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Some years back, I had the pleasure of having a visit from my esteemed mentor -- Leon Brown. He has spent most of his life researching historical manuscripts from ancient times and is currently seeking to conquer the Mayan glyphs for their secrets of Mesoamerican history. We stayed up until the darkest hours of the morning discussing all the study he has conducted over the past 30 years. From what he and I have gleaned through together, a rather large body of work could be attained in short order. The over-riding point that seemed to explode upon our collective conversation was the fact that the national academic presentation of what brought mankind to its present position in time is all an illusion. New evidence is being held out by the powers that be for perhaps no other reason than slothfulness. Professors and scientists just do not want to mess up their nice little world of academic calm. We were both once in that academic realm and saw it all. The real truth would mess up everything. So what if the company-line is wrong?
What if there is evidence that humanity was once just as advanced or more so than we are today? What if flying machines, cars, computers, radios, televisions, nuclear weapons, lasers, spacecraft, advanced medicine, genetic engineering, and master-building-design were representations of a civilization like ours only it was firmly held in the hands of the very rich and the politically-powerful elite? Few examples of their works would survive perhaps none other than their philosophy. They ruled the earth via technology, fear, and supreme intelligence. They could prolong life and discovered the secrets of being and becoming. Compared to common man they seemed like gods and positioned themselves accordingly. Could our civilization be polarizing in this direction now, with the rich getting richer and the poorer masses exploding toward obscurity?
What happened when the Ice Age came to a halt and all that glacial weight melted into the oceans flooding mass-civilization into obscurity? Like a giant waterbed, the surface of the earth changed drastically. What was lost under hundreds, perhaps thousands of feet of mud and historical ooze? Is the evidence still to be found off the shores of present humanity? Did the so-called gods escape to the highlands and wait to return when it was all over?
This small but highly aware power-group may have ruled on the Earth some 10,000 to 15,000 years ago (some say more). The evidence of this epoch setting period does exist everywhere, and it is reinforced more every day by the finds of archaeologist, anthropologists, and other scientists. The truth of some of their work never reaches the public ear however, because it would require a gestalt paradigm shift for most of us to even understand the implications of such enigmatic data. Instead, we are offered the preliminary-spin from cautious minds not able to entirely perceive the real meanings behind the remains of Earth's past history.
The accomplishments of ancient man are many and powerful when one puts away the weak assessments and lack of creative thought by the learned experts from the elitist institutions and universities. It is as though there is and was a conspiracy among these folks to hide the truth of an incomprehensible civilization that has always been kept hidden behind a facade of fertility-cults, ancestral worship, astrology, savagery, cursory bloodletting and other forms of supreme underestimation or outright concealment of ancient capabilities and intellect. The reality and mythology of the past is out of focus with academic assessments of actual artifacts.
The collective scientific community seems to support one another in a common "story" about our past. Are they afraid of the truth or do they protect something much larger? Perhaps they protect themselves. Zecharia Sitchin has taken a scholars approach to an Eric von Daniken-like theory of our past. He has torn back the veil of Isis to expose the possibility that we did and possibly still do, have gods of super advanced technology living among us. He has presented evidence of the Anunnaki, who were human-like beings from the planet Nibiru (planet "X" 39 au away, currently coming into our solar system?) living on Earth for perhaps half a million years. He has gleaned this evidence from the ancient records of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Hittites, and the Tiwanakuans of Lake Titicaca of Bolivia (before the Inca). His work is collected in THE EARTH CHRONICLES, a series of books dedicated to deep research into the why of such magnificent engineering accomplishments as the Great Pyramids, Baalbek, Teotihucan, Tower of Babylon, and much more. Even the Bible offers this information, yet many see it in the light of a lesser gestalt-paradigm.
Many of Sitchin's questions have gone unanswered by today's scholars who prefer to explain away phenomenal engineering feats in the simplest of terms. For anyone who has actually seen the sites such as the Great Pyramid of Egypt, the markings that run dead-straight for eight miles in the deserts of Nazca Peru, or even the beautiful constructions in Mexico--some of the puny conclusions by scholars seem totally out of context with the evidence.
An example -- some years ago the Japanese tried to construct a 35-foot tall miniature version of the Great Pyramid, which is almost 482 feet tall. In the end they had to resort to modern earth-moving and lifting technology which ultimately could not do the job. Modern man had to abandon this attempt to emulate ancient man. The Great Pyramid is 2.3 million blocks of 5,000 lb. perfectly dressed stone. Scholars suggest that the Egyptians would have had to position 6.7 stone blocks per minute in order to build the limestone structure in the 20 years calculated for the construction. If this were true, forces greater than any I am familiar with would have had to be used. In the fortress at Baalbek in Lebanon, the use of 1,000 ton monolithic stones pique the interest of any thinking engineer of today, especially one who wrestles with 150 ton beams. Of course, there are thousands and thousands of unanswered questions like the above.
Even von Daniken's work begins to take on a realness when one finds an old National Geographic from 1933 corroborating the "Band of Holes," that he personally inspected a few years ago. Each hole is a meter wide and just as deep. There are eight holes spanning 24 meters in width, marching in repetitive uniform fashion, from the Pisco Valley rolling over numerous miles of hills and mountains -- finally disappearing in the misty mass of Peru. These holes remind this old West Texas boy of the traces left by a massive drilling rig moving along methodically, testing the geology of the Andes for precious metals. Lasers have also left such tracings in the ground. Archaeologists say they represented defensive positions or graves for the ancient ones, except why would you bury anyone on a slope in rocky soil at more than a 45-degree angle?
But my friends, there are tons of anomalies in the mysterious lands of South America -- Colombian models of delta winged forms, giant pyramids in the Amazon Basin, built on mountain slopes covered by inaccessible jungles and others are examples. Are these mysteries part of why Teddy Roosevelt was so introspective upon his return from the Amazonian adventure which eventually caused his death? This is an area where satellites from space represent the best vehicles for discovery of the great structures or patterns on the ground. The Amazon hides "tall, robust" civilizations of the past, which have been radio-carbon dated just recently to over 8,000 years old, and it seems we have not even scratched the edges of this area's massive hidden potential for learning the true "why" of its humanity.
In Bolivia, the archaic site of Tiwanaku on the shores of Lake Titicaca, represents one of the greatest question marks for all mankind. Here are the remains of a city with one of the most sophisticated sewer systems for even modern times. According to archaeologist Alan Kolata from the University of Chicago, he has never seen or heard of a better system. His awe is also taken by the remarkable agricultural system of canals and hydraulic systems that he is even now using to increase potato production for area residents. The raised field system used by the ancients must have occupied 400 to 500 square miles and could easily have fed the 100,000 or more ancient residents living on the arid Altiplano.
Kolata and Oswaldo Rivera of the Bolivian National Institute of Archaeology are currently excavating this great area which includes 2.5 square miles of an advanced form of building. There are pyramids with some interlocking stones weighing 160 tons. Many of the structures offer interior hydraulic systems that control water, which runs under and through the massive structures. It has been said that this site contains the biggest stone-built buildings in the Americas and everywhere archaeologists are finding that the concisely cut stones are interlinked by copper clamps to hold them together. Not even the more recent Inca culture knew to use the clamps. Many of the structures also use the interlocking stone work, which is famous in Peru, but a different twist is found in evidence at Tiwanaku. These stones resemble the work of a master gunsmith, with complex breach-locking levels and sophisticated cuts that have never been seen in any other ancient culture. No written language has been found but unusual designs that compare to configurations of today¹s computer chips have been unearthed. How did these geniuses of engineering, make do without a written language?
If humankind could suffer a gestalt paradigm shift, thus enabling us to see anew the reality of what we are now discovering about life on Earth and the Universe, then perhaps we would realize that we have been here before. Some ancient records say that this is the 5th round of existence that we are experiencing. Cycles are in evidence everywhere in nature and in mathematics. Could the past records of Earth finally push human intellect beyond the little minds that we are now perceiving life through to a higher level of understanding, thereby letting us spring from the pedestal of this planet into the oceans of new learning that wait for us to finally arrive...and, when we do, will we know the territory when we see it?
Commentary by Leon Brown
10 July 2003
I was sitting here, twiddling my thumbs, and quite providentially, your article arrived for my inspection. Thank you. It is nice to have something to think about. And you say you are contemplating its inclusion in The Mystica? Bully! And since you invited comment on the article, yes, I do have some comments to make.
In the first paragraph, I believe, you mention that academicians are loath to change information, or consider new information, and that this is due to sheer slothfulness. I am sure that sloth can have a great deal to do with it, but I think there is another element that needs to be looked at. This element is the Defense of the mindset. Academicians love to theorize, and when they advance a theory that wins even a little acceptance, the theory begins to convert into a mind set. They will defend this theory and their mindset with the ferocity of a tigress defending her cubs. In a way, this theory is their child, and it must be defended at all costs. Unfortunately, some of those old boys are able to defend themselves with a skill that can only be classed as formidable. I have seen altercations in the academe that would make a duel between two saber-toothed tigers pale in comparison
I am reminded of Ales Hrdlicka, who was with the Smithsonian in Washington for so many years. His particular mindset was that man could not have been in the Americas before the end of the last Ice Ages, due to the gargantuan ice sheets, which would have impeded mans progress into the New World. He defended this position to the point where it was academic suicide to go against it, and all quailed in fear of his wrath. This man was able to impress his notions on the anthropologists of the Americas for decade after decade. It was nothing except intellectual tyranny.
Professor Frank Hibben of the University of New Mexico uncovered evidence in New Mexico that suggested that man had been in the Americas before the end of the last Ice Age. He documented his work, and he published a very nice little book for the layman called The Lost Americans (1946). Professor Hibben was head of the Anthropology Department at his university and was a well-respected archaeologist. Well, after publication of this work, holy hell broke loose. Hrdlicka had so impressed his views that other archaeologists would not even consider the work that Hibben had done at Sandia Cave, close to Albuquerque, New Mexico. (This is the celebrated Sandia Cave Man controversy.)
Professor Hibben lost his tenure, and he was booted out of the University of New Mexico. His professional career was completely ruined, and he never taught again. He was vilified beyond belief, and it was even suggested that he had tinkered with his evidence. However, let it be noted that no one went to look at the evidence in situ, where he had carefully left half of the site intact for study by future scholars. In fact, someone went out to the Sandia Cave and completely vandalized the site so it could never be studied again. (How is this for spite and malice?) Well, the poor man was ruined, but there was a saving grace. He was married to a very beautiful woman who loved him devotedly, and she was also very wealthy. He lived the rest of his life in luxury in a lovely section of Santa Fe. His material needs were taken care of, but I am sure that he was saddened by the loss of his professional life and interests.
And then what happened? Hrdlicka finally died, and who was the wag who observed that Science progresses from funeral to funeral? They then discovered the Monte Verde site in southern Chile, which proved that man was in the Americas long before the last Ice Age ended. It was amazing how many archaeologists went to the site before they could be convinced of the truth. After they were finally persuaded, then it was equally amazing how many pre-Ice Age sites were discovered and are being excavated. A theory had fallen, and a mind set had been conquered. Please pardon me for going on at length about Professor Hibben, but it exercises me no end. I am not sure that this good man is still alive, but at least, he lived long enough to see the archaeologists validate the Monte Verde site, and surely that must have pleased him.
I also noted in your article where you ascribed a high level of technological development to the ancients. I would like to discuss this someday, because I think that you might ascribe a higher level of technological development to ancient Man than I do. Let's talk it over, and maybe we can get an argument going?
Proceeding briskly onward I think you are quite correct in your assumption that learning remained in the hands of a few in ancient days. Indeed, this practice persisted almost until modern times, because only the affluent could afford the benefits of a solid education. We have now gone for over a hundred years with education and look where it has taken us. The GI Bill after World War II produced a cadre of well educated and well trained people that rapidly took us from the Industrial Age into the Technological Age. And now we have entered the Super Tech Age.
At one time (back in my salad days), I wondered why so many of the discoveries in centuries gone by were done by Sir So-and-So or Lord What's-His-Face. The answer is easy. They belonged to a class that could financially afford education and scientific experimentation. Considering the rate that college tuition is increasing, learning could once again go into the hands of a few. This is a caveat for America
You mentioned in passing the turmoil that resulted after the Ice Caps melted. Now that I think about it, I am amazed that man survived such an experience it must have been more than horrible! You will recall that Plato mentioned that the stream of fire descended from the heavens at regular intervals, and that there had been many floods. I take it that it was recurring catastrophism on earth caused by our planet intersecting the orbit of a massive collection of cometary debris. This debris fell on earth and caused considerable heating in a rapid manner. The evidence suggests that the Earth warmed quite rapidly, and I can think of no other mechanism to explain this phenomenon. And then when you have the Ice Caps melting, with resulting climatic changes, you then have flooding of considerable dimensions
Since weight was being redistributed on the planetary surface, the natural consequence would be earthquakes and volcanic eruptions of a gargantuan nature. It must have indeed been a dreadful period in our history. I am still trying to come to grips with the collapse of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. It is indeed difficult to conceive how something so gargantuan could degrade and then just collapse. Ditto for the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet and the ones further east. I beg you to review pages 70-86 of Underworld by Graham Hancock once more. I regard the first 86 pages of the work to be the most productive of the entire book. However, I do endorse the value of the remainder, and I firmly believe the secrets of prehistoric civilization are to be found with underwater archaeological research. Hancock is to be commended for continuing research in the oceans of the world.
You asked for a commentary? You got a commentary! If there is anything you can use, then fine with me -- have at it. I don't really care. I just wanted to blow off a little steam on the subject.
Yours in academic suicide,