ATLANTIS: SETTING THE STAGE FOR UNDERSTANDING


The main point of this book is that we can no longer deny that a very advanced civilization existed at least 12,500 years ago, and possibly much farther into the mists of remote antiquity than that as well. The unequivocal proof for this case is now emerging in so many different directions simultaneously that to give even a brief overview of all the major pieces of sheer physical / archeological evidence would fill at least another entire book all by itself. For those who are interested in pursuing this knowledge and research further, the following contemporary books are a brief sampling of some of those that have demonstrated themselves as being quite academic, reputable and enlightening:

  • The Mysteries of Atlantis Revisited by Edgar Evans Cayce

  • Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock

  • When the Sky Fell by Rand and Rose Flem-Ath

  • The Orion Mystery by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert

  • Message of the Sphinx by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval

  • From Atlantis to the Sphinx by Colin Wilson

 

SPHINX WATER WEATHERING


The most common argument that one will encounter when reading the above books and others like them has been commonly dubbed as the "smoking gun" of the case for Atlantis. We are hereby referring to the observable fact that the
Great Sphinx of Egypt, situated directly next to the three main pyramids on the Gizeh plateau, shows unmistakable signs of having been weathered by water. And since we all know that Egypt is now a desert, the Sphinx simply must have been built at a time when a lush, green jungle climate with abundant rainfall was in existence.

 

And even the most outrageously conservative geological estimates for these conditions existing in Egypt date back to at least 7,000 BC, and most would agree that 9,000 BC is a far more realistic figure - and that is simply the most recent time that there was any rainfall at all. You must then also factor in exactly how long it would take for such advanced water weathering to occur - certainly not a few hundred years but potentially many thousands.

This intriguing fact was originally pointed out by R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, a brilliant scholar and thorough researcher who completely redefined humanityís understandings of ancient Egypt and Atlantis through the mid-1900ís. A majority of his work focuses on the importance of understanding how the Ancients used symbolism to convey ideas and philosophies, through such things as hieroglyphics and architectural creations. And even though his work is not widely known, its effects continue to trickle down into modern society.

 

Contemporary author John Anthony West re-discovered this information, which was rather casually mentioned in de Lubiczís book The Temple of Man, and realized that it was clearly something that was testable and provable that had been almost miraculously overlooked in the past. And after many, many failed attempts to gain the support of myriad geologists, West was able to find cooperation with Robert Schoch, a young but well-respected expert in the field, having already written four published books on archeology by his late 20ís.

Schoch was reluctant to investigate the matter until he was certain that he had secured tenure at his academic organization, but by the beginning of the 1990ís he was ready to proceed. West and Schoch then finally traveled to Egypt and realized that the case was even more powerful than had been previously thought- there were overwhelmingly redundant signs of water weathering everywhere they looked, both on the Sphinx and nearby temples made of huge stone blocks as well. Indeed, every "null hypothesis" or skeptical denouncement of the water weathering argument has been artfully dodged by West and Schoch as it has arisen. One simply cannot argue with nature. The Sphinx was carved out of limestone, which is a conglomerate of sandy particles that have fused together into a solid. Wind erosion produces stratified, horizontally ribbed surfaces in limestone that look like the pages on the side of an old book, as certain layers of the conglomerate rock will be thinner and weaker and certain layers thicker and stronger. The thicker areas of limestone will resist the power of the wind more strongly and thus erode less, whereas the thinner layers will disappear more quickly, thus producing an uneven surface.

On the other hand, water erosion produces smooth, sensuous curves that cut directly down into the rock regardless of its thickness, forming rounded corners, snakelike rivulets and crevices. The signs of this erosion are so obvious that when West disguised the Sphinx out of the pictures with tape, all geologists who he showed the images to could agree that it was a picture of a rock outcrop with water erosion. However, once West removed the tape and showed them where the picture was from, they immediately grew agitated and did not want to discuss it any further, for simple fear of losing their reputation. Schoch was the first geologist to face the facts and stake his own reputation on the obvious.

And so, even if one was to throw away the multitudes of other solid evidence that exists in support of an advanced ancient civilization, we can still come back to the Sphinx. Once we know what we are looking for, we will realize that this is only one of the more obvious means of proving that the historical "Atlantean" culture had a precedent in fact - and we will gather more and more of these clues as the book progresses.
 


ROBERT BAUVAL AND THE "GIZA ALIGNMENT"


The next major argument from recent history that is invariably discussed with the "Atlantis question" comes from Robert Bauval. The three main Pyramids of Egypt at Giza are arranged in close proximity to each other, and Bauval was curious about the apparent lack of symmetry or geometry in their layout. He knew that there had to be some reason for why they were aligned in the way that is now seen, but try as he might to draw different diagrams or connect them together with straight lines, nothing seemed to fit. Inspiration finally struck as he looked up at the constellation of Orion, which has three main stars that form the middle section, referred to as the "belt."

 

He realized that the Pyramids of Giza were configured in precisely the same manner as the "belt" of Orion, and he quickly proved his point by overlaying the site maps of the Pyramids and the star maps of Orionís belt on top of each other. Not only was each Pyramid in the proper position, but even the relative sizes and colors of the Pyramids were directly proportional to the magnitudes and colors of the stars in Orionís belt. (The Cheops and Khefren pyramids were both originally covered in white limestone and are approximately the same size, like the two main stars in the belt, whereas the Menkaure pyramid is significantly smaller and was originally encased in red granite, like the dimmer and redder third star.)

As Bauval continued to investigate the matter, he realized that the architects of Giza had created a perfect duplication of the starry heavens on Earth - an idea that fit in perfectly with their concept of the connection between the physical world and the Duat, or spiritual world. All of the land, including the nearby Nile River, seemed to have been harmoniously factored into the design. In other words, the position of the Nile River relative to the Pyramids was identical to the position of the Milky Way relative to Orionís belt in the starry night sky. Further Pyramids near Giza seemed to suggest that several other significant stars of Orion and the nearby Hyades constellation were immortalized in stone on the Earth as well.


Robert Bauvalís Comparison of Orion/Milky Way with Giza/Nile


By far, though, the most important aspect of Bauvalís entire argument was that the Giza complex was obviously built to be time-encoded, utilizing a natural, slow movement of the Earth known as precession. Later in the book we will be discussing the phenomenon of Earthís precession quite extensively, which ultimately is nothing more than a long-term wobble in the Earthís north-south axis that takes 25,920 years to complete.

 

The precession is observable here on Earth as an apparent shift of the positions of the stars in the sky by one degree every seventy-two years. What this means is that if you were to choose a set night each year such as the Equinox, when the Sun is perfectly aligned with the Earthís equator, and measure the positions of all the stars in the sky for that night, after 72 years they will have drifted one degree out of alignment. Over a much longer period of time this creates an apparent circular motion in the heavens, which will gradually change the location of the North Star as well as all other constellations.

And so, by using a program known as Skyglobe, Bauval realized that the only "recent" time that the Milky Way would be perfectly aligned with the Nile River was roughly 12,500 years ago. At that time, and only at that time, (unless you were willing to go back to over 30,000 years ago,) one could stand on Earth and observe the Pyramids and Nile River at a distance, and watch the Nile connect directly into the Milky Way and the stars of Orionís belt perfectly reflect the positions of the terrestrial pyramids. It was clear that Bauval had found a time capsule, an encoded matrix of information designed to show the exact time that the entire complex was first designed and planned.
 


SUPER-ADVANCED DRILLING


Another recent breakthrough in the argument for a lost civilization with high technology comes from Christopher Dunn, whose main expertise is in drilling. He has definitively proven that certain artifacts, including the empty coffin or "Granite Coffer" that is featured in the Kingís Chamber of the Great Pyramid, show signs of super-advanced drilling techniques that surpass anything now in our possession.

 

Dunn analyzed the Granite Coffer and found unmistakable evidence that indicated that it had been hollowed out with some form of tube-shaped drill that would core out a piece at a time. Even more amazingly, the spiraling patterns that were left behind in the granite showed that this drill was capable of boring through 1/10th of an inch of rock per second. However, granite is such a hard stone that even our most modern diamond-tipped drilling systems can do no better than 1/100th of an inch per second.

Another area of Dunnís investigation which was also noted by Graham Hancock was the presence of carved vases and statues of diorite, which is dark-colored and considered to be one of the hardest forms of stone on earth. These vases have very long and thin necks, and are carved out from one single piece of diorite. The openings on some vases are not even large enough for a childís finger to fit inside, and yet their inner contents were hollowed out perfectly. So now we must not only visualize a drill that puts our current designs to shame, but a drill that must have flexibility as well, in order to produce a tiny hole and then move around inside.

 

Dunnís conclusion is that the Ancients must have been in possession of a drilling technique that far outstrips anything that we now possess. He goes on further to suggest that these ancient drills might have utilized ultrasonic sound somehow, thus working in a similar fashion to how the repetitive vibration of a jackhammer carves up concrete streets and sidewalks. But even then, he is at a loss to explain how they could have carved the diorite vases.
 


ANCIENT AIRCRAFT


Another relatively new and interesting development in the proof for a lost technological society was recently pointed out by frontier scientist
Richard Hoaglandís research team The Enterprise Mission. Among other things in this article, Hoagland et al. discuss the recent findings of German scientists Dr. Algund Eeboom and Mr. Peter Belting. Their discoveries concern several small gold trinkets that were recovered from tombs of the Incas that date back thousands of years. These trinkets clearly depict structures that appear to be workable flying airplanes.
 

In order to prove that these tiny models represented real airplanes, Eeboom and Belting collaborated together to design perfect schematic diagrams of the objects. They then expanded the proportions of these blueprints large enough to build workable scale models.

 

And to their amazement, they found that by simply putting a propeller at the front and stabilizers on the wings, the planes not only flew but were capable of performing complex aeronautical maneuvers via remote control. See the above link for more details and photographs of their prototype in action.

Hoagland et al. also point out the far more well-known fact that working bird-shaped gliders have been found within tombs in Egypt. Since these gliders also possess remarkable similarity to working airplanes and are capable of long flights when thrown, we must assume that the ancient Egyptians were also well aware of this technology. With the evidence now seen from the Incan tombs above, we may suppose that the bird gliders were simply childrenís toy models of systems that were in much more common use at one time.

And so, if we are seeing workable airplane models being built as small gold statuettes and wooden models in two different ancient cultures separated by the Atlantic, we certainly must assume that a large-scale technological society with full-sized, working aircraft was in existence at one time as well. And after a hypothesized 12,500 years of time passing, we should expect that any such structures made of wood or metal would have long since deteriorated.

 

The Atlantean lore states that almost the entire concentration of that society was on an island in the Atlantic that subsided under ocean waters. And if the modern toys of our society were suddenly subjected to a vast cataclysm and promptly left unattended for 12,500 years, the savage action of tidal waves, land subsidence, rust, tornadoes, hurricanes, rising sea levels, glaciers, natural disasters and all other forms of growth and decay would most likely completely wipe out all remnants of things such as wooden houses, hollow buildings and skyscrapers of glass, and metallic automobiles, trains or airplanes.

So therefore, despite their toy-like appearance, these tiny statuettes could well have been considered very sacred objects - some of the sole remaining fragments of a culture destroyed in the seas of Time. These precious models were held onto and possibly copied over and reduplicated for thousands of years by the survived "Atlantean" cultures of the Incas and Egyptians before being buried in their tombs. These were the direct symbols of a lost "time of the Gods" when humankind had conquered the skies and could fly around at will, with the gifts of advanced technology.
 


ATLANTEAN LITERATURE


Contrary to what many might believe, even those who have been studying the subject for a long time, there do appear to be certain sources of literature that have survived from the time of Atlantis. The most informative material to provide an explanation for the airplane models that we discussed above comes from the Vedic scriptures of India. According to David Hatcher Childress in the book
Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India and Atlantis,

The India of 15,000 years ago is sometimes known as the Rama Empire, a land that was contemporary with Atlantis. A huge wealth of texts still extant in India testify to the extremely advanced civilization that is said by these texts to go back over 26,000 years. Terrible wars and subsequent earth changes destroyed these civilizations, leaving only isolated pockets of civilization.

The devastating wars of the (Hindu scripture known as the) Ramayana and particularly of the Mahabrata are said to have been the culmination of the terrible wars of the last Kali Yuga, (or cosmic cycle of time.) The dating process is difficult, in that there is no exact way to date the yugas because there are cycles within cycles and yugas within yugas. A greater yuga cycle is said to last 6000 years while a smaller yuga cycle is only 360 years in the theory expounded by Dr. Kunwarlal Jain Vyas. His papers said that Rama belongs to the twenty-fourth small yuga cycle and that there is an interval of 71 cycles between Manu and Mahabrata period, which comes out to be 26,000 years.

Clearly, if the smaller Hindu cycle of time is 360 years and their scriptures have diligently counted at least 71 of them, we are dealing with a civilization that is far older than we are currently willing to acknowledge. More importantly, within the voluminous Vedic scriptures are repeated references to vimanas, or flying craft, as well as the usage of what appear to be devastating nuclear weapons. Indeed, some of the Vedic descriptions of the vimana so perfectly match our modern concept of an airplane that scholars invariably use this word when translating them into English.

To elaborate a bit further on this point, we will cite a quotation from Dr. Richard L. Thompsonís book Alien Identities. Thompson is a Cornell graduate whose Ph.D. is in mathematics, and who also has a deep interest in Vedic studies and UFOlogy.

 

His book actually stands fast as one of the few genuine breakthrough texts in UFOlogy today, where an author made significant new discoveries instead of simply rehashing second-hand accounts of events such as the purported crash at Roswell. And so, from Chapter 7, pgs. 260-261, we read the following, with underlines and comments that we inserted:

[The ancient author] Bhojaís [text, called] Samarangana-sutradhara, states that the main material of a flying machine [or vimanaís] body is light wood, or laghu-daru. The craft has the shape of a large bird with a wing on each side. The motive force is provided by a fire-chamber with mercury placed over a flame. The power generated by the heated mercury, helped by the flapping of the wings by a rider inside, causes the machine to fly through the air. Since the craft was equipped with an engine, we can speculate that the flapping of the wings was intended to control the direction of flight rather than provide the motive power...

[Note: The idea of the "flapping of the wings" could simply be an error in translation by successive Vedic authors, initially referring to the pilotís utilization of the ailerons and stabilizers to steer the plane as it flew.]

I would suggest that the vimanas described by Bhoja are much more similar to conventional airplanes than to UFOs. Thus they are made of ordinary materials like wood, they have wings, and they fly like birdsÖ

However these vimanas were actually powered, it seems likely that they relied on some conventional mechanical method that extracted energy from burning fuel and used it to produce a flow of air over wings. We can contrast this with the flight characteristics of UFOs which donít have wings, jets or propellers, and seem to fly in a manner that contradicts known physical principles.

The Vedic description of a possible nuclear blast, culled directly from page 677 of the transcription of the ancient
Drona Parva text itself, is enough to give us chills even now. Despite its horrific contents, we have inserted it here to remind ourselves of what we have done to each other in our own past:

The valiant Adwatthaman, then staying resolutely on his (vimana) touched water and invoked the Agneya weapon, incapable of being resisted by the very Gods. Aiming at all his visible and invisible foes, the preceptorís son, that Slayer of hostile heroes, inspired with mantras a blazing shaft of the effulgence of a smokeless fire and let it off on all sides, filled with rage. Dense showers of arrows then issued from it in the welkin. Endued with fiery flames those arrows encompassed Parthie on all sides. Meteors flashed down from the firmament. A thick gloom suddenly shrouded the (Pandava) host. All points of the compass also were enveloped by that darknessÖ Inauspicious winds began to blow. The Sun himself no longer gave any heatÖ

 

The very elements seemed to be perturbedÖ The Universe scorched with heats seemed to be in a fever. The elephants and other creatures of the land scorched by the energy of that weapon, ran in fright, breathing heavily and desirous of protection against that terrible force. The very water being heated, the creatures residing in that element, O Bharata, became exceedingly uneasy and seemed to burnÖ

Huge elephants burnt by that weapon, fell down on the Earth all around, uttering fierce cries loud as those of the clouds. Other huge elephants, scorched by that fire, ran hither and thither, roared aloud in fear, as if in the midst of a forest conflagration. The steeds, O King, and the cars also burnt by that weapon looked, O Sire, like the tops of trees burnt in a forest fire.

Indeed, if this is not a terrifying description of the usage of a nuclear device in anger, then how do we explain all the connections that are so easily seen? Is it for this reason that Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the nuclear bomb, was quoted as saying upon the first test of a modern prototype,

"This is not the first time that mankind has exploded a nuclear device?"