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Mystery Growing for Unexplained Space Signals

Could ET be calling? Most scientists are not ready to pick up the phone yet, but they acknowledge they have a major puzzle on their hands. Intense bursts of unexplained, but rapid regularly recurring radio activity have now been picked up by major radio telescopes all over the world. The ‘fast radio bursts’ (FRBs) with  unknown origins are now considered among the most mysterious anomalies in astrophysics.

In June, 2020, England’s Jodrell Bank Observatory reported an FRB with a cycle of 157 days. Another signal, coming from a galaxy 500 million light-years away, is repeating like clockwork every 16 days. Still another burst pattern (FRB180916.J0158+65) produces radio waves for a period of four days, stops for a period of 12 days, then repeats itself. According to a pre-published study, the first 28 patterns of the latter were observed between September 2018 and October 2019 (https://arxiv.org/pdf/2001.10275.pdf).

First detected in 2007 by astronomer Duncan Lorimer  at the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, the mystery broadcasts appeared to be emanating from beyond the Milky Way. Later when similar signals came from much closer, but were not immediately confirmed by any other receivers, they were written off as some kind of fluke, but not any more.

In April, 2020, astronomers at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME), reported a bright radio burst from the direction of the Galactic magnetar SGR 1935+2154 about 30,000 light years away in the Vulpecula constellation. Referred to as FRB 200428, the burst was cited as the first of its kind detected within the Milky Way, and the first ever to be linked to a known source, a magnetar.

The big question remains though, what are FRBs? There are, apparently, several schools of thought. Some radio astronomers think they may be caused by pulses from the collapse of super massive stars. Others believe they may be generated by solar flares from nearby stars. Some have argued that they could be some kind of signature for long-sought Dark Matter. And yes, some scientists have even begun to speculate about extraterrestrial civilizations. That kind of talk may cause heartburn among the scientific elite, but it has, not yet, been ruled out.

In August 1977 an unexplained signal which appeared to have an intelligent origin was picked up by Jerry R. Ehman working on a SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) project for Ohio State University. Ehman famously wrote “Wow!” on the computer printout, and ever since it has been called ‘the Wow! signal.’ The event never recurred and was ultimately written off as a fluke, but it has never been satisfactorily explained by orthodox science. Undeterred, physicist Dr. Paul Laviolette, speculated that the “Wow! Signal” was, indeed, the work of an extra-terrestrial civilization. In his book, Decoding the Message of the Pulsars, (Starlane Publications, 2006), Laviolette argued that since 1967 astronomers have been analyzing very precisely timed signals coming from radio-emitting beacons termed “pulsars.” Pulsars, claimed LaViolette, could be immense navigational beacons created by an ancient spacefaring civilization. (See “The Pulsar Mystery,” in Atlantis Rising Magazine #24, August, 2000)

Everybody agrees, the mysterious signals need more study. In the meantime the sky is being watched with unusual care for the illusive irrefutable scientific proof that we are not alone.

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Interstellar Vanishing Act Still Playing?

In January of 2020, in the first edition of the Atlantis Rising Research Report, we told you about the strange case of the disappearing stars.

Comparing photos of the sky from 2016 with images of the same area taken in 1950, astronomers discovered, to their amazement, that over 100 stars had vanished without a trace. The matter was written up in the Astronomical Journal  by Beatriz Villarroel of Stockholm University and Spain’s Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, in an article entitled “Our Sky now and then−searches for lost stars and impossible effects as probes of advanced extra-terrestrial civilizations,” (https://arxiv. org/abs/1606.08992) but so far, nobody has been able to explain what happened to the missing stars.

Fast-forward to June 30. A new paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society reports that a ‘monster’ star, two million times brighter than the sun, has disappeared without a trace. This time though, we have been provided with some theories deemed more acceptable to mainstream science, and not involving alien civilizations. This may be, reported the authoritative web site LiveScience.com, the case of a truly “unprecedented” act of stellar suicide culminating in a truly massive black hole. The astrophysicists, however, remain at some pains to explain just how the star could have done such a thing without first exploding in an immense supernova, and, in the process, getting the full attention of experts on Earth.

As we indicated in ARRR #1, the sudden, and unexplained, disappearance of stars is causing consternation in some astronomical circles. Indeed, when considered in context with the anomalous ‘dimming’—or flickering—of orbs like ‘Tabby’s Star’ (KIC 8462852, named after discoverer, astronomer Tabetha Boyajian), the possibility of some kind of unimaginably advanced technology like a ‘Dyson Sphere’ has not yet been fully dismissed. (“In his 1937 novel Star Maker, science fiction writer Olaf Stapleton envisioned an unbelievably advanced ET civilization with energy needs so great that it must capture the entire energy output of a star, and, to do the job, it engineers a kind of vast spherical lantern shade. The idea was later seriously considered by theoretical physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson, who inadvertently gave it his name.” ARRR #1)

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Mega Engineering in the Stars?

 

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Evidence Found for High Siberian Civilization 24,000 Years Ago

New Russian Study Reconstructs a Lost Technology

The possibility of advanced civilization before the end of the last ice age remains extremely controversial in academic circles, but new discoveries in Siberia are threatening the orthodox timeline as never before. Several respected Russian scientists now claim that discoveries in the Ust-Kova area of the Krasnoyarsk region show that, more than 24,000 years ago, highly advanced technology and sophisticated religious thinking was widespread throughout the region.

In September, 2020, in a new paper published in the Asian scientific journal Archaeological Research, Russian scientists looked at ivory artifacts found at Mal’ta Site on the Belaya River in the Irkutsk region (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S235222671930114X). Using detailed microscopic analysis, they were able to successfully reconstruct the tools and techniques used by the artisans, and then to show that the same ivory processing technology had been used to create similar artifacts found in another region connected by way of the Belaya River, implying regional sharing of an advanced paleolithic culture.

One figurine found, features a mammoth, painted on both sides, red on one, and black on the other. The inference to be drawn, the scientists think, is a metaphysical and sophisticated, one—‘red’ representing blood and life, and ‘black’ standing for darkness and death.

The researchers from Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk and the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography were under the direction of Dr. Lyudmila Lobova, an archaeologist from Novosibirsk State University.

The new findings in Krasnoyarsk come on the heels of discoveries in Denisova Cave in Siberia’s Altai region. In 2018, amidst the bones of extinct animals, including a woolly mammoth, was a finely tooled bracelet of virtually modern appearance, that, nevertheless, was dated to at least 40,000 years ago. Other artifacts on the scene are as much as 125,000 years old.

According to Dr. Anatoly Derevyanko, of the Museum of History and Culture in  Novosibirsk, the bracelet is “stunning,” requiring a very high level of skill for its creation, something not previously associated with the Denisovans.

Described as a species of hominins from the Homo genus, but distinct from either Homo sapiens or Neanderthal, the Denisovans were long considered much less developed than modern humans or even Neanderthals, but the bracelet discovery disrupted all such thinking. Producing the artifact, say Russian experts, would have required skill 30,000 years ahead of its time. Made from chlorite, the bracelet used stone originating 125 miles away. It was apparently held in place with a leather strap, passing through a hole that could not have been created without a high speed drill.

In 2019 a sophisticated ivory ‘tiara’ made from the tusk of a Woolly mammoth, and dated to 45, to 50 thousand years ago, was found in the same cave (https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/homo-sapiens-or-denisovans-who-made-stunning-cave-jewellery-and-artefacts-up-to-48000-years-ago/).

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ADVANCED ACOUSTICS AT STONEHENGE

The 4000-year-old sounds of England’s Stonehenge are being heard anew—virtually speaking. By applying state-of-the-art 3-D printing and architectural modeling techniques, researchers have made new discoveries concerning the site’s acoustics. According to Trevor Cox, professor of acoustic engineering at England’s Salford University, the neolithic temple had unique properties capable of significantly altering and amplifying speech and musical sounds. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440320301394)

Cox and his team make no claims for how Stonehenge may have been first used, but by carefully rebuilding—at a scale of 1:12—a faithful replica of the original structure, including all 157 of its stones, they were able to show exactly how its reverberating spaces and materials would have affected audio waves. At a minimum, the place had excellent acoustics. Previously, some researchers, like Boston University archaeoastronomer Gerald Hawkins, have demonstrated how Stonehenge may have served as a landmark or an observatory exhibiting many remarkable mathematical and astronomical properties, only to have their findings vehemently attacked by orthodoxy. Now, however, it has ceased to be controversial to argue that Stonehenge must have been built with sound in mind.

In 2012 California archaeologist Steven Waller claimed that Stonehenge created an “auditory illusion” (https://www. livescience.com/18525-sound-illusion-stonehenge.html). According to Waller, who extensively investigated the role of sound at various neolithic sites, if two nearby flutes play the same note continuously they will set up an interference pattern. His discovery was that the pattern of stones at Stonehenge corresponded precisely to the regular spacing of loud and quiet sounds which are created by the flutes.

To many, that kind of evidence, would suggest that the neolithic builders may have possessed acoustic secrets which we no longer understand, but to Waller it meant that the ancients had simply discovered an effect which they would have considered “magical.” As to why the primitive architects would then have gone to the trouble of transporting such immense stones from hundreds of miles away to bring about a desired acoustic effect, no satisfactory answer is offered.

Other scholars, such as the late John Michell, have proposed that even the movement of the stones to and about the site, suggests the possible existence of an ancient acoustic science now lost to us—one capable of some kind of levitation. From the sheer size and abundance of the giant stones involved at Stonehenge and at many other megalithic sites, it seems obvious that the physical manipulation of those stones must, somehow, have been much easier for our ancient predecessors than it is for us, their ‘scientifically advanced’ descendants.

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The Master Tools of Skara Brae

In February of 2021, the strange, yet very advanced, neolithic ruins of Skara Brae in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, drew special attention from Greg Taylor, webmaster of the popular DailyGrail.com web site. Over 5,000 years ago, the island was home to a thriving community equipped with central heating, toilets, drains and sewers; furniture including dressers, beds and couches; and sunken water tanks. If it were not so hard to travel there, the place would, doubtless, be one of the world’s most visited ancient sites. Its sudden burial, possibly by an Atlantic storm, left the village relatively intact, until 1850 when another storm dramatically unveiled it to modern eyes.

As Taylor explained, among the many astounding artifacts found on the spot, the most mysterious were probably a collection of perfectly carved, but oddly shaped, stone balls capable of being held in a man’s hand. Previously the speculation has been that the balls must have been, if not weapons, ceremonial in intent. No one knows for sure, but as Taylor points out, researcher, and frequent Atlantis Rising Magazine contributor, Jeff Nisbet has now posted another theory to the independent research web site Academia.edu. In The Skara Brae Artifacts: Who made them, and why? Nisbet argues that the balls were actually tools intended to assist with bone carving and similar tasks (https://www.academia.edu/45101759/The_Skara_Brae_Artifacts_Who_made_them_and_why). You can read his original article, first published in Atlantis Rising Magazine, September/October, 2014, in the Atlantis Rising Research Group archives.

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New Light on the Plain of Jars

The ‘Plain of Jars’ in Laos, one of the world’s most interesting ancient mysteries, remains off limits to all but the brave and the foolish. Millions of unexploded bombs dropped during the Vietnam war, still kill hundreds every year. Scattered across the Xieng Khouang Plateau are thousand of immense stone jars of unknown origin. Of more than 90 sites, the most studied has more than 250 jars. Fifty of them, including the largest known are over three meters high, a meter across, and weigh several tons.

According to Madeleine Colani, an early researcher, the jars “are disposed without regularity, some of them pressing one against another, others quite isolated. Each one is fashioned from a separate block of stone, and a small number of them are very well executed, as though turned on a lathe, bespeaking the hand of a true artist.”

Generally it has been believed the jars were for funeral purposes, but now a new study using a technique called Optically Stimulated Luminescence has dated some of them to as long as 4,000 years ago, predating any known funerary practices of the type theorized. Some think they may have been used for storage of food, alcohol or other things, but, as with most mysteries, the truth could be more complicated (https://www.sciencealert.com/mysterious-jars-scattered-across-laos-are-thousands-of-years-old-scientists-say).

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Exploring Indonesia’s Bada Valley

 

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Is This the World’s Oldest Art?

Archaeologists now say they have found cave art dating to almost 50 thousand years ago.

Drawings in red ochre paint of warty pigs found in Leang Tedongnge Cave, on the Indonesian island Sulawesi, are now being hailed as the oldest animal art ever found. The discovery was made by a team of  archaeologists from Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution in Queensland.

Having the oldest cave art in the world can be a high stakes matter. When cave art found in 2015 in Sulawesi was dated to 35,000 to 40,000 years, it was temporarily enthroned as the oldest in the world, surpassing previous claims from Chauvet-Pont d’arc in France of between 20,000-24,000 years. Within a year, however, the French responded with another study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revisiting their previous data and determining that, indeed, Chauvet should be dated to as much as 37,000 years ago and restored as the antiquity champ. The consensus now, however, is that, tourism notwithstanding, cave art in Indonesia is much older than anything in Europe, albeit much less sophisticated. The anatomical detail and mastery of line seen at Chauvet and other European sites remains a truly unsurpassed mystery, and according to recent research, was a very long time in the making—maybe many thousands of years.

Archaeologist Dr. Alistair Pike at England’s Bristol University, believes the oldest cave art in Europe dates back 40,800 years, though he thinks it could have been the work of Neanderthals, rather than humans (https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/science/new-dating-puts-cave-art-in-the-age-of-neanderthals.html).

By analyzing minute quantities of uranium and thorium in thin layers on top of the art in the Altamira caves of Spain and other locations, researchers have discovered that the works were 20,000 years in the making. In other words, after the initial painting, hundreds of generations of artists would for thousands of years continue to return and make changes and refinements, perhaps an indication of reverence from the people for the original images and their makers.

In research published by Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council, Pike stated that though some of the paintings in Spain were between 25,000 and 35,000 years old, “We have found that most of these caves were not painted in one go, but the painting spanned up to 20,000 years. It is probably the case that people did not live in the caves they painted. It seems the caves they lived in were elsewhere and there was something special about the painted caves” (https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2018/02/neanderthals-art.page)

The remarkable images in the European caves have long amazed and mystified most observers, with artistry equaling and even exceeding modern standards. Reconciling the level of artistic achievement found in the cave art of places like Lascaux, Chauvet, Altamira, and others with conventional theories attributing the work to primitives (ie., cavemen) when it is officially doubted that humans of the time were even capable of symbolic thought, is difficult, to say the least. The go-to explanation, that somehow extraordinary individuals broke through the primitive darkness to produce the masterpieces that we find, seems a bit far fetched. The suggestion made by some that the advanced cave art was created during the twilight, not the dawn, of some lost civilization seems easier to believe.

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When ‘Potbelly’s Are Attractive

Ancient Magnetic Technology

Many centuries before the Mayans, a much more mysterious culture held sway in Central America. The pre-historic inhabitants of Guatemala’s Monte Alto region, were known as the Olmec, or the inhabitants of “Olmec Land.” Today conventional archaeology describes them as ‘proto Mayans,’ but a legacy including many immense, perfectly carved, stone heads—apparently of African origin—and other haunting images, has never been properly explained. And, but for those amazing sculptures, conventionally, but unreliably, dated to the first millennium BC, archaeologists have had little to go on. Lately, though new research has provided another clue to consider, electromagnetism. Artisans of the area, it turns out, understood not only its attractive powers, but how to incorporate it in their work product.

Rounded basalt carvings of obese humans–known as ‘potbelly sculptures’–have been studied for their magnetic properties. According to a Harvard report published in the Journal of Archaeological Science (June, 2019), the ‘potbelly sculptures’ are made from stone magnetized by natural lightning strikes, but their magnetic fields have been skillfully made to coincide with points of strength and weakness in the carved image. The center of a magnetic field, for example, lines up with the navel of a carved figure. The study’s conclusion was that the alignments were real and non random (https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/07/harvard-study-reveals-ancient-mesoamericans-knowledge-about-earths-magnetism/). Yet Central America is not the only place where advanced ancient magnetic technology has been found.

Just 30 miles from Stonehenge in Southwest England, the monuments of Avebury provide another startling example. Roughly three times the size of Stonehenge, Avebury includes a complete English village and many gigantic standing stones whose true purpose has been lost to history. But, in their much read, and now out-of-print, 2005 book, Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty: Understanding the Lost Technology of the Ancient Megalith-Builders, researcher John Burke, and photographer Kaj Halberg published an extensive study of Avebury’s magnetic (EM) fields. After taking over 1000 precise readings with a flux magnetometer, it was determined that of the 66 stones remaining upright at Avebury, all have north poles pointing toward the next stone in line. (https://www.aetherforce.energy/seed-of-knowledge-stone-of-plenty-by-john-burke-entire-book/)

Like loadstones, all stones have leftover magnetic polarity from when they were first formed in the earth. But, as with most such stones, like Avebury’s ‘sarsens,’ the polarity is so subtle that modern scientific instruments are required to measure it. The odds that such a fully aligned magnetic configuration could be accidental are comparable to those of flipping a coin 66 times and getting heads every time. The clear implication is that, over five thousand years ago, Avebury’s builders were capable of  determining the magnetic polarity of the stones they used and had compelling reasons to arrange them as they did.

Burke and Halberg also took their electrostatic voltmeters and magnetometers to over 80 ancient sites in Europe, North America, and South America, and catalogued in their book many similar examples of the highly knowledgeable application of naturally produced and harnessed electromagnetism. The exposure of seeds to certain naturally occurring EM forces at many ancient mounds and megalithic sites, the authors believe, led to an expectation by the ancients of increased crop yields. When subjected to a mild electrostatic charge, they point out, seeds tend to propagate faster than those left unexposed. Nevertheless, the peculiar arrangement of electromagnet polarities among Avebury’s stones has remained a mystery to the authors.

Prior to the compass, which is thought to have been invented about 200 BC during the Han Dynasty in China, standard academic history makes no mention of such advanced ancient magnetic technology.

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Hi-Tech Painting from the ‘Primitive’ Past

The ‘Reds’ that Baffle Science

New discoveries in a British Columbia rock quarry are the latest evidence of advanced technology from before the dawn of history, and continue to mystify current science. Indeed, some think the body of lost knowledge now coming to light may be beyond our current comprehension.

University of Missouri Research Reactor, researcher Brandi MacDonald, and colleagues have published a new study, “Hunter-gatherers harvested and heated microbial biogenic iron oxides to produce rock art pigment,” in Scientific Reports, under the auspices of journal Nature. According to MacDonald red pigments found at a Babine Lake site, thought to be nearly 5000 years old, achieved a durability far beyond anything that can be achieved by the science of the 21st century. (https://www.nature.com/ articles /s41598-019-53564-w)

On another front: More than 2,000 years ago artists developed thin-film coating technologies unmatched by today’s accomplishments in producing DVDs, solar cells, electronic devices and the like. A report in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research provides details. (https://www.acs. org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2013/acs-presspac-july-24-2013/ancient-technology-for-metal-coatings-2000-years-ago-cant-be-mat.html)

It is now clear that ancient artisans had a variety of techniques for applying lustrous, impressively uniform films of gold and silver to intricate objects. Some apparently involved using mercury like a glue. At times the tricks were used to coat real metal, and at others to make cheap metal look rich.

Gabriel Maria Ingo and colleagues say they have made good progress in figuring out how some of the work may have been done, but much of the ancient craftsmanship could not be matched today.

At about the same time Chinese alchemists, it is believed, first created something called Han purple from barium copper silicates. It was used in pottery, large imperial projects such as the terra cotta warriors, and as a trading coin. Recently scientists at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have learned that when the pigment is exposed to very high magnetic fields and low temperatures it generates waves that move only two-dimensionally, something previously unobserved. (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/06/060601211745.htm)

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