand the ancient civilizations of Africa, the Middle East, and China, sometimes journeying into dangerous territory along the way. His further expeditions to South America and his continued global research, seeking answers to the mysteries of mankind’s past, has since led to many more books. The wide scope of his interests include ancient civilization and technology, free energy, anti-gravity, and UFOs, as well. His style is an entertaining blend of personal experience and well-researched fact, and his books present fascinating information on the advanced technology and anomalous architecture of our predecessors around the globe. He has appeared in numerous documentaries about Atlantis, ancient mysteries, and UFOs—including The Mysterious Origins of Man, with Charlton Heston, and The Search For Atlantis, with Richard Crenna. Childress also appears regularly on national and international radio programs and continues to explore, write, and excite people about discovery through his magazine, World Explorer, and his publishing company, Adventures Unlimited Press.
Christopher Dunn has an extensive background as a master craftsman, beginning with an apprenticeship at an engineering company in his hometown of Manchester, England. Recruited later by an American aerospace company, he immigrated to the United States in 1969. Beginning as a skilled machinist and toolmaker, he has worked at almost every level of high-tech manufacturing from building to operating high-powered industrial lasers, including the position of Project Engineer and Laser Operations Manager at Danville Metal Stamping, a Midwest aerospace manufacturer. He is now a senior manager with that company. His pyramid odyssey began in 1977 when he read Peter Tompkin’s book Secrets of the Great Pyramid. His immediate reaction to the Giza Pyramid’s schematics was that this edifice was a gigantic machine. Discovering the purpose of this machine involved a process of reverse engineering that has taken over 24 years of research. In the process he has published numerous magazine articles, and his research has been referenced in several books by various popular authors of alternative history. He has also appeared on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel, among others, discussing aspects of his book, The Giza Power Plant. One area, in particular, that interested him was the precision of ancient Egyptian granite artifacts, which Chris believes amounts to ‘smoking gun’ evidence of a civilization existing in prehistory which was far more advanced than previously believed.
“Civilizations such as ours can rise to great heights and be dashed onto a path of devolution by natural or engineered effects,” says Dunn, “In a blink of an eye, we can lose it all! Whether as one or multiple blinks of an eye, our distant ancestors in prehistoric Egypt received a mortal blow to the industry that was capable of creating the artifacts we see there today. Whether that blow came from extraterrestrial forces such as a comet, geophysical disturbances, or even a nuclear war, is open to speculation; the fact remains that their industries did exist, and they somehow became extinct! The most awesome implication has to be that civilizations are mortal!”
These two “characters” are always worth your nickel, so take this tour with them and be amazed!
DVD – 98 min.
Narrated by Greg Little
The writings of British researcher-author Andrew Collins have covered controversial subject matter from UFOs, crop circles, the Nephilim and Watchers of Biblical lore, ancient Egypt, Atlantis, and the Holy Grail. This DVD is based on his latest book, The Cygnus Mystery, wherein he presents the idea that cosmic rays from a binary system known as Cygnus X-3 influenced human evolution by creating mutations within our genes during the late Paleolithic era, tying in the flowering of art, astronomy, cosmology, and civilization leading to changes in DNA.
The Cygnus constellation, in the rift of the Milky Way, is the celestial swan.
The stars of Cygnus, Collins believes, led to a widespread belief in the bird as a symbol of the soul, so the galaxy was seen as the gateway to heaven. Collins explained it this way, “It was also the celestial bird or cosmic bird in ancient mythologies all around the world. And this cosmology relates to the cosmic axis, the sky pole, with the bird on top of it and the snake around the base of it (a dragon or serpent in many cultures).” A great many prehistoric and sacred sites around the world—from the pyramids of Egypt to mounds at the Hopewell culture in Ohio, to the Incas and the Maya, to the Hindu temples in India, to some of the greatest megalithic sites in Britain, right through to the very first temples in Turkey—all reflect the stars of Cygnus, either through orientation or ground layout. Shamanic journeys, Native American funeral rites, and the alignments of prehistoric standing stones all pointed the way to this sky-world accessed via the Milky Way or an imagined cosmic axis.
While writing his book, Collins discovered that a scientific think tank, known as the Meinel Institute of Las Vegas, also now believes that something similar was going on in Paleolithic times. Their candidate is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Draco, which is next door to Cygnus—very, very close. They worked this out through an examination of the levels of Beryllium-10, which is a bi-product of cosmic rays hitting the upper atmosphere and changing oxygen and nitrogen into the secondary element of beryllium, which falls to the earth and is retained within sea levels and ice cores; and measurements of this can determine the level of cosmic rays. “There’s no question,” says Collins, “that towards the end of the Paleolithic era, the level of cosmic rays hitting the earth had doubled.” So to suggest that this may have contributed to mutations leading to changes to human evolution, he argues, “is not a mad idea.” Plus, he says, he found out that as early as 1972, Carl Sagan, the great scientific writer, spoke about exactly the same thing—the idea of cosmic rays influencing human evolution—in his book The Cosmic Connection. Sagan returned to the subject in 1977 in his book The Dragons of Eden.
“It’s something that I believe influenced the foundations of world religions as well,” Collins goes on, “You will find this Cygnus link within Christianity, within Islam, within Hinduism, within Near Eastern religions like Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran, the Sabians, the Chaldeans of the Bible: even certain Shiite Islamic groups strongly related to this. It’s behind the whole concept that heaven was in the north and that we come from the sky and that we return there in death. Somehow this is all mixed up with this whole idea of cosmic rays influencing human evolution, influencing human intelligence, but mixed up with the whole idea of panspermia as well, this connection with the cosmos—something which is very, very important, and I think that as we go on we will begin to realize that it is ever more important.”
Collins traces this astronomic lore back to 15,000 B.C. when Deneb, the brightest star in Cygnus, was the Pole Star. At that time, our Paleolithic ancestors practiced their religious rituals in caves deep in the earth—caves whose bird-imagery art, anthropologists have found, was the creation of shamans under the influence of hallucinogens that enabled them to travel in visions outside this world. And in that same era, humanity underwent a change in physical and neurological makeup so quickly that it seemed to occur virtually overnight. Collins proposed that this sudden leap forward was caused by these cosmic rays, which left subatomic traces in those deep caves, reaching earth from Cygnus X-3.
From the oldest temple in the world to the use of modern graphics, Collins intrigues his audience with this documentary. It is an in-depth report lasting only 51 minutes.
DVD – 51 min.
With the remake of Journey to the Center of the Earth recently set for late summer release in theaters, it seems like a good time to take a closer look at the life of Jules Verne.
While this DVD is not a “remake” of his biography, it certainly has revelations about his personal life that some might find fascinating.
Hundreds of writers have tried desperately to analyze the writings of Jules Verne, claiming on the one hand that there is an underlying sexual message, and, on the other, that he is guiding us towards some hidden and lost treasure. But what is the truth? Were these highly successful stories simply great works of fiction? Or do they really hold a message for us today? In this film, we dissect the most famous of tales and discover what the producers believe is the truth. From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to Around the World in Eighty Days, from The Mysterious Island to Journey to the Center of the Earth, this film scrutinizes both the author and the meaning of his work.
We start with Verne’s privileged, albeit abused, childhood in the bustling harbor city of Nantes in Western France and his summers on the Loire River, where he was exposed to the comings and goings of schooners and ships that sparked his imagination and stimulated a desire for travel and adventure. After attending boarding school, during which time he started writing short stories and poetry, he settled in Paris to begrudgingly study law as his father had done and expected him to do. But Verne preferred writing over law and when his father discovered that his son was writing instead of studying law, he promptly withdrew his financial support. So Verne was forced to support himself which he did as a somewhat successful stockbroker, though he hated it.
In Paris he was introduced to various literary circles and entered the world of arts. Many such groups were highly influenced by and, in fact, almost overrun by various secret societies, which included the Freemasons, Rosicrucians, and the Golden Dawn, not to mention the possibility that the 18th century Bavarian Illuminati had already established a foothold. We need not merely assume these links, however, for they were very visible. Writers such as Alexander Dumas and Victor Hugo were admitted Freemasons and members of the same literary circles as Verne, and indeed were his personal friends. Dumas, in fact, assumed an important role in Verne’s life. It was Dumas who introduced him to Pierre-Jules Hetzel, one of the most important French publishers of the 19th century. Verne and Hetzel formed an excellent writer-publisher team until the latter’s death. Hetzel helped improve Verne’s writings, which until then had been regularly rejected by other publishers. Acting on Hetzel’s advice, Verne added comical accents to his novels, changed sad endings into happy ones, and toned down various political messages. His literary career was launched and he was finally able to live off his writings.
Another highly influential character for the young Verne and a crucial key for deciphering him was the great American gnostic, Edgar Allan Poe. In 1854 the works of Poe were translated for the first time into French. Verne eagerly absorbed them, writing his very first science fiction novel, A Voyage in a Balloon, under Poe’s influence. Why is Poe so important in understanding Verne’s work? “Well, not the least,” argues the film, “because Poe was pioneering the modern science fiction writing, and not just because of his incredible work in codes and ciphers within the novel, but also because of the spiritual and gnostic influence he cleverly encoded in his works.”
Did Verne’s novels point to a hidden treasure, buried by the infamous Knights Templar? Did he try to relay a message in his works? Or were his books just simple fiction for children? Was Verne a masterful genius or a storyteller with an overactive imagination? According to the film, Verne’s wife said that a secret burned at his heart and that it almost crippled him. What was this secret? The film looks for an answer, investigating the man himself and those who surrounded him. It looks closely at Verne’s most famous, extraordinary journeys to try and discover the key to unlock the mysteries.
This creative documentary with excellent computer graphics and effects reveals the lesser-known side of a fascinating author whose works still live on in the minds and hearts of millions.
DVD – 72 min.