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What I love about archaeology is that new things are being unearthed all the time. And when you are someone like me who makes crazy declarations that “pyramids are bunkers”, then each time a new subterranean chamber is opened, it could contain evidence that supports my position.
A small robot has discovered three possible burial chambers under a temple in Mexico’s pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, a find that may reveal secrets about funeral rituals in the ancient site.
The robot, dubbed Tlaloc II-TC, located the chambers in the last section of a 2,000-year-old tunnel tucked under the Temple of the Feathered Snake, surprising archeologists who had expected to find just one room.
The National Anthropology and History Institute said the find could shed light on the burial rituals of the rulers of Teotihuacan, which is some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Mexico City.
The mystery-filled ancient city is known for its majestic pyramids of …
Incredibly, ancient cities are still being discovered, with large & intact buildings. Some jungles really are extremely impenetrable! Two weeks ago one was found in Cambodia, and now a Mayan city has been located in Mexico:
The city was recently spotted in aerial photographs that had been snapped some 15 years ago by the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity. A team of archeologists then spent about three weeks cutting a 10-mile path into the opaque jungle to reach the site marked on their aerial map.
So far, the archeologists have found in the 54-acre stretch some 15 pyramids, one of which is about 75 feet tall, as well as ball courts that indicate the city was likely a prominent one in the empire.
Every pyramid and structure provides new possibilities for writing to be discovered, and perhaps clues to why the Long Count calendar was set to end last …
Thanks to the Street View aspect of Google Maps, many ancient sites of Central America are ready to be explored. Instead of looking at still images (or finding a documentary), you can walk around a pyramid and zoom in on any part of it. Give it a go! Visit Chichen Itza at Google Maps. Many more sites (like Uxmal above) are listed over at Google Fan.
With the ousting of the Mubarak regime last year, so went Zahi Hawass, Minister of Antiquities, and the face of ancient Egypt. An article at the Huffington Post looks into what happened to Hawass since (not much, seems like he is sitting around hoping to be reinstated…), and it provides some other interesting info:
Tourism revenue in Egypt dropped by a third to $8.8 billion in 2011, and industry observers say the damage has been much worse.
Occupancy rates in Luxor have dropped as low as 4%, down from an average 61%, and beach resort Sharm el Sheik’s rate has dropped from 70% to 8%.
The Building and Development Party, which won 13 seats in the 2011 election is the political wing of the El Gama’a El Islamiyya movement. In 1997, it claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on foreigners in Luxor where 48 tourists died.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s official news site has promised to invest …
Sometimes if you turn a question around, it helps you understand the entirety of the topic at hand.
The most common question regarding the Great Pyramid is How did they construct it?
Far less often asked are questions like Why did they build it? and Why did they make it so big?
I’m aware of quite a few books that attempt to explain how it was built. And others that provide unorthodox explanations for the Great Pyramid’s purpose, such as The Giza Power Plant. I’m not aware of any books that provide an orthodox explanation for why the pyramids were built. I’ve not even seen a chapter that tries to explain why it needed to be so big. Sure, big is important – grandeur for a leader. But a quarter as big would still be awesome, and easier to achieve.
So here’s an open question, that I put to amateur and professional archaeologists and history experts: …
For some time I have been convinced that some of the world’s largest pyramids were designed primarily to be bunkers. By starting with this premise, and asking questions about the Great Pyramid of Giza, I hope to demonstrate how (to me) it is a possibility:
Why is it so big?
I can think of many reasons:
Regardless of what you are defending against, bigger will always be more protective. They may not have known what they would be facing, only that it would be bad
If it has a double purpose of warning future generations, bigger will last longer
If the threat is radiation (or cosmic rays), then the thickness of the walls provide exponentially better protection
It is harder for others to find their way in, if they don’t know where the entrance is – bigger pyramids make entrance location more difficult
What is the purpose of the Subterranean Chamber?
The unfinished nature of this part of …
I have to admit that I struggle with these – vague rock markings that magically become meaningful when someone draws over them in color to show you what they think they represent. So use your own judgement – but if they are right, this is pretty good proof that the Great Pyramid is more than 10,000 years old, and not built by Khufu:
Basically, a star map etched in the roof above Gantenbrink’s Door represents how the stars would have looked at 9200 BCE. To verify the accuracy of this video (I couldn’t find any written article, or anything about the person who made the video – always suspicious…), you would need to do this:
look at the walls in front of the northern door as well, and wonder if those markings are meaningful
use astronomy software to look at the stars visible from Giza at 9200 BCE
determine that the markings are a …
Once upon a time, when I ventured up to the Orkney Islands of Scotland (there are excellent standing stones and burial mounds there), I stayed overnight in a typical Stromness house, and they have walls four feet thick, due to the rough weather up there. That was impressive – a wall that should survive any hurricane.
(not a Stromness house, but is an ancient structure from the Orkneys)
Searching Google finds plenty of ancient constructions where walls are up to 5 metres thick – such as the Great Wall of China. The thickest walls of the Pentagon are three feet. Missile silos can have walls up to 14 feet thick.
But the thickest walls belong to structures that most don’t think of in terms of walls – the pyramids. Most people think of pyramids as giant, filled structures, typically with a few odd empty spaces inside. In reality a pyramid is a building …
For a very long time the Mayan doomsday meme revolved around the extraordinary idea that an ancient culture would have a calendar that ended in the distant future. A future we live in…
In recent months archaeologists and the media have spun the attention towards Tortuguero Monument 6, the only piece of evidence that connects Dec 21 2012 with a story. And the story is conveniently vague and half-erased…
For me, the end date in December rules supreme, and the mystery of its origin drives my survival plans. But for those who want to delve into obscure academic aspects of the date, there can be no safer and finer essay than that of Geoff Stray. Please read The Tortuguero Prophecy Unravelled over at Graham Hancock’s site:
This has led to some important new discoveries as Jenkins has just revealed in his The 2012 Story, which is hot off the press. Grofe discovered that …
It’s not hard to make the link. In the early first century, Mayan civilization was on the decline, and up in the USA earthern mounds were being built – and corn was introduced.
That the structures were not as elaborate suggests that it was only working class Mayans that fled.
Around 200 AD Indians in Florida and Georgia began the construction of enormous earthen pyramids. At the same time corn also arrived in Florida. Corn is a native crop of Mexico and archaeologist William Sears, who first discovered this evidence of corn agriculture in Florida, argued in his book that it must have come from Mexico or Central America.
US Government officials believe North Korea will soon be building its first road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, an easily hidden weapon capable of hitting the United States. While the major concern is that North Korea might target nuclear warheads at the USA sometime in the future, an easier to realise payload could have catastrophic effects – High Altitude Electro-Magnetic Pulse.
Such a device, if nuclear-powered, could affect the electronics of an entire continent. But there are also non-nuclear HEMP devices. Because their explosive materials are much bulkier, they are more likely to be used on a specific target – Wall Street for example, or the downtown of any city. And they wouldn’t be restricted to sending just one. What if they fired one at every major city in the USA, all on the same day? Or what if they targeted nuclear power plants?
The recent upheavals in Egypt caused research permits to be …
Hard to tell what the real story is… Did the idea of people meditating scare them? Too many crowds? Thwarted terrorist attack? The mind boggles.
Egypt will close the Great Pyramid of Giza later today to avoid any rituals by a group rumoured to have plans to mark the date of 11/11/11 at the site, an official said.
The decision came “after much pressure” from Egyptian Internet users saying strange rituals were going to be held “within the walls of the pyramid on November 11, 2011″, said Atef Abu Zahab, head of the Department of Pharaonic Archaeology.
The Supreme Council of Antiquities confirmed the closure of the tourist site in a statement that only referred to the need for maintenance following a busy period during Muslim holidays.
Bruce Fenton is over there for 11/11/11 and he reported on Facebook that there were soldiers deployed at giza. …
There are a few authors out there who have flown beneath the radar, yet their research is unique, interesting and meaningful in a 2012 way. You could blame self-publishing for their lack of fame, yet this is the modern advancement that has allowed me to discover their work. For example, I have become a fan of these authors:
James Bowles – The Gods, Gemini, and the Great Pyramid
Robert Berringer – Ancient Gods and Their Mysteries
Robert W Felix – Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps
Suhail M Jalbout – The Warning in Stone
Arthur Ryan – Are We Worth Our Salt?
While none of them have completely solved the puzzles (and neither have I), each have possibly provided important keys. These are all men who have shown great insight, and devoted a good portion of their lives to getting those insights out to the world, for little gain.
A new addition to the above list is Howard …
He had it good for a very long time. He established himself as the Indiana Jones of Egypt. He had TV shows that screened globally. He dominated and controlled the pyramids and anything else ancient in Egypt. He (seemingly) had alternative authors at his mercy – love me or no access. And he was about to have his own range of clothing:
With all the upheavals in Egypt recently, it has been a tumultuous period for Zahi Hawass. He was arrested, resigned, and re-appointed. Now, seen as part of the Old Guard, he is finally gone for good.
[Zahi Hawass] was fired Sunday after months of pressure from critics who attacked his credibility and accused him of having been too close to the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
Zahi Hawass, long chided as publicity loving and short on scientific knowledge, lost his job along with about a dozen other ministers in a …
Professor Ken MacKenzie from the Macdiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in Wellington, has announced the results of a study that included scientists from the UK and USA. Their findings were released last week at a conference in Japan and published in the journal Materials Letters.
State-of-the-art analytical techniques have enabled them to study the nuclear structure of the casing stone of the Bent Pyramid in Dahshour. The results suggest that the casing stones are artificial, cast from minerals found in the surrounding area. The abstract for the paper says:
A comparison was made of the solid-state 29Si, 27Al and 43Ca MAS NMR spectra of the outer casing stone from Snefru’s Bent Pyramid in Dahshour, Egypt, with two quarry limestones from the area. The NMR results suggest that the casing stones consist of limestone grains from the Tura quarry, cemented with an amorphous calcium-silicate …