NOTES ON A LECTURE BY GRAHAM HANCOCK


"When anyone tells me, that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable, that this person should either deceive or be deceived, or that the fact, which he relates, should really have happened. I weigh the one miracle against the other; and according to the superiority, which I discover, I pronounce my decision, and always reject the greater miracle. If the falsehood of his testimony would be more miraculous, than the event which he relates; then, and not till then, can he pretend to command my belief or opinion."
David Hume


This document is in three sections:

My report on Hancock's lecture of June 16th 1995

Do i personally believe Hancock's theories?

Reports on Hancock's book tour during the summer of 1996

For Barrance C. Lespine's sharply critical review of Hancock's "Fingerprints of the Gods,"
See Sacred Landscape Bibliography: H under "Hancock."

JUNE 16th, 1995: GRAHAM HANCOCK AT GAIA BOOKSTORE

Here are my notes on a two-hour slide show and lecture given by Graham Hancock on June 16th, 1995, at Gaia Bookstore in Berkeley, California. Fred Burke and i attended together. The cost was a mere three bucks. I apologize in advance for numerous guesses at spelling place names and people's names written down on the fly.

The subject of the lecture was Hancock's controversial book, "Fingerprints of the Gods," and the slides were the same photos as in the book, except that they were in colour. All of them had been made by his wife Santha Faiia.

Hancock is a slender Englishman, about 45 years old. He has a nice voice; graying, short hair; a clean-shaven, handsome face; and wears glasses. He was dressed in black pants and vest, with a white shirt. He spoke without a microphone to a group of about 20 people.

Faiia is a thin, pretty Ethiopian woman, perhaps 40 years old, with dark hair. She was dressed very stylishly in earth tone clothes. She stayed in the back of the room during the lecture.

Hancock began by acknowledging his debt to his "colleagues, especially John Anthony West," and he explained that a lot of what he would be showing us would be connected to the astro-calendrical alignments of the constellation Orion.

He began with a slide of the Great Sphinx and asked us to "note the weathering pattern on the body." The Shpinx was carved in situ, he said, out of native rock. The head is of a higher stratum, tougher stone, and weathered less. He "and others" believe that "the head was recarved at some point and that it was originally a lion's head, not a man's." It is now said to be the head of a pharaoh, and he points out that it has African facial features.

There are other such "African heads carved of massive stone," he said -- and showed a 30 ton stone head with "distinctly African" features which i recognized at once to be -- ha ha -- an Olmec head from Mexico. He showed a series of Olmec heads and told the audience that these "African faces" were found in Mexico. A few people gasped. Good showmanship on his part. Cute.

The Olmec heads date from 1500 BC, according to the oldest carbon-dated material found with them, he said, but that does not indicate their date of manufacture, only when they were "allowed to become buried in carboniferous debris."

A series of intercuts between Olmec headdresses and Egyptian headdresses of the 5th dynasty is next, to show that the folded cloth and decorations are "virtually identical." Not a case of one influencing the other, he said, but both perhaps sharing "a common legacy" from an earlier culture.

A series of double-bodied feline relief carvings, depicted rump-to-rump, again from Egypt and from America (Yucatan). Another example of "a common legacy."

A comparison of stone walls in which the corner joints are comprised of interlocked L-shaped blocks, "very unusual," and "found only in Cuzco and Egypt."

In Bolivia, massive stone blocks joined by now-vanished metal dove-tails -- "almost unique in ancient architecture," he said, but the same style is also found in Dendara, Egypt.

Reed boats from Bolivia with high prows, said by local people to have been used by fore-runner god-people; a similar 143' long wooden boat from Egypt with the same high prows. "Sea going vessels," he said, setting the scene for a hyperdiffusionist scenario.

Maps of the world, a series: An early 19th century map of the Southern Hemisphere shows no image of Antarctica -- it was not "discovered" until 1818 -- but the 1513 Piri Reis map has Antarctica shown in place; Piri Reis said he drew his map from 20 earlier maps, some copies of maps dating back to the Library of Alexandria. But what Piri Reis shows is the land mass of Antarctica, not the present area covered by ice, as if he based his work on a map made before ice covered Antarctica. The land mass was only mapped beneath the ice in the 1950s. Piri Reis map had accurate longitudes and an accurate system of projection. (This material is not new with Hancock; the "mystery of the Piri Reis map" was common fodder for thought during the 1950s, when i first heard of it as a child.)

Other maps from the 16th century: Mercator showed Antarctica, with ice coverage. Oronteus Finaeus had the center of Antarctica covered with ice but the coastline free of ice. The Buache map of the 18th century shows Antarctica. So it was "known and then forgotten," and "it was known to have not been covered with ice when the earliest maps were drawn," and "ice gradually covered it."

The line-makers of Nazca, Peru -- they drew each image all in one line. They are at least 2,000 years old. Hummingbird, monkey, spider: the latter faces west and "may be a land projection of the heavenly constellation of Orion," he d=said. (That's a new one of me.)

Back to the 3 Giza Pyramids and their "alignment to Orion." A lengthy explanation (with diagrams) of the precession of the equinoxes; the 25,920 year cycle, etc., and how it can be used to date archaeological alignments. He uses a program called "Skyglobe," available as shareware, to precess skies to date alignments. (This should all be well-known stuff to readers here; if not; check with any archaeoastronomy book.)

Peru: near Cuzco, a great wall, locals, he said, attribute it to the same people who gave them the high-prowed boats, who were led by Viracocha, a teacher-god.

Machu Picchu, a "landscape garden," said to have been built circa 1400 AD, but a look at the astronomical alignments "indicates an earlier date. "

Tihuanaco, said to have been built in 500 AD, but more recently dated back to 1500 BC. However, "Professor Arthur Posnansky, who worked on dating the site circa 1900 to 1945, dated it to 15,000 years ago" (13,000 BC) "garnering much ridicule to himself." (I dispute this: Posnansky was not an archaeologist; he surveyed the site.)

The Gateway of the Sun, 15 miles from the shore of lLake Titicaca displays "a relief of an elephant, a fairly distinct image." I could kinda see something, but it ws pretty vague. "Elephants were extinct in Bolivia in 11th century BC." Guess it must not have been an elephant, then. Here's what James Bailey has to say about the elephant:

I laughed out loud at one of his assertions: the elephant carving on the Sun Gate. This is a carving of a *parrot*. It looks like an elephant until you are told that it is a parrot and then it is very obvious that it is a parrot. Here's the reason: the carving looks like an elephant in profile with a head curving into a trunk crossed by a tusk. The carving is actually the profile of a parrot's head; the elephant's eye is the parrot's nasal opening, the elephant's trunk is the parrot's upper beak, the elephant's tusk is the parrot's lower beak. What looks like the front part of an elelphant in profile is actually an entire parrot's head in profile. Of course, someone could respond: "Well, you think it looks like a parrot because that's what you want to see." Fair enough. But what's more likely, that it's an incongruous, extinct elephant carving from 10,000 years ago or a more recent carving of an existing, common indigenous species?

But back to Hancock's lecture...

Another animal, "very much like a hippo, was also carved there." He shows a comparison between the carving and an "ancient, extinct hippo creature that once lived in Lake Titicaca, also extinct since circa the 11th century BC." This one could be a capybara, as far as i'm concerned.

The Gate is now 15 miles away and 100 ft higher than the lake. "Geologists estimate it took the lake 10,000 years to retreat that far." Archaeologists "will not concede the Gate is that old," but why was the Gate built "in scrub highland desert" at 12.5 thousand feet elevation, in the middle of nowhere? "Did the lake once reach that far? Was the Gate built when elephants and hippos still lived in the area?" The land is poor, the people live rugged lives and are thin. "Did they have the capacity to move those 400 ton stone blocks?" (What about canals?)

Andeans, like Mexicans, had "a legend of bearded gods or teachers who came in boats after the deluge." Carvings of them shown. Andean people assumed the invading Spaniards to be representatives of bearded Viracocha, just as the Mexicans assumed Cortez to be the returning bearded Quetzalcoatl.

The Olmecs also carved European-looking "bearded male figures" who do not look Amerindian. Several examples shown. The "European" bearded guys are mixed with the "African" guys in the Olmec area.

Next we see Chichen Itza, and the huge Chacmool, reclining with a flat stone tablet held at stomach level "to receive the sacrifices held to forestall the end of the world." The builders believed they lived "in the 5th epoch or age." The sacrifice of humans involved a ceremony "to open the mouth," with a body blow delivered by four priests. In ancient Egypt there was also a funerary ceremony called the "opening of the mouth," also with 4 priests, a similar rite. It was performed to enable the recipient to "become a star."

Mayan and Aztec calendars shown. "More accurate than the Georgiancalendar." The end of the 5th epoch predicted to occur December 23rd, 2012, according to Mayan calculations.

Feathered serpent images: the Lid of the Tomb of Pacal at Palenque, Kukulcan at Chichen Itza. The staircase that shows the undulating image of the feathered serpent via shadow-play for 3 hours and 22 minutes at the Equinoxes. Feathered serpents are associated with teacher-gods, he said. Bas-relief of one that "looks like a man operating a complex machine." (Personally, i did not see that in it.)

I am always reminded, when dealing with Hancock, of Erich von Daniken and his riff on the "ancient astronaut" carved on Pacal's tomb at Palenque. In mid-1996, after having not seen a von Daniken book in 20 years, i picked up a copy of his 1973 opus "In Search of Ancient Gods" at a yard sale, in hardcover, with a dustwrapper no less, for a mere 25 cents (about what it's worth) -- and was amused to find how restimulating old outrage can be.

There was the Pacal's tomb photo with the "astronaut" crap theory attached, and i found myself once again ranting and raving about how von Daniken could only have gotten away with that stuff back in the days before the Mayan language was deciphered by Linda Schele at al -- and then i realized that Hancock's book is notable for leaving off all references to Schele's work, even though it has been around for several years now -- because if he were to admit that Mayan inscriptions are now for the most part readable, he would have to dump HIS "fingerpainting of the gods" about Pacal's tomb too. "A man operating a complex machine," my ass. Well, onward...

North of Mexico City, Hancock said, is "The Way of the Dead," a huge, long, road set about with ruins. "It may be a diagram of the Milky Way." It was "the site of rites of immortality."

"If the Nile in Egypt is compared to the Milky Way, the 3 Great Pyramids can be likened in their relationship to the belt of Orion." (Hancock is not the only one pushing this recently. See also Robert Bauval and co.)

Another leap of topic: Pi (3.1415...) is "said to be a 3rd century BC Greek invention," but the height of the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico x 4 pi=the perimeter of the structure.

And at the Great Pyramid of Giza, the height x 2 pi=the perimeter of the structure.

More on the Great Pyramid of Giza: the height x 43,200=the Earth's polar radius. The base x 43,200=Earth's equatorial circumference.

Why 43,200? The precession of the equinoxes: A short digressive explanation of the division of the total 25,920 year cycle into 12 ages (currently Pisces =Jesus Christ the fish, formerly Aries=assorted ram gods in Egypt, prior to that Taurus=assorted bull gods). Each age is 2160 years. 20 x 2160= 43,200. "The large scale of working" (using 20 x 2160 rather than 12 x 2160) "was an attempt to built edifices large enough to survive ages of barbarism. " (I gulped at this one. No supporting citations -- just 'that's the way it was, kids.')

"The Great Pyramid was erected with more accuracy" in regard to N-S-E-W orientation "than the Meridian Building at Greenwich, England." It is a mere 3 minutes of arc off true North, on Latitude 30.

"Why the doctrine of immortality -- and why the idea that it was not inherent but must be taught and performed correctly to be accomplished?" Why are these ideas common to Mexico and Egypt?

Because...the Pyramid was not a tomb but "the encoded mathematical and geometric wisdom taught at Heliopolis." The Sphinx was built circa 10,500 BC but the Pyramids circa 2,500 BC. "The Pyramids were the end of something, not the beginning."

Compare "the perfection of the Great Pyramid with the failed, collapsing heap of rubble" of a later pyramid. "Wisdom was being lost, not gained."

"The so-called 'tomb' chamber at the 3rd Pyramid is not a tomb." It was built with a barrel vault from amazing 20 ton beams of granite, with a crawl-space atop them under the actual ceiling of the chamber.

Shafts in the Great Pyramid target star alignments of 2,500 BC, especially meridian transits. One targets the meridian transit of Sirius (Osiris).

Rudolf Gantenbrink's robot probe of the Great Pyramid shaft and the copper-bound "door" that it found is brought in next. "The Egyptian government will not allow the use of a simple fiber optic probe to see what is beyond the door. Why? And in 1991, research on the chamber beneath the paws of the Sphinx was stopped Why?" (Rhetorical questions, naturally.)

Interior shots of chambers in the Great Pyramid: a 350' long corridor leading to the "unfinished" chamber beneath the Pyramid. Why unfinished? West's theory is that the idea was to "acoustically 'tune' the structure" and only enough rock was removed to create the right pitch or harmonic frequency. "It was never meant to be a tomb."

More interiors: Grand Gallery, King's Chamber. The Pyramid is limestone but this room is lined with 100 blocks of granite brought from Aswan, 500 miles away.

Dimensions of the King's Chamber are 34'4" by 17'2" and the height is 1/2 the diagonal thus formed. Ratio of width : length : height is 1 : 2: half the square root of 5. (That's nice, but it's not Hancock's discovery nor does Hancock's theory of a pre-Neolithic golden age depend upon sacred geometry in any way.)

The so-called "sarcophagus" in the King;s chamber may have been used for "a rebirthing ceremony," he said. (How New Age.) Slide showing Hancock in the sarcophagus gets a large laugh. Mention of W. M. Flinders Petrie. How was the sarcophagus hollowed out? With drills, but there are disputes as to the efficacy of copper drill bits, amount of pressure brought to bear on the granite, etc. "How did they do it?"

Back to the Sphinx: "Pieces cut away from bedrock to create the Sphinx were carted a short distance away and used to create temples." Pharaohs "restored the temples and Sphinx but they did not build them." No decorations, no names, the builkders are unknown. Similar architecture is found at the Osireion at Abydos -- blank, undecorated, not typical of the Egyptian style at all. Very old. "10,00 years old?"

The striated and fissured weathering of the Sphinx due to water is shown "10,000 years old or older perhaps? John West and Professor Robert Schoch think so."

Dating of Egyptian dynasties "is confused and in dispute." Slide of a bas-relief at the Osireion at Abydos of Pharaoh Seti I showing his kid son Ramses II a list of predecessor kings. At the same site, reliefs of "The First Time of Osiris," a previous epoch or age? Osiris was bearded, like Quetzalcoatl and Viracocha, and all three were identified with the constellation Orion. (A reality-check here: more than half the men on earth would be bearded if they did not cut their beard hairs off -- but that doesnt make my friend Barrance C. Lespine equivalent to Abraham Lincoln, even though they both were born in Illinois.)

Back to astronomy: The constellation of Orion has a rising and falling median transit position, as does the Sun and Moon. The Sun takes one year (6 months up, six months down) to cycle through all meridian positions. Moon takes 18 1/2 years (9 1/4 up, 9 1/4 down). Orion takes 25,920 years (about 13,000 years ascending and 13,000 descending). We are now near the top -- Orion's meridian transit is near its most Northerly point. Circa 10,500 BC was the bottom of the cycle -- Orion's most Southerly meridian transit.

Sky maps and sighting shafts and notched viewpoints and the like help date ancient structures. Even today architects build astronomical dating frames into their buildings. "The Hoover Dam contains a sculpture of a sky map for the time it was built." (Anybody have a picture of this...PLEASE???)

"The Sphinx was built to face due East, to the rising sun at the Spring Equinox." If it was built in 2,500 BC, when the Pyramids were built, "why was it originally given a lion's head?" (Whoa. There's no proof that it was given a lion's head!) "Why not a bull's head, to represent Taurus, the constellation that then rose at the equinox? Or, to ask the question another way -- when did the constellation Leo the lion rise with the Spring Equinox Sun?" (Stop. Stop. The zodiac animals as we now know them were not used that long ago!) "In 10,500 BC, that's when."

"Ah, but that was at the end of the last Ice Age. That was before civilization as we know it existed. "

If "a great civilization existed 10,500 years ago, during the Age of Leo, why are only scant traces of it left, traces such as the Sphinx and the Gate of the Sun near Lake Titicaca?"

A theory: "It may not be an absolutely correct theory, but it's healthy to speculate." Consider "the theory of Earth crust displacement." This theory was proposed in the 1950s by Charles Hapgood and "endorsed by no less than Albert Einstein." It is "not the same as the theory of plate tectonics, although like that theory, first proposed in the early 20th century, it met with rejection from the scientific community and like that theory it may some day be vindicated."

The Earth crust displacement theory holds that the Earth's entire crust, tectonic plates and all, has, in the past, slipped around on the inner layers, at the level called the aesthenosphere, bringing new land masses to the poles and releasing previously frozen land into warmer zones. "If the ice crust that formerly spread over much of North America melted quickly -- and it did, that much is agreed -- about 14,000 years ago, there would have been a major catastrophe to civilized life." Massive extinctions occurred.

But "think of those maps of Antarctica" -- NOT covered with ice. "People knew this in ancient times." If the crust shifted so that the region of North America formerly under ice became temperate zone land, that would have displaced the formerly temperate areas of Antarctica into the frozen polar zone. "Antartica was covered with ice only after the crust was displaced."

In short, he said, there have not been a series of "ice ages," but "a series of regions displaced by Earth crust movements to a polar location, where they became covered by ice."

And what was the "Lost Continent of Atlantis?" Plato heard about it from Solon and Solon heard about it from an Egyptian priest. "It was none other than Antarctica," once inhabitable, which was lost when it slipped to the polar region and was covered in ice.

Thus ended the slide show and lecture. The Q&A period brought forth a crazy street person who raved about "colonists from Mars" wiping out the dinosaurs with laser beams. Hancock listened politely and told him he had an "interesting vision" and went on to more serious queries.

He mentioned "Hamlet's Mill" by Santillana and von Dechend, so dense and unreadable he "had to read it twice." (My theory exactly!)

He spoke of the need for the public to "urge resumption of Gantenbrink's robot investigation of the Great pyramid."

He signed books.

Fred asked him his astrological sign -- and he turns out to be a Leo. No wonder he likes the idea of the Sphinx having originally been lion-headed :-)

Asked about his next project, he said he and Santha are working on a photographic book of sacred sites around the world. I talked to her briefly about this; she said they had not found a publisher yet and are still travelling to sites to photograph them. She hopes the book will be published in 1997.

And that was that. Hancock is a good speaker, and if you have a chance to see him on this book tour, i recommend it.

DO I BELIEVE HIS THEORIES?

Not for a moment.

A great deal of Hancock's credibility depoends on his audience's acceptance of his postulate that the constellation of the Lion was known by that name at least 10,500 years BC.

While there is strong evidence to suggest that the constellation of the Lion was known in Babylon and it is certain that it was known during the Ptolemaic period in Egypt, there is no evidence that a lion constellation was part of astronomical lore anywhere on Earth in 10,500 BC.

The trouble with Hancock's thesis is not just that it depends on the ancient pre-Neolithic Golden Age folks of 10,500 BC naming that area of the sky the Lion -- it ALSO depends on his likewise unproven hypothesis that the Sphinx was first carved in 10,500 BC and that at some time later the head of the Sphinx was recarved, and, further, that what it was recarved FROM was a lion's head (a thoery entirely unsubstantiated by any documentation anywhere).

In other words, Hancock builds his outer unsupportable prenmise from a hidden unsupportable premise.

The way Hancock puts this across in his lectures is very subtle -- first he shows slides of the Sphinx and gets the liberal audience worked up with African-Egyptianism (which most of them go along with) by describing the Pharaoh's head as having "African features." Then he states that some folks think it was recarved in the past (true) and that some folks think it is older than the Pyramids (true, but how *much* older is subject to debate). Then he states that in the opinion of some people, himself included, it had formerly been given a lion's head to match the lion's body (that's where he leaves scholarship behind and simply begins fingerpainting). After this bombshell, he lets that subject drop and goes on about African heads among the Olmecs, a non-ice-covered Antarctica, and an assrtment of hyperdiffusionist theories about pre-Columbian world commerce. Only after an hour or so of lecturing does he bring up the subject of archaeoastronomy and the precession of the equinoxes -- which he describes in lucid terms, presenting well-known and generally accepted theories, among them that certain ancient gods (e.g. bull gods and ram gods) were identified with the constellation that rose heliacally at the vernal equinox (e.g. Taurus and Aries) -- and THEN, he asks the audience..."so, when was Leo the equinoctial constellation?" and LO AND BEHOLD!!! the date turns out to be 10,500 BC, which accords with his ancient Sphinx theory -- and he "reminds" the audience of the recarving of the Sphinx's head and they "remember" it, but they don't remember that he acknowledged it was an unproven theory.

This is a clever trick -- but it's a trick of rhetoric, not a trick of scholarship.

In my opinion "Fingerprints of the Gods" is the same old anti-indigenous-people fantasy that Erich von Daniken popularized with "Chariots of the Gods," only this time, instead of being taught by "ancient astronauts," the hapless South American locals are tutored in stone masonry and astronomy by "Africans" and "bearded Europeans."

The fact that Hancock is European and his wife is African gives their story a charmingly loopy personal twist, which is more than von Daniken, who was not an astronaut, could claim for his. I look forward with subdued anticipation to the day that some South American wingnut finally publishes a book proving that Sumerian and Egyptian cultural monuments were the result of teachings by ancient wandering Peruvians. This will be followed, no doubt, with a book by an Australian who proves that the Sphinx head was originally carved in the likeness of a giant kangaroo and that the Olmec heads in Mexico are representations of wandering Aborigines.

HANCOCK'S RADIO AND LECTURE TOUR, SUMMER 1996

In 1995, as i reported above, Graham Hancock's wife and photographer Santha Faiia told me that she and Hancock were working on their next book, an illustrated volume on sacred sites of the world. However, in 1996, Hancock released a new pseudo-archaeological offering, "The Message of the Sphinx," co-written with Robert Bauval, the proponent of the so-called "Orion Theory" that equates the placement of the pyramids of Giza with stars in the constellation Orion. In July, while Hancock's book tour was in progress, the following was forwarded to me by Fred Burke . It consists of two posts, written by Schwann (a.k.a cyber-shaemon) and Bill Teague, folks unknown to me. I have lightly reformatted the material to make the attributions easier to follow.

Those who are unfamiliar with American radio need to know that the "Art Bell" referred to below is a noted UFO believer who hosts a regular weekly 3-hour show called "Dreamland" in which people discuss their personal experiences with cattle mutilations, the Greys from Zeta Reticuli, crop circles, Chupacabras, Satanic Ritual Abuse, Bigfoot, and other rather arcane matters. Bell's basic approach is to foment hysteria by endorsing whatever his guests say (even if their stories contradict each other) and then claiming that the "government" is "concealing the truth."

Anyway, it seems that Hancock (below referred to as an "acclaimed investigative journalist") appeared on Art Bell's show and suddenly began replaying Edgar Cayce's decades-old predictions that in 1996-1999 a 10,400 year old "Atlantean Hall of Records" will be discovered beneath the Sphinx and that whosoever gains possession of these Atlantean artifacts is destined to play a powerful role in a coming millennial catastrophe.

In keeping with the Caycean scenario, Hancock claims that a cabal of wealthy truth-suppressors (referrred to by one of the posters as "the global shadow 'cleanup squad'") is secretly buying up the ancient artifacts found beneath the Sphinx. But, in a brilliant plot-twist, the evil-doers turn out to be the surviving representatives of Cayce's own organization! Hancock also asserts that these same people have bribed or otherwise secured the Egyptian government's co-operation in their nefarious schemes -- with the result that the Egyptians have refused to let Rudolf Gantenbrink continue his exploration of a ventilation shaft in the Great Pyramid and have kept Robert Shoch from continuing his geological investigations of the Giza plateau.

These reports of Hancock's recent exploits indicate without a doubt that he has gone over the edge from fringe-archaeology into outright apocalyptic fantasy-mongering.

And, folks, don't blame Fred for these posts -- he was just the messenger!

POST #1: HANCOCK ON THE ART BELL SHOW
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 1996
From: Bill Teague

Graham Hancock, acclaimed investigative journalist and author of "Message of the Sphinx" and "Fingerprints of the Gods" was a guest on Art Bell last night. It was a most thrilling interview, very informative and uplifting as he is quite an inspired writer, commited researcher and heartfelt spiritual thinker as well.

He was on for about 3 hours and covered much too much to get into here but a tape of the show is available by calling 800-917-4278. I *highly* recommend getting it.

Besides the commercialization aspect Graham is more concerned with the real possiblity that certain objects might be removed ahead of the *big event* and squirled away without the public's knowledge. He is quite convinced that there are Earth shattering/paradigm shifting 'objects' and information stored in these chambers that certain *powers* may decide to go to some lengths not to let the general public know about.

He is quite concerned about certain aspects of the new *interests* that have gotten control of the project as to issues of *secrecy* now that seem to be being put into place.

This looks to be a VERY important issue and one that I'm sure some here may want to look into further.

POST #2: HANCOCK LECTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA
From: Schwann
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 1996 22:11:37 GMT

Schwann reporting from Cape Town, South Africa..

There was a full house tonight at the University of Cape Town's Educational Lecture Theatre in Cape Town South Africa for Graham Hancock, author of "Message of the Sphinx" and "Fingerprints of the Gods".

I was impressed with Graham's presentation, which went to 'astronomical' lengths to prove that our present combination of intellect and tech HAS (at last) solved the riddle of the sphinx by using ancient starcharts and geological technology, modern technology and ancient writings.

But read the book because the proof of the whole thing thing is the fact that seismic readings show a chamber excatly where he'd predicted it. And that the the whole thing has been put on the back burner for a few years. This allows the global shadow 'cleanup squad' a chance to do their thing..

He told us of Egyptian officials bartering a lost library under the sphinx to American Millionaires with Edgar Caycean contacts.

There are sinister overtones to his innuendos and the horror of the story really comes through when he tells of the Egyptians being funded by The Edgar Cayce Society in turn funded by America Billionaires. (Are they in turn connected to the Rockefellers?) Man it's real depressing to think that they could go in at any time and remove evidence of an advanced ancient civilisation and replace it with a genuine statue of Thut from exactly the correct age they choose for us...It may have happenned already.

Now Cayce predicted that the secret chamber under the sphinx would be discovered (it already has) and opened between '97-98' but that the knowledge contained therein would be supressed. Is this a prophecy that the Cayceans are manipulating to their own ends?

Meantime we saw pictures of an unopened door in a supposed "ventilation tunnel" of 'The Great Pyramid' and heard of seismic readings of a chamber buried 25 ft under the sphinx and exactly 25 ft square (could've been 35 but the essence is that it is man made)...

So if there *are* any Professors or men of wisdom and learning out here right now and you read these words with unease, then dammit man, please, please speak up. If you've got connections in Egyptology then ask em about erosion factors...speak to a geologist or two and compare the facts...what is actually happening?

I must say that i was disapointed that Hancock said nothing of 'the leak' he mentioned when he was a guest on Art Bell.

No, he did not mention the *scoop* where he told Art that one of the technical people who is working for the group now in control of opening up the newly confirmed chambers under the Sphinx and in the Great Pyramid itself has leaked the fact that there has recently been found to be actually 9 chambers under the Sphinx and that some kind of metal objects have been detected in all of them.

I got a chance to meet him afterwards and no, he is not on the Internet...yet..

I told him to get in here fast and start posting:)

Yes, we who live in these critical times will determine whether this planet lives or dies. Let's live shall we?

I could comment at length on the above posts, but i think you all know where i stand on this matter...so i shall just hold my peace.

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catherine yronwode, the eclectic and eccentric author of all the above web pages
nagasiva yronwode: tyaginator, nigris (333), nocTifer, lorax666, boboroshi, !
The Lucky Mojo Esoteric Archive: captured internet files on occult and spiritual topics


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