Michael Cremo

The Sandia Cave Controversy Revisited

From May 26 to May 31, 2013, I attended the conference of the International Federation of Rock Art Organizations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There are two kinds of rock art researchers. One kind is interested in trying to decipher the meaning of ancient markings on stone (petroglyphs). Another kind thinks that such attempts are fruitless, and they concentrate on what they consider to be the purely “scientific” aspects of petroglyphs, such as trying to date them with chemical or radiometric methods and trying to determine…

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Oregon Mortars & Pestles, Millions of Years Old

By Michael A. Cremo

CAPTIONS: James Furman Kemp, 1897; mortar and pestle found in auriferous gravel, Spanish Plat, El Dorado County, California   In July and August of 1905, James Furman Kemp was collecting mineral samples for the United States Geological Survey in southwestern Oregon. He heard about mortars and pestles discovered in auriferous (gold-bearing) gravel at the Deep Gravel Mine, near the town of Waldo. Kemp, a prominent geologist, was a professor of geology at Columbia University in New York City and was one of the founders of…

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Folk Archaeological Traditions in India


In July 2, 2005, I flew overnight from Los Angeles to London’s Gatwick airport. I took a Thameslink train from Gat-wick to the Thameslink Kings Cross railway station. From there I walked a short ways up Pentonville Road to Din­widdy House, where I stayed while attending a meeting of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists. The meeting, at which I presented a paper, was held in the British Museum, from July 4 – 8. On the morning of July 7, shortly before nine o’clock,…

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In Memory of Dr. John Mack

Michael Cremo • www.MichaelCremo.com

After a recent tour of the Ukraine, while I was taking a few days rest in Yalta, a Black Sea resort in the Crimea, I learned by email that Dr. John Mack had died after being struck by an automobile in London. I had seen John a few months before, in July, in Glastonbury, where we were both speakers at the Glastonbury Symposium. After my talk, I was walking out of the hall to the book exhibition room to sign some copies of my books…

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Cuba’s ‘Sunken City’ Revisited

By Michael A. Cremo • www.MCremo.com

In the year 2000, Paulina Zelitsky and her husband Paul Weinzweig, who owned and operated a company in Canada called Advanced Digital Communications (ADC), were doing research for the Cuban government in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the western tip of Cuba (the Guanahacabibes Peninsula). They were using sonar to scan the ocean bottom for old Spanish shipwrecks, which might be the source of treasure, but they found something even more interesting—the apparent remains of a submerged city. BBC News reported on…

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