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Pyramid Ruins Discovered in Kazakhstan

In what are called the ‘steppes’ (mountain valleys) of Kazakhstan, a large previously unknown stone pyramid has just been discovered near the city of Karaganda. Researcher Victor Novozhenov says the structure is probably older than 3,000 years and is, he thinks, the work of the Begazy-Dandybai culture. Unlike the so-called Bosnian pyramid, which has drawn much attention in recent years, this one is indisputably man-made, and resembles Egypt’s Step pyramid, in both size and structure.

Central Asia has long been considered, in esoteric circles, to be the home of lost ancient civilizations, which millennia ago reached a very high level of development. The influential Greek-Armenian mystic and scholar G. I. Gurdjieff believed that some of the great wisdom lineages in the area had been preserved into modern times, which he wrote about in his classic book Meetings with Remarkable Men. The new pyramid discovery could, it is hoped, offer clues to such lost cultures.

Novozhenov thinks the pyramid was a mausoleum, which is the standard default explanation offered by contemporary archaeology for most ancient pyramid construction. For new challenges to the tomb theories, at least in Egypt, see the article by Scott Creighton, “Burying Egypt’s True History,” on page 42 of this issue.


Is Arthur’s Palace at Tintagel?

As Atlantis Rising reported in Issue 119, the ruins of King Arthur’s Camelot are believed to have been found, but whereas Graham Phillips wrote for us they are in Shropshire, a brand new archaeological case is being made for Arthur’s birthplace at the fortress at Tintagel in Southwest Cornwall. Thanks to the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth, the place is already a favorite with tourists.

Archaeologists at both locations point to Iron-Age ruins placing Arthur’s kingdom in the fifth or sixth century. In Tintagel, stone ruins with walls a meter thick and with hundreds of glass fragments from medieval France, along with Roman and Phoenician pottery, have just recently been unearthed. Smaller buildings are within the walls. This means whoever lived there was very wealthy. One slate found on the site in 1998 was engraved with the word “Artognou,” Latin for the English name Arthnou.

Archaeologists from English Heritage told the BBC in August they also think the stories of Arthur’s life are based on actual events, though they probably occurred six centuries before Geoffrey of Monmouth, a twelfth century Welsh cleric wrote the first detailed account of Arthur’s life in his Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain). The site had already fallen into ruin by 1136 when Geoffrey claimed that Arthur was conceived in the Tintagel fortress.


Has Visual Super Power Arrived?

Describing higher consciousness has always been difficult. Comparisons have been made to the challenge of explaining color to a colorblind person who may doubt the reality of what he cannot personally experience. Now, we are asked to consider the case of a British woman who can see 99 million more colors than the rest of us.

Most humans, we learn, have only three types of cone cells in their eyes, which can each detect around 100 shades. The three combined can register about a million different colors. The colorblind have to manage with only two types of cone cells and can see only around 10,000 shades. The specially endowed woman in Northern England, however, has four types of cone cells and has demonstrated in the laboratory that she can see about 100 million colors. She is being called a ‘techromat.’ Neuroscientist Gabriele Jordan from Newcastle University in the UK did the research. It is estimated that about 12% of the female population may have such extra cones. The trait is apparently passed to the daughters of colorblind men.

Still, virtual super vision of this type requires some extra stimulation and practice to work effectively. Like other latent powers, the faculty of super color perception could go unnoticed in a society where it is not valued. The actual experience of super color vision is something the rest of us will have to guess at but denying its existence will not make it go away. It could, however,