Did Ancient Civilizations Communicate?

Robert Bauval postulated that the Three Pyramids of Giza are aligned with the three stars in Orion’s Belt. Orion is the constellation that is named after Orion, the celebrated hunter in Greek mythology.

There are three stars in Orion’s belt. Mintaka is the westernmost star. Alnilam is the center star.  Alnitak is the easternmost star.

Those three stars were aligned with the Three Pyramids of Giza at the time the pyramids were built. Those three stars are not aligned in modern times.

The reason for the change in position is precession. The Earth has three motions. The Earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours. The Earth rotates around the sun once every 365 days which comprises a calendar year. However, at the Earth rotates on its axis it wobbles, like a gyroscope. Therefore, the stars today do not appear in the same position as they did in ancient times.

The pyramids in Mexico are also aligned with the three stars in Orion’s Belt

Lastly, the Hopi Indian settlements in the Southwestern U.S. are also aligned with the three stars in Orion’s Belt.

Did these ancient civilizations communicate with each other?

Did they share a common ancient religion?

Perhaps future research will provide the answers?



Marine Archaeology

In my second book, The Underwater Pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle, I discuss the subject of marine archaeology.

In my book Dr. Kyle Wilson is a marine archaeologist.

Marine archaeology is the study of submerged archaeological sites.

Submerged archaeological sites are very expensive to explore. Most marine expeditions are financed by benefactors or foundations.

When I wrote The Underwater Pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle, I created the character of the multimillionaire, Mike Pollicellli who is the CEO of the fictional fast food chain Fat Mike’s Dogs.

Just as McDonald’s has the Big Mac, the fictional Mike has the Texas Foot Long, a chili-cheese dog.

The fictional research vessel in my book was a World War II minesweeper purchased by Mike Pollicelli. Cousteau did his research in a salvaged British WW II mine sweeper.

Marine archaeology also plays a role in exploring shipwrecks such as the Titanic. Many artifacts were salvaged from the ocean floor.

The pirate ship the Wid’ah was also salvaged and is on display at the pier in Provincetown, MA.

The sunken city off the coast of Cuba which is the subject of my second book, The Underwater Pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle was explored by the marine archaeologist Kyle Wilson.



The Ancient Aliens Theory

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Welcome to Lodge University’s Annual Lecture: New Theories in Archaeology and please welcome our new speaker Dr. Cliff Post.

For centuries, no one has been able to answer the question of how the Great Pyramid was built.

The Great Pyramid is composed of 2.5 million blocks of stone weighing between 2-15 tons each. Yet, the immense blocks are fit together so tightly that you can’t place a credit card between the stones.

The quarries from which the stones were taken were a great distance from the Pyramid.

This leads to several questions:

1. How were the stones transported from the quarry to the Pyramid?

2. How were the stones transported up the Pyramid?

3. How many men were required to build the Pyramid?

4. How many years did it take to build the Pyramid?

Christopher Dunn, the engineer and machinist have discovered saw marks on some of the stones.

He calculates that the ancient Egyptians used 35 foot saws to cut the stones.

This indicates the presence of advanced technologies which the ancient Egyptians did not possess.

There is evidence of advanced technology on the statues as well. There is a statue of Ramses II which Christopher Dunn took photographs of.

Mr. Dunn inserted the photographs into the graphics program on his computer.

He discovered that the left side of Ramses II’s face is the exact mirror image of the right side of Ramses II’s face.

This indicates the use of advanced tooling.

The conclusion that I reach is that a civilization far more advanced than the ancient Egyptians helped to build the structures of ancient Egypt.


Akhenaten-The Heretic King

Akhenaten was historically noteworthy for to reasons: 1. he was the father of King Tut and 2. he started a new religion.

Akhenaten came to the throne as Amenhotep IV. In the fifth year of his reign he changed his name to Akhenaten.

Amenhotep means “Amun is content.”

In the first years of his reign, he built temples to the Aten, the divine solar disk.

Then, he abandoned the state’s gods including Amun-Re, changed his name to Akhenaten and moved the capital to Amarna.

Before Akhenaten, the Egyptians had worshiped a whole pantheon of gods. They were depicted as having animal heads.

Akhenaten constructed a new capital cit called Akhetaten, which means “Horizon of Aten.”

The architecture of the Amara period is different than that of previous kings. His builders used smaller blocks and mortar. Mortar was not used by previous kings.

History has shown that the artwork of the Amarna period is very appealing to Westerners; much more than the artwork of the previous periods.

Amarna is depicted as a Utopia by some authors. However, although there was much planning for the homes of the elite, the homes of the populace were poorly planned.

Akhenaten died in the 17th year of his reign. King Tut succeeded his father and the capital cit was moved back to Luxor.

In addition, the old religion was restored.



Advanced Technologies and the Ancient Egyptians

The greatest mystery of ancient Egypt is: How did the ancient Egyptians construct such massive structures.

Mainstream archaeologists maintain that the ancient Egyptians only had copper chisels and mallets for tools.

Yet, they were able to produce extreme precision in their stonework. For example, there is a statue of Ramses II in the Karnak Temple. An engineer named Christopher Dunn photographed the face and placed the photographs into a graphics program in his computer.

He discovered that the left side of the face was the exact mirror image of the right side of the face.

Thus, the statue is perfect.

The Great Pyramid is composed of 2.5 million blocks of stone. Each stone weighs 2-15 tons. Yet, these stones are placed together with such accuracy that you can not slide a credit card between the blocks.

Engineer Christopher Dunn has found saw marks on some of the stones.

He feels that the stones were cut with a 35-foot saw.

The Great Pyramid itself was built with such accuracy that the apex deviates from True North but only 1/2 degree.

The Giza Plateau itself deviates only 1/2 degree from being perfectly level.

The entire Great Pyramid is actually a projection of the Northern Hemisphere.

The precision of the stonework in Egypt disputes the fact that only copper chisels and mallets were used in construction.


Plymouth, MA Harbor

I was born and raised in Plymouth, MA. Like many other people, my favorite place in Plymouth is the waterfront.

The waterfront has many attractions and two wharfs. One wharf is named the Town Wharf and the other is named the State Pier.

The Town Wharf is where the boats of the Captain John Boats Inc. are docked.

Captain John Boats runs half day and day long deep sea fishing trips. They supply customers with road and reels and with bait.

Captain John Boats also runs whale watching trips with a naturalist on board. These trips go out to Stellwagon Bank where the whales feed.

The naturalist narrates the trip and gives many interesting facts about whales.

On the State Pier, the Pilgrim Belle is docked. She is a paddle wheel boat that does crises of Plymouth Harbor.

The Pilgrim Belle also does sunset cruises.

On of the best known restaurants on the waterfront is Isaac’s

Isaac’s is particularly known for its seafood.

One of the dishes on the menu is the Lobster Fantasy. It is a baked stuffed lobster topped with scallops and shrimps.

The Mayflower II is also docked at the State Pier. This ship is a replica of the original Mayflower and was brought to Plymouth from England in 1957.



My Cruise to Bermuda

In the summer of 2002, I took my favorite traveling companion, my nephew, Matt on a cruise to Bermuda.

I find him to be my most charming traveling companion because he sees the world through a child’s eyes.

For him, everything is an adventure.

We left Boston from Black Falcon Pier and sailed to Bermuda.

Once we docked in Bermuda, we booked many shore excursions.

The first shore excursion was to Hamilton by a horse and buggy. The town of Hamilton was beautiful with its pastel pink, green and yellow buildings.

Hamilton is spotlessly clean and has a cheerful ambiance.

A glass bottom boat trip was our second shore excursion. We could see the coral reefs through the glass bottom. We could also see many species of tropical fish.

Matt was very interested in everything and his enthusiasm never wavered throughout the trip.

Another sore excursion was to spend the day on a pink sand beach. These beaches are pristine. When you go swimming in them, you can see the bottom very clearly. There is no slit.

We also enjoyed exploring the ship. The ship had a casino, a theater, six restaurants and a 50′s diner.

My nephew was still animated on the way home.




Destroying Cartouches

When I toured the ancient sites in Egypt, I was struck by the amounts of cartouches that were destroyed and the amount of carvings that were scratched out of the stones they were drawn on.

When our group was on tour, we were told that it was not uncommon for a pharaoh to scratch out a prior pharaoh’s cartouche and to carve his own cartouche into a structure.

In this way, a pharaoh took over ownership of a prior pharaoh’s building.

In addition, another group of people who destroy a cartouche are the grave robbers.

The ancients believed that the spirits of the dead occupied stone carvings and cartouches.

They would scratch out the faces of the carvings to prevent the spirits from seeing who was robbing the graves and looting the buildings.

I was dismayed when I saw how many beautiful carvings had been destroyed.

All of the graves of the pharaohs had been robbed in antiquity except for King Tut’s.

The fact that makes King Tut’s so notable was the fact that his grave was found to be intact.

Historically, he was a minor figure.

The riches found in his grave gave archaeologists a yardstick, so to speak of how

vast the graves of other pharaoh’s must have been.


My Cruise to Florida and the Bahamas

I took a cruise to Florida and the Bahamas with my favorite traveling companion, my nephew, Matt.

The trip originated in Boston where we took a bus to New York.

Our ship was the Norwegian Dawn. When I first saw the Dawn, I was struck by the immense size of the ship.

The first thing we did was to participate in the safely presentation which was held in the ship’s theater.

We took our life preservers with us to the lecture. After this safety presentation, we went on a self-directed tour of the ship.

There were many restaurants on the ship and a variety of kinds of restaurant. During the cruise, I became quite fond of cold fruit soups.

Our first port of call was Port Canaveral. I was surprised by the size of the port. I hadn’t realized that it was so large.

Many large ships were docked at the port.

When we went ashore, we visited an outdoor memorial to the Challenger crew. Seeing the memorial brought back the shock and profound sadness I felt when the tragedy occurred.

From Port Canaveral, we traveled to Miami.

In Miami, we went on a bus tour of the city. I was particularly interested in seeing the home of Gianni Versace.

From Miami, we sailed to the Bahamas.

Once there, we went on a tour of the island.

We were supposed to go to a cookout on an island the cruise company owns.

Hurricane Katrina was responsible for that part of the cruise being cancelled.

All too soon we were back in Boston. It was a wonderful trip.


My Cruise to Hawaii

In 2008, I took my favorite traveling companion, my nephew, Matt on a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands.

Getting there was not easy. We flew from Boston to Chicago. Our connecting flight was to fly from Chicago to Honolulu. We nearly missed the connection. Our Boston to Chicago flight was delayed landing in Chicago.

As a result, my nephew and I had to run through O’Hare terminal to get to our connecting flight.

It was a wild run. It reminded me of the old O.J. Simpson commercial where he runs through an airport terminal.

When we landed in Honolulu, we were transported by bus to the dock where we boarded the Pride of America.

Once on the ship we were escorted to the Presidential Suite and introduced to our butler.

It was wonderful to have a butler; he booked all of our shore excursions.

The room had a large living room, a bedroom, a full bathroom and a balcony with a hot tub on it.

The ship was spectacular with many different restaurants serving many different kinds of cuisine. The ship also had a casino, swimming pools and a theater.

We went on many different shore excursions. One was to the Botanical gardens. There were many exotic flowers there including the lobster claw.

The most memorable shore excursion was the trip to Volcano National Park on the big island of Hawaii.

There live volcanoes spew molten lava from their craters.