Were Ancient People More Modern Than Us
Institutions of higher learning have spent the last several hundred years perpetuating
what may be the greatest lie ever told. Believing that their methodology holds the
key to understanding everything in the universe, Scientists have portrayed ancient
cultures as brutish societies that lacked even a basic knowledge of their surroundings.
It’s only been in the last hundred years that this time-honored fallacy has begun
to fall apart.
Like most students who were fed a non-stop stream of theories that make up what
universities like to believe are rock-solid scientific and historic principles,
I was lead to think of most ancient societies as warring tribes barely able to create
metal fighting tools that wouldn’t fall apart. While much time was spent on the
orderly governments that came out of the empires created by Greece and Rome, little
was said about their technology. The same may be said of ancient Egypt. Stories
of long ocean voyages by the Phoenicians, Vikings and Chinese were either ignored
or dismissed as myths created by over nationalistic braggarts.
Although I attended school during the 1960’s and 1970’s, I’m afraid that little
has changed. Pet theories about ancients still rule the day and ignore some very
starting facts which indicate that long-vanished societies may have been far more
advanced in their capabilities that us. To understand all this, we must first adjust
our thinking about what being ‘advanced’ or ‘modern’ means. Technology is a matter
of discovery. It’s entirely possible that humans could be floating around today
in anti-gravity cars while billions of barrels of oil languished unused in the ground
if the study of magnetism had yielded a usable product before work ever began on
engines that use fossil fuel.
If we say that archeology has provided us with no proof that ancients drove gasoline-powered
vehicles, this doesn’t mean they weren’t more advanced then we are. Various discoveries
have showed that the Romans concocted a number of devices that used weights and
magnetism to create what some say were escalator-like devices and even automatic
doors! These devices did not consume or require any fossil fuel power source like
electricity, which makes them all the more astonishing and far superior to our power-gulping
The Roman Coliseum is a good example of smart technology. It’s now an accepted fact
that elevators and lifting areas were used to quickly move people, animals and scenery
on and off the main floor where all the action took place. It could even be flooded
to recreate naval battles. But we still do not know exactly how they did it?
With an abundance of beasts of burden and roads more friendly to chariots and rough
carts then a Maserati, it might never have occurred to the Greeks, Romans or other
ancient people to create a better form of transportation. Instead, they concentrated
on creating other things like amazing irrigation and water delivery systems. Some
of these are still used today!
The real disservice done to our society by the culture of higher education and all
their pet theorems is that we are denied knowledge that might unlock the secrets
of our existence and reproduce ancient technologies that could be used for our benefit.
Even today, we ignore alternative methods of healing and treatment in favor of toxic
and life-threatening procedures that make no promise of a cure. While lightly-clothed
cultures living in the Amazon rain forests are portrayed as mindless children in
need of our rescue, pharmaceutical corporations secretly spend millions on expeditions
to that area in search of secrets that allow many of these seemingly primitive people
to live virtually disease free lives!
While astronomers and scientists patted each other on their backs for the last several
hundred years over the discovery of the nine known planets in our solar system,
a 5000 year old Babylonian plaque was available to them that could have provided
the same information. The plaque clearly shows our sun, surrounded by nine planets.
All are correct in terms of size, shape and distance from the sun as compared to
what we know today. How did these ancient people who lacked telescopes, computers
and deep space probes obtain this knowledge?
The very idea that some alien civilization might have provided this information
and even had an impact on human development scares the wits out of modern scholars.
Why? Because if they do not know everything or are scientifically unable to correctly
interpret most of the world around them in a cohesive way, why do we need them?
Scholars at a loss to explain them, ignore things like Egyptian wall carvings of
modern jet planes, helicopters and what appear to be space ships in the Temple of
Abydos. They fail to comment on an Egyptian drawing of two slaves holding funnel
like devices, connected with very modern-looking heavy wires, that seem to have
been used to levitate heavy objects. While it would be more then premature to state
that what these objects appear to be or do is actually what they seem, it is foolish
to merely try and explain them away because they don’t fit the norm.
In 1973 a U.S. deep sea submersible craft photographed Roman Columns that seemed
part of a temple structure at the bottom of one of the deepest parts of the Atlantic
Ocean. Rather then ending up in some scientific journal or being debated on a university
campus, the photo was published in an obscure book about the supposed lost continent
of Atlantis. While the photo may have certainly served the purpose of the book’s
author, would it not have served history and archeology even more if published and
debated in those circles?
Roman, Greek and Egyptian-style Columns 6000 Feet Under The Sea!
In the 1960s a German bookkeeper named Erich Von Daniken began to investigate a
serious of worldwide archeological enigmas. This lead him to believe that Aliens
visited our planet in ancient times and may have had a serious influence on humanity.
His assumptions became a book entitled, Chariots Of The Gods. Despite criticism
that his claims were based on incorrect interpretations and that he lacked the educational
background to make any archeological assumptions at all, his book made people think.
Around the same time, a language scholar named Zecharia Sitchin assembled an impressive
volume of information to back his belief that Aliens had, indeed, visited the earth
and genetically manipulated humans in ancient times. The 12th Planet was published
during the 1970’s and became the first of many books in the Earth Chronicles series.
Speaking with Sitchin is like receiving an instant education about the ancient middle
eastern world. Having personally met him, attended his seminars and interviewed
him on several occasions for cable TV, I was immediately impressed with his ability
to answer questions, rebut criticisms and provide facts to back up his theories.
This is not to say that I agree with all he says, but I am certain that Zecharia
has made a lasting contribution to the study of ancient cultures from another perspective.
Most of the archeological anomalies brought to public attention by people like Von
Daniken and Sitchin were items built or manufactured by ancient people or special
knowledge they seemed to possess. Examples are monolithic constructions found throughout
the world with similar features and an uncanny understanding of the world and universe
they lived in. Lacking the technology (as we understand it) to built these things
or possess that knowledge, this evidence flew directly in the face of accepted theories
about ancient peoples.
Despite the obvious impact on almost everything we think or believe about our world
or ourselves if people like Von Daniken and Sitchin are even near correct, the biggest
affront to modern academia will not be the collapse of treasured theories, but the
shocking revelation that humans are not alone in the universe. It’s almost a foregone
conclusion among academics that little or no evidence supports the idea that life
other then our own exists out there. If they are proved wrong, it’s more then just
a loss of credibility. It’s a complete disruption of the revered status enjoyed
by scientists who always seem able to explain (or explain away) everything in due
I would ask young minds and older ones set in their ways to take one more look at
the ancient world with an open mind. If they do, they might just discover their
past and get a sneak preview of their future!
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