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The advances of civilization have been compared to climbing a mountain. As we reach new heights, we are able for the first time to see the long path we have travelled stretched out beneath us, and with the advantage of altitude we can see where we have gone right and where we have gone wrong. Moreover, we can see patterns in our progress of which we might have been unaware at the time we passed through. While that notion may seen to be strictly meta­phorical, a new breed of archaeologist is literally taking the concept to new heights these days…like to outer space.

According to the web site of Popular Science Magazine, the new archaeologists are carrying out their researches without getting their hands dirty, learning more from above the atmosphere than from the bottom of any dig. In a piece called “Space Archaeologists” writer Mara Hvistendahl details the work of Damian Evans and Bill Sa­turno who, with the help of radar imaging satellites, have uncovered many previously undiscovered details to Cambo­dia’s great temple complex at Angkor Wat. Thanks to such techniques scientists are unearthing whole civilizations and rewriting history books. In issue #70 of A.R., Frank Joseph told of how satellite imagery was used to locate Ubar, a.k.a. “The Atlantis of the Sands,” on the Arabian peninsula. Similar stories are coming from Mexico, South America and every corner of the world.

For many readers of this magazine, eager for the discovery of a lost prediluvian civilization, such research appears very promising indeed. The ability to see what lies beneath the oceans is constantly improving. For those who would like to see some of the remarkable anomalies that are, at last, rising to the surface, visit the web site satellitediscover­ where publicly released satellite imagery reveals many remarkable and previously unrecognized features of our planet.

100,000-Year-Old Tools Found

Workers in Pretoria, South Africa, have unearthed stone tools said to date back 100,000 years. The artifacts turned up in a swimming pool excavation and included a number of flaked cutting tools believed to have been used to extract marrow from bones. There was also a stone which had been brought in from another area, considered an unmistaka­ble sign of human activity.

Dr. Francis Thackeray, director of the Transvaal Museum, told reporters visiting the site that the tools were simi­lar to ones he himself had turned up at other sites such as Kromdraai in the Sterkfontein valley, the region which, ac­cording to conventional anthropology, is the cradle of humanity.

For another take on the artifacts from Sterkfontein cave see Michael Cremo’s Forbidden Archaeologist column in A.R. #59, “Sterkfontein: Cradle of Humanity or of Lies?”

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