|Subj:||ARE Conference on the Hall of Records/Underwater Sites|
|Date:||8/12/01 10:33:52 AM Pacific Daylight Time|
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Exploring Ancient Mysteries:
The A.R.E. Annual Egypt Conference 2000
by Dr. Lora Little
% Note: This article is a text reprint from Alternate Perceptions Journal, Summer 2000, Issue #51. The article in the journal is accompanied by several photographs. The full 68-page issue can be obtained by sending $6 to:
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The Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), the organization that studies and preserves the Edgar Cayce readings held its annual Egypt conference August 17-20, 2000. This year's conference was unique in that information was included regarding Cayce's Maya Hall of Records as well as the link between Atlantis and the Mound Builders of North America.
It was also an unusual conference for Greg and I since we were both speakers. Over the past year we have had the great pleasure of working with noted A.R.E. speaker, author, tour leader, and researcher, John Van Auken, on two new books. One of these, The Lost Hall of Records: Edgar Cayce's Forgotten Record of Human History in the Ancient Yucatan, was published (literally) just a few days before the conference. The second book, which reviews the archaeological evidence for Cayce's story of the North American Mound Builders, will be released sometime around the end of 2000. I spoke on the archaeological evidence regarding the Maya ruins at Piedras Negras, Guatemala which may well be the site of Cayce's Yucatan Hall of Records. Greg correlated North American archaeological information to Cayce's story of the Mound Builders.
Other speakers at the conference included Dr. Fred Wendorf, professor of Prehistory at Southern Methodist University and Dr. Robert Schoch, geologist at Boston University who is internationally known for his research on the antiquity of the Sphinx. In addition, Egyptologist Ahmed Fayed and John Van Auken gave several presentations. Although progress toward finding the Atlantean Hall of Records in Egypt has been stalled recently, the conference did include some new information regarding the internal structures of the 2nd and 3rd Giza Pyramids as well as the discovery of 7000 year old Egyptian settlements which include stonehenge-like stone circles. Also, Dr. Schoch reviewed his intriguing new theory regarding the relationship between comets, major historical shifts, and pyramid building around the world. In this article I will attempt to give you the highlights of the conference and provide an update on the search for Edgar Cayce's Atlantean Hall of Records.
What Is In The Hall of Records
During the conference John Van Auken reviewed Cayce's story of the history and origin of mankind which begins millions of years ago. In addition the Cayce readings state specifically that record caches were deposited in three places around the world (Egypt, Yucatan, and Bimini) by immigrants fleeing the final destruction of Atlantis around 10,500 B.C. These records are said to include stone tablets, linens, gold, and other artifacts. Cayce stated that the records tell the story of the beginnings "when the Spirit took form or began the encasements" in physical bodies in the ancient lands of Mu (Lemuria) and Atlantis. They also contain information about the ancient practice of building pyramids.
As Van Auken explained, The Lost Hall of Records book devotes nearly 60 pages to detailing the entire story that Cayce said was written and placed in the Hall of Records. This story is derived from Cayce's many akashic readings on the past lives of various individuals. The story tells of the ongoing struggle between two groups of humans: those called the Children or Sons of The Law of One and the Sons of Belial. Cayce tells that a series of cataclysms occurred from roughly 50,000 B.C. to 10,000 B.C. necessitating that the people of Mu and Atlantis migrate elsewhere. Both the Sons of the Law of One and the Sons of Belial were forced to migrate thus continuing their conflict.
In many ways, the struggle between these two groups is the struggle between good and evil and also mirrors the internal struggle all humans face. In essence, Cayce stated that all humans are spirit forms trapped in the physical world and that most of us have forgotten our origin. Our struggle is to eventually find a way to return to spirit before it becomes too late.
Relating Cayce's Story to Egypt, Israel and Central America
Van Auken also reviewed the correlations between Cayce's story, and the mysticism and mythology of Egypt and Israel and as well as that of the Aztecs and Maya. If the Cayce story of Atlantean migration is true, then similarities would be expected among these cultures. As Van Auken so aptly demonstrated, there are many connections among the ancient stories of these civilizations which may be less myth and more historically based than is currently suspected. Even more important, Van Auken was able to communicate the relevance of these ancient times to our lives today and to the importance of individual spiritual development.
Does Science Confirm Cayce's Yucatan Story?
Cayce gave over 400 readings about the Yucatan and the ancient origins of the Maya. Most of these were given as part of past life readings for individuals. One of particular interest occurred during the end of 1933 when a group of ARE members from New York requested a reading specifically focusing on the origin and history of the Maya. My talk at the conference concerned these readings and reviewed the findings of modern archaeological research which confirm Cayce's story amazingly well. The readings give some very solid clues on three subjects: the location of the Hall of Records in the Yucatan and an emblem of the Atlantean, laser-like, power producing device, called the firestone, as well as other artifacts and customs among the Maya that were due to Atlantean and other outside influences including the Lost Tribes of Israel.
The Location of the
Yucatan Hall of Records
Cayce indicated that the Yucatan Hall of Records could be found where stones were being uncovered during 1933 by the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Cayce further stated that the Atlantean "firestone" emblem, a sundial, and several altars would also be found at this location by the University of Pennsylvania. From 1931 until 1939 Penn archaeologists were excavating in the remote jungle covered site of Piedras Negras.
In order to follow-up on Cayce's clues I conducted an extensive search of the records at the University of Pennsylvania which is detailed in The Lost Hall of Records book. As a result we found artifacts that matched Cayce's descriptions and even believe that we have identified the hexagonal, crystalline stones that Cayce stated were the emblems of the Atlantean firestone.
In addition, it appears very likely that the Yucatan Hall of Records is in an underground location at the site, which is loaded with caves and cenotes (large caverns created by underground rivers). Interestingly, we found that the hieroglyphic emblem for Piedras Negras used throughout the area contained a symbol that denotes burial and yet an unusually small number of human burials have been found at the site.
Links between Piedras Negras and the Maya Creation Stories
Our research also revealed that the Maya creation stories contain many aspects that resemble Cayce's story of the Atlantean immigrant Iltar who, with 10 companions, arrived in the Yucatan in 10,500 B.C. transporting the Atlantean records. Piedras Negras is linked to the Maya creation story in several ways. First, it contains an altar upon which is carved the creation story and some very old pre-Maya dates (5,000, 4,000 and 3114 B.C.). It is also the location where the firestone emblems were carefully placed by the Classic Maya. In addition, one of the ruling families at Piedras Negras was named Turtleshell who claimed to be descendants of the gods. Also, the turtleshell was a sacred symbol for the Maya since it is the place from which the gods (Atlanteans?) were said to have emerged during the last creation (August 14, 3114 B.C.).
Even more compelling is the fact that the Maya creation story directly involves the 3 stars making up the belt of Orion. Several pyramid alignments at Piedras Negras show the characteristic Orion placement earlier identified at Giza by Bauval and Gilbert. Perhaps more startling is the finding that several pyramids at Piedras Negras show astonishing alignments with Orion at both the beginning of the current Maya era (on August 13, 3114 B.C.) and its end (December 22, 2012 A.D.). And these represent only a small sampling of the many correlations found between Piedras Negras and Cayce's story.
In recent years, Brigham Young University has been conducting digs at the site. Brigham Young archaeologists have found that several pyramids at the site were built over older structures made with megalithic stones indicating the possible existence of a more ancient pre-Maya civilization. These pyramids are located in the same area that The Lost Hall of Records indicates as the likely site of the Hall of Records. The early excavations at Piedras Negras are also detailed in the book with numerous pictures and illustrations (some dating to 1895 expeditions at the site).
Lost Tribes & Moundbuilders
in the Americas
At the conference Greg outlined Cayce's story of the Moundbuilders and their link with the Lost Tribes of Israel. Not too long after 10,000 B.C. according to Cayce, the Yucatan, Central Mexico, Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico were fast becoming lands of mixed peoples from around the world. The Incas of Peru were also on the move, journeying north to join in the great Mayan development. According to Cayce, the remnants of Iltar's initial group from Atlantis also journeyed north to become the Mound Builders in the United States along the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. Around 3,000 B.C. Cayce asserted that remnants of the Lost Tribes of Israel also came to this area of the world. Coming first to the "southernmost portions" of the United States, the members of the "Lost Tribes" then moved to the Yucatan merging with the groups already established there. Sometime later, this mixture of people moved north into America eventually becoming the moundbuilders.
Evidence Supporting Cayce's Moundbuilder Assertions
Greg presented 10 separate, specific statements made by Cayce about the moundbuilders and ancient American history. These included:
1) That various people from the east and west came to the Americas by 50,000 B.C.
2) That the Lost Tribes entered southern North America in about 3,000 B.C. establishing a settlement. They then moved to the Yucatan.
3) That the main moundbuilding period occurred after 3000 B.C.
4) That a mixture of races from the east (Atlantis), west (Mu and China), the Pacific (Polynesia), and Lost Tribes combined with Siberian nomads to eventually become moundbuilders.
5) That mounds would show alignments and purposes similar to those in the Yucatan and China.
Greg admitted that prior to 1997, virtually none of Cayce's statements about the moundbuilders or ancient American history could have been taken seriously. He also related his earlier skepticism regarding Cayce's outline of history simply because it completely contradicted known archaeological findings. However, since the collapse of the "Clovis First" theory in 1997, an astonishing series of finds have almost totally supported Cayce's statements. For example, 11 sites in the Americas have been dated before Clovis' 9500 B.C. date with several showing occupation dates at 50,000 B.C. Analysis of skulls found in the Americas show evidence of coming from Polynesia, Asia, China, Australia, and Europe.
In addition, Greg cited DNA research showing that a leukemia virus found in mummies recently excavated in Chile are identical only to that found among a highly specialized subgroup of people residing in Japan. DNA analysis on cellular mitochondria (mtDNA) found in Native American tribes shows five distinct groupings. These are called haplogroups. Haplogroups A, B, C, and D are found in Mongolia, China, Japan, and Tibet in addition to Native Americans. Another haplogroup, labeled X, is rare. A small percentage of Native Americans show the X haplotype. The X haplotype is also found in only a few European or west-European groups. Geneticists conducting the mtDNA analyses have been able to date the time that each group came into the Americas. Haplogroups A, B, C, and D appeared to enter the Americas by 41,000 B.C. a date consistent with Cayce's timetable. Haplogroup X appears to have entered America around 10,000 B.C. the same time it appears to have entered Europe. Greg asserted that the people bearing the mitochondrial DNA X-type could very well have come from a land between both Europe and America simultaneously.
Regarding the entry of the "Lost Tribes" into southern North America in about 3000 B.C., Greg noted that the traditional story of the Lost Tribes of Israel takes place in 721 B.C. not 3000 B.C. However, he speculated that there were other possible meanings Cayce could have been applying to the idea of Lost Tribes related most likely to the special problems experienced by the many tribes of pre-Israel as they first came together about 3000 B.C. As Greg pointed out, Cayce was a devoted Christian and a Sunday-school teacher, thus it was a virtual certainty that he knew the 3000 B.C. date didn't fit the traditional Lost Tribes idea. However Cayce appears to be on to something since, as Greg revealed, a newly discovered circular mound site at Watson Brake in Louisiana has just been subjected to 200 separate carbon datings. It has been shown to be the first known mound site in the U.S. dated at 3400 B.C. By 2800 B.C., the mysterious people who came up the Mississippi to Watson Brake for some reason went back down it. Also, in 2000 B.C. archaeologists agree that people from the Yucatan went up the Mississippi and established the beginning of the moundbuilding era at Poverty Point in Louisiana. All of these activities, locations, and dates are consistent with Cayce.
Greg also showed a host of evidence and artifacts recovered in America indicating that ancient Hebrews did, in fact, migrate here. The Bat Creek Stone and the now-confirmed Hanukkah earthworks in Ohio are only two examples of dozens shown.
Regarding Cayce's assertion that the mounds were built to simulate the Yucatan and Chinese mound/pyramid sites, Greg showed massive evidence supporting Cayce. Many American mound sites are constructed to represent the belt of Orion and predict eclipses. The rituals employed at the sites, according to Greg, were designed to alter brain chemistry by the use of magnetic fields, utilizing the magnetic anomalies found at sacred sites, and the solar winds. Greg's books People of the Web (1990) and Grand Illusions (1994) go into detail on the electromagnetic energy spectrum theory of shamanic practices.
"Atlantis" & "Mu"
Greg acknowledged that the terms Atlantis and Mu are both taboo in archaeology and are essentially "dirty words." The mention of these mythical places brings immediate derision and ridicule by archaeologists. However, he pointed out the irony of the fact that the more acceptable terms archaeologists employ to describe places or eras are simply made up by them. He cited the Poverty Point "culture" as being named for the plantation later established at the site. The moundbuilding eras called "Adena" and "Hopewell" were both named for the farms where the initial excavations were made. In addition, he reminded us that the word "Troy" also once brought ridicule and derision from archaeologists. He noted that the ancient Aztecs clearly told the earliest explorers they came from an island in the east called Atlan. Also, many Asian archaeologists accept the existence of the mythical Mu (Lemuria) and a Mu museum exists in Japan. In other words, we need to remember that the terms (Atlantis, Mu) aren't as important as the historical events attributed to them.
Status of Underground Cavern Near Sphinx
Since much of the conference was focused on Egypt, a comment should be made as to the status of the underground cavern reported by A.R.E. sponsored researchers, Joseph Schor and Joe Jahoda in 1997. As was reported in Alternate Perception issue #45, Schor and Jahoda were allowed to use ground penetrating radar near the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid to search for underground cavities which might indicate the location of the Hall of Records. In 1997 they identified a 25 x 40 foot cavity near the right front paw of the Sphinx. The finding was verified by NASA scientists who analyzed the radar data. As a result, the team was allowed to drill and drop cameras into the cavity which revealed only a natural rock formation. Since the cavity also appeared to make an unnatural 90 degree turn, the researchers obtained permission to return during 1999 to do more sophisticated radar analysis. However, due to bureaucratic tie ups and logistical problems Schor and Jahoda have not been able to begin their work.
In addition, it appears that the relationship between the mainstream and speculative archaeologists has cooled somewhat. An Atlantis Rising magazine article reports that the BBC recently aired a program that was very critical of the research done by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval regarding Egypt and other ancient civilizations. The columnist speculated that this could signal the beginning of an organized backlash against the recent challenges to the more conservative views of the mainstream scientists.
Exploring the Shaft in the Queen's Chamber
Another area of exploration that was due to begin during the Fall of 1999 involved the so-called "door" with copper handles discovered 65 meters into one of the air shafts of the Queen's Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. It was first reported by Rudolph Gatenbrink in 1994 while using a robotic camera to clean out the air shaft. During the 1999 A.R.E. conference Zahi Hawass, Director General of the Giza Plateau, reported that the National Geographic Society had been commissioned to further explore the door and shaft. So far, this too has not been completed. According to Ahmed Fayed, the Egyptians are now negotiating to award this project to Japanese researchers. Ahmed also stated that although widely reported to the contrary, the door does not have a gap which would allow the insertion of a fiber optic camera. He did not elaborate as to how this was confirmed
Mysteries in the 2nd and 3rd Pyramids of Giza
Beside the well-known Great Pyramid of Giza, stand two other smaller pyramids. The largest of these two (not too much smaller than the Great Pyramid), often called the 2nd Pyramid, has been closed to the public over the past year for renovation and exploration. Ahmed Fayed stated that it appears to contain mysteries of its own. Three relieving chambers have been found over the main burial chamber which is located 15 feet above the level of bedrock. A second burial chamber is located at the bedrock level. Previous scans of the 2nd Pyramid failed to detect all of the tunnels now found within it. In fact, Fayed went on to describe several attempts to scan the pyramids for cosmic radiation which resulted in such a wide range of readings that the scientists concluded the pyramids contained "some kind of funny energy" which was interfering with the equipment. Dr. Schoch commented that his research on the 3rd pyramid indicates that it might be the earliest built on the plateau. He believes there may be an earlier structure underneath it that will be found to predate the current pyramids.
The Sphinx and the Hall of Records
In an interesting footnote to the debate as to the origins of the water erosion on the Sphinx and to its true age, Fayed explained that during the early 1900s his current home was surrounded by water at certain times of the year. In fact he describes this area as swamp-like. This is particularly significant since Fayed lives in a home which was built by his grandfather in 1917 directly across from the Sphinx. His home offers a spectacular and close view of the Sphinx as our visit to his roof-top observation deck showed a few years ago. During the 1960s, 1 million cubic feet of sand was moved from around the Sphinx and some was deposited around the foundation of his house to reduce the water problem. Fayed further stated that he believes that the Hall of Records is most likely located in front of the Sphinx and described a tunnel that leads from the old harbor area in which he used to swim as a boy. Another possible location is under the theater stage area in front of the Sphinx which contains stones that he believes may conceal a tunnel. A third possibility is a box-like construction next to the left shoulder of the Sphinx. It may have served as a pedestal for a statue although its true purpose has never been determined.
Other research in Egypt
Ahmed Fayed also reported on several different archaeological projects underway in Egypt including:
% The Egyptian Antiquities group is seeking funding from the Japanese to excavate a second funerary boat located under flagstones near the base of the Great Pyramid. Drilling was done to obtain pictures which show a wooden boat of cedar and sycamore believed to date to around 2600 B.C.
% There is believed to be a lower level of rooms under the 50 tombs discovered in the Ramses tomb in the Valley of the Kings a few years ago. There also has been some additional evidence supporting the hypothesis that Ramses II was the Pharaoh during the time of Moses in the Old Testament.
% A tomb containing a sixteen pointed Macedonian star was found in the Western Egyptian desert which may be the long lost burial place of Alexander the Great. This location once held the Temple of the Oracles which was known to have been visited by Alexander the Great who held it in such high esteem that he asked to be buried there.
% The Bent Pyramid located 27 kilometers south of the Giza Plateau has been determined to have entrances on both its western and northern sides which makes it the only one to have this design. It is to be opened to the public beginning October 6, 2000.
Prehistoric Egyptian Settlements and Rock Circles
Dr. Fred Wendorf is a mainstream archaeologist who has been excavating in the remote southern desert area of Egypt near Aswan since 1969. He ended up there after Egyptian authorities reassigned him to a location out of the way of numerous desert missile bases. During the past 30 years his group has made several significant discoveries. First of all, he discovered that there were people present in that area as early as 450,000 B.C. when the climate was wetter and the area contained a permanent lake. The area was deserted periodically as it became dry.
Around 10,000 B. C. it was in a wet period and people returned. What is especially remarkable and actually shook up the archaeological community for awhile, was evidence that domesticated cows were being utilized as early as 10,000 B.C. This was disputed by the Wendorf's mainstream colleagues until recent advances in genetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA confirmed that African cattle had separated from Eurasian cows over 25,000 years ago.
This early group of Egyptians were also found to have used pottery. By 7000 B.C. they were building huge crop storage huts and water troughs for cows. Around 6000 years ago these early Egyptians constructed what Wendorf and his staff believe to be astronomically aligned megalithic rock circles. Alignments were found to mark the star Sirius, the summer solstice and the brightest star in the Big Dipper. They also found burials that indicated a cow worshipping cult which appears to be related to a similar cult known to have existed during the later Old Kingdom era of Egypt.
But most amazing was the discovery of 8 large sculpted stones weighing up to 5 tons each buried under the old lake bed. They are believed to be complex shrines constructed by an ancient people who were obviously very committed to ceremonial ritual. Last year Wendorf and his group finally located the burials of the elite members of the group which date to around 4500 B.C. All of this indicates that the history of Egypt may be more in line with the Cayce story than science has so far been able to show.
Dr. Robert Schoch on Comets and Pyramids
Schoch, a geologist at Boston University, reported the premise of a new book he is writing on the relationship between comet activity over history and the construction of pyramids. Schoch estimates that there are over 100,000 pyramids worldwide, most of which are in Central America and that they all contain the same "architecture of mass." He includes not only pyramids of stone, but also earthen mounds such as those found throughout North America. His theory is based on six main hypotheses. First, that pyramids around the world have a common cultural origin. Second, they reflect historical patterns of cometary activity which occur in cycles of 500-1000 years. Third, pyramids reflect an interest in the heavens and are a response to and commemoration of sky events. Fourth, pyramids trace migration and dispersal of peoples first to the Old World and later to the New World. Fifth, pyramids appear to have primordial origins and some were most likely lost under the waters during the end of the last ice age. Sixth, comets were a driving factor for climatic change including the end of the last ice age and often influences catastrophic changes.
Evidence for the climatic effects of comets has been suggested scientifically by recent correlational analysis of tree rings. Interestingly, Schoch noted that many comets seem to emerge out of the Pleiades constellation which may explain the tendency for many ancient civilizations such as the Maya and the Egyptians to focus on this star grouping. Although this theory at first seems to be a stretch, Schoch's professional integrity, diligence and adherence to solid scientific techniques came through clearly. For example, since his public re-dating of the Sphinx based on geological evidence his expertise has been requested to provide verification that certain underwater structures thought to be remnants of ancient civilizations are indeed manmade and not natural formations. Although he stated that he does not like to be in water he did agree to provide underwater analysis of several of these sites. In spite of the potential book sales and celebrity he could attain by confirming these potential lost cities, he refuses to do so until he is presented with definitive evidence that can be supported by the scientific standards of his profession.
As usual, the A.R.E. Egypt Conference offered a unique blend of science and speculation that indicates we are in a very exciting time of change. Our perceptions of ourselves and our origins are being expanded as new evidence forces the scientific community to rethink and ultimately rewrite the history of man. But when will the Halls of Records be opened? Although we are getting closer, it appears that we will have to be