This past Saturday, October 12, I rolled out my new book Before Atlantis on the “Martian Revelation” radio show hosted by Gary Leggiere. I spoke with Gary about the book, my past involvement in the independent Mars investigation and what I have been working on more recently. I related the idea of pole shifts on Mars to those on Earth and explained the concept of using geometrical alignments of archaeological sites to previous positions of the North Pole to date the sites using Charles Hapgood’s theory of crustal displacement.
The popularity of alternative archaeology has grown in recent years due to the inability of conventional theories to explain unexpected discoveries within existing scientific paradigms. When Erich von Däniken published Chariots of the Gods? in 1968, the gap between mainstream archaeological thought and the existence of unexplained structures throughout the world was so great that the “ancient astronaut” theory seemed like the only possible explanation. In a similar way, Zecharia Sitchin’s interpretation of ancient Sumerian myths as prehistoric contacts with extraterrestrials was the only way to make sense of those myths.
The age and distribution of the sites that I discovered suggested another possibility: that the original structures at these sites might have been built by a previous, highly developed technological civilization that existed throughout the world tens of thousands of years ago or more. Instead of an exogenous (i.e., extraterrestrial) influence, perhaps an indigenous technological civilization evolved over the timeline of an earlier human migration out of Africa 200,000 to 300,000 years ago, much like we have during the last 70,000 years. If so, our ancestor’s past encounters with this older civilization could have been the source of ancient myths of powerful gods, lost continents, even Atlantis.
Quite unexpectedly, I made an interesting discovery this past year. While using Google Earth to view several archaeological sites in Mexico that I hoped to visit during an upcoming trip, I noticed that most of the structures were not aligned to the cardinal directions – north, south, east, and west. This seemed strange, as most sites, even ancient ones such as the pyramids in Giza, are aligned, often with uncanny precision, to the North Pole.
In the 1950s, a college professor by the name of Charles Hapgood developed a theory to explain patterns of climate change as a result of shifts in the geographic position of the North Pole. Back in the days of my Mars research I remember learning about a site in Mexico that was thought to have once faced a previous location of the pole in Canada, just east of Hudson Bay, at least 15,000 years ago.
Hapgood hypothesized two other prior locations of the North Pole: one in Greenland 50,000 years ago and the other in Alaska around 80,000 years ago. I discovered that, with some relatively minor adjustments to Hapgood’s pole locations, the sites in Mexico, as well as numerous others throughout the world, seemed to line up to past positions of the North Pole. The alignments became even more interesting when I realized that these sites had to be as old as the poles. But how could that be? Humans, or more precisely “modern humans,” could not have built these structures, given that, according to genetic evidence, our ancestors had not yet left Africa.
If modern humans didn’t build these structures, then who did? Aliens? There had to be a better, more scientifically acceptable alternative…