By Bill Knell
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.
Itï¿½s 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
wouldnï¿½t 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 1960ï¿½s and 1970ï¿½s, Iï¿½m
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 ï¿½advancedï¿½ or ï¿½modernï¿½ means.
Technology is a matter of discovery. Itï¿½s 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 doesnï¿½t mean they
werenï¿½t 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 devices.
The Roman Coliseum is a good example of smart technology. Itï¿½s
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 donï¿½t 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 bookï¿½s 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
1970ï¿½s and became the first of many books in the Earth Chronicles
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. Itï¿½s 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, itï¿½s more then just a loss of credibility. Itï¿½s a
complete disruption of the revered status enjoyed by scientists
who always seem able to explain (or explain away) everything in
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