Varosha, Cyprus


Our world is littered with abandoned “sites’, for the most part archeological treasures worthy of scientific scrutiny. Ancient riddles, often without reference points or defined origins – physical evidence void of mainstream historical pigeon holing, Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids – well known tourist meccas, not entirely understood yet duly noted on historical timelines. Puma Punku, Gobekli Tepe – never so much as whispered in classrooms, despite irrefutable scientific proof they blast historical timelines to smithereens.

Pondering “sites” led to this conclusion – we dismiss anything we haven’t been taught in school (with tendencies to peg the unfamiliar as bat shit dribble), embrace familiar lessons as definitive truth, and never bother to consider modern “sites” as something with historical value. In short – the very old and relatively new – completely overlooked in favor of predictably dusty bedtime stories.

I’ll concede – ancient, ancient history, the history responsible for my passionate enthusiasm towards civilization lost may be hard to swallow. I see the eyes roll, the blank stares as you say “how interesting”, knowing full well it means “she’s run off the rails”. I don’t hold it against you.. We live in a world where absolutes are comforting, skepticism greets new information, and mainstream (textbook history) rules supreme.

All history is relevant – if we can’t wrap our heads around the distant past, how about looking at something easier to fathom. The world is littered with surreal “sites”, created within the last 100 years – places we can explain yet choose to ignore.

Varosha, Cyprus comes to mind. Famagusta was an exotic resort destination on the island of Cyprus. The Varosha district, a playground for the rich and famous until 1974 when Turkey took exception to a Greek coup, invading and dividing the island into a Greek south and Turkish occupied north. Thousands of residents fled the city, they never had a chance to come back. Turkish army enclosed Varosha in barbed wire – 40 years later, uninhabited, utterly forsaken, beyond repair. A “petrified urban museum, enclosed, boarded up, frozen in time”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/world/europe/cyprus-resort-varosha-remains-sealed-off-to-visitors.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Varosha, Cyprus is is an archeological site, a place of historic importance. Our one advantage – we know who, how and why it became a “site”. We possess absolute, irrefutable knowledge yet it languishes in the realm of inconsequential. The tough work is done – we don’t have to squabble over who built it or why it was abandoned. Places like this fit politely into historical timelines – few outside the immediate region have ever heard of it. Much like the Prora Hotel…

https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/prora-hotel/

We should alter our thinking to include such places in historical mindsets. Nothing would make me happier than hearing an enlightened educator used them to ignite classroom discussion. Sigh.

 

 

 

“Ancient Aliens” Wants Us To Know….


Ancient Aliens is one of my guilty pleasures. I read Erik Von Danekin’s Chariots of the Gods while an impressionable teen – the Nazca lines still  ignite ponders as to why an ancient culture would cover a remote plateau with images only identifiable from above. As much as I believe we are not alone in the universe, I lean towards “civilizations lost” long before contemplating alien intervention. History channel’s Ancient Aliens is more of a window into ancient astronaut  conspiracy mindsets.  “Millions of people around the world believe we have been visited by extra-terrestrials, what if it were true, as ancient astronaut theorists believe”.

In no particular order, some of the things ancient astronaut theorists believe….

Ankor Wat in Cambodia is said to have a depiction of a stegosaurus – how could they have knowledge of extinct creatures? Could it be ancient aliens eradicated the dinosaurs to make room for mankind?

Bigfoot is evidence of an ancient alien experiment.

Ancient Samaria holds clues to the Annunaki, a race of aliens who visited earth in search of gold. They altered Hominid DNA to create man as workers. When the Annunaki grew tired of mankind’s lust and greed they brought down the great flood – the flood mythology borrowed by the bible.

Adolf Hitler escaped with key scientists in a “time bell” at the end of the war.

The founding fathers incorporated alien symbolism into structures and design of Washington D.C.

I could go on for hours reporting Ancient Alien “fact”, or should I say “questions”. I wish there was a middle ground – a safe place for wonder –  residing between stuffy, dust covered mainstream history and acknowledgement that lack of plausible explanation doesn’t mean alien intervention. Just because we didn’t learn about the unexplained in school – no reason to make conspiracy fodder for the masses.

Ancient Aliens goes full circle from “that’s something interesting” to “oh, come on now”. The problem is, all of it gets lumped together in “conspiracy” camp – why can’t we simply agree – a whole lot happened outside history’s mainstream timeline. It may suffer explanation, yet happened just the same. I grow weary of ancient alien jokes and dismissively closed minds.

This post from last year sums up my point of view….

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

 

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

Why Puma Punku Makes Me Smile


I see history as fluid. A never ending story, twists and turns dictated by centuries of set in stone religious or political bias. A few hundred years ago science got its foot in the door. Released from religious restraint and political white wash, science is turning historical stone to dust.

Gobekli Tepe, discovered in Turkey during the 90s, turns accepted historical timelines on their head. We cling to cradle of civilization Mesopotamia, yet science proves Gobekli Tepe is thousands of years older. Most people haven’t heard of it. Educators rely on unimaginative textbooks, unwilling to introduce irrefutable science because facts are few. Science believes Gobekli Tepe a place for religious gatherings. Circle after perfect circle, with reliefs of animals carved into surrounding pillars. Each pillar the exact same height, many of the animals not thought to be indigenous to the area. By all appearances it was purposely buried.

Then there’s Puma Punku. My pulse races pondering this place. Located in Bolivia no one knows who built it. By some estimates – 17,000 years old. At an elevation of 12,000 feet, granite slabs of stone weighing hundreds of tons were somehow moved from a quarry miles away. If that doesn’t make you smile; ponder the precise stone work and intricate carvings. Science deals in facts of which there are few.

Puma Punku makes me smile because it obliterates “set in stone” history with more questions than answers. I smile because we can ask those questions and hopefully expand our shallow textbook minds.

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

http://247facts.blogspot.ca/2012/09/puma-punku-acient-mystery.html