Forbidden History

Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization

Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon
Forbidden History
Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization

Edited by J. Douglas Kenyon

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Pages : 344

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9781591430452

Imprint : Bear & Company

On Sale Date : March 29, 2005

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : Includes 8-page color insert and 108 b&w illustrations

J. Douglas Kenyon offers 42 essays from the archives of the journal Atlantis Rising, providing an overview of the fields of ancient mysteries and alternative history. An excellent introduction to alternative accounts of history including essays on Earth Changes, Civilization's Greater Antiquity, Darwinism Under Fire, Ancestors from Space, Ancient High Tech, and The Search for Lost Origins.
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About Forbidden History

Challenges the scientific theories on the establishment of civilization and technology

• Contains 42 essays by 17 key thinkers in the fields of alternative science and history, including Christopher Dunn, Frank Joseph, Will Hart, Rand Flem-Ath, and Moira Timms

• Edited by Atlantis Rising publisher, J. Douglas Kenyon

In Forbidden History writer and editor J. Douglas Kenyon has chosen 42 essays that have appeared in the bimonthly journal Atlantis Rising to provide readers with an overview of the core positions of key thinkers in the field of ancient mysteries and alternative history. The 17 contributors include among others, Rand Flem-Ath, Frank Joseph, Christopher Dunn, and Will Hart, all of whom challenge the scientific establishment to reexamine its underlying premises in understanding ancient civilizations and open up to the possibility of meaningful debate around alternative theories of humanity's true past.

Each of the essays builds upon the work of the other contributors. Kenyon has carefully crafted his vision and selected writings in six areas: Darwinism Under Fire, Earth Changes--Sudden or Gradual, Civilization's Greater Antiquity, Ancestors from Space, Ancient High Tech, and The Search for Lost Origins. He explores the most current ideas in the Atlantis debate, the origins of the Pyramids, and many other controversial themes.

The book serves as an excellent introduction to hitherto suppressed and alternative accounts of history as contributors raise questions about the origins of civilization and humanity, catastrophism, and ancient technology. The collection also includes several articles that introduce, compare, contrast, and complement the theories of other notable authors in these fields, such as Zecharia Sitchin, Paul LaViolette, John Michell, and John Anthony West.
Excerpt

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Chapter 20

Atlantology: Psychotic or Inspired?

Media Stereotypes Aside, What Kind of Person Pursues Knowledge of a Forgotten Civilization?

--Frank Joseph

A mainstream archaeologist interviewed about Atlantis on a recent special for The Discovery Channel declared that the only people who believe in such garbage are cranks, fools, and charlatans. His assessment is shared by conventional scientists, who insist that no one of any intellectual worth would demean him- or herself by seriously considering any sunken civilization. True, virtually no university-trained researchers today are willing to risk the wrath of conservative academics not above sabotaging the careers of independently minded colleagues.

But contrary to the Establishment’s defaming characterization of persons interested in the historical possibility of Atlantis, the subject has for centuries attracted some of the best brains in the world. Solon, one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, was also the first great poet of Athens. In the late sixth century BC, the great lawgiver traveled to Sais, the Nile Delta capital of the 26th Dynasty, where the Temple of Neith was located.

Here a history of Etelenty was preserved in hieroglyphs inscribed or painted on dedicated columns, which were translated for him by the high priest, Sonchis. Returning to Greece, Solon worked all the details of the account into an epic poem, “Atlantikos,” but was distracted by political problems from completing the project before his death in 560 BC. About 150 years later, the unfinished manuscript was given to Plato, who formed two dialogues, Timaeus and Critias, from it.

As one of the very greatest historical figures in Classical Greek history, Solon’s early connection with the story of Atlantis lends it formidable credibility. But neither he nor Plato were the only towering figures of Classical antiquity to embrace the reality of Atlantis. Statius Sebosus was a Greek geographer and contemporary of Plato mentioned by the Roman scientist Pliny the Elder for his detailed description of Atlantis.

All the works of Statius Sebosus were lost with the fall of Classical civilization. Dionysus of Miletus, also known as “Skytobrachion” for his prosthetic leather arm, wrote A Voyage to Atlantis around 550 BC, predating not only Plato but even Solon. A copy of Dionysus’s manuscript was found among the personal papers of historical writer Pierre Benoit. Tragically, it was lost between the borrowers and restorers who made use of this valuable piece of source material after Benoit’s death.

A utopian novel written by Francis Bacon in 1629, The New Atlantis, was the first written discussion of Atlantis since the fall of Classical civilization and probably sparked Athanasius Kircher’s interest in the subject, when he published his own scientific study of Atlantis in The Subterranean World thirty-six years later. Although a work of fiction, The New Atlantis came about through excited discussions in contemporary scholarly circles of reports from travelers to America. They stated that the indigenous peoples had oral accounts of a land comprising numerous points in common with Plato’s sunken civilization; they even called it Aztlan, which paralleled a native version of the Greek Atlantis. The New Atlantis actually incorporates some Atlanto-American myths Bacon heard repeated in London.

A German polymath of the seventeenth century, the Jesuit priest Athanasius Kircher was a pioneering mathematician, physicist, chemist, linguist, and archaeologist. Kircher was also the first scholar to seriously investigate the Atlantis legend. Initially skeptical, he cautiously began reconsidering its credibility while assembling mythic traditions about a great flood from numerous cultures in various parts of the world.

Among the relatively few surviving documents from Imperial Rome, Kircher found a well-preserved, treated-leather map purporting to show the configuration and location of Atlantis. The map was not Roman, but had been brought in the first century AD to Italy from Egypt where it had been executed. It survived the demise of Classical times and found its way into the Vatican Library. Kircher copied it precisely (adding only a visual reference to the New World) and published it in his book The Subterranean World. His caption states it is a map of the island of Atlantis, originally made in Egypt after Plato’s description, which suggests it was created sometime following the fourth century BC, perhaps by a Greek mapmaker attached to the Ptolemies. More probably the map’s first home was the Great Library of Alexandria, where numerous books and references to Atlantis were lost, along with another million-plus volumes, when the institution was burned by religious fanatics. By relocating to Rome, the map escaped that destruction.

Although the map vanished after Kircher’s death in 1680, it was the only known representation of Atlantis to have survived the Ancient World. Thanks to his research and book, it survives today in a close copy. Curiously, it is depicted upside-down, contrary to maps in both his day and ours. Yet this apparent anomaly is proof of the map’s authenticity, because Egyptian mapmakers, even as late as Ptolemaic times, designed their maps with the Upper Nile Valley (located in the south, “Upper” refers to its higher elevation) at the top, because the river’s headwaters are located in the Sudan.

Contrary to mean-spirited characterizations by conservative archaeologists, it says something for the credibility of Atlantis that many of the greatest thinkers in the history of western civilization have been among its most prominent advocates.

Table of Contents

Table of content

Introduction

Part ONE---The Old Models Don’t Work: Darwinism and Creationism under Fire

1--Darwin’s Demise: On the Futile Search for Missing Links
     --Will Hart

2--Evolution vs. Creation: Is the Debate for Real?
     --David Lewis

3--Exposing a Scientific Cover-Up: Forbidden Archeology Coauthor Michael Cremo Talks about the “Knowledge Filter” and Other Means for Cooking the Academic Books
     --J. Douglas Kenyon


Part TWO---Making the Case for Catastrophism: Earth Changes, Sudden and Gradual

4--In Defense of Catastrophes: Pioneering Geologist Robert Schoch Challenges the Conventional Wisdom on Natural History
     --William P. Eigles

5--Cataclysm 9500 b.c.e.: Two New Works of Immense Scholarship Throw Orthodox Ice Age Theories into Question and, in the Process, Corroborate Plato and Many Other Ancient Sources
     --David Lewis

6--The Case for the Flood: Exposing the Scientific Myth of the Ice Age
     --Peter Bros

7--The Martyrdom of Immanuel Velikovsky: As Catastrophists Gain Ground, an Early Hero Gets Some Long Overdue Credit
     --John Kettler

8--The Perils of Planetary Amnesia: As Evidence of Ancient Cataclysm Mounts, the Legacy of a Rejected Genius Is Reconsidered
     --Steve Parsons

9--Thunderbolts of the Gods: Does Growing Evidence of an Electric Universe Reveal Previously Hidden Meaning in Ancient Mythology?
     --Mel and Amy Acheson


Part THREE---Exploring the Greater Antiquity of Civilization

10--The Enigma of India’s Origins: The Dating of New Discoveries in the Gulf of Cambay Upsets the Orthodox Scenario for the Dawn of Civilization
     --David Lewis

11--Pushing Back the Portals of Civilization: For John Anthony West, the Quest for Evidence of Advanced Prehistoric Civilization Is Bearing New Fruit
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

12--New Studies Confirm Very Old Sphinx: Orthodox Protests Notwithstanding, Evidence for the Schoch/West Thesis Is Growing
     --Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

13--R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz’s Magnum Opus: The Keys to Understanding the Wisdom of the Ancients Have Been Preserved
     --Joseph Ray, Ph.D.

14--Fingerprinting the Gods: A Bestselling Author Is Making a Convincing Case for a Great but Officially Forgotten Civilization
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

15--The Central American Mystery: What Could Explain the Failure of Mainstream Science to Unravel the Origins of Mesoamerica’s Advanced Ancient Cultures?
     --Will Hart

16--Destination Galactic Center: John Major Jenkins Thinks Today’s World Has Much to Learn from the Ancient Maya
     --Moira Timms


Part FOUR---Searching for the Fountainhead

17--Megalithic England: The Atlantean Dimensions, a Conversation with John Michell
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

18--Plato, the Truth: How Does the Credibility of the Best-Known Chronicler of Atlantis Stand Up?
     --Frank Joseph

19--The Aegean Atlantis Deception: Was Plato’s Grand Tale Nothing More Than the Saga of an Insignificant Greek Island?
     --Frank Joseph

20--Atlantology: Psychotic or Inspired? Media Stereotypes Aside, What Kind of Person Pursues Knowledge of a Forgotten Civilization?
     --Frank Joseph

21--Atlantis in Antarctica: Forget About the North Atlantic and the Aegean, Says Author Rand Flem-Ath
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

22--Blueprint from Atlantis: Do Alignments of Ancient Monuments Have Something to Tell Us about the History of Earth’s Shifting Crust?
     --Rand Flem-Ath

23--Japan’s Underwater Ruins: Have Remains of Ancient Lemuria Been Found?
     --Frank Joseph

24--West, Schoch, and Hancock Dive into Lemurian Waters
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

25--India 30,000 b.c.e.: Do the Roots of Indian Culture Lie Drowned beneath the Indian Ocean?
     --David Lewis


Part FIVE---Ancient High Tech

26--A Conversation with Peter Tompkins: Secrets of Forgotten Worlds
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

27--Ancient Agriculture, in Search of the Missing Links: Is the Inescapable Evidence of a Lost Fountainhead of Civilization to Be Found Growing in Our Fields?
     --Will Hart

28--Advanced Technology: How Advanced? What Does the Evidence Really Show?
     --Frank Joseph

29--Archeology and the Law of Gravity: Orthodox Theory of Ancient Capability Tends to Cave In under Its Own Weight
     --Will Hart

30--An Engineer in Egypt: Did the Ancient Egyptians Possess Toolmaking Skills Comparable to Those of the Space Age?
     --Christopher Dunn

31--The Giza Power Plant, Technologies of Ancient Egypt: A New Book Challenges Conventional Wisdom on the Intended Purpose of the Great Pyramid
     --Christopher Dunn

32--Return to the Giza Power Plant: Technologist Chris Dunn Finds New Fuel for His Thesis
     --Christopher Dunn

33--Petrie on Trial: Have Arguments for Advanced Ancient Machining Made by the Great Nineteenth-Century Egyptologist Sir William Flinders Petrie Been Disproved? Christopher Dunn Takes On the Debunkers
     --Christopher Dunn

34--How Did the Pyramid Builders Spell Relief? Do We Really Know Why the Ancients Used Such Giant Stones in the Pyramid’s So-Called Relieving Chambers?
     --Christopher Dunn

35--Precision: Did the Ancients Have It? And If They Did, Should It Matter to Us?
     --Christopher Dunn

36--The Obelisk Quarry Mystery: Do Egyptologists Really Know How These Monuments Were Created?
     --Christopher Dunn

37--Behind the Pyramid’s Secret Doors: What Does Astonishing New Evidence Reveal about the Great Pyramid’s True Purpose?
     --Chistopher Dunn

38--The Case for Advanced Technology in the Great Pyramid: What Does the Evidence Really Show about the Advancement of Its Builders?
     --Marshall Payn
 

Part SIX---New Models to Ponder

39--Visitors from Beyond: Our Civilization Is a Legacy from Space Travelers, Says Zecharia Sitchin, and His New Book Offers to Unveil New Secrets of Divine Encounters
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

40--Artifacts in Space: For Author Richard Hoagland, the Trail of Ancient ETs Is Getting Much Warmer
     --J. Douglas Kenyon

41--The Pulsar Mystery: Could the Enigmatic Phenomenon Be the Work of an Ancient ET Civilization? A New Scientific Study Makes the Astonishing Case
     --Len Kasten

42--The Physicist as Mystic
     --David Lewis

Recommended Reading: Selected
    Bibliography

Contributors

Author Bio
J. Douglas Kenyon is the editor and publisher of Atlantis Rising. He lives in Montana.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

". . . a case in support of a much greater antiquity for civilization, a convincing argument for the existence of advanced technologies in prehistory, and the outline of a lost fountainhead of world culture."
SirReadaLot.org, June 2005

“. . .essays by such well-known investigators as Robert Schoch, Christopher Dunn or Rand Flem-Ath examine surprisingly sophisticated technology in Pharaonic Egypt, and reconsider possibilities for a global catastrophe that may have altered the course of civilization. . . . this superb new book. . . has much to offer anyone questioning the official party-line concerning mankind’s ancient past.”
Frank Joseph, Ancient American, Issue # 63

"This is a great compilation. . . . the type of book that makes you question what you have been told and makes you want to discover more for yourself."
Ladyfogg, Oct 2005

"These thoughtful, well-presented and impeccably researched essays form a foundation of history itself, presenting a totally different viepoint of who we are, where we come from, ans why we are here--not to mention where we may be heading."
Curled Up with a Good Book, Nov 2005

"Read what researchers have to say about prehistoric technologies, evolution versus creation, earth changes, and even the case for extraterrestrial intervention. Look through the eyes of mystics, scientists, and researchers at the top of their fields and see what they have to say about some of the latest finds and discoveries. . . ."
Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, Feb 2005

"Forbidden History brings out why it’s so difficult to accept new ideas and how those with vested interests are firmly entrenched and filter out most everything that might threaten the accepted world view. This book slipped through the cracks." 
Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, Feb 2007

"The days of secrecy and suppression need to come to an end because challenging deeply entrenched and outdated scientific and religious worldviews are the hallmark of a civilized society evolving toward higher ideals and truth."
Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide magazine, Issue No. 29, Jan/Feb 2009

"The book serves as an excellent introduction to hitherto suppressed and alternative accounts of history as contributors raise questions about the origins of civilization and humanity, catastrophism, and ancient technology."
TheCrit.com, Jan 2008

"This is an excellent compilation of the work of some of the key thinkers on some very highly charged issues, such as creationism and Darwinism."
Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, May/June 08
Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

ANCIENT MYSTERIES / NEW AGE

In Forbidden History writer and editor J. Douglas Kenyon has chosen forty-two essays from the bimonthly journal Atlantis Rising to provide readers with an overview of the positions of some of the key thinkers in today’s supercharged debate over ancient mysteries and alternative history. Contributors include, among others, Robert Schoch, Rand Flem-Ath, Moira Timms, Frank Joseph, Christopher Dunn, and Will Hart, all of whom have played leading roles in challenging the entrenched scientific establishment to reexamine its assumptions about our forgotten origins and to consider the possibility of meaningful debate--whatever the consequences to the existing paradigm.

Kenyon has carefully built a collection of material in support of the growing challenge to such outmoded ways of thinking as Darwinism and Creationism, with each contribution building upon the work of the other authors. In these pages the latest discoveries and ideas regarding such perennially controversial topics as Atlantis, the pyramids, and extraterrestrial influence are explored, and many provocative questions are raised. What emerges is a thoughtful case in support of a much greater antiquity for civilization, a convincing argument for the existence of advanced technologies in prehistory, and the vast yet unmistakable outline of a lost fountainhead of world culture. These alternative arguments, once marginalized, are now gaining credibility and respect.

The collection also includes several articles that introduce, compare, contrast, and complement the theories of other notable authors in these fields, such as Zecharia Sitchin, Paul LaViolette, John Michell, Graham Hancock, and John Anthony West.

J. DOUGLAS KENYON is the editor and publisher of Atlantis Rising. He lives in Montana.

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