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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What Happened to the Maya?


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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Egypt in Illinois


Could ancient seafarers from the Mediterranean have reached the American Midwest? The southernmost town in Illi­nois was named Cairo in the nineteenth century. The reason why that name was chosen is debated, but it lies be­tween the convergence of two rivers in the center of a grain rich area. The reason given—a sort of tongue and cheek—is that it is reminiscent of when the Israelites had to travel to Egypt to buy grain in times of drought. But Cai­ro was just one of many ports…

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