Alternative Archeology

Alien Giants & Alien DNA …Or Not?

BY ZECHARIA SITCHIN

One of the most enigmatic (and theologically challenging) tales in the Bible is related in the first verses in Chapter 6 of Genesis—the tale of the Nefilim, sons of the gods who (in the days before the Deluge “and thereafter too”) took “daughters of man” as wives and had heroic children by them. Some eighty years ago a schoolboy, fortunate to study the Bible in its original Hebrew, was reprimanded for ask­ing why, though Nefilim meant ‘Those Who Had Descended’ (from heaven, to Earth), translators…

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Clues to the Great Catastrophe

By Andrew Collins

The date is September 29, 2014. It is beginning to rain as I cross a sparse, sandy wasteland under threat of commercial development. I am in Lommel, Belgium, close to the border with the Netherlands. With me is a TV camera crew, a local archaeologist, and an elderly gentleman in his eighties. He is wheelchair bound, partially deaf, and can barely speak due to the scars left behind by throat cancer twenty years earlier. Yet Johan (Han) Kloosterman, a Dutch geologist and mineralogist, has no…

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The Bloody Politics of Archaeology

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

The past is the past, and perhaps it is a truism that we can never know the past with absolute certainty. However it does not follow that the past should be manipulated or mythologized for present social, personal, and political agendas—yet that is what all too often happens, sometimes very purposefully and consciously, other times inadvertently. Often we fall into the trap of seeing what we want to see, seeing that which suits our current purposes. It occurs among laypeople, political leaders, archaeologists, and historians….

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What Happened to the Maya?

BY FRANK JOSEPH

Director Mel Gibson’s new movie Apacalypto purports to be a fictional story set in the time of the Mayas, though the film’s ending—showing Spanish ships arriving off the Mexican coast—seems to place the tale in the time of the Az­tecs, long after the Mayan civilization had vanished from the scene. And as strange and disturbing as the movie is, the real enigma of the Central American Mayas may be even stranger and more disturbing than fiction could ever convey. The Great Mystery of the Maya…

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More Evidence Uncovered in Howard-Vyse Pyramid Fraud

By Scott Creighton

The long-simmering debate surrounding quarry marks found in the Great Pyramid in 1837 by British explorer Colonel Howard-Vyse and his team, was returned to a full boil in June, 2014, when we reported (in Atlantis Rising #106) damning new evidence taken directly from Vyse’s handwritten journal. The Colonel’s own notes establish a powerful case that—in a bid to connect the Great Pyramid to Khufu, a fourth dynasty Pharaoh of ancient Egypt—fraud had been perpetrated. The famous Khufu cartouche, on which mainstream Egyptology relies to date…

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The Copper Scroll Conundrum

By Philip Coppens

In 1947 a number of scrolls were discovered in caves along the Dead Sea coast. They have gone down in history as “The Dead Sea Scrolls” and continue to be at the center of worldwide controversy. Why? Because the discovery and especially decipherment of these scrolls opened a radically different point of view on early Christianity and Judaism around the time of Christ. At the time of the discovery, some experts believed that the community that resided near­by, at Qumran, and which some have labeled…

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America’s Mound Builders: The Mystery Deepens

BY GREG LITTLE

The term Mound Builder typically elicits images of well-known earthen mounds found all over America. These in­clude the huge 100-foot tall Monks Mound at Cahokia, Illinois, the complex of platform mounds at Moundville, Ala­bama, a spectacular effigy mound such as Ohio’s Serpent Mound or any of the thousands of other mounds still exist­ing all over the country. Until 1997, the oldest American mound, defined as a manmade formation of earth or stone constructed with a de­liberate intent, was at Poverty Point, Louisiana. The massive Poverty…

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Egyptology on the Brink

PHILIP COPPENS

With the removal of President Mubarak, Egypt’s future—though uncertain—has, many believe, entered a positive new era. Egyptology, the scientific investigation of ancient Egypt, is also clearly going through momentous changes. In a late-breaking development, Zahi Hawass, the virtual embodiment of current-day Egyptology, who now finds him­self facing extraordinary new allegations of nepotism and corruption, has also been forced to resign from his newly created ministerial post. In that position and previously as Egypt’s Director of Antiquities he has, for many years, maintained a virtual dictatorship…

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Return to the Great Sphinx

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Perhaps one of my distant ancestors or relatives preceded me here—among nineteenth and early twentieth century graffiti inscribed on the entrance to Nefertari’s Temple of Hathor at Abu Simbel can be found my name—“Schoch.” I had noticed this on previous trips, but this time it really impressed me. Perhaps I was feeling nostalgic; it was just short of a quarter century since I had first traveled to Egypt (in June 1990). As I have always found to be the case, my most recent trip (January…

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Did the Russians Find Atlantis?

Frank Joseph

  Thirty-eight years ago, steel leviathans silently, invisibly stalked each other in the dark, lightless depths of the North Atlantic with nuclear-warhead torpedoes. More than once, their near-miss encounters almost made of the Cold War a hot one, and unofficial accusations of submarines on both sides deliberately sunk with all hands, are still around, nearly four decades later. Into this fearsome arena and time, stealthily cruised the Moskovsky Universitet, ostensibly a research ship, as her scholarly name was meant to suggest. But it was a…

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