by John Chambers
Alien spaceships sweep into the spaceport from a huge blue-green
planet that swam into the regions near Earth only centuries before.
On the giant runways made of quarried stone, alien-human hybrids
scurry to make sure all is in readiness for the landing of the gods
from another planet. In the plains and hills beyond, thousands of
their servant/slave brothers labor to extract minerals from the soil
for their alien overlords.
Nearby and tens of thousands of miles across the planet astronomical
clocks like those of Stonehenge and Machu Picchu
not only keep watch over the procession of the stars, but also serve
respectively as symbols for the alien masters, themselves vastly
ancient, who, in a complex rotational system of 2,160 years apiece,
share the responsibility for all of human activity.
Science fiction? No. The true history of man's ancient past as
recreated by Alan Alford, a 36-year-old Welsh former
chartered accountant who has joined the ranks of those authors, like
Erich von Daniken and Zecharia Sitchin, who believe that
ancient astronauts' visited our planet millennia ago and critically
influenced the evolution of our species.
Clearly, though, Alford whose book, Gods of the New
Millennium, was published by Hodder & Stoughton on July 17
and has been among the top 20 on the U.K. bestseller list ever since
has brought some new revelations and discoveries to the table. The
Swiss-born von Daniken, whose first book, Chariots of the
Gods, was a bestseller in 1970, was content to point his readers
however innovatively for the time in the direction of various
ancient artifacts, such as the supposed sculpting of an ancient
astronaut on the cover of the Mayan King Pacal's tomb,
which he claimed represented proof of alien intervention. Beginning
in 1976 with
the Israeli-born scholar
Zecharia Sitchin sought to present evidence, based mostly on his
reading of ancient Sumerian artifacts and inscriptions, that
an extraterrestrial race called the Annunaki had
bestowed the gifts of civilization on the Sumerians.
Sitchin claimed the interventions took place during the long
sojourns the Annunaki managed when their home world,
Niburu, wandered near Earth in the course of its
3,600-year-long, vastly elliptical orbit that began beyond the
regions of Pluto. Sitchin also contended that
homo sapiens is a genetically engineered combination of
and human DNA, created so that the masters of
Niburu and now of the Earth could have a race of
servant-slaves to quarry much-needed minerals for them.
This is basically Alan Alford's position, but he has elaborated
upon it in several ways. Working arithmetical magic on the odd
Sumerian counting system in a way that only a late-twentieth century
accountant could manage, he has greatly extended Sitchin's
chronologies, deducing along the way that the Annunaki
had genetically engineered themselves to live for hundreds of
thousands of years, and making the time spans that he had
extrapolated for ancient Niburan-human history square with
the chronologies of the Old Testament and the Sumerian Kings List.
Alford has also determined that the increasingly recognized
capability of ancient astronomical clocks like that at Stonehenge to
measure the 25,920-year-long precession of the equinoxes' was a gift
of knowledge from the Annunaki. He has found new
extraterrestrial purposes for ancient monuments like the Great
Pyramid. And he has become convinced that the alien masters
worshipped as gods by the Sumerians and other races oversaw the
building of the observatories in order to stabilize and memorialize
the rotational system of ruling the earth that they had devised as a
solution to their own tendency toward internecine warfare.
Perhaps most ominously, Alford believes the Annunaki's
gene splicing-induced longevity is such that they may well still be
nearby, poised perhaps to make yet more genetic alterations to their
wayward, earth-laboratory creations.
Few might have supposed that the tallish, pleasant-looking Alford,
with his Welsh lilt, easy ways, and ability to address an audience
with such good grace and humor that he became something of the
darling of this summer's Ancient Astronaut Society Conference
in Orlando, Florida, would also be the chief proponent of one of the
strangest and most brilliant theories about the origins of mankind
ever to be devised. But Alford has shown a fierceness about
defending his ideas that suggests not only a deep commitment, but
also the ability to do whatever it takes to bring these ideas before
the mainstream public. In a recent web site pronouncement, he
asserted that the U.K. national newspapers had entirely boycotted
all mention of his book in the interests of promoting Michael
Drosnin's best-selling The Bible Code, which, Alford
declared, suggests that only God could have produced such a
code and caused its prophesied events to come true.
According to Alford, the media feared that most of us will
abandon the idea of control by a supernatural God if made
aware that our puppet masters are a down-to-earth flesh-and-blood
people namely, the Annunaki. Gods of the New
Alford asserted, is the one book which can explain in much more
prosaic terms who had the technology to write the code and,
moreover, who has the ongoing power to manipulate world events in
other words, to make the code come true.
Previously Alford, a graduate of Birmington and Coventry
universities, had provided proof of his determination by quitting
his career as an accountant in 1995 and using his savings to
self-publish under the name of Eridu Press his envelope-pushing
account of the origins of mankind. ( Eridu is the name of one
of the earliest Sumerian settlements, and, according to Alford,
Annunaki settlement; the word means Home in the Faraway
Built'.) Alford's gamble paid off. This spring, London's
Hodder & Stoughton acquired the rights and republished the book,
negotiating a lucrative deal with the author which included a second
book, due out September 1998, on ancient Egypt and its connections
with a highly advanced prehistoric civilization, and a third,
expected in late 1999, on UFOs and their connection
with the Annunaki. Meantime, Gods of the New
Millennium is being translated into Japanese, Korean, Dutch,
Spanish, and probably French.
Central to Alford's theory is the increasingly accepted realization by
modern science of the amazing and improbable nature of man's
evolutionary history. Homo erectus emerged from the apes about six
million years ago, according to Alford and others, and for millions
of years thereafter changed hardly at all.
Then, abruptly, about 200,000 years ago (Alford gives a figure
of 184,000 years, based on his Sumerian readings), homo sapiens
emerged from homo erectus and our species took a remarkable leap
forward in a very short span of time (evolutionarily speaking),
acquiring a 50 percent increase in brain size, language capability,
and an utterly changed modern anatomy. At the dawn of history, in
ancient Sumeria, the leap became an exponential curve as
mankind acquired in a few short centuries most of the benefits,
albeit in primitive form, of modern civilization.
In his book, and in interviews, Alford insists that
straightforward Darwinism cannot explain such a magisterial leap
forward. Such prodigies of random mutation and natural selection
would have had to take place, he says, almost simultaneously, and so
perfectly, over such short periods of time, that there is just no
way this could have happened. Citing Stephen Jay Gould's
oft-quoted reference to the amazing improbability of human
evolution, Alford points to a wealth of inscriptions, translated
only recently, to back up his contention of alien-inspired genetic
meddling in the history of our species. To cite one example, he
refers to what seems to be a Sumerian reference to a knowledge of
cloning on the part of the gods:
The Birth Goddess brought forth/the Wind of the Breath of Life./In
pairs were they completed,/in pairs were they completed in her
To cite another, he is able in examining the strange Sumerian counting
system, which alternated in almost arbitrary fashion between the
powers of ten and 60 to show that the Babylonian measurement of a
sar was not 3,600 but 2,160 years, thereby squaring the Sumerian
Kings List with the Book of Genesis.
Increasingly, Alford is receiving support for his thesis from a
number of at least semi-mainstream sources. Dr. Johannes Fiebag,
of Bad Neustadt, Germany credited with having coined the term
paleo-CETI studies' drew attention in a recent paper to the early
discovery, by scientists working on the Genome Project,
that the majority of human DNA appears to have no real
function, but is, in the words of evolutionary biologist Robert
Shapiro, trash, nonsense, or litter.'
Fiebag contends that this litter' could well be important
information about the structural code or a genetic language not yet
recognized as such. And, he speculates, if extraterrestrial
intelligences have carried out the manipulation of our DNA
in the distant past, hints of such an event would have to be found
precisely here, in this so-called litter.'
Edinburgh University graduate Dr. Thomas Dorman, a specialist
in internal and orthopedic medicine now practicing in Wellington,
Washington, contends that the pelvic area of a two-legged animal
such as homo sapiens is so radically different from that of a
four-legged animal that an impossibly huge number of successful and
simultaneous evolutionary changes would have had to take place for
the latter to have evolved into the former. In fact, says Dorman,
at a certain point the evolving creature would have been unable to
walk at all, and therefore would not have survived. This leads him
to conclude that man never evolved from the apes at all, but along a
quite different evolutionary path. It is not far from this
contention to the suggestion that man's remarkable evolutionary
changes might have been engineered by gene-tinkering aliens exactly
the thesis of Sitchin, and now Alford.
Still, the notion of ancient astronauts DNA engineers or
not intervening to create homo sapiens and human civilization has a
long way to go before it can be accepted by conventional science.
For many, the final word was said by the great Rumanian
anthropologist and Professor of Comparative Religion Mircea Eliad,
several decades before Erich von Daniken ever penned a word.
Writing in The Myth of the Eternal Return or, Cosmos and
History, published in 1947, Eliade argues that archaic
man, out of his insecurities and in order to give substance to the
transient nature of everyday life, was driven to imagine that the
mundane world derived any reality it possessed from its
participation in certain paradigmatic, primordial, archetypal events
what Eliade called the architectonic symbolism of the Center.
Eliade described this symbolism as follows:
1. The Sacred Mountain where heaven and earth meet is situated
at the center of the world.
2. Every temple or palace and, by extension, every sacred city
or royal residence is a Sacred Mountain, thus becoming a Center.
3. Being an axis mundi [an axis of the world], the
sacred city or temple is regarded as the meeting point of heaven,
earth, and hell.
But everywhere underlying Eliade's words is the assumption that
these were not literal realities, but archetypal images welling up
from the collective unconscious of archaic man alone and terrified
in a universe he could not understand.
Asked about such anthropological subtleties, Alford replies, I
would certainly have accepted this theory, if I had not come up with
documented [from ancient Sumerian writings] proof of my own
Alford argues that Eliade was blinkered by the perceptual
and conceptual frameworks of his time; had he lived in an age like
ours where the possibility of the scientific reconfiguring of
DNA had been demonstrated, than he would have been open to the
ideas of Alford and others, regarding the aliens' forced
march of homo erectus by means of genetic engineering to the manhood
of homo sapiens.
But, if Eliade was blinkered in such a way, are Alford's
own ideas not blinkered by the perceptual and conceptual frameworks
of our own time? And, if this is the case, can it ever be possible
for homo sapiens to rise above its own time - and space - inflicted
limitations long enough to understand its own origins?
Such objections have little relevance for the U.K. author, who clearly
believes that, at a certain point, mankind's perceptions rise to the
level of those who have created it. Such a time is now emerging,
suggests Alford, with a note of somberness one when perhaps
we should be preparing to meet our makers.
A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, John Chambers holds an M.A. in
English from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a full-time
instructor in English at Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec, and as a
senior editor with McGraw-Hill Publishing and a managing editor with
International Thomson Transport Press, both in New York. He
currently lives with his family in Boca Raton, Florida, where he
writes articles on New Age'/'new paradigm'/anomalous
phenomena-related topics and is an adjunct professor of writing at
Florida Atlantic University.