of the Quest for the Grail has several variations on a singular idea:
that far back in the ancient past, there was knowledge, True Wisdom Technology.
Further, there is the idea that this knowledge was widely known and applied
in a Golden Age. The Ancient Technology is further thought to have survived,
though perhaps broken up and obscured in "magical doctrines,"
myths and religious rituals that have long ago lost their meaning. It
is also thought that the Ancient Technology has survived in esoteric schools,
nurtured in secret, and given out to the world in measured doses from
time to time via an elect few who feel sorry for mankind.
of how these secret teachings are thought to be transmitted and interpreted,
is in the study of alchemy. Isaac Newton was fascinated by these themes
and similar to my own thought processes, sought scientific interpretations
of the analogies and metaphors. According to Newton, the Greek mystics
who spoke of the "music of the spheres," were merely talking
about gravity. His idea was that the strings of Apollo's lyre corresponded
to the planet's distances from the sun.
Do we have
any evidence that this Ancient Technology ever really existed?
I think we do, and there are many interesting volumes devoted to this
subject. The point of all of them is that something terrible happened.
The infrastructure for the utilization of this knowledge was destroyed.
And for a time, there were survivors who tried to pass on the knowledge
to their children, in hopes that someday someone would understand the
true meaning of the formulas and codes, and it is entirely likely that
these are literally scientific formulas and codes that are at the core
of religious myth and rituals. They were memorized by the children
of the survivors, and in some cases were utilized to a limited extent.
But, as time went by, even that limited use was lost and all that was
left was the stories. Like some strange cargo cult, the scientific formulas
and codes were chanted to invoke the gods of technology. And when nothing
happened, it was thought that the god was angry and sacrifice began.
cataclysm and its resultant state of ignorance and loss of meaning laid
the groundwork for a new technology to evolve; one which contained within
its very core structure certain ideas that erected a fence around
humanity and created a barrier to true progress at multiple levels. And
this foundation of our science is linear Time - time that begins and ends
once and forever.
Cohane tracked the evidence for this former civilization around the world.
He noted that certain place names in widely divergent cultures gave evidence
of ancient similarities of culture and language from place to place in
a manner that simply could not be coincidence. And yet, these places
were supposed to have never communicated with one another prior to a certain
moment in history when our howling savage ancestors finally achieved the
ability to circumnavigate the globe around the time of Christopher Columbus.
An example of how such similarities exist could be given of the way English
has become the scientific and cultural exchange medium all across the
world today. Richard Rudgley writes in The Lost Civilizations of
the Stone Age:
estimated that there are between 5,000 and 10,000 different languages
in the world (the discrepancy between these two figures is due to the
different criteria used by various linguists in defining a language
as more than a local variant or dialect of another), a fact which echoes
the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel. But, was there ever a single
language in our remote past that preceded the confusion of tongues,
and if so, is there any chance that we may be able to rediscover this
Edenic state of communication? [
linguist Holger Pedersen had expressed the opinion that there was a
definite relationship between the supposedly distinct and independent
language families of Indo-European, Semitic, Uralic, Altaic and even
Eskimo-Aleut. On the basis of these links he believed that all these
language groups were in fact descended from a remote language ancestral
to them all which he called Nostratic, from the Latin noster, meaning
there are many words associated with agriculture and husbandry [suggesting
a farming economy]. On the other hand, among the 2,000 roots of the
Proto-Nostratic lexical stock, we do not find words suggesting acquaintance
with agriculture or husbandry, but we do find many terms associated
with hunting and food gathering. [
suggest that Proto-Nostratic belongs to the period prior to the 'Neolithic
revolution,' while most of its descendent languages belong to the Neolithic
epoch of food-producing economy. [
ancient centre of Neolithic economy in western Eurasia was situated
in southwest Asia [which leads to] a preliminary hypothesis that Proto-Nostratic
was spoken in southwest Asia at a period prior to the 'Neolithic
revolution,' while most of its daughter-languages belong to the Neolithic
epoch, and their spread over large territories of Eurasia and Africa
was connected with the demographic explosion caused by the 'Neolithic
is also an equally if not more controversial proposal.] This is the
Dene-Sino-Caucasian language proposed by Starostin [Sergei Starostin
of the Russian State University of the Humanities] and other linguists
that includes languages as diverse as Basque, Chinese, Sumerian and
Haida. If [this] is shown to be a genuine language group, then it must,
like Nostratic and Eurasiatic, be of Upper Paleolithic age.
between the Chinese language and the Na-Dene linguistic group was recognised
in the 1920's by one of the great linguists of Amerindian studies, Edward
as the ideas of the great macro-families of languages such as Amerind,
Dene-Sino-Caucasian and Eurasiatic are, some linguists, most conspicuously
Merrit Ruhlen, believe that they can identify correspondence between
even these vast groups and are seeking to reconstruct the primordial
ancestor of all the world's languages, a language called either
Proto-Global or Proto-World.
and his colleague John D. Bengtson have put forward some 45 global etymologies
which they believe indicate a connection between all of the world's
language families. ...These etymologies incorporate a correlation
in respect not only of the meaning of the words but also of their sound.
accidental resemblance of both meaning and sound on a global scale is
too unlikely to contemplate. That such parallels exist between
language groups in distant parts of the world is striking and is hard
to dismiss simply as mere coincidence.
Renfrew, Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge,
has pointed out that if it were shown that Proto-Amerind and Proto-Eurasiatic
were in fact connected - a possibility that he does not reject outright
but is highly skeptical of - this would take us back over 20,000
years to some time before these two macro-families must have split
to go their separate ways.
is still no general consensus among archaeologists as to the homeland
of the Indo-Europeans nor even the dating of their migrations.
suggest that the various proto-languages that are said to belong to
the Nostratic group could have dispersed from the zone in which agriculture
seems to have first developed, namely the Near East and Anatolia. In
this scenario the expansion of these languages beyond the region would
be directly associated with the spread of farming. The parent language,
Proto-Nostratic would thus be located somewhere in the core region and
obviously to a time preceding the origins of agriculture." [Rudgley,
vs. hunter gatherers. This event of "separation of the languages"
seems to be intimately connected to the conflict between the Shepherd
and the Farmer, the northern peoples and the southern peoples, the circle
makers and the pyramid builders. As I was reading through all the myths,
I was struck by this conflict and also how an older "shepherd"
myth was often transformed into an "agriculture" myth with concomitant
reversal of imagery and meaning.
any "hard" evidence for this ancient, worldwide, high civilization?
I don't want to spend too much time going over all of it and attempting
to reproduce the fine efforts of other writers. But, just to cover the
subject briefly, one of the most telling pieces of hard evidence is included
in Charles Hapgood's book, Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings. Hapgood,
a Professor of Anthropology included in his book a most interesting letter
from a group of cartographers in the United States Air Force. The statements
in this letter, to my knowledge, have never been challenged. In fact,
the letter itself doesn't receive much attention, though Hapgood is certainly
referred to as a crank often enough. The letter refers to a series of
highly technical analyses of several maps that Dr. Hapgood presented to
the cartographers. After their study, they wrote:
not very often that we have the opportunity to evaluate maps of ancient
origin. The Piri Reis ( AD 1513 ) and theOronteus Fineaus [sic] ( AD
1531 ) maps sent to us by you, presented a delightful challenge for
it was not readily conceivablethat they could be so accurate without
being forged. With added enthusiasm we accepted this challenge and
have expended many off duty hours evaluating your manuscript and the
above maps. I am sure you will be pleased to know that we have concluded
that both of these maps were compiled from accurate original source
maps, irrespective of dates. The following is abrief summary of our
The solution of the portolano projection used by Admiral Piri Reis,
developed by your class in Anthropology must be very nearly correct;
for when known geographical locations are checked in relationship to
the grid computed by Mr. Richard W.Strachan (MIT ), there, is remarkably
close agreement. Piri Reis' use of the Portolano projection (centred
on Syene, Egypt ) is an excellent choice, for it is a developable surface
that would permit the relative size and shape of the earth at that (
lattitude ) to be retained. It is our opinion that those who compiled
the original map had an excellent knowledge of the continents covered
by this map.
As stated by Colonel Harold Z. Ohlmeyer in his letter (July 6, 1960
) to you, the Princess Martha Coast of Queen Maud Land, Antarctica,
appears to be truly represented on the southern sector of the Piri Reis
Map. The agreement of the Piri Reis map with the seismic profile of
this area made by the Norwegian-British -Swedish Expedition of 1949,
suported by your solution of the grid, places beyond a reasonable doubt
the conclusion that the original source maps must have been made before
the present Antarctic ice cap covered Queen Maud Land coasts.
It is our opinion that the accuracy of the cartographic features shown
in the Oronteus Fineaus [sic] Map (AD 1530 ) suggests, beyond a doubt,
that it also was compiled from accurate source maps of Antarctica, but
in this case of the entire continent. Close examination has proved
the original source maps must have been compiled at a time when the
land mass and inland waterways of the continent were relatively free
of ice. This conclusion is further supported by a comparison of the
Oronteus Finneaus [sic] Map with the results obtained by International
Geophysical Year teams in their measurements of the subglacial topography.
The comparison also suggests that the original source maps (compiled
in remote antiquity ) were prepared when Antarctica was presumably free
of ice. The Cordiform projection used by Oronteus Fineaus [sic] suggests
the use of advanced mathematics. Further, the shape given to the Antarctic
continent suggests the possibility, if not the probability, that the
original source maps were compiled on a stereographic or gnomonic type
of projection (involving the useof spherical trigonometry).
We are convinced that the findings made by you and your associates are
valid, and that they raise extremely important questions affecting geology
and ancient history, questions which certainly require further investigation.
you for extending us the opportunity to have participated in the study
of these maps. The following officers and airmen vollunteered their
time to assist Captain Lorenzo W.Burroughs in this evaluation: Captain
Richard E. Covault, CWO Howard D.Minor, MSgt Clifton M.Dover, MSgt David
C.Carter, TSgt James H.Hood, SSgt James L.Carroll, and AIC Don R.Vance."
USAF Chief, Cartographic Section
8th Reconnaissance Technical Sqdn
(SAC )Westover, Mass. [Hapgood, Charles, Maps of the Ancient Sea
Kings,Turnstone press London 1979.]
ice cover is supposed to be millions of years old. Who could have made
a map of Antarctica when it was not covered by ice, and when?
Hapgood heard about these maps at a particular point in his life when
he was studying the ice ages. A copy of an ancient map had been found
in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul in 1929, and a Turkish naval officer
had presented a copy of it to the US Navy Hydrographic Office. It was
examined by scholars who noted that the map represented Antarctica before
it was covered with ice. Yet, the map was painted on parchment and was
dated to 1513, over 300 years before Antarctica was officially "discovered."
Core samples taken by the Byrd Antarctic Expedition showed that the last
warm period in the Antarctic ended around 4,000 BC. It began about 9,000
years before that. The only conclusion that could be drawn was that someone
had mapped Antarctica at least 6,000 years ago.
we have another really, really serious problem. Above, an Air Force officer
involved in Cartography, and presumably not a dummy, has said that the
findings of Hapgood are believed to be valid. Next we learn that, at that
point in time, the core samples taken by the Byrd Expedition showed that
the last warm period in the Anarctice ended around 4,000 BC, and that
Antarctica was ice-free prior to that. Yet we now have something called
the WAISCORES project.
project will recover and interpret two ice cores from the West Antarctic
ice sheet. The information collected during this project will improve
our ability to predict the significance of future climate changes to
our society. As snow falls it traps samples of the cloud water, atmospheric
gases and dust. When the snow lands in the accumulation zone of an ice
sheet, it builds up in ice layers which can be several kilometers thick
and can contain ice which fell as snow over 100,000 years ago. By analyzing
the ice it is possible to estimate climate properties such as the temperature,
the snow accumulation rate, general ocean and atmospheric circulation
patterns, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases when the snow fell.
Determining how these climate properties interacted in the past improves
our ability to predict how they will interact in the future and control
the climate our society will experience. It also improves our ability
to predict how human activities will influence climate.
the deal here? Is the ice on Antarctica 6,000 years old as the Byrd cores
showed, or is it over 100,000 years old as we are NOW being told?
discovered that there were more of these ancient maps - portolans, as
they are called - and that some of them strongly indicate that the mapmaker
had an aerial view of what he was mapping! Hapgood himself writes:
presented by the ancient maps appears to suggest the existence in remote
times, before the rise of any known cultures, of a true civilisation,
of an advanced kind, which either was localized in one area but had
worldwide commerce, or was, in a real sense, a worldwide culture. This
culture, at leas in some respects, was more advanced than the civilizations
of Greece and Rome. In geodesy, nautical science, and mapmaking it
was more advanced than any known culture before the 18th
century of the Christian Era. It was only in the 18th century
that we developed a practical means of finding longitude. It was in
the 18th century that we first accurately measured the circimference
of the earth. Not until the 19th century did we begin to
send out ships for exploration into the Arctic or Antarctic Seas and
only then did we begin the exploration of the bottom of the Atlantic.
The maps indicate that some ancient people did all these things.[
was a youth I had a plain simple faith in progress. It seemed to me
impossible that once man had passed a milestone of progress in one way
that he could ever pass the same milestone again the other way. Once
the telephone was invented, it would stay invented. If past civilizations
had faded away it was just because they had not learned the secret of
progress. But Science meant permanent progress, with no going back.[
Glanville writes in The Legacy of Egypt: "It may
be, as some indeed suspect, that the science we see as the dawn of recorded
history was not science at its dawn, but represents the remnants of
the science of some great and as yet untraced civilization." [Ibid.]
By a series
of analyses, Hapgood and others came to the conclusion that there was
an ancient civilization whose center or "home base" was Antarctica
itself. [Rand and Rose Flem-Ath, When the Sky Fell, 1995, St.
Martins, Canada]The fact that it was a global society, just as our
own is, was also evident from other clues. This was, to put it mildly,
not an acceptable idea to the uniformitarian view of evolution.
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