Petra


If you wanted my eyes to light up, a whisper of ancient history would suffice.Ancient history makes me goofy, I swoon at the mention of Bolivia’s Puma Punku or Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. Take a moment to read the link below “Why Puma Punku Makes me Smile”

https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/why-puma-punku-makes-me-smile/

Jordan’s ancient treasure Petra, established around 300 BCE as the hub of Nabataean culture – a ponder equally mind blowing.  UNESCO added it to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1985, saying “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”, Smithsonian Magazine named it one of the 28 places to see before you die.

To understand what all the fuss is about, ponder this – Forget computers, engineers, core samples and heavy machinery. Forget frames of reference or standardized construction techniques. Walk into a valley enclosed by steep limestone cliffs – announce you’ve found the perfect home. Don’t quarry those cliffs, use basic stone cutting tools to carve structures into them. Water? No problem, sure it’s a desert but you know of a spring – channel that water into the city, create cisterns to catch rainwater, and above all a massive pool for bathing with a pretty garden. How was this even possible?

The “Monastery” at Petra stands almost 150 feet tall. The magnitude of a feat flawlessly executed over 2000 years ago with nothing but hand tools is astounding. As if my knees weren’t weak enough, learning how they tackled cliffs epitomizes ancient wonder. Petra was built from the top down – before any semblance of structure took place, stairs were carved into the rock face. Starting at the top, workers cut away stairs as they made their way down, from one side to the other, less than half an inch difference.

I don’t care if we have all the answers, we have Petra. Stoic fragments of civilization lost dot the planet – places fantastic enough to spawn a sub culture of alien conspiracy theorists. Ancient history is like that. Staggering accomplishments, unimaginable by today’s standards are difficult to process. When ancient mysteries confound to the point alien intervention trumps humanity, I practically purr with delight.

A satisfying ancient wonder – we know who built it, approximately when, how they transformed landscapes, without  having to sacrifice brain freezes associated with Petra’s enormity or physical execution. Petra serves wonder just the way I like it – sitting politely for all the world to see, tossing occasional clues, not caring if we ever solve the riddle.

A link to UNESCO and Petra…..

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/326

 

 

Tell Qaramel


History teaches ancient hunter gatherers only began building settlements once farming and domesticated animals were part of the picture. Tell Qaramel, located in the north of modern day Syria, proves again how little we know. Baffling archaeological finds; Gobekli Tepe, Puma Punku, Varna, Derinkuyu, Piri Reis map, Catalhoyuk,Tell Qaramel – blowing conventional thinking out of the water, yet nary a splash.

Tell Qaramel was identified in the 70’s when a survey revealed mounds or “tells” at the site. The tell fit conventional thinking but surrounding area formed the basis of an archaeological head scratcher. Five round stone towers have been carbon dated to between 11,000 and 9650 BC, with no evidence of farming or domesticated animals. The towers at Qaramel pre-date the tower of Jericho by roughly 2000 years – until this discovery, the tower of Jericho was considered the oldest stone tower in the world.

I could ponder till my head hurt and still not come up with reasons why we ignore ancient history. Not so much ignore as omit; leave out references to historical evidence simply because we can’t explain or justify the finds within conventional thinking.

A joint Polish – Syrian investigation continues, professor Ryszard Mazurowski from Warsaw University, has led the dig since 1999. I can’t imagine what more it will take to snap us out of mainstream, textbook historical thinking – I do however have my fingers crossed that he finds something that finally makes history stand up and take notice – carbon dating seems to have little impact.

Image from rarelyknown.org

Wrap Your Head Around the World Grid


We think of modern society as far superior, and certainly more advanced than ancient ones. Before settling in with the remote, give this a ponder….

In the 4th century BC, Greek philosopher Plato taught that the world was comprised of geometric shapes. He wrote about a “world soul” teaching that earth was a sphere, divided into 120 equal, identical triangles. Ancient Greeks wrote that much of this knowledge came from Egypt and Babylonia. Egypt was considered the centre of the known universe and therefore – zero meridian. Other ancient capitals were placed in geometric accordance to Egypt. Plato taught the world was a giant “crystal” that created energy.

I must make it clear – there is no scientific proof of the world energy grid. It is well worth pondering just the same. Anthropologist Bethe Hagens made a model of the earth using Plato’s triangles. At each point where the triangles meet, there is a major ancient structure, magnetic field, or monument. Coincidence, or by design, it does give pause for thought.

http://www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk/theworldgrid.htm

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/Mathematicians/Plato.html

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Celestial Alignment at Giza is Just the Beginning


The planetary alignment at Giza may have been exaggerated, that doesn’t mean Giza hasn’t a celestial connection. Each side of the Great Pyramid is aligned almost perfectly with the four directions – North, South, East and West – only out by .2 degrees. The sides also match the stars in Orion’s Belt.

Almost all the ancient structures that remain  have a celestial connection. Too numerous to mention them all, here are a few examples to get you pondering……

The Mayan site Chichen Itza has 364 steps on each side, add the platform on top and you have the 365 days of the year. At the Vernal and Autumnal equinox, the shadow of a serpent is cast on the steps of the North staircase.

In Ecuador an ancient obelisk was built with only one purpose. To cast a shadow on a stone wall at sunrise on Dec. 21, 2012. Since the Earth wobbles on its axis this date is the only time the shadow would be cast on the wall. Ponder this – the wall just happens to be constructed at the exact angle of the earth’s axis on that day.

This link is wonderful if you have been bitten by the ancient celestial bug and want to learn more. The illustration below is from the world-mysteries.com site.

http://www.world-mysteries.com/alignments/index.htm#World

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. The sites: Giza, Siwa, Tassili n’Ajjer, Paratoari, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu, Nazca, Easter Island, Aneityum Island, Preah Vihear, Sukhothai, Pyay, Khajuraho, Mohenjo Daro, Persepolis, Ur, Petra  are shown clockwise from Giza on the equal azimuthal projection. below. The projection is centered on the axis point in southeastern Alaska. Distances to any location from the center of an equal azimuthal projection are equally scaled. Since all of the sites on the great circle alignment are equally distant from the axis point at one quarter of the circumference of the earth, the alignment forms a perfect circle halfway between the center and the outer edge of the projection.