Terra Preta could reverse global warming
Ancient techniques pioneered by
pre-Columbian Amazonian Indians are about to be pressed into service
in Britain and Central America in the most serious commercial
attempt yet to reverse global warming. Trials are to be started
in Sussex and Belize early in 2009, backed with venture capital
from Silicon Valley, on techniques to take carbon from the atmosphere
and bury it in the soil, where it should act as a powerful fertiliser.
The plan is to scale up rapidly into a worldwide enterprise to
reverse the build-up of carbon dioxide, the main cause of global
warming, in the atmosphere and eventually bring it back to pre-Industrial
The ambitious enterprise is the brainchild of two of Britain's
most successful environmental entrepreneurs: Craig Sams, one of
the founders of the best-selling Green & Black's organic chocolate,
and Dan Morrell, who co-founded Future Forests, the first carbon
Astronomers confirm black hole at the heart of the Milky Way
for those interested in the so-called “Galactic Alignment”,
with links to 2012: a swarm of stars orbiting a vast black hole
at the centre of the Milky Way has been mapped, providing astronomers
with their most detailed look yet at the heart of our galaxy.
Observations by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile
has found the strongest evidence yet for a super-massive black
hole at the galaxy’s core, as well as charting the immense
gravitational effects this has on the surrounding stars.
Over 16 years, the orbits of 28 stars in the Milky Way’s
central region have been meticulously tracked by astronomers,
allowing them to study the hidden black hole that influences their
movements. The black hole is known as Sagittarius A*.
Reinhard Genzel, of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial
Physics in Germany, who led the international study team, said:
“The centre of the galaxy is a unique laboratory where we
can study the fundamental processes of strong gravity, stellar
dynamics and star formation that are of great relevance to all
other galactic nuclei, with a level of detail that will never
be possible beyond our galaxy.”
The observations have also allowed astronomers to pinpoint the
Earth’s distance from the centre of the galaxy with greater
precision, measuring it at 27,000 light years.
discovery is important as research by the likes of John
Major Jenkins has shown that on December 21, 2012, there will
be a “galactic alignment” between the Earth, the sun
and the galactic centre. By default, the distance from this centre
is an approximation, 27,000 light years, but it is perhaps an
interesting “coincidence” that the so-called Great
Year is established at 26,000 years. Roughly speaking, it takes
light to reach us from this Galactic Whirlpool – the Abyss?
– one Great Year to reach us. No doubt to be continued.
Unearthing Bosnian Pyramids
Three years after the initial excavations at Visoko started, it
is time for an overview of where we are with the Bosnian pyramids.
The resulting article has appeared in NEXUS
Magazine (Volume 16.1, December 2008-January 2009). Alas,
the submitted version was too long for the print version, and
hence Duncan Roads and I decided to offer the unabridged edition
online. Also listen to my Radio NEXUS
interview with Barry Eaton here.
Histories & Mysteries Conference
took 53 weeks to organise, but now the – first – Histories
& Mysteries Conference has been accomplished. I would
like to extend my sincerest thanks to all helpers, speakers and
visitors, as well as co-organiser Cris Winter and the core team
of consultants, Ian Robertson and Gordon Rutter. I like to think
that an event’s esteem is visible in the type of visitors
it attracts, and with the likes of Robert Temple, Simon Cox and
David Icke in the audience of the conference and, finally, with
more than 1000 visitors that came to see the skull on Sunday,
resulting in crowds that spilled out onto the street – the
longest queue the Hub apparently ever had – we seem to have
done something right. In fact, the Hall family, who used the conference
to hold a public tribute to Stan Hall, had invited two friends
of Stan, Neil Armstrong and Erich von Däniken, to attend,
but both had alas prior engagements. It would have truly made
for this event being out of this world and it is clear that for
alternative history, this was a landmark event.
The conference should go down into history as the first time ever
that the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull was officially put on public
display. For this, we need to especially thank the current caretaker,
Bill Homann, who championed through pneumonia to be there for
The conference had media coverage in all – and I mean all!
– UK newspapers, as well as several radio and television
channels, including even some foreign media, both before, during
and after the event. But the face of the conference became Robyn
Smith, a member of the film crew, who surprisingly found herself
in about a dozen newspapers and websites on Sunday morning.
Once again, my sincerest of thanks to each and every person in
the Hub over the weekend, as well as the Rosslyn Chapel staff
on Monday afternoon, who saw some crystal entertainment too.
From the Tower of Babel to the Tower of Dubai
had the privilege of speaking in front of a select group of project
managers at the Middle East Project Management Forum 2008 in Dubai.
The invitation came about because of an article
on this site that tackles the building of the Great Pyramid from
a project manager perspective. For it has to be said that all
ancient buildings were overseen not by Egyptologists or archaeologists,
but by project managers. Then, as now, much of their hard work
goes unsung, yet today, their insights should actually be sought
by the body of archaeologists and Egyptologists, as it would do
away with some rather “elaborate” propositions that
are sometimes “constructed” to “explain”
things – things also known as assumptions.
One look at the Dubai skyline makes it apparent that this is the
“navel” of modern building, with complexes such as
those surrounding the Burj Dubai taken almost directly from the
CGI of Hollywood science fiction movies, their realisation today
no doubt creating the same sense of amazement that once inspired
our ancestors as they saw the Gizeh complex rise heavenwards.
One speaker, Khalid A. Hamdy, provided an overview of the creation
of the Dubai metro system, whereby it was of interest to note
that the design actually uses some ancient principles: the design
schemes for the stations are based on the four elements (earth,
wind, water and fire) and as opening date of the network, the
choice has fallen on September 9, 2009 – 9/9/9.
Another speaker was Ahmad Abdelrazaq, executive director of Highrise
Building, Samsung Corporation, the man responsible for the tallest
building of the world, the Burj Dubai, currently approaching near
completion and towering over half a kilometre high. Abdelrazaq
is clearly building a new Tower of Babel, but it seems that this
one will be completed without any major problems, and is meant
to last for eternity. It was interesting to note that he highlighted
seismic activity and gravitational force as key considerations
in the design of the Burj Dubai, as well as wind – the latter
not really an issue for the Great Pyramid, though it is now more
and more proposed that the so called airshaft could be wind shafts,
very much like the pipes of an organ.
In my presentation, I highlighted that the Great Pyramid and the
Pharos Lighthouse were the tallest constructions until the erection
of the Eiffel Tower. But now, it is
once again clear that the Middle East is reclaiming the honour
of building higher than anyone else.
I am pleased to announce that volume two of Greg Taylor’s
Darklore has been
published. As with Volume 1, I have contributed to it, this time
on the origins of the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull. As with Volume
1, I am in the company of several excellent authors, including
Paul Devereux, Nick Redfern, Mike Jay and my old friend Theo Paijmans.
This time, a limited hardcover edition is made available in a
print-run of 333 copies. If successful, one can only wonder whether
the third edition might see a limited edition of 666 copies.
The Mayan Underworld Discovered
Yucatan archaeologist Guillermo De Anda has concluded that a series
of caves may be the place where the Maya actually tried to depict
their voyage through the underworld, or Xibalba, described in
ancient mythological texts such as the Popol Vuh. Searching for
the names of sacred sites mentioned by Indian heretics who were
put on trial by Spanish Inquisition courts, De Anda realised the
journey had been recreated in a half-dozen caves south of the
Yucatan state capital of Merida. Inside these caves are ancient
temple platforms, staircases and paths that skirted underground
lakes littered with Mayan pottery and ancient skulls.
Among De Anda's discoveries are a broad, perfectly paved, 100-yard
underground road, a submerged temple, walled-off stone rooms and
the “confusing crossroads” of the legends. At the
centre of one of the underground lakes, De Anda's team found a
collapsed and submerged altar with carvings indicating it was
dedicated to the gods of death.
This discovery underlines once again that the Underworld was often
built as part of religious complexes. Clifford Brown, a Florida
Atlantic University archaeologist, added that “There are
a number of sites in the lowlands where there are caves right
underneath the principal temples, palaces and pyramids, which
are thought to represent a religious axis mundi, where you have
the pyramid representing the heavens, and the caves representing
the underworld underneath.” This further underlines the
importance of the “pyramid template”, as identified
in “The New Pyramid Age”.
Meeting with remarkable... French political visionaries
As promised, the Australian magazine New
Dawn delves deeper into the enigmatic character of Raymond
Abelio and Jean Parvulesco, two Frenchmen who are often encountered
on the ways in which the occult interacts with "real"
politics. Co-authored with my friend Stephan Chalandon, the article
provides hopefully some truly unique insights into what often
motivates politicians, as well as their own "vision"
of the future, and how the world might develop. For example, Parvulesco
predicts a strong return of "Mother Russia", with the
creation of a Eurasian union... and civil war for the United States.
If you want to know more, you know where to go...
Back to China
A decade after writing on the Dropa tribe - a tribe of dwarfish
beings that some believe might be survivors of an alien crash-landing
on Earth - I felt it was time to revisit the enigma. Indeed, in
those years, some new material
has come to the surface, which shows that the story is older and
more complex than some believe - many thinking it is "just"
a fabricated story of the late 1970s, which is definitely not
the case. As the original article appeared in NEXUS
Magazine, it was only normal for the follow-up to also feature
in that magazine.
is with extreme sadness that I have to report the death of Stan
Hall (July 13, 1936-September 27, 2008). Over the past few
years, Stan became one of my closest – both in distance
and personally – friends. Only a few months ago was he diagnosed
with cancer, but the end came – alas – much quicker
than anyone expected or could have predicted.
Stan was a remarkable character, singled-handedly organising the
Tayos Cave Expedition in 1976, securing not only the co-operation
of the British and Ecuadorian military, but even that of astronaut
Neil Armstrong, with whom he stayed in touch. They were, in fact,
“blood-brothers”, both having quite a rare blood type,
which meant that if anything were to happen on the expedition,
they would help each other out.
The expedition itself was extremely controversial, if only because
it rode on the wave of one of Erich von Däniken’s controversial
books, which was partially based on Juan Moricz’s allegations
– the cave itself being at the centre of this controversy.
It was years of contact and friendship with Moricz and Petronio
Jaramillo that set Stan on the “right path”, to where
the veritable cave – that of the “Gold Library”
– was located.
Throughout the years, Erich and Stan also stayed in touch, most
recently in August 2007. He was, it is clear, a great man, who
organised a great expedition – one that should stand as
the prototype for any explorer… even though it too –
like all such endeavours – did not come without controversy,
most notably in Ecuador itself.
on in our friendship, while struggling with some ill health myself,
he asked whether I fell into the category of people that was willing
to show and share pain, or not. As our friendship developed, it
was clear that Stan was not one to be ill, nor one to be taken
care of. The realisation that this life had little left to travel
and explore, and might be a “burden” – in his
mind – on his wife and daughters… it seems Stan made
rapid preparations to begin the greatest expedition of all, into
another “underworld”, this time not in the jungles
of Ecuador, but into the Great Beyond. There, he is hopefully
to meet up again with Juan and Petronio.
Farewell, my friend. Thanks for all the wonderful times. You are
one I will never forget.
New Dawn Features Catharism and Raymond Abellio
Two articles, one on the Cathars,
the other on Raymond Abellio, are currently featuring in the September-October
2008 (issue 110) edition of New
Dawn Magazine. The former will hopefully introduce new dimensions
to this religion, which few have been able to fully grasp, whereas
Abellio will no doubt be an unknown to most. However, in the next
edition of New Dawn, he and some of his collaborators and friends
will be explored in further depth, revealing the extraordinary
character of these people.
Bad Archaeology. But How?
was recently told that my article
on Glozel was featured on the “Bad
Archaeology” website. I thought at first that this was
an honour, and that it was listed there as the article exposes
bad archaeology. Upon verification, I found the article on the
site dates from September 2007, and it turns out that I am accused
of doing bad archaeology, or at least bad reporting of archaeology.
However, for anyone who does read my article and the “rebuttal”
on the website, it becomes apparent that the site is called bad
archaeology because that’s what its contributors practice.
First of all, one can only laugh by claiming Nexus is a “small
publication”: newsstand in several countries, with numerous
foreign editions. If that is “small”, TIME or Newsweek
is miniscule in comparison!
Second, though I am indeed rather negative about the archaeologists
involved, James Doeser makes it appear as if I have personal prejudices
and see a conspiracy everywhere, which I then portray on the archaeologists
involved in Glozel. On the contrary: my negative comments are
the result of what happened in Glozel, and the article is written
in light of that. Doeser spins it the other way around.
It is clear that Doeser believes that any archaeologist is a hero,
and especially Garrod, whom, it is clear, he and several others
one day want to put up for sainthood. He gives her version of
the story, but at no point does he prove that her version is the
correct one. We are supposed to take it on faith she wouldn’t
do such a thing. Right…
importantly, though, is the fact that Doeser goes for the usual
spin and antics, and makes it all about me, rather than the facts.
I was simply flabbergasted that he dared to omit the crux of the
entire story, namely how these archaeologists were involved in
a scandalous campaign to destroy Fradin, specifically throw him
in prison, and how archaeology set out not at all to find the
truth, but operated within a preconceived and in retrospect wrong
framework, namely that Glozel was a fraud, and most likely a modern
one. Read the site’s quote from Garrod, and it becomes even
If Doeser was able to show that these archaeologists were not
involved with Fradin’s arrest and the campaign to destroy
him, and entertained for more than five seconds the notion that
they would hold serious archaeological excavations at Glozel,
I would have had to eat humble pie. But the crux of the problem
is not even addressed, as, of course, that’s where the real
bad – vicious – archaeology lies.
Some Paranoia Please
Magazine is running my article “The
Russian ‘Woodpecker’ Beam” in their issue
48, fall 2008 – out now. The article re-excavates the story
of the Russian Woodpecker, a signal emanating from near Chernobyl
in the 1970s and 80s and said to be linked with mind control experiments.
At the end of the Cold War, it was said to be nothing more –
or less – than beyond the horizon radar – no mind
control. But two decades later, there is now ample evidence to
show that the Woodpecker was indeed much more.
Mexican Pyramid of the Sun Cave Re-opened
are re-opening a cave sealed for more than thirty years deep beneath
the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan.
The cave system is buried 20 feet beneath the pyramid and extends
into a tunnel stretching for some 295 feet (90 meters) with a
height of 8 feet. They say new excavations begun in June 2008
could be the key to unlocking information about the sacred rituals
of the people who inhabited the city, later dubbed "The Place
Where Men Become Gods" by the Aztecs who believed it was
a divine site.
"We think it had a ritual purpose. Offerings were placed
at the very end of the tunnel as part of the pyramid's construction
process," according to Mexican archaeologist Alejandro Sarabia.
"We want to find out why the Teotihuacan people sealed it
and when," he said.
The tunnel was first discovered in the early 1970s but it was
closed soon afterward, and most of the information about it was
lost when the archaeologist who found it died.
The ritual importance of this cave, and its link with the “New
Fire Ceremony” has been explored in my 2007 publication
“The New Pyramid Age”.
Canopus in Al-Ahram
Deif has featured Canopus and my conclusions about this star in
his regular contribution
to the Al-Ahram Weekly. I am especially pleased as this is an
Egyptian newspaper, and Deif is a professor of mathematics at
Cairo University and Misr University for Science and Technology.
Let us hope that the item generates some interest, so that Canopus
one day can be restored to its proper place in the night’s
New Light on the Life of Otto Rahn
Dawn Magazine is devoting a large portion of their latest
issue (no. 109, July-August) to Agarttha and related subjects.
I have contributed an article on Otto Rahn
and the obsession with the search for the Holy Grail that was
dear to the heart of Heinrich Himmler. Though this is a very popular
subject, I believe that the article is able to provide new insights,
and place the entire saga within its proper framework.
Mitchell-Hedges and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls
latest issue of NEXUS Magazine carries my article
on the circumstances in which the Mitchell-Hedges skull was likely
discovered. The article was written over six months ago, but was
held back to coincide with the release of the movie.
It is a remarkable coincidence how this article corresponds with
part of the plotline of the new Indiana Jones movie. Note how
in the movie, Indiana Jones explains how he once rode –
“well, technically I was kidnapped” – with Pancho
Villa. It is then learned that Harry Oxley and Indiana Jones have
been obsessed with the skull – in the movie, actually the
Mitchell-Hedges skull – since university, and the plot of
the film is actually around Indy trying to find out where Oxley
has disappeared to – which leads them to the kingdom of
the crystal skull. Well, make this the story of Mitchell-Hedges
– who rode – i.e. was kidnapped – by Pancho
Villa and Ambrose Bierce, who disappeared somewhere in Mexico…
and you might have the true story of how the Mitchell-Hedges skull
was discovered. Or how art…?
Want to know more? NEXUS
Magazine says it all – or at least opens the way that
will lead to the truth.
Archaeology versus Living Traditions
crystal skulls war, waged in
the shadow of the new Indiana Jones movie, has brought about a
divide, which only few journalists seem to have noticed: that
between archaeologists and their claims/interpretations, and that
of anthropology/living traditions. For example: archaeologists
stick around Jane Walsh, who almost single-handedly leads the
archaeologists’ assault, claiming that all crystal skulls
are 19th century fabrications. Yet it is clear that Mayans in
Middle America have a living tradition about a gathering of the
skulls. Indeed, social beliefs change over time, but the Guatemalan
shamans were uttering these beliefs before the crystal skulls
achieved any notoriety whatsoever, suggesting their opinions were
genuinely their own – which implies also that archaeologists
have it dead wrong.
For example, in the jungles of southern Mexico, the Lacandon,
the last unassimilated Mayas, still have communities that worship
crystal skulls. In the shadow of the Palenque ruins, Lacandon
priest K'in Garcia fans copal incense and holds a heavy crystal
skull above his head during ceremonies for Hacha'kyum, the Mayan
god of creation. Garcia, the son of the Lancandon's most respected
elder, Chan Kin, believes the skull has special powers, including
the ability to stave off sickness and deforestation in the rain
forest where the last Lacandon still live. "When I am alone
at night, at about 2 a.m., it starts to glow, it emits light,
and it stays like that for about a minute," says Garcia,
underlining that in his eyes, the skull has otherworldy, if not
the run-up to the movie, I highlighted in certain interviews that
whatever is occurring, as we head towards 2012, there is one clear
new development, which is that the Mayans, after centuries of
oppression, are now becoming ever stronger, ever more socially
sure about their self-identity, and their desire to have social
respect. A most remarkable change for the better occurred on April
23, when a television station that once was the voice of the Guatemalan
military dictatorship that had massacred thousands of Mayans,
showed the glyph of the day from the millennial Mayan calendar
and announced itself as ''TV Maya: Guatemala's multi-cultural
The station, funded by the Guatemalan Academy of Mayan Languages
(ALMG), broadcasts for 30 minutes, three times a day, showing
programs that teach Mayan culture, worldview and language. Its
programs are broadcast in indigenous languages with Spanish subtitles.
The station will be of particular importance in healing the wounds
of the past and creating unity in Guatemala, a country that is
sixty percent indigenous, with 22 different linguistic groups
of Maya, as well as Garifuna and Xinca. It continues the country's
commitment to peace accords made in 1996, after the Guatemalan
military adopted a ''scorched earth'' policy in its efforts to
fight leftist guerillas. That policy left more than 200,000 people
dead, most of them rural Mayans. It is a massacre that has, as
is usual for Central and Southern America, hardly received any
attention from the international media – not even from those
who claim to help Mayan knowledge enter the West.
With the rise of the Maya, there might be an interest clash on
the horizon, once they have the self-assurance to “pick
a fight” with the archaeologists who, from their ivory towers
in “Colonial Headquarters” seem to continue to dictate
what the truth should be – rather than is.
New Dawn covers Moon Wars
May-June 2008 issue of New
Dawn Magazine is carrying my article on “Moon
Wars” as its feature article. The article queries what
is going on with NASA: whether there is evidence of faked moon
landings, or extra-terrestrial contact – and what precisely
the role of the military-industrial complex is in all of this.
Like NEXUS, New Dawn is Australian, but not available at newsstands
in the UK or US. By sheer coincidence - or is that synchronicity?
- when taking out a subscription to the magazine now, you will
receive a copy of The Templar Revelation!
to illness, BBC documentary presenter Gordon Hillman is unable
to appear at next month’s Megalithomania
in Glastonbury. I have been asked to fill his place and, seeing
the weekend of the conference (May 17-18) will see the world premiere
of the new Indiana Jones movie in Cannes, crystal skulls seem
to be an appropriate theme for my lecture – also in light
of a series of articles of mine that are currently running in
Megalithomania normally has an excellent line-up, and this year
is no exception, with speakers like John Michell, Dave Furlong,
David Hatcher Childress, Sam Osmanagich, Peter Marshall, Tom Graves,
etc. So despite the late notice, I hope to see you in the shadow
of the Tor!
Philip Coppens and the Origins of the Crystal Skull
15.3 of NEXUS Magazine
(April-May edition) is running my article “Origin
& Symbolism of the Crystal Skulls”, which also formed
the inspiration for the magazine’s cover. The article tackles
the crystal skulls, arguing that they were most likely created
in Central America and may have played an important role in the
Mayan priests' re-enactment of their creation myth. I also address
the sceptics’ pet theory that they were late 19th century
creations. The next issue of NEXUS magazine will carry an article
on how the Mitchell-Hedges skull may really have been discovered.
Expect loud bangs and explosions when that article will come out
– perhaps not coincidentally around the time when the Indiana
Jones movie hits the big screen.
Seeing the whole pyramid
Magli of the mathematics department at Milan's Polytechnic University
has largely agreed with conclusions previously drawn by Zahi Hawass
that astronomical alignments and the landscape of the Giza plateau
indicate that the two main pyramids, those identified with Pharaohs
Khufu and Khafre, were not built in different stages, but planned
as a single, grand project, “to state forever that his soul
had joined the sun god”.
The study suggests that Khufu planned the construction of two
pyramids, exactly as his father, Snefru, did in Dahshur. "What
better way to prove this relationship than making the sun, himself,
talk about it", said Magli. This particular fact is seen
during the summer, when observers standing by the Sphinx can see
a spectacular sunset between the two pyramids. "The sun setting
between the two pyramids forms an ideal, giant replica of the
hieroglyph Akhet," Magli said. Meaning "horizon",
the hieroglyph held deep symbolic meaning for the ancient Egyptians.
It was composed by the hieroglyph "djew", meaning "primeval
mountain", and the sun setting or rising in between –
adding further insight to a conclusion drawn in The
New Pyramid Age, which is that the Giza plateau itself was
an expression of the primeval hill.
The end of times question posed by New Dawn
was honoured to be invited to contribute an article for “Special
Issue 4” of New Dawn Magazine, devoted to Prophecies
and Predictions, asking whether the countdown has begun.
I am honoured that “Crop circles:
Messages from the Timewave?” features with articles
contributed by John Major Jenkins, José Argüelles,
Barbara Hand Clow and many others.
is with great pleasure that just ahead of the fourth anniversary
of this site, I announce two new arrivals: one is the birth of
my godson, Daan. The other is the future publication – on
January 24, 2009 – of my next book, “Servants of the
Grail”, showing that the birthing process of a book takes
longer than the gestation of a child.
The – very – few who know what the outline of this
book is, are all in agreement that it is nothing short of spectacular.
Alas, as my bad timing would have it, it was written some years
ago in the immediate aftermath of “The Da Vinci Code”,
which meant that finding a publisher was problematic, trying to
find a niche in a market that was more interested in quick-wins
and re-editions than anything new and substantial that would detract
from the main offering: Da Vinci Brownies. But with “The
Da Vinci effect” now gone, the market is apparently looking
for new challenges – and let’s hope that Servants
of the Grail will be as spectacular as those who know its outline
have agreed it is.
Daan’s arrival into this world was a matter of hours after
I had completed the final revision of the manuscript – how
about that for timing.
of all, I would like to add my name to the list of people wishing
you the best for 2008. I would especially like to thank those
courageous unknowns who climbed North Berwick Law at night, in
order to provide for a quite spectaclar fireworks display in the
wee hours of 2008. Little did they no doubt know that such primordial
hills (see Land of the Gods) were
seen as places of a "new fire ceremony", whereby...
on New Year... new fires were lit... to welcome in a new age.
Furthermore, they were probably unaware that some have theorised
that these hills might also have had a link with Vulcan's fire,
visualised as volcanic eruptions. In the case of Berwick Law,
an ancient volcano, the event was therefore all the more symbolic!
In 2007, I was able to bring you 52 new and a few additional updated
articles. I hope you enjoyed at least some of them – and
we will continue as before in 2008.