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"The Atlantis Blueprint:
Unlocking the Mystery of a Long Lost Civilization"
by Rand Flem-Ath & Colin Wilson
"The first time I read this book I made a list of the many aspects that impressed me, and the many revealing insights into the ancient world contained within its covers. As the book quoted from many other published sources, I chose one which had impressed the authors, Colin Wilson and Rand Flem-Ath, to read in between my second reading of "The Atlantis Blueprint" and the writing of this review. That book was "Uriel's Machine", by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, and it proved to be a wise choice - not least because Rand Flem-Ath argued that while Knight & Lomas had identified the correct 'sacred latitude' (55 degrees), they had the wrong hemisphere, and that the correct location of where Uriel is said to have observed the 'machine' is on Lesser Antarctica, where Rand Flem-Ath places Atlantis before the cataclysms marking the end of the last Ice Age.
Long aware that Stonehenge contained certain astronomical phenomena that was specific to the latitutde of its location, I was more than interested in the concept of 'sacred latitudes' as proposed by Rand Flem-Ath.
On my second reading of "The Atlantis Blueprint" I made another list, and compared the two. The second list contained much I had not realised the significance of during my first reading, as I had not then the benefit of understanding the fuller picture that can only come with having read the whole book. I also felt that any initial misgivings I may have had about the 'first-person/third person' narrative style of the two authors, which I had found quite confusing at first reading, had disappeared completely the second time around.
The essence of the book is 'Sacred Geometry', on both a local and a global geographical level. The same natural patterns that ancient peoples observed in nature were adequately shown by Flem-Ath and Wilson to have been incorporated not only into the various ancient monuments themselves, but also into their local inter-relationships and in the global distribution of many ancient sites that at some stage in prehistory have been regarded as somehow 'sacred' by ancient cultures worldwide.
The authors showed in many cases that numerous ancient monuments had been built on the same sites as much earlier structures, and that the earlier the original structure seems to have been, the more exact appears to be the underpinning knowledge of 'natural geometry' and 'megalithic science' demonstrated. Having spent some thirty years quietly trying to unravel some of the legacy of ancient mysteries left from archaic times myself, I found it difficult not to feel that what Rand Flem-Ath and Colin Wilson have also uncovered is another important piece of the jigsaw for our understanding of the past - the ragged pattern of 'civilisation in decline'.
A comparison that demands further explanation from our modern geographers, who cannot deny the evidence of the works of ancient mariners and surveyors now coming to light. Colin Wilson's encyclopaedic knowledge of archæological anomalies, coupled with his amazing ability to glean relevance from the often discarded discoveries of various explorers and adventurers in recent history, brings to the book the 'glue' that has been sought after by countless others who have tried to see a clearer picture of prehistory by attempting to link the remnants of the ancient structures of various past cultures. The 'blueprint' that Rand Flem-Ath and Colin Wilson have pieced together, has been thoughtfully presented in such a way that future researchers can benefit from their methodology, and the Flem-Ath website makes available the formula by which any ancient site, anywhere in the world, can be tested to see if it fits this ancient 'blueprint'.
At times the book seems to digress far from the theme its title suggests, but this is just an illusion the reader will entertain when only part-way through. The complimentary partnership of Rand Flem-Ath and Colin Wilson is at its best when delving into these apparent sidetracks, and only a veteran unraveller of ancient mysteries such as Colin Wilson could have guided the reader so adeptly through the quagmire of messianic lunacy that the 'Rennes Le Chateau phenomenon' has become, taking the reader right to the essence of that particular mystery - the 'sacred geometry' reflected in the regular distribution of ancient sites in that part of south-western France.
The 'pentacle' symbol, long held sacred by many ancient cultures, and also by more modern 'secret societies' that have variously seen themselves as the 'protectors of ancient wisdom' and 'guardians of sacred knowledge', has a long and complicated history. Expressed often as a 'rose', this geometric figure was shown by the authors to have been central to the astronomical basis of much of what is termed 'sacred geometry', and particularly to the pattern of the 'observed geocentric orbit of Venus' - something central to the unfolding ancient 'blueprint'
A must read for everyone who is interested in the many mysteries of the past. Although the authors' inclusion of the metric system in their proposed 'blueprint' will not please many of those who have studied the 'sacred geometry' that is evident in the ancient monuments of various cultures around the globe. In fact, this is the one proposal in the book which, to many informed readers, may seem to let it down. But I would caution against the temptation to throw out the baby with the bathwater, as the book contains much that gives a clearer picture of the achievements of our ancestors, and, just as importantly, of the cataclysmic predicaments in which they periodically found themselves. More sorely needed proof, then, that we are living amongst the ruins of both a long lost civilisation, as well as the 'megalithic observatories' built by those who survived the catastrophe that destroyed it.
Hopefully, at some stage in the future, the authors will offer a more comprehensive explanation than they do in "The Atlantis Blueprint" for their inclusion of the recent metric system in the geometric schemes of ancient geographers and surveyors - the remnants of whose works, the authors adequately show, lie in post-catastrophic ruin around the globe. This book is definately worth a second reading ... and a third.
"Voices of the Rocks" by Robert M. Schoch & Robert Aquinas McNally
Asked to investigate the Sphinx at Giza, Schoch was troubled to find evidence of a much greater age than the 4,500 years suggested by Egyptologists. This led him to examine the possibility of a lost civilization dating back to at least 10,000 B.C. Looking at linguistic, geological, and archaeological evidence from around the world, he proposes an outline of prehistory that differs markedly from our received wisdom--after all, if the Lascaux cave paintings really are star maps, then we've got a lot of catching up to do."
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"Exodus to Arthur" by Mike Baillie
This book is the best one I have read. It appears to me that publishers and editors for these books are demanding "human-interest stories" presenting the thoughts and emotions of the author(s) as they performed their research. Apparently most scientists do not have the skill to write a human-interest story and still present compelling scientific arguments. Professor Baillie pulls off the trick of mixing the personal with the scientific almost seamlessly, probably because he has a good sense of humor, which comes through in his writing."
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