A Journal of Myth, Science and Ancient History

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Volume V, Number 6
ISSN 1066-5145
Copyright (c) August 2000


Front Cover

Viking seamen on their way to the New World. (Illustration by A. G. Smith)


By Dwardu Cardona

Vox Popvli

Our readers sound off. Page 5


Debates concerning gravity, pterodactyls, and ancient sea maps. Page 7

Dynamical Evolution of a Collinear Planetary System by Emilio Spedicato & Antonio Del Popolo

Mathematical evaluation of the Saturnian configuration system of planets as espoused by Dwardu Cardona, David Talbott, and Ev Cochrane. Page 14

Day Star by Ev Cochrane

A succinct study of the Venerian goddess which outlines the reasons behind some of her ancient epithets. Page 21

Antiquated Textbooks: Redesigning the Solar System by Dwardu Cardona

An overview of Solar System, and other astronomical, discoveries since the 1950s and their relationship to the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky as presented in his Worlds in Collision. Page 29

Thutmose III: A Different Perspective by Eric Aitchison

In which the author takes both Immanuel Velikovsky and Dale Murphie to task over their identification of Thutmose III as the Biblical Shishak. Page 47

The Use of the 7-Base Measuring System in Ancient Britain and the Continent by Alban Wall

An investigation into the 7-base system of measurement as used by the ancient Basques of the French and Spanish Pyrenees, and how this might relate to the megalithic structures of prehistoric Britain. Page 65

Paradise -- The Lost Frontier: Early Voyages to the Forbidden Isles by Gunnar Thompson

A detailed study of pre-Columbian voyages to the New World in medieval times, including an exposť of the role which the Roman Catholic Church played, especially in its attempt to safeguard the route to the Americas which it originally viewed as the Biblical Paradise. Page 73

Out of the attic...

The Cycle of 320 days by Roger Ashton

How many different years did the ancient Egyptians reckon in? Ashton presents evidence that one of these annual cycles, adhered to during Egypt's first dynasties, consisted of 320 days. Page 95

New Flashes -- by Tania ta Maria


Volume V, Number 6


Emilio Spedicato graduated in physics at Milano University and worked at the CISE nuclear research center till 1976. He is Professor of Operations Research and head of Mathematics at the University of Bergamo. He has conducted research at several institutions, including Stanford University and Hatfield Polytechnic, and has developed an interest in cosmic catastrophism since the mid eighties.

Antonio Del Popolo was born in Sicily, graduated in physics and obtained his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Catania. He has worked with Professor Erasmo Recami, one of the founders of the theory of tachions, and is a specialist in the history of science. He is now working with Professor Emilio Spedicato at the University of Bergamo, Italy. He is a specialist of N-body gravitational systems and has, in particular, studied the evolution of galaxy clusters and galaxy halos, taking into account the important role played by tidal effects. He has provided evidence that the planet Pluto may have been dislodged from the Kuiper belt due to tidal effects, and has theoretically proved that giant planets may end up in orbits very close to their primary star, again due to tidal forces, as they have indeed now been observed in extra solar systems.

Ev Cochrane, the author of Martian Metamorphoses: The Planet Mars in Ancient Myth and Religion, has also published numerous articles on comparative mythology and archaeoastronomy. He previously served as an Associate Editor of KRONOS and is currently the publisher of AEON.

Dwardu Cardona has been a free-lance writer since 1968. He has, since then, acted as a Contributing Editor for KRONOS and, later, as Senior Editor for the same periodical and is currently the Editor of AEON. He was a Founding Father of the Canadian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies. He also acts as the Series Editor for the Osiris Series of books sponsored by Cosmos & Chronos. An enthusiastic researcher and writer, he has now published well over a hundred articles on various subjects in various periodicals.

J. Eric Aitchison was educated at Newcastle Boys High School in Classics, Latin, French, History etc., but finished school early due to family finances. During varied employment, he gained his accountancy degree. His chosen industry was NSW Public Hospitals. During this employment, he gained a degree in Health Administration (Univ. of NSW). He retired recently as Chief Executive Officer of his local suburban hospital. His interest in Velikovsky began in 1967 and has not abated since.

Alban Wallis a graduate of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy where he received a license as Deck Officer and commission in the U. S. Naval Reserve. He served for a number of years as navigator aboard merchant vessels, returning later to the Academy as instructor in the Department of Navigation and Seamanship. In civilian life, he has acted as instructor at a naval reserve center where he attained the rank of Lt. Commander. His researches of ancient archaeological sites, using the tools of archaeoastronomy, have resulted in the publication of various articles which have appeared in KRONOS, HORUS, ESOP, AEON, and other journals. Wall is also a published poet with two national Grand Prize awards to his credit.

Gunnar Thompson's interest in multicultural studies and Native Americans derives from his childhood experiences in America's Northwest, coupled with his mixed heritage of Norse, German, and native ancestors. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with High Distinction in anthropology from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1968. His graduate studies were conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1979. His books on public policy, multi-national economics, and creative education anticipated many of the social and economic developments of the past decade. He also serves as an assistant professor in Counselor Education at the University of Hawaii. His books on the subject of ancient voyages include Nu Sun -- Asian-American Voyages 500 BC; American Discovery -- Our Multicultural Heritage; The Friar's Map of Ancient America 1360 AD; and Lions in the New Land.

Roger Ashton was born in the UK and has resided in Delhi, Bombay, Dharamsala (India) and Beirut (Lebanon). Presently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), he is an interdisciplinary researcher and student of Sanskrit literature. Topics of his published articles range from classical Asian music to the butterflies of Delhi. He has also broadcasted a radio program series on the classical and traditional music of former USSR Asian republics, India, and North Africa.

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