January 25, 2011

Ancient Source Maps

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, source maps were used by mapmakers to fill in the voids of vast undiscovered areas. These maps used to fill in the unknown gaps include depicting California as an island off the west coast of North America, the Island of Atlantis off the west coast of Europe, and even accurate outlines of Antarctica years before they were known to exist. Studies of the geological features over time, on undated source maps, suggest they date to just before the end of the ice age. In fact, some of the geological features found on these maps incidentally change the known theories for continental drift events. One example is the 1513 Piri Reis gazelle skin map which shows the northern part of Antarctica to have been mapped before it was covered in ice. The problem, though, is accurate studies prove the last known time any part of the coast was free of ice dates to around 6,000 years ago. Scientists argue that the Antarctic ice sheet is millions of years old which gives rise to the question of who was around in 4,000 BCE and capable of charting the coastline like we're only now able to do with modern technology, source maps or not.

Interpretations of ancient source maps are not limited to geological features alone. Many contain markings placing locations such as underground ancient labryrinths and other unknown mysteries. Such maps include Homer's View of Earth (900 BCE), the Turin Papyrus (1300 BCE), the Ga-Sur clay tablet map (2,500 BCE), and the World According to Hecataeus (~500-600 BCE). Of course, there are numerous other examples as some of the earliest known examples of mapping trace back to carvings dating to around 8,000 years ago. Some of these maps feature unknown drawings and locations that have given modern explorers new avenues to discover. Even more intriguing are the attempts for unearthing the very source maps which inspired the more modern maps as we know them. Studying how our ancestors moved around and the areas they discovered is proving to be as important as many of their cultural belief systems.

January 20, 2011

Electricity in Ancient Times

There are known artifacts which suggest the theoretical possibility that our ancestors were using or experimenting with electricity, and the exact purpose is not presently known. Historical records indicate that Thales of Miletus, around 624 to 546 BCE, experimented with amber and lodestone showing a precise relationship between magnetism and electrification.

The Bagdad Parthian battery, a physically existing example, dates between 250BCE and 224CE and is composed of a ceramic pot, copper cylinder and an iron rod. Theories have suggested the Parthian battery may have been used to provide a small shock or tingle as a therapeutic remedy. Naturally abundant chemicals at the time support the theory though certain skeptics claim that because the jar can't be proven to have been used as a battery, it must not be one.

Another find is the controversial Dendera Light in Egypt, fuels skeptical debate of whether or not our ancient relatives had the means to harness electricity. The Dendera Light is found on a relief in the Dendera Temple Complex and claimed to be a depiction of a Djed pillar, lotus flower and a spawning snake according to Egyptian mythology. When viewed with modern influence, the Dendera Light looks nearly identical to a Geissler Tube or Arc Lamp.

Egypt is home to several other interesting uses for copper, some of which have lead people to believe that copper wrapped pole tops may have conducted lightning or another form of electricity at one point. It's very interesting to note that some of the larger pylon-type structures outside of the Temple of Luxor do indeed look like giant torches, which may have been an amazing sight if true.

When viewed with a modern influence, the Dendera Light looks nearly identical to a Geissler Tube or an Arc Lamp. Egypt is also home to several other interesting uses for copper, some of which have lead people to believe that copper wrapped pole tops may have conducted lightning or another form of electricity at one point. It's very interesting to note that some of the larger pylon-type structures outside of the Temple of Luxor do indeed look like giant torches, which may have been an amazing sight if true.

This lends to the idea that some of the larger structures may have indeed served other purposes than what is believed at face value. One theory goes so far as explaining the Great Pyramid of Giza as a giant electric reactor. The theory claims ventilation shafts are actually giant tubes designed to pour and mix chemicals in the Queen's chamber. Even more interesting is that there is actually evidence supporting the theory.

Half-way around the world is yet another discovery in Mesoamerica at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan. Giant ninety foot square mica sheets up to twelve inches thick were uncovered between two of the upper levels and is said to have been transported there from 2,000 miles away in Brazil.

The mica was found in locations hidden from sight thereby giving the impression it was not used for decorative purposes. Mica is used in modern electronics for creating capacitors, nuclear track micro filters, and as a birefringent used in optical devices such as wave plates and light modulators. Strangely enough, two gigantic and highly polished mirrors were discovered in a chamber at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun which may relate somehow to a type of light modulation.

January 19, 2011

Pyramid Building with Wine

Last week the Post published an article explaining the discovery of a 6,000 year old wine-making operation found in an Armenian cave, predating a previous known collection found in the tomb of Egyptian King Scorpion the first. General impressions from the article lead one to believe the archaeologists were skeptical such wine-making abilities would have existed at that time.

Egyptian Step Pyramid, Djoser
The interesting thing here concerns Ancient Egypt and the Armenian cave dating. Some scholars believe hieroglyphic Egyptian writing was invented around 3,200 BCE with the first glyph being a wine press, after Shesmu, the Demon-God of the Wine Press. It is written in the Pyramid Texts that Shesmu offered the justified dead red wine to drink.

Although the Armenian discovery predates even the first literal transcripts found in Egypt by 800 years, it seems naive to think the practice of wine-making to be only 800 years older than a civilization who even went so far as deeming a God to the beverage.

In fact, a researcher named Patrick McGovern uncovered a 9,000 year old fermented drink in China's Yellow River Valley which is now giving archaeologists another line to follow instead of how our ancestors developed with breads.

Many references also display ancient workers being heavily rewarded with fermented beverages for their work which in a way might have one thinking an odd answer to why they built so large and complicated. They were drunk. Well, maybe its possible the alcohol influenced some of their building decisions and relieved some of the associated pains, but it just doesn't seem like the reasonable yet mystical explanation world researchers would agree with.

January 18, 2011

Georgia Guidestones

Elbert County Georgia is home to a mysterious structure known as the Georgia Guidestones, or American Stonehenge. The Pyramid Blue Granite stones were built by the Elberton Granite Finishing Company in 1980 per contract from an unknown individual under the pseudonym R.C. Christian, which is believed to be linked to Rosicrucianism. 

Ten inscriptions are found in eight difference languages on the stones along with a separate explanatory tablet providing guidelines and mention of a time capsule buried below. The stone set is orientated to mark the 18.6 year lunar declination cycle, provides a peering hole to find the North Star, aligns to the Sun solstices and equinoxes, and manages to keep track of the current day of the year by a sun ray passing through the capstone. Many interpreters have claimed the guide stones to be one of the bigger, anonymously built modern monuments. 

We visit the site in person and are met with a bit of an eerie ambiance, adding further to the mystery. Details of the visit can be found here:  Georgia Guidestones

January 17, 2011

Miracle of the Flowers

The five-hundred year old statue of Kuan Yin, found in the Jogyesa Temple Seoul Korea, sprouted several legendary flowers attributed by Buddhists as the sign that the King of the Future has come into the world.

This is the first time in a 1,000 year history the tiny ballpoint-pen sized flowers have sprouted and blossomed in the monastery. Related to ficus, the flowers are considered divine in India, China and Japan, only believed to bloom at the time of a monumental life changing event once every 3,000 years.

Jogyesa Temple Lanterns, Gojimaster
Kuan Yin is known as one of the four great Bodhisattva, an enlightened deity who chose to stay on Earth and teach all other beings until they are also enlightened. News of the blossoming flowers first appeared around 2001 from a public press release.

Though several world changing events have happened since 2001, none have been associated with the blooming flowers. Monks and Buddhist leaders have since kept watch over the Kuan Yin statue praying and preparing for the time of change.

January 14, 2011

Microbe Discovery Rewrites History

Science is constantly uncovering fossils and artifacts that are reshaping our perception of the human species and our history. Recent discoveries such as a 400,000 year old tooth became a new mystery to paleontologists extending the known existence back another 200,000 years.

A living organism found in a tiny bubble inside a rock salt crystal dating to 35,000 years ago further demonstrates just how robust life can be. On top of that, NASA's microbe discovery of arsenic-based life at Mono Lake became an instant controversy considering what it means to the discovery of life outside of our planet.

Continuous research and development into these fields has tipped the proverbial iceberg and the results test previous theories to the brink. We have most definitely begun the journey down the rabbit hole, with each new discovery requiring a change in thinking and explanation.

Society has become conditioned and accustomed to accepting scientific theory to be scientific fact and when the theories need revisions, it sometimes appears though science has been wrong all along. Without theorizing over the possibilities of life and our existence, any of these discoveries could not be possible. This new era is indeed a very exciting time, begging those with keen interests to want to know more.

January 13, 2011

Ancient Mysteries and DNA

Some may consider the subject matter in ancient mysteries research to be off-the-wall concepts loosely based on preconceived notion. It's important to remember that topics, aside from a few on popular legend, are strictly based on physically existing evidence in both the form of objects large and small and cross-references in historical record.

B-DNA, Mauroesguerroto
Physical evidence is then presented and left for the interpreter to decide how they feel about it, which is what makes a lot of these phenomena a mystery.

Subject matter includes relics and structures theorized to have research available for 5% of what archaeologists and scientists believe may exist.  Very similar to sequencing the genome, only around 5% to has a known purpose as genes.

The remaining 95% appears to be non-coding DNA junk, and as it were some think the non-coding DNA junk may have been added by some other means.

For either situation scientists can only work with the materials they have and speculate about the purpose of the rest until that too is uncovered. The research and study isn't contingent on events purposed to have happened or events speculated to might happen, its purely drawn from the physical evidence seen throughout the world.

A lot of highly distracting paranoid conspiracy theories have been intermingled with the subject matter, probably because its a natural psychological reaction for mass populations. Until the fabricated ideas are separated from the actual facts, perceptions will remain as they are. Earth has a rich trove of ancient history that cannot be denied and our ancestors deserve a little more credit than the primitive labels stuck on them.

January 12, 2011

Moving Rocks of Death Valley

The subject of moving rocks in Death Valley was brought up recently and happened to inspire an idea. One video found on YouTube and often associated with webpages discussing the phenomena distinctly shows the rare occurrence of water crawling across the valley floor suggesting water may indeed be a catalyst coupled with wind currents. The problem is that nobody has ever seen the rocks physically move though Paula Messina tracked several rocks using GPS to determine their tracks.

Geologists have pinpointed a location suggested to be the starting point for most of the rocks and the GPS map observation from Paula shows several rocks moving away from one area. Couple this with Death Valley being the location of the lowest point in the United States, MysteryPile's theory states that there is a slight decline in elevation, enough for the rocks to slide, leaving trails behind from their last point. We believe the answer might be as simple as an accurate land survey grabbing a line of sight from the rock face believed to be of origin, and the ending points for current rocks in position. The angle of elevation may be moderate enough that it tricks the human eye while catering to the mass in rock. The creeping water definitely suggests a slope of some type which may soften the surface allowing the rocks to move easier. Another twist to this theory involves the entire Death Valley "race-track" area moving in a very slow and casual double sea-saw type motion where the rock origin end lifts enough, causing rocks to break free and fall to the valley floor while shifting existing rocks.

Together, these ideas may answer why rocks closer to each other may take on different paths as their masses differ slightly enough to change their trajectory during tilting or expending their potential energies over a steady decline in slope. Combine the land survey results from the origin and then from rock to rock with the overhead GPS positioning and a three dimensional picture evolves, possibly one describing more about the geological processes happening under Death Valley.

January 11, 2011

Number Connections - 11,11

Today, a little research on 11,11 occurrences resulted in quite a few fingers pointing to the upcoming date in November of this year. There are newer theories relating to the Mayan calendar actually ending on Dec 24th 2011, and the 2012 notion previously considered correct has dwindled to those specific believers.

When the news of the Mayan calendar hit the media in full force, the idea of an end cycle in 2012 was etched into millions of minds. The only way that original date may change, to those people, is after the moment 2012 has passed and 13 begins.

Superstitions regarding number sequences are not unusual and have been around for ages. Some people think if the 11,11 sequence is witnessed on a clock means someone you know is thinking about you. Others believe the 11,11's are reminders and wake-up calls from 1,111 spirit guardians protecting the Earth.

Yesterday was 01-10-11 which does play on the 11,11 sequence and also happens to be when NASA discovered a strange green "blob" with the Hubble Telescope. Titled Hanny's Voorwerp, a purposed planet breeder, the 300,000 light year long gas cloud with a core believed to be a black hole. The discovery is definitely an oddity by NASA standards which may lead many to believe it to be key knowledge to future events.

January 10, 2011

Website now Live

Exploring mysteries of world heritage and ancient cultures. The body of research is now available online, organized into subcategories, with media added. www.mysterypile.com