Ancient Mysteries

Lost River of the Vedas

By Cynthia Logan

What is the difference between a yogi in a cave and a caveman? Wisconsin born Sanskrit scholar and internationally renowned Vedic teacher and historian Dr. David Frawley isn’t making a new-age joke—he’s questioning our ability to interpret findings and determine dates relating to ancient civilizations. “We tend to identify advanced civilizations with technology, but that may not be the indicator we should be looking for,” he cautions. “Besides, would an advanced civilization leave a mess? Maybe they would clean up after themselves, leaving little evidence.”…

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Secrets of the Seventh Ray


In his article for Atlantis Rising #84 (“Politics and Psychic Manipulation in Romania”), Boston University professor and author of The Parapsychology Revolution (Tarcher/Penguin, 2008), Dr. Robert Schoch, wrote about a phenome­non called “The Violet Flame,” which he said had played an important role in the history of Romania. “The color vio­let is unlike any other color,” he explained, “and has long been a focus of attention by alchemists and occultists. Seen as the boundary between the physical and the spiritual, with the ability to promote…

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Technologies of the Gods—In the Americas

By Frank Joseph

Atlantis Rising readers and regular watchers of the History Channel are familiar with some amazingly sophisticated high technology that highlighted the ancient Old World. Examples include the Eastern Mediterranean “Antikythera Device”—a 2,100-year-old analog computer designed to calculate astronomical positions; Minoan Crete’s Phaistos Disc—a baked clay artifact impressed with movable type 32 centuries before Guttenberg re-invented the same process; a dynastic Egyptian pregnancy test that preceded our own by more than four thousand years; and many other specimens of advanced application. Far less well known are…

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Crime in the Great Pyramid • First Time in Print

By Scott Creighton

It is an issue that has been hotly debated for decades, if not longer. In 1837, Colonel Richard William Howard-Vyse, with the help of some gunpowder archaeology, blasted his way into some hitherto unknown chambers of the Great Pyramid and found therein numerous painted ‘quarry markings.’ In the topmost room (named Campbell’s Chamber by Vyse, in honor of Patrick Campbell, the British agent and Consul General for Egypt—ED), Vyse and his team found a number of cartouches which bore the names of “Khnum-Khuf” and ‘Khufu’…

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Egypt’s Obelisk Mystery—Unsolved

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

I have always found obelisks comforting. Born in Washington, D.C., raised in the D.C. area, and attending George Washington University as an undergraduate, for the first two decades of my life I lived in the shadow of an obelisk, even if it was a modern rendition of the ancient Egyptian versions. I remember from earliest childhood that if I could see the Washington Monument, I knew I was “home.” During the last three-and-a-half millennia, obelisks have become powerful and potent symbols. Washington may have its…

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A Scientist Looks at the Great Pyramid

By Dr. Robert M. Schoch

Scrambling up a series of rickety wooden ladders tied together, I had to see for myself this “definitive proof” that the Great Pyramid was simply built as a tomb for the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops). Climbing nearly thirty feet above the floor of the Grand Gallery at its southern (upper) end, I crawled through an entrance barely two feet wide and on hands and knees made my way through a horizontal tunnel about twenty feet long, and then up a series of smaller ladders, trying to…

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Mysterious Missionaries

By Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D.

There are some among us who believe those “very ancient times” were actually long before the Neolithic. Mu’s best cities, in the opinion of James Churchward, were “built at or near the mouths of great rivers, these being the seats of trade and commerce, from which ships passed to and from all parts of the world” (Churchward, The Lost Contient of Mu., p. 26). In fact, he was told by Caroline Islanders that the first men “had very large boats in which they sailed all…

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The Pyramids of Scotland: Revisited

By Jeff Nisbet

The Internet has become the long and investigative arm of Everyman, and in no field of inquiry is this more apparent than in genealogy. The new breed of genealogical cybersleuth has shown that ordinary people share an abiding inter­est in their past, where they came from, and how they got where they are today. If societies are the sum of their parts, we might then assume that the ancient Egyptians entertained those same motives when they built their pyramid complex at Giza exactly where they…

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The Constellation Leo & the Great Sphinx

By Robert Bauval

It has long been believed (and still is!) by Egyptologists that the ancient Egyptians did not know the zodiac and that the Greeks brought it—the so-called Greco-Babylonian Zodiac—into Egypt sometime in the third or fourth century BCE, probably. This may indeed be so for the Babylonian zodiac, but it does not necessarily follow that the ancient Egyptians did not have a zodiac of their own or did not identify certain constellations along the zodiacal belt that were important to them. I very much believe they…

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Pre-Columbian ETs in South America?

By Frank Joseph

Although accounts of human victims snatched by kidnappers from other worlds are dismissed as frauds or fantasies by most academics, at least one outstanding scholar among them had courage enough to go public with persuasive scientific evidence on behalf of the controversial phenomenon’s authenticity. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, John Edward Mack, M.D. (1929–2004), put his stellar professional reputation on the line as an American psychiatrist, parapsychologist, and professor at the Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital with publication of his shocking 1994 book. In Abduction: Human Encounters…

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