Göbekli Tepe

Updating the Dating Picture

By William B. Stoecker

Back in the nineteen-fifties, when, to paraphrase poet Robert Burns, “God was in his heaven and all was right with the world,” mainstream archaeologists, physical anthropologists, and geologists thought they had it all figured out—or, at least, so it seemed. Civilization—agriculture, woven fabrics, fired ceramics, large stone buildings, and writing, they argued, dated back only five to six thousand years BP (before the present). Only the shortest ocean voyages were made in that early period, with seafarers hugging the coastline.  Man, as a species, dated…

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The Very Strange Case of Çatalhöyük

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Off the modern beaten path, on the Anatolian plain southeast of the city of Konya (south-central Turkey), are found a couple of large and rather nondescript hills surrounded by fields. For seven millennia these mounds held a secret—buried within them are the material remains of a large and complex community dating back to what conventional archaeologists refer to as the Neolithic (New Stone Age) and Chalcolithic (Copper Age, transitional between the New Stone Age and the Bronze Age). Today this archaeological site is known as…

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The Pursuit of Ancient Precision


Christopher Dunn is well known to the readers of Atlantis Rising. His many investigations of the fantastic tech­nologies of the ancients have been among our most popular features and constituted a major part of our bestselling book Forbidden History (Inner Traditions/Bear, 2005). Now Dunn has produced a new book focussing on the ex­traordinary technical achievements of the ancient Egyptians. What follows is from the foreword by professional en­gineer Arlan Andrews.—Editor What researcher Christopher Dunn has accomplished in his new book Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt…

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Mount Nemrut: Ancient Place of Initiation?

By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.

High in the eastern Taurus (southern Anti-Taurus) mountain range of modern Turkey, nestled between the mountains to the north and the Euphrates River to the south, at an elevation of some 7,000 feet, the gods congregate at a place known as Mount Nemrut (Nemrud Dagi). Visit the site today and after trekking up the mountain trail, you will arrive at a huge artificial limestone tumulus some 165 feet tall and nearly 500 feet in diameter erected on the natural summit of the mountain. Major terraces…

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Hidden in Plain Sight


Would we recognize the ruins of a forgotten indigenous human civilization or the evidence of an advanced technolo­gy here on Earth if we found it? Can we even define “civilization”? Suppose a technology was not like ours, on the same line of development and perhaps less advanced than ours or more advanced, but on a completely different path? Suppose machines were made of stone rather than metal and designed to harness the chi, or kundalini force (it has many names) the very existence of which…

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