“The Atlantis Blueprint: Unlocking the Mystery of a Long Lost Civilization

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Rand Flem-Ath & Colin Wilson


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The EU English Edition of

“The Atlantis Blueprint: Unlocking the Mystery of a Long Lost


by Rand Flem-Ath and Colin Wilson, was first

published on

October 26 2000


US edition of

“The Atlantis Blueprint: Unlocking the Ancient Mysteries of a

Long Lost Civilisation” by Rand Flem-Ath and

Colin Wilson was published in

March 2001

US edition publication date March 2001

“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


“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.


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.


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


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’.

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Rose & Rand Flem-Ath

an image/link to the Flem-Ath website showing the changing north poles

This ragged pattern, more easily understandable thanks to the

pioneering work of Charles Hapgood, and the development of that

work by Rose and Rand Flem-Ath, concerns the orientation of various

ancient structures that are distributed around the globe in simple,

regular patterns. What distinguishes one pattern from another is

that some sites are orientated to the current north pole, while

others, apparently built at much earlier epochs, are orientated

to the location of the old north pole – where it stood before the

last major earth-crust displacement.

The image to the left shows the locations of both the current and

the previous north poles, and is an image/link directly to the Flem-Ath’s

website. Click on the image and you will be taken on a tour of the

theories, and the history of the theories, about the earth’s shifting

crust, the various supposed locations

of Atlantis, and the compelling similarities between various

ancient maps and the world-view of our planet where Antarctica is

shown as being ‘up’.

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 arch?ological

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’

Copyright ©

Rose & Rand Flem-Ath

an image/link to the Flem-Ath website showing the changing north poles

Since the publication of the book, “When

The Sky Fell”, in which Rose and Rand Flem-Ath first put

forward their ideas about Antarctica being Atlantis, there has been

active debate in many circles about their dating of the cataclysm

that undoubtedly happened at some time in the last 15,000 years.

The Bauval & Hancock school of thought places much emphasis

on a date of 10,500 BC, whilst the Flem-Aths prefer the date that

Plato gives in his Critias and Timaeus

dialogues – 9,600 BC.

The image to the left is a link directly to the Flem-Ath’s website,

where you can find out more about Antarctica as Atlantis. Albert

Einstein was in contact with Charles Hapgood before he died, and

expressed support for Hapgood’s theories about

‘the earth’s shifting crust’ as a probable cause of the apparent

polar changes at the end of the last Ice Age. But Hapgood was also

in contact with Rand Flem-Ath, and it was this correspondence that

eventually led him on a journey that resulted in the joint venture

with Colin Wilson, and a research project which eventually became

“The Atlantis 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.


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.



of the Rocks”

by Robert M. Schoch & Robert Aquinas McNally

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“The great 19th-century battle between catastrophists and

uniformitarians seemed to end with the notion of global cataclysms

being dismissed as a back door to the supernatural. But the catastrophist

theory has gradually become more and more plausible, so that now,

less than a hundred years later, it is widely believed that mass extinctions

are linked to meteor strikes.

Geologist Robert M. Schoch believes that if a large meteor or comet

could extinguish most of our planet’s complex life (just

ask the trilobites), then a smaller one could destroy a civilization,

and perhaps did. In “Voices of the Rocks”,

he tells us how it may have happened

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


find out

more about the new dating of the Great Sphinx

in the recently

updated EU English Edition of

“Voices of the Rocks”


“Exodus to Arthur”

by Mike Baillie

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“This book reads like a detective story where the plot slowly unfolds.

In the beginning it describes the use of tree rings to date old wood

in buildings, paintings, ships and other archeological specimens.

By a huge collaborative effort by many tree ring scientists it has

been possible to establish almost continuous tree ring patterns over

6000 years in bristlecone pine, oak, and other species.

Most variations in ring width is due to local conditions. However,

six peculiar worldwide, decade long episodes of reduced growth has

become evident, for example around 1628 BC and 540 AD. The archeologist

Baillie compares this with chinese, egyptian and other history,

with the bible and with myths from all over the world, and with

what is known of climate changes, vulcano eruptions, analyses of

Greenland ice cores and the probability of impacts of comets and


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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