Alternative Archeology

Rewriting the History Books

By Frank Joseph

The quickening pace of technological development in all scientific fields has not spared archaeology. A rapid succession of new methodologies, particularly in computers and genetics, is unwinding in a seemingly endless roll call of fresh discoveries, too many, in fact, for most observers to keep track. Not a few of these recent finds are seriously undermining textbook versions of the past, which generations have believed were incontrovertible. Among these shattering paradigms is mainstream insistence that our continent was hermetically sealed off from the outside world…

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Atlantis of the Pacific?

BY DAVID H. CHILDRESS

One of the greatest archaeological sites in the world lies off the coast of the remote Micronesian island of Pohnpei, yet the city is largely unknown. The gigantic city of Nan Madol, probably the eighth wonder of the world, continues to baffle archaeologists, and may contain evidence for the lost continent of Mu. Built out of magnetized basalt crystals, some weighing up to 50 tons, this city contains over 250 million tons of prismatic basalt stacked up in artificial islands and structures over an 11…

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Polar Memories

By Sergey Teleguin

The book, Arctic Home in the Vedas, was first published in 1903. Written by the Indian philosopher Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856–1920), the work was an analysis of the texts of the Rigveda and Avesta. A mathematician turned astronomer, historian, journalist, philosopher and political leader of India, Tilak had come to the conclusion that many of the hymns comprising the ancient texts came not from India or Iran but from the ancient polar region. He noted that descriptions of the long months of darkness, the protracted…

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Magical Egypt Series—All New Episodes

Chance Gardner

Magical Egypt, the popular series of DVD documentaries that debuted in 2001, featured interviews with maverick Egyptologist John Anthony West, Walter Cruttenden, Baird Spaulding, and other alternative archaeology stars familiar to Atlantis Rising readers. The series of eight DVDs was a big hit, earning, by most reckoning, the cherished status of ‘underground classic.’ (You can still order it directly from Atlantis Rising.) In the fifteen years following, the big question was: when will there be more? To the great delight of the program’s many fans,…

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Water Wizards of Ancient Arizona

BY FRANK JOSEPH

Every high culture—from the Indus Valley to the United States—has been distinguished by the will and genius of its creators to achieve the proper distribution of fresh water. Such organization is impossible without social cooperation, which is itself the kernel of civilization. Both mutually arise from each other. Hence, water management is not only fundamental to the early construction and existence of a high culture, but generates the common spirit that typifies and motivates it. Thus deeply involved in applying this primary resource, a people’s…

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Treasure of the Hollow Mountain

By David H. Childress

Near Hatch, New Mexico, is a mountain called Victorio Peak where in 1937 a half-Indian podiatrist (originally from Oklahoma), named Milton Ernest “Doc” Noss, discovered an astonishing cache of lost treasure on what is now the White Sands Missile Range. Much of the gold may have been Aztec, while other portions were purportedly from the lost La Rue mine that the Spanish had worked a hundred years before. Much of the treasure was in the form of stacked gold bars—hundreds of them—but there were other…

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Giza Under Ground

By Philip Coppens

Hawass Plans to Drill Beneath the Sphinx Zahi Hawass has said that he plans to drill soon under the Great Sphinx. The report of his intention was published in the February/March edition of Ancient Mysteries, the newsletter of the Virginia Beach-based Edgar Cayce organiza­tion, the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). Hawass, Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, after recently speaking for an hour to an A.R.E. group, said that Joe Jahoda, a longtime A.R.E. member, had convinced him to drill under…

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Hydraulics and the Ancients

BY ARLAN ANDREWS

The crowded party was being held during the 1986 World Science Fiction Convention at the futuristic Hyatt Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Over the hubbub of writers and readers and fans, I overhead a young woman conversing about her experiences as an archaeologist in the Peruvian Andes. Drink in hand, I approached her and introduced myself as a person with an interest in Inca technology. “Have you ever heard of the large carved stone that the Incas made,” I asked, “a model of a topographical…

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Ice Age Mariners

By William B. Stoecker

There is a strong pattern of evidence virtually proving that human beings, during and perhaps even before the last ice age, regularly sailed the seas, even crossing the greatest oceans, and that sporadic sea crossings continued in historical but pre-Columbian times. Until recently,ko conventional archaeologists and historians ridiculed this notion but attitudes are slowly changing. People like Ignatius Donnelly, who believed that Atlantis was the mother of all civilizations, have always pointed to cultural and technological similarities in virtually every continent from the earliest historical…

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Florida’s Mysterious Mayan Outposts

By Frank Joseph

Most Florida residents believe the oldest city in their state and the nation is St. Augustine. But its founding by Spanish conquerors in 1565 was preceded by another urban center with roots going back more than eighteen centuries earlier to an entirely different people. Today a U.S. National Historic Landmark known as Citrus County’s Crystal River State Archaeological Site, the pre-Columbian zone was originally a populous ceremonial center visited annually by thousands of pilgrims at a time when Europe slumbered through the Dark Ages. Located…

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