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Piece from Antikythera Device Found

The legendary Antikythera device has yielded yet another of its secrets. That, at least, is the opinion of ‘experts.’ Divers exploring the Aegean seabed near the Greek island of Antikythera, where the world’s first known analogue computer was found by sponge divers in 1901, have found what appears to be another piece of the 2,200-year-old device, or perhaps, another like it.

The machine, we now know, was an accurate predictor of planetary movements, eclipses, etc., and could have been very useful to ancient priests and politicians. No one knows yet who made it, but Archimedes, the genius Greek military inventor, has been suspected. Nothing like it has ever since been found, but still, many believe, the technology that made it possible could actually be far older. The research continues.

For more on the advanced technologies of the ancients, see “The Lost Robots” by Frank Joseph in AR #133 (January/February, 2019).


Asteroid Belt Is a Destroyed Planet, Study Says


The asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, academic science assures us, is made up of rocks, which never got together to became a planet or planets, but a 2018 study disputing that notion has been published in the journal Nature Communications. At the center of the new argument are so-called ureilite diamonds that have fallen to Earth as meteorites.

According to study author Farhang Nabiei and his colleagues from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland: ureilites—1% of all objects that collide with Earth—are all the fragments of a lost planet that once orbited where the asteroid belt now is. The primary argument: ureilite diamonds could only have been created by pressures consistent with a large planetary body, on the scale of Mars or greater, but one that was ultimately blown to pieces by some enormous, albeit unknown, force.

Ironically, the Swiss study aligns with the claims of many esotericists who have long asserted that the asteroid belt is the aftermath of at least one destroyed planet. While the Swiss study still supports orthodox notions that such destruction would have happened billions of years ago, there is evidence that it might have happened much more recently. Former NASA physicist John Brandenburg, for one, believes ancient atomic warfare might have been the culprit. You can read more on his ideas in “Ancient Nukes on Mars” by Martin Ruggles in AR #107 (September/October, 2014).


CAPTION: A Ureilite preserved at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.


Byzantine Wall Painting Said to Show Young Jesus

With many new discoveries, the quest for evidence of the historical Jesus may be closer to its goal. Late in 2018 archaeologists announced the result of their study of a painting made 1,500 years ago, said to show Jesus as a young man. Found on a wall in the ruins of a church in the Byzantine-era village of Shivta in the Israeli desert, the very weathered image is claimed, by experts at Israel’s University of Haifa, to show Jesus as a short-haired youth. Though barely visible, the image has been outlined as shown above.

Research on the site was published in 2018 in the Cambridge journal Antiquity. First discovered in the 1920s, the image was only recently recognized as being that of Jesus. The painting is historically significant, say the researchers, because the icon of the short-haired Jesus, once widespread in Egypt and Syro Palestine, disappeared from Byzantine art in later times. “Christ’s face in this painting is an important discovery in itself,” say the authors. “Early sixth century texts include polemics concerning the authenticity of Christ’s visual appearance, including his hairstyle.” In other words, the church fathers of that time believed that they knew what Jesus really looked like.

The research coincides with several recent discoveries providing new details surrounding the life of Jesus. For more on this read Martin Ruggles’ article on page 42, “Jesus and the Gnostics.”