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... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 130: JUL-AUG 2000 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects There are More Pyramids in Sudan than All of Egypt The kingdom of Cush (or Kush) flourished south of Egypt along the Nile from the Eighth Century B.C. to the Fourth Century A.D. Here the rulers of Cush built some 228 pyramids, three times as many as the Pharaohs managed to pile up! We rarely hear or see anything of these strange, steeply pointed structures. They are usually less than 100 feet high and not as impressive and mysterious as those farther north beyond the Aswan Dam. The Sudanese pyramids are smaller, steeper, and more recent than those to the north in Egypt. The Cushite kingdom's passion for pyramids was probably acquired in the Eighth Century B.C., when it actually ruled Egypt for a few years until the Assyrians pushed its armies back south in 671 B.C. With them, the Cushites took the pyramid idea, Egyptian art forms, and hieroglyphics. They liked pyramids so ...
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12. Found: the lost pyramids of rock lake [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 66: Nov-Dec 1989 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Found: the lost pyramids of rock lake The purported pyramids found on the muddy floor of Wisconsin's Rock Lake are so fascinating that we must pass on the following report, even though it comes from outside the group of publications we usually rely on. In fact, we have never seen anything on these pyramids in the scientific press, although in SF#30 we did present an earlier report on them from the Wisconsin State Journal. So, caveat emptor! The first sketch of the Rock Lake Pyramid from a 1970 issue of Skin Diver, as presented in Ancient Man. The author of this article, F. Joseph, states that beneath the surface of Rock Lake lie at least ten structures. Two of these have been mapped and photographed by skin divers and sonar. Structure #1, which has been dubbed the Limnatis Pyramid, has a base width of 60 feet, a length of about 100 feet ...
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... STIEBING, Jr. Reviewed by Herbert A. Storck This book critically reviews several popular theories and ideas that have gained wide currency among the general public. Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions and Other Popular Theories about Man's Past (Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1984, 217 pp.) is written by W. H. Stiebing, Jr., associate professor of history at the University of New Orleans. The popular concepts dealt with are the universality of the deluge, Atlantis, cosmic catastrophism, ancient astronauts, the mysteries of the pyramids, and early voyages to the Americas. A final chapter summarizes some elements common to all of the above theories. In this chapter Stiebing cites the poor nature of the evidence: simple answers to complex problems and a pervasive anti-establishment rhetoric are examples. The author goes on to conclude with some reflections on why these views have gained such popularity; he attributes their growing attraction primarily to the communications gap between academic and general communities. Stiebing's handling of the idea of a universal flood is essentially even-handed. He brings to bear deficiencies ...
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14. The Rock Lake Pyramids [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 30: Nov-Dec 1983 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Rock Lake Pyramids Professor James Shertz, of the University of Wisconsin, is trying to get to the bottom of the reputed stone pyramids submerged in Rock Lake, near Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Fishermen have hit the pyramids with their oars when the lake is very low; and others have spotted structures (perhaps as many as four) from the air. In 1937, a diver reported seeing a 29-foot-high pyramid in the murky waters. Recent divers have found boul-der alignments; but the visibility is so poor that organized structures cannot be identified. Truncated earthen pyramids exist at nearby precolumbian Aztalan; and strange rock piles exist elsewhere in Wisconsin. Consequently, one cannot brush off the idea that some edifices were built at Rock Lake when the water was much lower. (Smith, Susan Lampert; "Lake Mills' Lost Pyramids," Wisconsin State Journal, June 26, 1983. Cr. R. Heiden via ...
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15. The Path Of The Pyramids [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 136: JUL-AUG 2001 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Path Of The Pyramids About the same time the Egyptians were hauling 100-ton limestone blocks to the Giza Plateau, some South Americans were toting basketball-size rocks in bags woven from reeds to a site called Caral, located 23 kilometers from Peru's Pacific coast. While the Egyptians piled their weighty blocks neatly into pyramids, the South Americans simply dropped their stones, reed bags and all, onto crude but growing piles. When finished, the largest "rock pile" at Caral contained 7 million cubic feet of rocks and had assumed the shape of a pyramid (or platform mound) four stories high (60 feet) and covering an area 500 by 450 feet. This was probably the first monumental architecture in the New World; and it was constructed some 800 years earlier than mainstream archeologists had expected. In fact, Caral boasts six large platform mounds, three sunken plazas, and many impressive buildings. Layout of the Coral ...
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16. The Black Pyramids [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 122: Mar-Apr 1999 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Black Pyramids Spain's Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa hardly seem a place for pyramids, but there seem to be six of them on Tenerife, near Guimar. The inhabitants of this island have generally ignored these dilapidated piles of black volcanic stones. However, one perceptive native described them in a letter to T. Heyerdahl of Kon Tiki fame and a leading proponent of ancient cultural diffusion across all oceans. Quick to respond, Heyerdahl perceived amid the debris six stepped pyramids of black stone. He persuaded a Norwegian businessman to buy the site, clean up the debris of centuries, and found a museum. One of the "black" pyramids has now been restored, but some experts are still unconvinced. However, recent excavations under one pyramid have yielded artifacts identified with the pre-Spanish inhabitants of Tenerife. Meanwhile, Heyerdahl has been checking out a rumored pyramid on Sicily. Could Heyerdahl be right when he ...
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... they developed sophisticated maths and an accurate calendar. Cholula, another temple of Quetzalcoatl, is 3 times more massive than the Great Pyramid of Egypt. At Tres Zapotes is an Olmec/Mayan calendrical stela dated to 3rd Sept. 32 BC and close by is a giant stone negroid head of c. 100 BC [8,9. According to some scholars, the Egyptians and Olmecs had no transition from primitive to advanced civilisation [9,10. The Book of the Dead seems to have no precedent. In Teotihuacan the pyramids are laid out much as at Giza [14,15, with two large and one small, not quite in a straight line. The Pyramid of the Sun's height times 4p equals the perimeter at the base. The Great Pyramid's original height times 2p equals the perimeter at the base [16. To Hancock this seems too close for coincidence. [Ed .'s note: the actual ratio seems to be 2 3.14, which is not precisely 2p.Hancock also read the related literature. The Popol Vuh [11, ...
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... the earliest of these have still to be investigated fully. From Tiahuanaco Neil turned his attentions to the Giza plateau. He proposed that the Grand Gallery of the Great Pyramid was designed to incorporate some kind of hydraulic system involving water being used to float stones up to higher levels during the construction of the monument. The King's Chamber would also have been filled with water via the so-called air shafts which link to the outside. Neil also spoke of the predominance of regular geometry involving the angle of 26.5 degrees in connection with the Giza pyramids and their satellites, something which is not found in connection with the Sphinx. Only if sightings are made from the head of the Sphinx can the monument be linked into the pre-existing geometry of the pyramids. He further added that the mastaba fields bore no mathematical correlation whatsoever to either the pyramids or the Sphinx, a conundrum which he felt implied that they were even later. I listened carefully to everything he had to say about his proposed landscape geometry for Giza, and its implications for the dating of the monuments. The ...
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... From: Horus Vol. 1 No. 1 (Winter 1985) Home¦ Issue Contents Myths, Monuments, and Mnemonics by David Griffard The Pyramids at Gizeh have drawn many visitors in both ancient and modern times- a genuine "Wonder of the World". Unfortunately time has blurred our knowledge of their meaning or purpose. Changes in language and culture sometimes separated by dark-ages many centuries long have fragmented and confused Egypt's history. Physical damage to the Pyramids by natural and human causes has obscured the original grandeur and has erased any symbols that may have been carved or painted on the finished facing-stone. The timeless mystery of the Pyramids remains. The most common story is that they were royal tombs built by great Pharaohs as personal memorials. Because of the technical skills required to build them and their apparent astronomical orientations, others argue that ancient knowledge and sophistication in geometry, measurement, and astronomical observation were enshrined for posterity. Still others have proposed a more mystical meaning- "pyramid power" or symbolic links to Biblical prophecies, for example. Finally there ...
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... not discuss every Egyptian temple and pyramid. They only discussed the most noteworthy. But if Strabo and Herodotus were describing a Labyrinth at Hawarra, then strangely they would both have omitted the Step Pyramid complex from their descriptions. Such an omission is highly improbable, since modern Egyptologists consider the Step Pyramid complex as perhaps the most impressive in ancient Egypt. Alan Gardiner says of the Step Pyramid complex: "Egypt has no more remarkable spectacle to offer than the comparatively recently excavated and restored complex of buildings of which that earliest of the pyramids forms the centre" [6. Similarly, Fakhry characterizes the cemetery at Saqqara as 'one of the most important sites in Egypt, with its tombs of unrivalled beauty, its temples, and the Serapeum.' But he continues, 'All these, however, are eclipsed by the Step Pyramid and its subsidiary monuments.' [7 Herodotus and Strabo could hardly have missed this spectacular complex. The necropolis at Saqqara was quite near Memphis, and the Step Pyramid complex dominates the area [8. Both would surely have visited ...
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