Ancient Mysteries and Human Origins
by Jamie Stensrud

The Fallacy of Linear Evolution

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Almost from birth we are taught that ours was a linear evolution of society, from primitive groups of primates, to nomadic hunter-gatherers, to city-dwellers with domesticated animals and agricultural techniques. Charles Darwin was integral to this current mainstream belief system - his 1859 work "The Origin of Species" was nothing less than a revolution of scientific thought, pushing back and ultimately eclipsing the previously-held notions of creationism, and helped cement the concept of linear evolution. It is an indication of how powerful his work was that even today, 150 years later, hard evidence which has come to light over the past few decades has not yet managed to gain the acceptance of the majority of researchers, evidence such as:

The Oseirion

Piri Reis map

Ancient battery

Water erosion on wall of Sphinx

Mayan crystal skull

Sumerian seal, c. 9th Century BC

The above are only a few of the many ancient mysteries this planet holds. The question now becomes: can we find an explanation, or are they forever to remain elusive in the mists of time? Let's start the search for answers.

Ancient Myths

There are a countless number of ancient myths and legends from cultures long since relegated to history on Earth. Most are culture-specific, only appearing in local or regional accounts. There are, however, a good number of myths which "span the spectrum" so to speak - they appear in the tradition of virtually every major culture in history. One of these ancient common myths is that of a "fall" of humanity, from some lofty position to a lower one. For example, the Christian tradition tells of people living in a virtual paradise, who were "cast down" when they attempted to gain the knowledge of their god. This is but one example; similar myths also appear in the cultures of ancient Greece, Canaan, Akkadia, and Sumeria. What all this points to is evidence in the ancient oral traditions of a time when humanity enjoyed a state of relative technological advancement, exploring and mapping the globe as well as studying scientific principles we consider modern - among them cosmology, medical science, and architecture - only to then suffer some catastrophe (the infamous "fall") resulting in the loss of most of that information, which remained lost until advances made in the Middle Ages.

What was this "fall"? Most legends tell that humanity "fell out of grace with the gods" for attempting to learn that which their gods knew - "eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge". Since these early humans obviously already knew such things as cosmology, astronomy, medicine, geography, etc., what could this "knowledge of the gods" be?

The Knowledge of the Gods

Dead Sea Scrolls
Researchers today, studying such various ancient texts as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Old Testament, Cabala, among others, believe that at the earliest points of religious development, it was a physical, flesh-and-blood person that was worshipped, and that gradually over time this evolved to the concept of a god or gods separate from the physical realm (one can see the basic outline of this evolution of concepts by noting that the earliest groups worshipped physical personas, then later the Greeks and Romans worshipped gods which were both flesh-and-blood as well as "godly", and during the present time the main gods are considered fully separate from the physical realm, as in the Christian God). Obviously at this point in our understanding we cannot say for certain what this forbidden knowledge was, but from the information presented so far, coupled with what we know of these ancient civilizations, we can draw some general guidelines:

Temple of Seti I, Abydos, c. 1280 BC
Not much to go on, but we can make some educated guesses. The fact that the gods did not want these early humans to have this information connotes that it was something potentially damaging to them, perhaps knowledge of who they really were (or were not), or knowledge which would serve to put humanity on an equal footing with them. Either way, this further connotes that the "gods" were in fact not gods at all, but rather flesh-and-blood beings who possessed advanced knowledge or technology. Supporting this claim is the presence of ancient carvings and pictures of what appear to be flying objects of a technological nature, located high on the wall of the Temple of Seti I in Abydos, Egypt, as well as other related pictures scattered throughout various ancient sites. Previously the presence of these images were attributed to the stylized imaginings of "primitive cultures".

A Prefabricated Society

Above: Pyramid of Khufu. Below: the much newer Pyramid of Hawara, 12th Dynasty. Note the difference in design quality.

Table 1: Ancient Localities
Source: Rule by Secrecy, Jim Marrs
Adding to the puzzle is the fact that both the Egyptian and Sumerian cultures seemed to appear out of nowhere, fully equipped with their advanced knowledge and already at the height of their civilization. In the case of Sumer, there were groups of Akkadians and the ancestors of present-day Bedouins surrounding the area in which they appeared; all seem to be culturally unrelated to the Sumerians. In the case of Egypt, it is the oldest structures - the Sphinx, the Great Pyramid, etc. - which are of the highest architectural quality and the most well preserved. Later-built pyramids are of lesser quality, and in fact some have literally collapsed due to poor design. This denotes that the more ancient Egyptians possessed a higher quality of knowledge than their descendants - a key sign of technology inherited from another culture and not developed by one's own, as knowledge of how to use the obtained information would have been lost through the generations; the more advanced cultures were the earliest (in fact both the Egyptians and Sumerians believed civilized humans had existed on this planet for over 500,000 years). It has been established that in ancient Sumeria, a sudden storm of scientific achievements burst upon the scene in a very short period of time - the wheel, written language, a sophisticated calendar, music and song, map making, a standard exchange system, among others. Laurence Gardner, in his work Genesis of the Grail Kings, writes:

"To this day, everyone concerned is baffled by the sudden, extraordinary emergence of the Sumerians, seemingly from nowhere. But there is no doubt that, upon their advent in southern Mesopotamia, they were already highly advanced, to a level far beyond that recorded or sustained in any place from where logically they could have emanated. Nowhere on Earth was there a culture like that of the Sumerians, who appeared soon after 4000BC."

Where From Here?

Despite the presence of physical evidence contradicting elements of the popular conception of the evolution of human culture, the scientific body has for the most part ignored the claims of those who argue we once enjoyed a higher standard of living than the history books depict. Slowly however, the idea is leaking into the mainstream, as more evidence becomes uncovered and is discussed. After all, someone drew the maps from which Admiral Piri Reis and others claimed to have used as source material - someone with an advanced knowledge of geography and who traveled the world's oceans (see Table 1 for a brief list of similar Mesopotamian and Central American site names), and someone knew enough about physical and electrical principles to construct working batteries over 2000 years ago and to perform electroplating over 4500 years ago. Just think of the wealth of information on our remote prehistory we would have today, had not the old libraries of Memphis, Alexandria, and Asia Minor been destroyed by invaders or religious groups fearful of the knowledge they contained. And even more evidence is lying undiscovered, hidden under desert sands or buried in museum basements. When will the "big discovery" be made which will make the mainstream scientific community sit up and take notice? Perhaps it has already been made. Perhaps it has been right in front of us all along....

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