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ORIGINS MYTHIC OR HISTORIC
Michael A. Cremo—Human Devolution
John Anthony West—Consider the Kali Yuga
N. S. Rajaram—Ocean Origins of Indian Civilization
Acharya S—Deus Noster, Deus Solis: Our God, God of the Sun
Dave Dentel—Mysterious Origins—Are Humans Just a Happy Accident?
ANCIENT CITIES, ANCIENT PLANS
Richard Nisbet—Ancient Walls
Gary A. David—Along the 33rd Degree Parallel: A Global Mystery Circle
David Hatcher Childress—Did the Incas Build Machu Picchu?
Colin Wilson—Summary of Atlantis and the Old Ones: An Investigation of the Age of Civilization
Robert M. Schoch with Robert S. McNally—The Meaning of the Pyramids
Roy A. Decker—The Secret Land
Robert Merkin—Lingering Echoes: Athens, Jerusalem
CATACLYSMS AND MIGRATIONS
Graham Hancock—Underworld: Confronting Yonaguni
Martin Gray—Sacred Geography: Cosmic and Cometary Induced Cataclysms, and the Megalithic Response
George Erikson with Ivar Zapp—Atlantis in America: A Summing Up—Awaiting the New Paradigm
Frank Joseph—Nan Madol: The Lost Civilization of the Pacific
Graham Hancock—Underworld: Confronting Kerama
TECHNOLOGIES AND CONTACTS
Christopher Dunn—The Giza Power Plant
Erich von Däniken—Aviation in Antiquity?
Crichton E. M. Miller—The Constantine Conspiracy
George T. Sassoon—The Ancient of Days: Deity or Manna-Machine?
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos—The Giant Flying Turtles of Guatemala
William R. Corliss—Ancient Scientific Instruments
RELIGIONS AND WISDOMS
Sharon Secor—Creation of a Gifted People: The Mayan Calendar
Robert M. Schoch—Ancient Wisdom and the Great Sphinx of Giza
Ron Sala—Where is the Holy Grail?
Richard Cusick—Journey to Bubastis
Dan Russell—Gnosis: The Plants of Truth
MODERN EXPLORATIONS, ANOMALIES AND COVER-UPS
Preston Peet—A Conversation With Greg Deyermenjian: Lost Cities Sought, Lost Cities Found
Mickey Z.—Source of the Blood: Nazi Germany's Search for its Aryan Roots
Michael Arbuthnot—Team Atlantis
Troy Lovata—Shovel Bum—A Life Archaeologic
Will Hart—Archaeological Cover-Ups: A Plot to Control History?
Regional Map of Tsunami-Affected Areas 2. Source: UNOSAT Satellite Imagery for All.
Post Tsunami—Regional Change Analysis based on Medium Rsolution Satellite data. Source: UNOSAT Satellite Imagery for All.
ON DECEMBER 26, 2004, at 7:58 A.M. local time, an earthquake registering a massive 9.0 on the Richter scale ripped open the sea floor under the Indian Ocean about 100 miles off Northwest Sumatra, Indonesia. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the “Pacific Basin tsunami warning system did not detect a tsunami in the Indian Ocean since there are no buoys in place there.” While the NOAA did try to warn the numerous Pacific Rim nations of the incredibly destructive force heading their way, “the tsunami raced across the ocean at speeds up to 500 mph,” eventually slamming into coastal communities and tourist havens alike, leaving an eventual death toll that some have estimated surpasses 212,000 people, according to CNN and other news sources. The countries worst hit by the disaster, according to www.reliefweb.int, included India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Republic of Tanzania, with the wave making no distinction between rich and poor, old or young. It wiped out everything in its path and left a scene of devastation and destruction not witnessed by most human beings within living memory (barring victims of atomic blasts and other shock and awe bombardments, perhaps). Similarly, as of this writing, the Gulf Coast of the United States is being buffeted by waves brought about by the relentless force of Hurricane Katrina, with much, if not most, of New Orleans disappearing underwater.
All of these countries and islands lost substantial amounts of not only life, but also vast swaths of land that disappeared underneath the waves. Where just seconds before stood modern hotels, primitive villages, cites and communities full of people busy celebrating a beautiful Christmas holiday, there was suddenly nothing but water, mud and debris—what humans had built was forever wiped clean from the face of the earth, now to be remembered only in stories of that horrible morning that shook the entire world.
Just two groups of living creatures managed to avoid the worst of the disaster. CBS News reported, on January 10, 2005, that many different animals seemed to sense the incoming devastation, from elephants breaking their chains and heading for the hills, to flocks of birds all suddenly taking flight, to dive boat leader Chris Cruz's report of his insistence on following what he described as an ocean erupting with dolphins out into deeper water, where the worst of the wave passed harmlessly underneath them. Did these animals sense warnings, emanations from the earth itself, a talent that pre-historic peoples may have been endowed with as well, but which we have since unlearned or forgotten? We will discuss this possibility within this anthology, but for now, let's get back to the wave.
Beside proving how fast and completely land can disappear underneath the waves, there are other important facts about the 2004 Christmas tsunami that relate to Underground!—The Disinformation Guide to Ancient Civilizations, Astonishing Archaeology and Hidden History.Throughout the disaster zone, there were small groups of people who saw the receding waters and remembered ancient tales passed down to them by their ancestors, tales which told of how water that disappeared out to sea would return with the same or greater force and bring death and ruin, and how people would run for the hills, often stopping just long enough to pass on a warning to their neighbors before fleeing to safety. On South Surin in the Andaman Islands, the Morgan sea gypsies remembered these ancient warnings, and managed to save 181 people from the incoming wave. No one knows how long these stories have been passed down from generation to generation or where they originated. What's important is that they were remembered and acted upon by these so-called primitive people who had heard the stories all their lives. The Morgan people did not call these stories myths, or allegories, or interpretations of things their ancestors saw but did not understand—they took the stories at face value and hence saved their lives and those of many others when the chips were down and the waves came to claim huge parts of the land and its inhabitants for their own.
There, spread over a mile or more just off the coast of their ancient and historic temple-laden city, lay the ruins of an obviously mud-and-barnacleencrusted city, with “refrigerator sized blocks” laying all over the place, exposed in the moments just before the sea returned.
Besides the devastation to land and people wrought by the tsunami, something magical happened directly as a result of this wave.
As the water receded prior to the incoming tidal wave, residents of Mahabalipuram, India—where author Graham Hancock (Fingerprints of the Gods) had insisted to archaeologists, back in 2001, that explorations off the coast to search for a sunken city be undertaken—stood in awe. There, spread over a mile or more just off the coast of their ancient and historic temple-laden city, lay the ruins of an obviously ancient mud-and-barnacle-encrusted city, with “refrigerator sized blocks” laying all over the place, exposed in the moments just before the sea returned.
“You could see the destroyed walls covered in coral, and the broken-down temple in the middle,” said Durai, a fisherman quoted by CBS News on March 17, 2005. “My grandfathers said there was a port here once and a temple, but suddenly we could see it was real, we could see that something was out there.”
While mainstream reports put the city's submergence at just 1,200-1,500 years ago, Hancock points out on his Web site and in his book Underworld that there are no contemporary reports from that time describing such a disaster. One would imagine that a large part of an inhabited city being swallowed by the sea might elicit some sort of mention in contemporary chronicles, but there are none—yet there are such tales in Indian “myths” that date back some 5,000 years and more. There is also the evidence from inundation maps created by Dr. Glenn Milne of Durham University—illustrating how much land was covered by the rising seas in stages at the end of the last ice age—which seem to prove there has been no land-subsidence in that area over the last 6,000 years, meaning that whoever built that submerged and briefly exposed ancient city did so a long time ago, in a time when human beings were supposed to still be in the very beginning stages of limited agriculture and small communities. If it was built before the seas rose at the end of the last ice age, that civilization would be thousands
of years older than any civilization accepted by the current mainstream archaeological view. The same wave action that temporarily brought the ancient underwater kingdom back to the light of day also, by dredging away huge layers of sand from the beaches, exposed a number of ancient and previously unknown sculptures of lions, flying horses and other figures still being studied.
All these amazing discoveries and many more were of cities and kingdoms thought for centuries to have been nothing but myth, but strong-willed and imaginative individuals proved them real beyond any shadow of a doubt.
It took a number of independent explorers and characters to bring cities and cultures that had been widely believed to be merely myth to light over the years. Heinrich Schliemann “discovered” the “mythical” Troy in 1870, after being ridiculed by those in the “know” for years, earning himself fame, fortune and a reputation for life. Sir Arthur Evans undertook excavations near the modern capital of Heraklion on the northern coast of the island of Crete after hearing and, more importantly, taking seriously local folk tales, and turned “mythical” Minoan civilization back into “real” history when he uncovered the legendary Palace of Knossos at the tail end of the Nineteenth Century. In 1911, explorer and adventurer Hiram Bingham went searching the jungle-covered mountains of Peru for Vilcabamba, the final stronghold of the last ruler of the Incas, Tupac Amaru. A local farmer told Bingham of a fabulous fortress at the top of the mountain at the foot of which his party was camped. While the rest of his exhausted party remained waiting below, Bingham, along with one member of the accompanying Peruvian military force, climbed with the farmer up the mountain until he beheld—straddling the very top of a mountain with sheer drops to all sides and constructed of megalithic stones cut and fitted with the precision of modern-day masons—the now world-famous and beautiful beyond belief Machu Picchu. All these amazing discoveries and many more were of cities and kingdoms thought for centuries and longer to have been nothing but myth, but strong-willed and imaginative individuals proved them real beyond any shadow of a doubt. These discoveries were all on land—what lies waiting for us beneath the waves, where even more ancient myths and stories tell of hidden cities and lands built before the flood, in some distant Golden Time?
Incredibly ancient tales and modern claims of finds of lost cities under the sea abound around the world. From the classic and oft-described as fantastical stories about Atlantis and Lemuria, to the possibly man-made or man-altered castle-like monuments discovered in the last 20 years just meters under the waves off Yonaguni, Japan, to an even more mysterious sunken sister city to the already enigmatic Nan Madol of the South Pacific, the sinking of these cities is often explained in myth and folklore as disasters brought about by vengeful gods against people grown cocky, arrogant, warlike or simply unlucky.
Hancock, in his groundbreaking and beautiful book Underworld, uses the inundation maps of Dr. Milne to graphically illustrate that as the last ice age ended the waters rose in stages, steadily eating away at shorelines around the world, changing the very shape of the land. Humanity lost up to, and possibly more than, 25 million square kilometers (about 10 million square miles, or five percent, of the earth's surface) of arid, habitable land to the rising waters as the ice caps melted and sea levels drastically changed the landscape all over the globe. As Hancock writes in Underworld, “That is roughly equivalent to the combined area of the United States (9.6 million square kilometers) and the
whole of South America (17 million square kilometers). It is an area almost three times as large as Canada and much larger than China and Europe combined.” The possibility that the sea hides a large amount of human history has to be considered and serious explorations must be undertaken. A few courageous explorers and thinkers are doing just that.
New discoveries are throwing old dogmatic paradigms, and what science thinks it really “knows” about the past, and even the present, into wild disarray on an almost daily basis, as the discovery, mentioned above, that the sunken city long rumored to lie off the coast of Mahabalipuram really does exist amply demonstrates. But that's not nearly the only sunken settlement reported discovered in recent years.
“What we see in our high-resolution sonar images are limitless, rolling, white sand plains and, in the middle of this beautiful white sand, there are clear man-made large-size architectural designs. It looks like when you fly over an urban development in a plane and you see high ways, tunnels and buildings,” Zelitsky told Reuters about their enigmatic deep-water discovery.
Dr. Penny Spikins of Newcastle University, the leader of the multinational research team behind the Submerged Prehistoric Landscapes Project reported Scotsman.com, made discoveries of two separate Stone Age settlements underneath the North Sea off the coast of Scotland (both found in the same general location, near the mouth of the river Tyne), long suspected ever since a Neolithic harpoon was dredged from the sea floor early in the Twentieth Century by a fishing trawler. One site is thought to date to the late Mesolithic period between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago, and the other to the early Mesolithic period, 10,000 years or more.
Respected undersea explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered and extensively photographed the final resting place of the ocean liner Titanic at the bottom of the North Atlantic in 1985, located the German WWII battleship Bismarck and even found John F. Kennedy's PT-109, has postulated that the Black Sea was flooded in a cataclysmic flood 7,600 years ago (leading many to believe that this event was the catalyst for the Bible's flood stories, though many others ridicule this idea). In 2000, while exploring the depths of the Black Sea on a NationalGeographic-backed expedition, using side-scan radar, a visual imaging vehicle and a remote robot-like device to collect samples, his team discovered not only five of the best-preserved ancient wooden ships ever found, in the oxygen-deprived waters 656 feet (about 200 meters) below the surface, but at a separate site off the coast of Sinop, Turkey, he found what appeared to be five carved wooden artifacts and the remains of human habitation, a 39 by 13 foot rectangular structure at 311 feet (over 100 meters) under the surface. Further research is still underway as this book goes to press.
On May 14, 2001, Reuters reported the alleged discovery, at an almost unbelievable 600-700 meters (about 2,200 feet) below sea level, of a humongous site spread across 20 kilometers that looks remarkably like a human-built city, strewn with huge blocks of stone and what appear to be pyramid-shaped structures, as well as roads and other buildings. Located off the western tip of Cuba, off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula on what's known as the Cuban Shelf, again, as with Ballard's finds in the Black Sea, this is a seriously anomalous discovery made by respected researchers not known for making wild, unsubstantiated claims, and again this was an accidental discovery. Paulina Zelitsky, who with husband Paul Weinzweig owns and operates the Canadian company Advanced Digital Communications (ADC), with offices in both Cuba and Canada, was not seeking sunken cities but was rather engaged in underwater surveying, searching for sunken treasure ships in cooperation with the Cuban
government. (In November 2000, they discovered and filmed the U.S. battleship USS Maine,which blew up and sank in 1898, instigating the Cuban-American war that brought Theodore Roosevelt military fame and, eventually, the U.S. presidency.) “What we see in our high-resolution sonar images are limitless, rolling, white sand plains and, in the middle of this beautiful white sand, there are clear man-made, large-size architectural designs. It looks like when you fly over an urban development in a plane and you see highways, tunnels and buildings,” Zelitsky told Reuters about their enigmatic, deep-water discovery. Her husband Weinzweig told Reuters, “We had been looking at the images for some months, and keep a picture on the wall showing pyramids in the Yucatán, and let's just say they kept reminding us of these structures. They really do look like an urban development.”
The study of archaeology is rife with misinterpretation and dogmatic insistence on one view of history, that human beings have only been civilized for the briefest span of time, and that only accredited, “professional” archaeologists are able to reach conclusions that are worth consideration when it comes to our ancient past—and even then the professional label doesn't always help.
Then there's the American explorer Robert Sarmast, who claimed in November 2004 to have discovered the remains of Atlantis 80 kilometers (about 50 miles) southeast of Cyprus. Conducting sonar scanning of the seabed 1.5 kilometers (just under one mile) below the surface between Cyprus and Syria, Sarmast claims to have located man-made walls of incredible dimensions, including one wall said to stretch as long as three kilometers, as well as man-dug trenches. “We found more than 60-70 points that are a perfect match with Plato's detailed description of the general layout of the acropolis hill of Atlantis. The match of the dimensions and the coordinates provided by our sonar with Plato's description are so accurate that, if this is not indeed the acropolis of Atlantis, then this is the world's greatest coincidence,” Sarmast told CNN. Although his sonar imaging was hazy (and took much imagination on the part of this editor, anyway) to see anything remotely resembling an underwater city, the response of the mainstream press was informative—the story was picked up and given press all over the world both online and in print newspapers, proving that tales of Atlantis and other mysteries of our distant past still intrigue and grab attention.
HOW FAR BACK DID YOU SAY?
For the past few decades the accepted academic estimates put modern humans appearing on the scene between 100,000 and 150,000 years ago, then spending the next 140,000 to 90,000 years spreading about the globe by land, hunting and gathering, grunting and living in caves all the while, until about 10,000 years ago, when humans suddenly began to practice agriculture and gather into small communities. Then, in February 2005, it was announced on ScienceDaily.com that fossils of anatomically correct “modern” human beings had been found—back in 1967 near Kibish, Ethiopia—and though initially thought to be about 138,000 years old, these were now estimated to be closer to 195,000 years old, “give or take 5,000 years.” Those are approximately 200,000-year-old “modern” humans, in other words. According to research by Frank Brown, the dean of the University of Utah's College of Mines and Earth Sciences, who conducted the newest study along with geologist and geochronologist Ian McDougall of Australian National University in Canberra, and anthropologist John Fleagle of New York state's Stony Brook University (a longtime proponent of the “Clovis-first in North America” theory), the age of modern humans can be pushed back so much further:
. . . [this] is significant because the cultural aspects of humanity in most cases appear much later in the record—only 50,000 years ago—which would mean 150,000 years of Homo sapiens without cultural stuff, such as evidence of eating fish, of harpoons, anything to do with music (flutes and that sort of thing), needles, even tools. This stuff all comes in very late, except for stone knife blades, which appeared between 50,000 and 200,000 years ago, depending on whom you believe.
Fleagle stressed the importance of the anomaly of such ancient and apparently “modern” humans and the seemingly late arrival of any activity even remotely resembling modern civilized activity, despite their “modern” appearance at such an early date:
“There is a huge debate in the archeological literature regarding the first appearance of modern aspects of behavior such as bone carving for religious reasons, or tools (harpoons and things), ornamentation (bead jewelry and such), drawn images, arrowheads. They only appear as a coherent package about 50,000 years ago, and the first modern humans that left Africa between 50,000 and 40,000 years ago seem to have had the full set. As modern human anatomy is documented at earlier and earlier sites, it becomes evident that there was a great time gap between the appearance of the modern skeleton and ‘modern behavior.’”
The study of archaeology is rife with misinterpretation and dogmatic insistence on one view of history, that human beings have only been civilized for the briefest span of time, and that only accredited, “professional” archaeologists are able to reach conclusions that are worth consideration when it comes to our ancient past—and even then the professional label doesn't always help. Take for instance the entrance of human beings into North and South America, the “New World.” Who was it to first make it into the New World, just how exactly did they do it, from where did they come and where did they arrive? Considering that the oldest “city” found in the New World, a huge complex spread across the 35 square mile Supe Valley in Peru, was flourishing nearly 5,000 years ago, that “Caral, as the 150-acre complex of pyramids, plazas and residential buildings is known, was a thriving metropolis as Egypt's Great Pyramids were being built,” according to a 2002 National Geographic report, something about the common views on how and where populations and their civilizations first took root and progressed around the world isn't ringing true.
“Topper is the oldest radiocarbon dated site in North America,” said archaeologist Albert Goodyear of the University of South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, quoted by CNN (November 17, 2004). Obtaining radiocarbon dates of 50,000 years at a site of human habitation in South Carolina, along with stone tools shaped by human hands, as claimed by Goodyear to be the case, would be more than 25,000 years older than the still most commonly accepted date by academics and archaeologists of between 13,000-13,500 years ago for the entrance of humans into North America—via the Bering Land Bridge when a narrow corridor was opened by the receding glaciers, and primitive hunters using Clovis points followed roaming herds of game animals into North America until they spread across both continents—thereby blowing the current paradigm clean out of the water. Though more scientists are gradually accepting earlier and earlier dates for the entry of human beings into the Americas, there is still a vocal, and influential, proportion who resist the new paradigm, the idea that people have been traveling and settling everywhere across the globe, by land and by sea, settling in both South and North America for far longer than a measly 13,500 years, as has been the prevailing theory since the late 1930s, when Clovis points were first discovered in New Mexico in 1936 and labeled irrefutable evidence of the oldest inhabitants of the Americas. But the evidence that Clovis hunters weren't first to arrive just keeps growing and becoming harder to refute.