Category: Ancient Cilvilizations and Giants

Jun 28

Archaeologists Unearth Mythical ‘City of Giants’ in Ethiopia

Brett Tingley June 22, 2017

Archaeologists excavating a site in Harlaa in Eastern Ethiopia have found evidence of a mythical “city of giants” which was a thriving center of commerce between the 10th and 15th centuries. Throughout modern history, residents of nearby areas believed the city might have been built and inhabited by giants due to the impossibly large size of the stone blocks which made up city walls and buildings. Researchers have found evidence that the city had well-established trade with Egypt, India and China, which could rewrite much of what we know of ancient Ethiopian history.

The site measures close to 1 square kilometer. So far, excavations have turned up a mosque built in the 12th century, Islamic burial sites with over 300 sets of remains, and scores of pottery from as far away as China and Madagascar. A small horde of glass beads has been found, a clear indication that this was once an economic center which traded with faraway lands.

Beads found at the site show similarity with Indian beads from the same period.

Architecture found at the site bears resemblance to other known early sites in Africa, showing a previously unidentified link between early Islamic civilizations. The researchers believe that this indicates a higher level of interaction between these Islamic Golden Age civilizations.

Pottery found at the site.

The expedition was led by Professor Timothy Insoll from the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. According to Insoll, this discovery could shine light on a completely new chapter of the history of Eastern Africa:

This discovery revolutionizes our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia. The archaeological findings suggest this place was home to a very mixed community. Local people were extremely keen for us to solve mysteries. Farmers had been finding strange objects, including Chinese coins, as they were working on their land, and a legend began that the area was home to giants. We have obviously disproved that, but I’m not sure they fully believe us yet. Some people have said the bodies we have discovered are the children of giants!

Children of giants? Sure would be a lot more interesting than beads. Still, this find and other recent discoveries are showing that the nations of the world might have been far more interconnected far earlier than we think. Remember: all of this has happened before and will happen again

 

 

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Jun 26

DNA Study of Mummies Indicates Ancient Egyptians Descended From Biblical Ham

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz June 22, 2017 , 11:30 am

“Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” Genesis 10:5 (The Israel Bible™)

In a scientific first, DNA taken from Egyptian mummies has been decoded, producing unexpected results about the true origins of the Egyptian people. These results confirm a controversial theory that traces the First Egyptian Dynasty back to Biblical Ham, as described in the Book of Genesis.

Scientists have long been baffled by the origins of the Egyptian people. Until now, there was no empirical data to clarify the issue. The study of Egypt’s population history could only draw on literary and indirect archaeological references, and inferences made from genetic studies of present-day Egyptians. Based on these sources, most researchers believed that ancient Egyptians came from nearby northern Africa. Egyptians today exhibit a significant sub-Saharan genetic influence.

This scientific belief long contradicted the Biblical account, which designates the forefather of Egypt as being Mizrayim, a son of Ham.

Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. And the sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, and Put, and Canaan. Genesis 10:5-6

According to the Bible, Mizrayim settled in Egypt whereas Cush settled in Africa, establishing two distinct and separate nations that did not share a common heritage. The scientific theory implies the origins of Africa and Egypt were the same.

A recent study of the DNA of mummies, led by Johannes Krause of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, has shed some light on the subject, and his findings support the Biblical narrative.

Previous attempts to study the DNA of mummified remains were inconclusive. The hot climate of Egypt combined with the embalming process practiced by ancient Egyptians destroyed most DNA. For this study, researchers sampled 151 mummies from Abusir el-Meleq, about 60 miles south of Cairo. Their samples spanned 1,300 years of ancient Egyptian history, from about 1388 BCE to 426 CE.

The researchers were able to collect 90 samples of mitochondrial DNA and three samples of genomes, the total of an organism’s DNA. The surprising results showed that ancient Egyptians were more closely related to populations from the Near East and southwest Asia, and not from northern Africa as previously thought.

“In the ancient Egyptians, we don’t find much at all sub-Saharan African ancestry,” Krause told CBC News. “They look very Near Eastern and have almost zero sub-Saharan African ancestry.” This, Krause said, illustrates that ancient Egyptians were more closely related to Europeans than they are to modern-day Egyptians. The study revealed that the African influence on Egyptians is relatively recent, entering into the gene pool after Roman times.

These new findings fit in with the Dynastic Race Theory espoused by archaeologist David Rohl. Rohl’s theory is that the ancient Egyptians arrived over sea from Mesopotamia, conquered the Nile Valley, and established the first Egyptian dynasties. This is in direct contradiction to the previous theory that the first Egyptian rulers and much of the population arrived by a land route from Africa.

Rohl based this theory, which he explained in his book Legend – The Genesis of Civilisation, on the Biblical account of Ham, the son of Noah. According to Rohl’s theory, Ham and his people moved from Mesopotamia to settle in Egypt after the flood. Rohl explains that this is the basis for Horus, one of the most significant Egyptian deities, who was, in fact, Ham. The name ‘Horus’ means “the distant one”, implying that he came from far away.

To confirm his theory, Rohl led an expedition in 1988 into Wadi Hammamat, a dry river bed in Egypt’s Eastern Desert that is the main desert route from the Nile to the Red Sea. Rohl studied ancient wall carvings and drawings depicting boats that had been discovered fifty years earlier by archaeologist Hans Winkler. Over 100 of these carvings depicted long boats with as many as 70 oarsmen.

These images conformed to Rohl’s theory that a sudden period of cultural and technological  development during the First Dynasty in Egypt was the result of an influx of Mesopotamian elite who arrived in Egypt by sailing around the coastline of the Arabian Peninsula into the Red Sea and ultimately dragging their boats across the desert to the Nile.

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Jun 14

Did David Wyrick Find the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail Near Newark, Ohio?

For 157 years, archaeologists, religious scholars, anthropologist, politicians, scientists, and historians—everyone except Native Americans—have tried to prove that the two stones and one small cup David Wyrick found in a burial mound in Ohio, were forgeries.

If the stones were authentic, then our theories about the peopling of the world and manifest destiny were all wrong.  So, there was, and still is, a lot at stake.

Finding the Keystone

Wyrick was a printer/surveyor by trade living in Newark, Ohio, USA in the mid-1800s.  Whenever time provided, he and his son would travel the mile or so southwest of town to the ancient mounds and dig in the burial grounds for native artifacts.  One June day they came across a wedge-shaped stone in a circular depression, common in the ancient earthworks.  It was six inches (15 cm) long, three inches (7.6 cm) in its widest part, and half an inch (1.2 cm) in diameter, and tapered to a point.

What was strange about this stone was that it had Hebrew inscriptions on all four sides; Melech Eretz – King Of The Earth; Toras Hashem – The Law Of The Lord; D’var Hashem – The Word Of The Lord; and Kodesh Kodashim – Holy Of Holies.  They named it the Keystone because of its unique shape.

A picture of “The Keystone”, one of several artifacts associated with the Newark Holy Stones. (J. Huston McCulloch /Public Domain)

No record was kept of the exact location it was found, what direction it was pointing, or if it was found in a tomb.  The study of archaeology at this point in time was in its infancy and very few treasure hunters were keeping detailed records of their discoveries.

Rod or Staff of God?

The stone resembles a spearhead, or the tip of a rod or staff, in my mind.  Moses and his brother Aaron both had staffs throughout their most important milestones.  The staff was called the Rod or Staff of God in Moses’ case and Aaron’s Rod for Moses’ brothers.  It is written in Hebrew 9:4 that Aaron’s Rod was kept in the Ark of the Covenant.  I do not know if there is any written record of inscriptions on either staff, but if they did have inscriptions, I would think; King of Earth, Law of the Lord, Word of the Lord, and Holy of Holies, would be very likely candidates for those inscriptions.

Finding the keystone took Wyrick and his friends to the next level in treasure hunting.  Five months later he came across 12 (some say 15) small burials arranged in a small circle with one large burial site in the center, at a site called Jackson Town Stone Mound.

The site where the objects were found is known as The Newark Earthworks, Newark, Ohio, USA. 19th-century plan of the Works (Public Domain)

The site, a pyramid-shaped mound, 50 feet (15 meters) high and 200 feet (61 meters) wide, had been excavated in the past, in fact over 15,000 wagon-loads of stone had been removed between 1831 and 1832.  The material was transported and used to build the Ohio and Erie canal.  At the base level the remains of a wooden (oak) trough or coffin (radiocarbon dated Cal AD-70 to Cal AD-230 with a 95 percent probability) with some human remains were still visible.

Newark Holy Stones Collection (Source: JosephKnew.com)

Wyrick decided to dig below and deeper at this site and found a small sandstone box, 18 inches (46 cm) long and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, which was under the wooden object and under a layer of white clay that had not been disturbed. The sandstone case was cemented shut. One of Wyrick’s men found a small whole in the base of the case and blew into it and the case opened. They found a small limestone slab, six and 7/8 inches (17.5 cm) long, one and 5/8 inches (four cm) thick, and two and 7/8 inches (seven cm) wide, perfectly encased in the small, sandstone box.

On one side of the limestone slab was a male human figure with the name Moshe (Moses) in Hebrew carved above it. The figure was dressed in robes and wearing a turban.  The rest of the stone was completely covered in Hebrew characters, which were translated as a reproduction of the Ten Commandments, although not complete as we think of them today. Wyrick called the limestone slab ‘The Decalogue Stone’.

The Decalogue Stone and the Ark

I think a better name might be the ‘Ark of the Covenant’, although it is not incased in gold, has only one tablet instead of two, and does not meet the measurements of the Ark, as described in the Bible. However, it does contain a written testimony in ancient Hebrew of the ten commandments, carved in stone, sealed in a box and buried next to an ancient pyramid.

It would have taken a pretty good stone mason to split a piece of sandstone in half, chisel out the inside to hold the exact measurements of the Decalogue stone, carve the male figure on a piece of limestone, then chisel the ten commandments in Hebrew all around the stone, cement it shut, and bury it 12 feet (3.6 meters) deep below a grave site back in 1860.  I think if Wyrick and his team were trying to get publicity for some reason they would have come up with better names for the stones.

What Does the Keystone Unlock?

Historians point to the fact that one of Wyrick’s helpers, John Nicol, the local dentist, had been implicated in a hoax concerning two holy stones two years after Wyrick death.  Nicol said he planted the stones on Wilson’s Farm east of town to discredit Wyrick’s earlier discoveries. This is one reason why the stones are considered forgeries and everyone questions their authenticity. Wyrick committed suicide in 1864, four years after his discoveries at the age of 56, a broken man.

Two, eight-square plumb bobs were also found with the Decalogue Stone.  They are hardly ever mentioned and, at the present time, are lost.  Ancient civilizations used plumb bobs to build the pyramids, find true north, south, east, and west, find the winter and summer solstices, as well as the equinox and lunar cycles.  I am sure the mound builders used plum bobs in their construction of the mounds.

A plumb bob was the only clue the builders of the Great Pyramid left us inside one of the shafts leading into the Queen’s chamber (found in 1872).   All the measurements done at the mounds of Ohio, were also done at Chaco Canyon in southern New Mexico, but over a much greater distance.

One of Wyrick’s workers found a small sandstone cup the same day that they discovered the Decalogue stone.  I know of no other sandstone cup found in a Native American site.  Gourds and ceramic ladles, bowls or canteens were used for cups.  Again, no record of where it was found was recorded by the group.

Could this be the cup used at the last supper?  It’s unknown how to prove this, but if there was some way to find where the people who were buried with the cup came from, we might be able to pinpoint a place of its original origin.

An image of the artifacts in the Newark Stones Collection (‘The Mystery of the Newark Holy Stones/YouTube.com)

In 2008, Dr. Shlush gathered the DNA from the remains of the Hopewell mound builders near Newark, Ohio.  He found a new string of DNA called X2A, which he concluded, was only found in one other location in the world, the Hills of Galilee, in Israel.

Skeptics say that:

There is no credible archaeological or genetic evidence to suggest that any Old World peoples migrated to the Americas after the initial incursion from Siberia prior to the tentative forays of the Norse beginning at around 1000 CE other than limited contacts between Siberia and the American arctic.

-Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36. 1 Jan. 2012

Hopi Creation Story May Shed Light

I believe there is credible evidence: the Hopi Creation Story.   Frank Waters lived with the Hopi for three years starting in 1963, working on the Book of the Hopi.  He interviewed over 30 Hopi elders and the first thing the elders wanted to tell him was their creation story, where we all came from.  I lived with the Hopi for four years in the early ‘70s, seven years later, and I believe the Hopi story can be proven.

The story begins by saying that all four races of man were created equal at the same time (after the ice caps melted and there was a great flood) and the same place, (Egypt).  Different guardians taught each race different languages, customs, religions and distributed them around the planet. The Hopi remember crossing a large ocean (the pacific) on small wooden rafts always traveling east and landing on the west side of this continent (Monte Verde, Chile). Their guardian, called Masaw, was waiting for them there and directed them to travel north to their permanent home, where they live to this day. It’s believed he also told them that the people coming down from the north, much later across the land bridge, were not to be trusted (the Navajo and Apache?). Five or six other tribes could have come to the Americas from the east at this time across the Atlantic Ocean.

In legend, Masaw knew there would be skeptics in the future. He gave the Hopi a stone tablet to prove that he existed, which gave them title to the land he had provided for them.   He broke off one corner of the tablet and took it back across the ocean with him.  When the corner of the stone is found and brought back (they wait on the winter solstice each year) it will have to match precisely the tablet they have in their possession.  It’s felt there will be no question that their story is true as no one can falsify the missing corner; the inscriptions will have to match. I believe, the corner of the stone has been protected for centuries by guardians, in the sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant at Axum, for just this reason.

I do not understand why skeptics ignore living, talking, human beings. Perhaps they should concentrate on why the mound builders built mounds? Why the pyramid builders built pyramids?  Why did past civilizations worry about earth’s delicate balance in space; watching the moon cycles (our balance), the solstices (the tilt), and the equinox (the perfect balance)?  What were the ancient ones trying to tell us about Earth’s balance, and why?   The Hopi creation story might hold the clue.

The entire collection is on display at the Johnson-Humrick-House Museum, Coshocton, Ohio, for everyone’s inspection and evaluation.

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Jun 12

The Antediluvian Patriarchs :: By Randy Nettles

Published on: June 6, 2017 by RRadmin7 Category:General Articles

Adam and Eve had many children, but only 3 that the Bible refers to in particular: Cain, Abel, and Seth. Abel didn’t get a chance to have a wife and family because Cain murdered him. God told Cain he was cursed from the earth and would become a fugitive and a vagabond upon it.

Also, God said the ground would no longer yield her bounty to him. This was a great disaster for Cain, the too proud farmer.

Cain told the Lord his punishment was greater than he could bear, and that everyone would want to kill him. “And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold (7 times).

“And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him” (Genesis 4:15b).

The Bible doesn’t mention what the mark might be, but I think it might have been a  number 7.

Cain’s descendants and their achievements are mentioned in Genesis 4. There are eight generations from Adam to the Great Flood that are mentioned in the Bible.

1)  Adam;

2)  Cain;

3)  Enoch;

4)  Irad;

5)  Mehujael;

6)  Methusael;

7)  Lamech;

8)  Jabal/Jubal/Tubal-cain.

Cain’s great, great, great grandson, Lamech, also killed a young man.  Lamech, oddly enough, was the 7th generation from Adam (inclusive reckoning).  “And Lamech said unto his wives, hear my voice, you wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech, for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold (77)” (Genesis 4:23-24). Keep in mind, this is Lamech talking and not God.

God never said these words concerning Lamech and didn’t put a mark on him, as He did with Cain. Violence and murder were on the rise in these later antediluvian times. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Sometime after Cain Killed Abel, Adam and Eve had another son and they named him Seth. This is the patriarch that eventually produced Noah and his three sons; whom the seed of all human beings on the earth come from. The Great Flood destroyed the rest of mankind.

Genesis 5 lists Adam and Seth’s descendants. Noah is the 10th generation from Adam (inclusive reckoning); and his three sons, Japeth, Ham, and Shem, are the 11th generation. There are three more generations listed for Seth than Cain. It’s possible that Cain was much older than Seth, since they lived such long lives in those times.

Seth’s descendants demonstrated faithfulness to the Lord. “And to Seth, to him also was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26). This faithfulness is most apparent by the meaning of their names. Remember, Adam was good at naming things. He named all of the living creatures in the animal kingdom.

Here are the genealogy names, year of birth from creation, year of death from creation, meaning of names for Adam and Seth’s descendants, and their age at death.

NAME         BIRTH       DEATH         MEANING                  AGE AT DEATH

1)  Adam                  1              930           “Man”                                   930

2)  Seth                 130            1042           “Appointed”                        912

3)  Enos                235            1140           “Mortal”                               905

4)  Cainan             325            1235           “Sorrow”                              910

5)  Mahalaleel       395            1290           “The blessed God.”               895

6)  Jared                460             1422           “Shall come down”              962

7)  Enoch               622              987           “Teaching”                           365*

8)  Methuselah       687            1656           “His death shall bring”         969

9)  Lamech             874            1651           “Despairing”                        777

10)  Noah              1056             2006           “Rest”                                  950

These 10 names contain the gospel message:  “Man is appointed mortal sorrow. But the blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing rest.”

*Enoch never died but was raptured  up to heaven by God.

If you compare the names of the two family genealogies of Cain and Seth, there are many similarities and some are exactly the same. For example: Cainan’s name is more than likely derived from Cain. Cain would have been Cainan’s great uncle. It’s unusual that the meaning of Cainan’s name is “sorrow”. The name similarities continue with Mahujuel and Mahalalel, and also Methusael and Methuselah.

The 7th generation from Adam, through Seth, is Enoch. He was probably named after Cain’s son Enoch. The name Enoch means “teaching.” By tradition Adam, Seth, and Enoch, named the stars, putting the gospel story in the 12 constellations of the Mazzaroth…which was later perverted in the signs of the Zodiac.

Lamech must have gotten his name from his great uncle, Lamech, of Cain’s family. Cain’s Lamech is the one who killed a young man, although it could have been in self-defense. The name Lamech means “despairing”. How would you like to have a name with that meaning/suggestion?

The two Lamechs seem to have an affinity toward the number 7. The Bible doesn’t mention the younger Lamech killing anybody or needing to be avenged 7 or 77 times like Cain or the elder Lamech.  However, he does seem to be cursed with a very short life compared to the other antediluvian patriarchs. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise. Most of Seth’s line lived to be 900 plus years old, including Noah; but Lamech was only 777 years old when he died.

Methuselah outlived his father, Lamech, by 5 years. Methuselah, whose name means “his death shall bring”, died the year the great flood came; 1656 years after Creation and Adam.

Methuselah must have been blessed indeed. His father was Enoch, who “walked with the Lord” for 300 years after Methuselah was born. Enoch was then raptured up to heaven by God. Methuselah must have been the main recipient of Enoch’s wisdom and teaching for those 300 years.

The rapture of Enoch took place 987 years after Adam was created. Adam didn’t live long enough to witness the rapture of Enoch (or the after effects), but Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, and Lamech did. Seth would have been an old man of 857 years old and Lamech would have been relatively young at 113 years old. Noah hadn’t been born yet.

Seth died 14 years before Noah was born. Noah likely knew most of his ancestors personally including: Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, and his father, Lamech. The stories of Creation (including the original patriarchs, Adam and Eve) and the rapture of Enoch; would have been passed on from one generation to the next. Noah could have heard of these events and other family history/genealogy from Enos himself.  Enos was Noah’s great, great, great, great, great grandfather. Also, there were likely scrolls written on clay tablets of family records and birth/death anniversaries that got passed down from one generation to the next.

The antediluvian epoch was a time of great evil upon the earth:

“There were giants in the earth in those days: and also after that when the sons of God came unto the daughters of them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:4-9).

Noah, the 10th generation from Adam, walked with God; as did his great grandfather, Enoch, the 7th generation from Adam. God gave Noah a 120 year warning regarding the tribulation that was to come upon the Earth. He also gave him instructions for building an ark and gathering of both animals and crops for food. The animals would share the arc with Noah and wife, and their 3 sons and their 3 wives. Only 8 human beings survived God’s wrath when He sent the Great Flood. The flood lasted for about a full calendar year.

Noah was 480 years old when God’s word/warning came to him. His father, Lamech, was 662 years old at this time; and Methuselah was 849 years old. Shem hadn’t been born yet. All of the other antediluvian patriarchs of Seth’s line had died (or was raptured) by this time.

Noah was 600 years old and Shem was 99 years old when the Flood came. The Bible doesn’t mention the ages of Noah’s two elder sons, Japeth and Ham.

Cain’s family line and all of the other sons of Adam did not heed God’s “word” to Noah and they perished in their sins.

The rapture of Enoch was a foretaste of the future Rapture of the Church. The Great Flood was a foretaste of the future Great Tribulation. Enoch was raptured before the flood. Noah and family were saved through the great tribulation of the flood, as the Tribulation saints will be in the end days:

“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37).

Lamech’s days might have been shortened for the same reason that the days of the Great Tribulation will be shortened:

“And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he has chosen, he has shortened the days” (Mark 13:20).

I believe the Jewish calendar’s yearly sum total since creation is incorrect by about 200 years. Concerning this and a timeline for biblical chronology, see my previous article at http://www.raptureready.com/?s=epochs+of+time. It’s ironic that our current Gregorian calendar year of AD 2017 is 5777 on the Jewish calendar. 5 years after Lamech died (prematurely) at 777 years old, the Great Flood came.

Regardless of when the Great Tribulation occurs, it will come in like a flood and will be completely devastating.  Instead of waiting for this horrific world event, wait for Jesus to come back at the Rapture. If you believe in Him as your Lord and Savior, He will save you from the wrath to come.

Become like Enoch and Noah and “walk with the Lord”.  Let Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, be your constant companion mentally and spiritually. Focus your thoughts and prayers toward Him. As Paul said In Philippians 4:8:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Randy Nettles

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Jun 07

10 Facts About The Pyramids That Could Prove Advanced Ancient Technology

Nicole Shay June 2, 2017

The ancient pyramids of Giza[1] have wowed mankind for centuries. They tower over the desert landscape, with the Great Pyramid standing a whopping 139 meters (455 ft) high. For many years, the Great Pyramid, believed to have been built by Pharaoh Khufu around 2550 BC, was the largest structure on Earth. The second pyramid is believed to have been built by Khufu’s son, Khafre, circa 2520 BC. The second pyramid also includes the Sphinx, a limestone monument with the body of a lion and ordained with the head of a pharaoh. The third pyramid is much smaller than the first two and is thought to have been built by Pharaoh Menkaure around 2490 BC. Some scientific analysis has determined that these pyramids could be much older than is generally thought, suggesting that Khufu simply claimed the massive structures that were already in place for himself.

Many scientists have concluded that it only took 20,000 workers a period of 20 years to build the Great Pyramid. This is quite astounding, when our history tells that us they only used wooden implements with ropes and pulleys. With all the detail and precise alignments, it is hard to believe that such magnificence could be gained in a 20-year period by so few workers with such limited tools and resources.

Despite all the study of these ancient wonders, scientists still can’t confirm exactly how the pyramids were built. We have not been able recreate them, even on a smaller scale, with the same precision as our predecessors. The technology to do so back then simply didn’t exist, according to current historic teachings. It shouldn’t have been possible for the pyramids to be built. On top of that, the Great Pyramid is the only of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to survive.

With some evidence suggesting that these pyramids could predate the Egyptians, there are those who believe that the pyramids could be a mark left by a more advance civilization, much older than 4,500 years. These are the top ten reasons the pyramids of Giza could prove that advanced ancient technology existed.

10 Size And Weight Of Materials

The pyramids‘ massive size alone creates a very persuasive argument that there was some unknown technology involved in their construction. The Great Pyramid, the largest of the three and the largest in the world, consists of 2.3 million stone blocks that weigh 2.5 to 15 tons apiece. According to archaeologists, they were quarried from a nearby source. At such a marvelous weight, how did the workers move these blocks?

It is theorized that large groups of workers would have pushed these massive blocks over wooden ramps. This seems very unlikely, as there does not appear to have been any material, much less any type of wood, that could have withstood the weight of these massive stones. When you do the math for the time frame of the Great Pyramid’s construction, it comes out to workers setting a block every two and half minutes.[2] Seems pretty incredible, if not impossible.

9 Intricate Tunnel Systems

New discoveries are regularly made beneath the Giza pyramids. The tunnel systems found below them truly allude to an advanced civilization. Carved from limestone bedrock, these labyrinths protrude deep beneath the desert and have much left to be discovered. The passageways are always revealing new truths and hidden chambers, unknown to man for thousands of years. A recent find by archaeologist Brien Foerster only strengthens the notion that ancient advanced technologies once existed, long before our time.

While exploring deeper into the mazes beneath the pyramids, Foerster discovered 20 boxes cut with precision from Aswan granite. Each box weighs in at 100 tons a piece.[3] Experts believe these huge boxes were burial places for prized bulls. The only issue with this belief is that no bulls have ever been found. The function of the boxes remains a mystery. Some think they were perhaps used to store an ancient form of energy. That might make more sense than bull burials.

 

8 Alignment With The North Pole

There are a lot of theories that circulate concerning the alignment of the pyramids, specifically the Great Pyramid. They all agree that they cannot conclusively say how the ancient Egyptians were able to construct the Great Pyramid with such accuracy to the cardinal directions.

The north-south axis is aligned to within 0.15 degrees of true north-south.[4] The ancient Egyptians didn’t have the North Star like we do today as a guide to true north. One of the only ways for them to have constructed the pyramids with such accuracy would have been to use complex algorithms. These algorithms would have only worked close to the seasonal solstice times, when the Sun’s alignment is more easily viewed. Further complicating the process, we must take into consideration atmospheric conditions, obstruction of viewpoint, etc.

Historically, no records have been found of the process the Egyptians used. The Great Pyramid, constructed thousands of years ago, is more accurate in alignment than our modern-built Meridian Building at the Greenwich Observatory in London.

7 Mortar Of Unknown Origin

Samples of the mortar used for the construction of the pyramids have been analyzed many times, and though the composition has been determined, our modern technology has yet to be able to recreate it.[5] The mortar is mostly made of processed gypsum, and it wasn’t used like the cement we use for our modern-day bricks.

Ancient Egyptian mortar was used to support the joints of the huge stones as they were placed. An estimated 500,000 tons of mortar were used during the construction of the Great Pyramid. Astoundingly, this gypsum mortar is stronger than the stones themselves and has remained in place for thousands of years.

6 Mysterious Shafts

Photo credit: R.F. Morgan

There has been much speculation regarding the shafts inside the Great Pyramid.[6] Of the three pyramids in Giza, it is the only one to be built with them. The angles of these shafts seem to correspond with celestial bodies. This would still beg the question: What unknown technology were they using to get such precise alignments, and why go through all the trouble?

Just like the pyramid’s alignment with the poles, there are no records found within Egyptian culture that reveal how they were able to get these alignments. There are other theories that state these shafts were simply for ventilation, though most of them do not even break the surface of the pyramid to reach outside air.

5 20-Ton Door

Photo credit: Olaf Tausch

At one time, some pyramids had huge swivel doors. These massive doors were undetectable because they fit so perfectly into the openings within the pyramids. Such a swivel door was discovered when the Great Pyramid was first being explored.[7]

One could open the door from the inside with minimal force, due to how perfectly balanced it was. We are talking about an estimated 20 tons being moved with ease by a single hand. How the Egyptians were able to cut and place these doors with such precision remains a mystery. How were they able to balance such enormous weight?

4 Casing Stones

The Great Pyramid was once covered in white, polished limestone, referred to as casing stones.[8] This would have made the pyramid shine like a gem in the middle of the desert. The stones reflected the light of the Sun like a mirror. The cuts made in this reflective stone were angled perfectly, so when the Great Pyramid was covered in them, it had a smooth, flat appearance. A great number of these stones were cut from a quarry across the Nile River and then transported across the water. After crossing the river, the stones were placed with an exactness that is difficult to parallel.

A large earthquake in AD 1303 caused many of the casing stones to loosen. They were then used to build mosques and fortresses. Today, all that remains is the inner core of the pyramid. What a sight the Great Pyramid must have been intact, in its day.

3 Eight-Sided Precision

Photo credit: Awesci

At first glance, the Great Pyramid of Giza looks like a four-sided pyramid. But from the air, you can see that each side indents, making it an eight-sided structure.[9] It is thought that perhaps these indentations were part of the design in order to keep the casing stones in place. Others have tried to claim that they’re the result of erosion.

Whatever the reason, the precision is amazing. The sides indent by one degree of a half-degree. Even in today’s world, that would be hard to facilitate. To deny the intent behind these indentations and credit the wind with their existence completely undermines the skill it took to make them.

2 Khufu’s Coffin

It is said that Khufu had the Great Pyramid built, though one wonders. When his sarcophagus was found and analyzed, it raised many questions. It was massive, weighing in at an estimated 3.75 tons, and its dimensions make it too large to have been brought into the chamber.[10] Therefore, it must have been placed while the pyramid was being constructed.

The sarcophagus was made from a solid piece of granite, hollowed out from within. It also features holes that appear to have been made with some form of a drill. There is much to question concerning how such a primitive time could produce such things. The effort it would have taken to hollow out and penetrate this granite raises eyebrows as to how on Earth it was accomplished. Can you imagine a wooden pickax being all you had to work with?

1 Strange Heat Spots Observed

In 2015, a thermal scan of the pyramids revealed that the Great Pyramid has three areas along the bottom that generate some form of heat.[11] Speculation as to what could be the cause for these stunning anomalies began quickly. Some say there are small passageways beneath these heat points, which could lead to hidden chambers. Others believe that the heat is being generated by leftover ancient technology that has long been forgotten. There is sure to be more investigation of this discovery, as more heat spots have also been found along the upper half of the Great Pyramid.

Maybe the Great Pyramid of Giza is actually an ancient alien ship, preparing for takeoff after thousands of years at rest, absorbing the Sun’s energy. The heat spots are the engines starting to activate. It’s a possibility, right?

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Jun 07

Historic-artifact replica, or demonic harbinger?

Arch of Baal emerging again, and again, and again

Published: 2 days ago

Original arch of Palmyra in Syria

It’s back!

The replica of the arch of the Temple of Baal has been on a world tour the past few years, having been put on display in London, New York and then Dubai for a global summit. And it was recently rebuilt for yet another global summit, this time the G7 meeting of the leading industrialized nations held in Florence, Italy.

The arch, a reconstruction of an ancient Roman building destroyed by ISIS in Syria, has been promoted by its creators at the Institute of Digital Technology as a symbol of defiance against terrorism and a tribute to world heritage.

But why is a reconstruction of a gateway to a temple of a pagan god whose rites were marked by child sacrifice and ritual prostitution being so persistently publicized at globally important gatherings?

One rabbi, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin attempting to recreate the ancient Jewish legal body, sees dire implications in the repeated use of the arch. Rabbi Daniel Assur told Breaking Israel News the arch is a harbinger of the “New World Order.” He declared the arch’s repeated appearances at prominent locations indicate “a pattern moving toward a specific goal – Messiah.”

The rabbi believes the globalist movement isn’t secular or atheist but, instead, undergirded by pagan spirituality.

“They combine worship of Baal with worship of the Egyptian god, Isis, and also the true name of God,” he told Breaking Israel News. “They need to bring together all of these elements.”

The rabbi believes the arch “is the portal for the new world the Talmud is talking about” and could be used either by the New World Order or the Messiah.

Pastor Carl Gallups, author of the end times examination “When The Lion Roars,” said people are right to ascribe deep spiritual significance to the arch.

“Rabbi Assur is not the only one who sees the spiritual significance in the Palmyra arch’s victory tour,” he told WND.

“I understand the purely cultural, historical and archaeological significance of the arch, which some might find interesting. However, the biblical and spiritual implications cannot be missed, for those who have ‘eyes to see.’

“What are the facts? The arch is representative of the ‘gateway’ to … a Roman temple in Syria that was dedicated to the worship of Baal. It is also a fact that Jesus himself, along with the Jewish religious leaders of His day, defined Baal worship as being directly connected to the worship of Satan and his demonic influence (Matt. 12:24-28, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:18).”

Gallups also said it is profoundly interesting – and worrying – that the arch always seems to be in a location of deep significance to the elite-driven movement to create a global government.

“It is a heavily documented fact that when the Palmyra arch was reconstructed, the places chosen for the display of the arch, complete with ceremonious activities of dedication and honor, were indisputably centers of globalistic power,” Gallups observed.

“Each of these locations had direct connections to the United Nations, the World Government Summit, the G7 Conference and the major economic engines of the world. And this tour started in London, perhaps the world’s most important financial capital, during the pagan festival of Beltane – during a time specifically dedicated to Baal worship. From there, it went to New York City and then to global governance meetings.

“How could anyone, with any spiritual discernment at all, miss the demonic message being audaciously broadcast to the world?” Gallups asked.

He warned that the global leaders are meddling with dark forces.

“In the spiritual realm, it is as if Satan is ‘marking’ his territory,” the pastor said. “And the leaders of the world are gladly doing his bidding – even summonsing his presence and ‘blessings.’ We are living in extremely prophetic times. The demonic realm is engaged in an unprecedented outpouring, just as the Bible said would happen. We are living in the most prophetic times since the first coming of Jesus Christ.”

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Rabbi Assur also told Breaking Israel News the Roman arch was a symbol of how “the culture of paganic [sic] Rome is taking over Christianity,” and said “Christianity must be taken back from Roman culture.”

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries, author of the new book “God’s Day Timer,” and a leader in the movement to reintroduce Jewish practices into the church, strongly agrees.

“The culture of pagan Rome took over Christianity almost 2,000 years ago!” he said. “Around 300 CE the church thought it best to completely assimilate pagan worship with their new religion. The concept of biblical holiness was not in their thinking. We find this true today.

“With all the seeker-friendly churches and pastors becoming life coaches rather than godly examples to the flock it is no surprise we have come to this moment. Right here in Tacoma, Washington, we have churches that follow all the pagan holidays, including Halloween, and their excuse is they use it for evangelistic purposes.”

Biltz called for Christian churches to remove pagan traditions from their worship services and to rediscover the Hebraic roots of their religion.

“God declared to Israel that they were to wipe out the names of the pagan gods and have no mixture,” the pastor said. “But today many church leaders have no problem mixing the God of the Bible with paganism in their worship as long as they can continue to bring in the revenue. It is much like in the time of Jesus when the religious leaders were more concerned about losing their place than they were in following the Messiah.

“It’s too late to take Christianity back from its pagan culture. It’s been totally assimilated. Instead, believers in Jesus need to get back to the Bible and understand it from a Hebraic worldview. Every culture has tried to create another Jesus that conforms to their own people group. They all try to make God in their image rather than realizing they were created in His image.”

Bill Cloud, another proponent of using Jewish traditions within Christianity and the author of “Esau Rising,” agreed neo-paganism is a real spiritual threat.

“I do believe Western civilization is abandoning Judeo-Christian values and reverting to a more secular worldview, if not outright paganism,” he told WND.

However, he suggested the arch is an outward manifestation of a deeper moral decline taking place in Western culture.

“As for the arch, I do not believe it to be of any great import in and of itself; it’s the thoughts and imagination behind it that I find disturbing and potentially dangerous,” the pastor said. “In Genesis 11, it was not the Tower of Babel itself that God considered to be a threat – it was the imaginations of man that conceived of it and then brought into being. That’s what had to be curtailed.

“When it comes to the New World Order, I don’t believe it will rise and fall based on the existence of an arch. But that arch and its affiliation with Baal worship speaks to the depraved state of mankind’s heart and mind presently. That is what we need to be concerned about because that is what will bring the NWO into being.”

Still, though Cloud is concerned by much of what is happening in the world, he urges believers to look forward to the future. After all, he said, Messiah’s victory is assured.

“When it comes to the Messiah, I do not look for Him to walk through this portal but I am looking for Him,” he said. “Actually, the Bible tells us that when He returns, a portal in heaven will be opened through which He will descend. Soon after He will enter through the Eastern gate of Jerusalem, a gate that is currently sealed. When this happens, all kings, kingdoms and world orders will bow before Him.”

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May 18

Enormous Underwater Structure in the Sea of Galilee is a Mystery to Archaeologists

A gigantic monument at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, as well as several mysterious structures, including a gigantic stone wheel and a moon-shaped monument, were recently found in northern Israel. The mysterious structures have left archaeologists around the world bewildered. Who built them and what were they used for?

They may be some of Israel’s most mysterious structures. They are easy to miss from the roadside but can clearly be seen from the skies or beneath the sea.

The prehistoric stone monuments of Gilgal Refaim, Jethro Cairn and the circular structure found in the sea of the Galilee went unnoticed for centuries in the disputed regions of the Golan and the Galilee but still archaeologists don’t know who built them, or why.

Theories have gone wild and include ancient calendars, ceremonial structures, or ‘sky burial’ sites in which dead bodies were placed on top of stone mounds to be picked apart by vultures. Even more eluding is that that are no archeological evidence of a city near them, and some have therefore posited that the structures is in fact a huge monument carrying symbolic significance.

The possible age of the structures is even more enigmatic and many put the estimate anywhere between 3,000 and 12,000 years old, making them older than the pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge in Great Britain.

The only thing we can say with certainty is that they are there and they are huge.

The Massive Moon Structure of Jethro Cairn

In 2014 Israeli archaeologist reported of a crescent shaped stone monument larger than a football field in northern Israel. At about 150 meters in length and 7 meters in height, the monument, dubbed ‘Jethro Cairn,’ can be seen on satellite images.

Bronze Age pottery excavated at the monument indicates it was built between 3050 and 2650 BCE, but it may be much older.

The monument’s shape, a crescent, may have been chosen to symbolize the ancient Mesopotamian moon god Sin.

The Moon-god Sin or Naama was the special guardian deity of the Chaldeans who lived in the ancient city of Ur. Once a center of worship of the moon-god, the site’s most prominent feature is still a temple tower, or ziggurat, some 61 m long, 46 m wide, and 21 m high.

Only a day’s walk from the monument sits late bronze age city called Bet Yerah, meaning “house of the moon god” in Hebrew. Another 13 kilometers southeast of the monument another enigmatic monument was discovered, this time below the sea level.

About 8 miles (13 kilometres) northwest of the Sea of Galilee, a recently identified crescent-shaped monument was built about 5,000 years ago

Cone Structure at Bottom of the Sea of Galilee

Not far from where the monumental crescent was found, another enigmatic structure has eluded archaeologists ever since its discovery was announced in 2013.

The mysterious structure with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747, was discovered by divers about 9 meters underneath the Sea of Galilee in 2003.

The massive structure was built out of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 70 meters at the base of the structure, is 10 meters tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

The archeologists think it was built on dry land and later submerged by the lake but the exact age of the structure has been difficult to pinpoint.

However, one thing the archeologists are certain of is that the monument was likely of great importance to the people who built it. The nearest basalt outcrop was a few hundred meters from the site, and the stones, which were one to two meters in width, would have weighed over 90 kilograms at times.

The cone-shaped structure beneath the Sea of Galilee. Credit: Diagram courtesy Shmuel Marco

The Wheel of Giants

The prehistoric monument known as Gilgal Refaim was another Herculean task to build. Its Hebrew name of Gilgal Refaim means ‘wheel of giants’ and refers to an ancient race of giants, the nephilim, a superhuman race mentioned in the Bible.

The gigantic monument deserves its name since it is made up of more than 42,000 basalt rocks arranged in five concentric circles that together weigh over 40,000 tons.

The complex has a 4.5 metre burial chamber at the centre of five circles, the largest of which measures more than 152 metres wide.

Standing on the ground inside the complex, it looks like a labyrinth of crumbling stone walls. Only from the air does the impressive shape of a massive bull’s-eye clearly emerge.

Some of the circles are complete and others are not, suggesting it may have been laid out in accordance with astronomical patterns. On the shortest and longest days of the year – the June and December solstices – the sunrise lines up with openings in the rocks. It looks like a computer in stone – to forecast solar and lunar eclipses. But how could men wearing skins transported these massive stones and erect computers in stone?

Livestock grazing nearby reveals scale of enormous stone rings on the plains of the Golan Heights. ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

The Missing Link

The possible purpose for these structures remains an enigma but the monuments were evidently of great importance to the people who built them.

Our science has rediscovered and perfected old ideas, it has demonstrated the prehistoric world was more ancient and advanced then we ever could imagine just a few generations ago.

However, one of the greatest handicaps archaeologist and historians are confronted with is the lack of evidence. If it were not for burning libraries in antiquity, mankind’s history would not have so many missing pages.

Science emerged fro the dark middle ages during the Renaissance by studying ancient sources and knowledge that had been known by the Babylonians, Egyptians, Hindus and Greeks for many centuries.

Having that said, it is difficult to account for the ancients having unexpected knowledge of the two moons of Mars and how could Hou Yih of China know that the moon was desolate, cold and glassy forty-three centuries ago? How come Greek philosophers were aware of the vast distant between stars and why were ancient thinkers aware of planets beyond Saturn which could not be seen without a telescope?

Myths about the descent of skybeings are global and the Epic of Etana, the Book of the Dead and the Book of Enoch all drew pictures of extraterrestrial space.

The Long Lost Golden Age of Science

Since about 8000 BCE man transformed his personality of a roving hunter for that of an established farmer and city tradesman year ago. When man began to cultivate crops, domestic animals and perfect his tools and weapons, he stepped over the threshold of civilization. That took place some 7,000 years ago. Did the ancients receive a scientific legacy from the survivors of an older civilization?

It’s unique to transport these stones and unique to arrange them. You need to plan and to mobilize people, because they’re too heavy to be carried by a single person. Not to mention that that people were obligated most of the year to agriculture.

Only an advanced prehistoric society capable of organizing the construction of such large structures could have accomplished this monumental works but who they were remains one of the greatest mysteries of our days. What is certain is that these people were building something that was more durable than their brush huts.

What inspired and motivated such significant tasks efforts for a people who had to devote most of their time to cultivating crops?

Perhaps the source of civilization lies farther back in time. All the great civilizations of the past speak of a long lost Golden Age. There were the Golden Age of Peru, Mexico, India, Egypt, Babylon, China and Greece.

Perhaps instead of asking why and what these monumental monuments were used for, we should ask who were the torch-beares of civilization that, at the dawn of history, imparted their knowledge to the astronomer-priests all over the globe. There was a golden age in which the miracles of science were as commonplace as they are now. The source of this forgotten science must be sought in Time as well as in Space.

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May 15

Siberia: Huge dragon and griffin megaliths created by mysterious ancient culture in Altai Mountains

Researchers have yet to date the structures precisely and to publish their findings.

By Léa Surugue

May 10, 2017 11:31 BST

The megaliths were found at the heart of the Altai MountainsRuslan Posyolkov/Siberian Times

At the heart of the Altai Mountains in Russia, a mysterious ancient culture has created megaliths in shape of mythical creatures – a dragon and a griffin.

Russian archaeologist Ruslan Posyolkov discovered the impressive structures in 2013 while surveying mountains, the Siberian Times reports.

He believes the megaliths date back at least 12,000 years, and could thus have been created by prehistoric people at the end of the last Ice Age.

Analyses of the samples will nevertheless have to be conducted in order to verify this hypothesis.

The dragon megalith is estimated to weigh a staggering 120 tons. “It has bold and smooth features similar to those of crocodiles and dinosaurs, impossible to form if granite cracks naturally”, Peresyolkov noted. “If we accept the fact that the dragon is an artificial object, then the stones composing it were brought, processed and installed in a certain position”.

Detailed observations have revealed that the dragon is composed of six granite rocks in all, with sizes varying from 1.3 to 2.1 metres in length).

This could be the oldest known representation of the fantastical beast in Siberia.

More analyses are needed to independently verify the age of the megaliths.Ruslan Posyolkov/Siberian Times

 

The researcher also gives a detailed description of the ”griffin megalith”, which looks the eagle-headed mythical creatures frequently depicted by the Scythian culture which lived north of the Black Sea and in the Eurasian steppes sometime between 2,000 and 3,000 years ago.

However, the structure appears to be much older. Measuring nearly 6 metres in length and 2.5 metres in height, the griffin is here characterised by a reptile-like head and a heavy beak.

Many interrogations remain about who the people who created these massive structures were and what purpose the megaliths served. Posyolkov’s findings have yet to be verified by other scientists and published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

One of the megalith looks like a huge dragon, the other like a griffin.Ruslan Posyolkov

The researcher discovered the megaliths while surveying the mountain.Ruslan Posyolkov/Siberian Times

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May 04

New evidence Shroud dates to 1st century

Roman numismatist identifies coins covering eyes

Published: 17 hours ago

An expert on ancient Roman coins say he has identified those that cover the eyes of the Man of the Shroud, providing more evidence that the ancient burial cloth could have been used to cover the body of Jesus.

Agostino Sferrazza, a numismatist, concludes in an interview with the French-language RCF Liège, the coins were minted in in the days of Pontius Pilate in the year A.D. 29.

Images of the coins were first observed in the eye sockets of the Man of the Shroud in 1976, when 3-D projection techniques were used to evaluate it. Researchers noted the presence of small bulges on the ocular orbit bones which wouldn’t match any possible morphological particularities. The hypothesis states these might have been leptons: small coins of low value that were common in Israel during the Roman occupation.

Using advanced technologies, researchers have tried to identify drawings and inscriptions on the coins. On the disc covering the right eye, apparently a “lituus” (a curved Roman-style augural staff) can be observed. On the disc over the left eye, there is what appears to be a sacrificial cup.

Besides the drawings, researchers have managed to read the letters YKAI in the coins. This is thought to be the visible part of the word “TIBERIOY KAICAPOC,” Greek for Tiberius Caesar. This would be a strong indication that these coins are comparable with other currencies from the Roman era, and might indeed be pieces that were being used at the time of Jesus’ Passion.

In his interview with RCF Liège, Agostino Sferrazza supports the theory of the authenticity of the pieces and dates them to the time of Pontius Pilate. This theory is based on the images produced by computer scientist Nello Balossino, an associate professor at the Turin Faculty of Sciences, who succeeded in bringing out an image of the sacrificial cup on the right eye of the Man of the Shroud. According to Agostino Sferazza, there is no doubt: these pieces were indeed coined in 29 A.D

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May 01

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

The Vulture Stone from Gobekli Tepe (left) which recorded a devastating comet strike (right) Credit: Alistair Coombs

Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

21 April 2017 • 11:25am

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.

The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history.

Scientists have speculated for decades that a comet could be behind the sudden fall in temperature during a period known as the Younger Dryas. But recently the theory appeared to have been debunked by new dating of meteor craters in North America where the comet is thought to have struck.

However, when engineers studied animal carvings made on a pillar – known as the vulture stone – at Gobekli Tepe they discovered that the creatures were actually astronomical symbols which represented constellations and the comet.

The idea had been originally put forward by author Graham Hancock in his book Magicians of the Gods.

The Vulture Stone, at Gobekli Tepe Credit: Alistair Coombs

Using a computer programme to show where the constellations would have appeared above Turkey thousands of years ago, they were able to pinpoint the comet strike to 10,950BC, the exact time the Younger Dryas begins according to ice core data from Greenland.

The Younger Dryas is viewed as a crucial period for humanity, as it roughly coincides with the emergence of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilisations.

Before the strike, vast areas of wild wheat and barley had allowed nomadic hunters in the Middle East to establish permanent base camps. But the difficult climate conditions following the impact forced communities to come together and work out new ways of maintaining the crops, through watering and selective breeding. Thus farming began, allowing the rise of the first towns.

Edinburgh researchers said the carvings appear to have remained important to the people of Gobekli Tepe for millennia, suggesting that the event and cold climate that followed likely had a very serious impact.

Dr Martin Sweatman, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, who led the research, said: “I think this research, along with the recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent virtually seal the case in favour of (a Younger Dryas comet impact).

“Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change.

“It appears Göbekli Tepe was, among other things, an observatory for monitoring the night sky.

“One of its pillars seems to have served as a memorial to this devastating event – probably the worst day in history since the end of the ice age.”

Gobekli Tepe, is thought to be the world’s oldest temple site, which dates from around 9,000BC, predating Stonehenge by around 6,000 years.

Researchers believe the images were intended as a record of the cataclysmic event, and that a further carving showing a headless man may indicate human disaster and extensive loss of life.

Symbolism on the pillars also indicates that the long-term changes in Earth’s rotational axis was recorded at this time using an early form of writing, and that Gobekli Tepe was an observatory for meteors and comets.

The finding also supports a theory that Earth is likely to experience periods when comet strikes are more likely, owing to the planet’s orbit intersecting orbiting rings of comet fragments in space.

But despite the ancient age of the pillars, Dr Sweatman does not believe it is the earliest example of astronomy in the archaeological record.

“Many paleolithic cave paintings and artefacts with similar animal symbols and other repeated symbols suggest astronomy could be very ancient indeed,” he said.

“If you consider that, according to astronomers, this giant comet probably arrived in the inner solar system some 20 to 30 thousand years ago, and it would have been a very visible and dominant feature of the night sky, it is hard to see how ancient people could have ignored this given the likely consequences.”

The research is published in Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry.

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