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Graham Hancock and Turbowolf (Part 1)

Our good friend Graham Hancock seems to be jumping back on the hidden history wagon with a vengeance lately. Hot on the heels of the extended interview I posted last week, comes this chat between Graham and the British rock band Turbowolf at the Roman Baths not far from GH's residence:

The video is the first of a four part interview, which I'll continue to post here at TDG as they are released, given so many readers are fans of Graham's work.

Graham Hancock on Ancient Mysteries

'Alternative history' author Graham Hancock revisits his old stomping ground in this in-depth (68 minutes) interview discussing ancient mysteries:

Graham Hancock discusses his views on the following topics:

1 - Precession of the equinoxes
2 - Bringers of wisdom from the Heavens
3 - Monuments aligning to 10,500BC
4 - What happened in 10,500BC?
5 - The Mystery of the Pyramids
6 - The Sarcophagus
7 - Dating Giza
8 - Hidden Halls of Records
9 - Structures on Mars
10 - Cataclysm of Mars
11 - A species with amnesia
12 - Where is the Lost Civilization?

For more detailed discussion of these topics, see Graham's related book, Fingerprints of the Gods (Amazon US and Amazon UK).

Standing with Stones Download

I've mentioned the excellent Standing with Stones documentary previously here on TDG, but wanted to let everyone know that it is now available as a direct internet download as well, for just £8.99/$US14. Worth every dollar too - not academic, and not New Age, it's more a relaxed drive around the British Isles and Ireland with a friend who knows a bit about megalithic history and fills you in as you travel about. Host Rupert Soskin is happy to offer a theory here and there, but makes clear that it's pretty much all speculative. Even at two and a quarter hours in length, it still really skims the surface of this fascinating, but oft-neglected part of the history of that region. Would be in my top five recommended purchases for the year.

Produced and directed by documentary film-maker Michael Bott and presented by naturalist and explorer Rupert Soskin, it is a first-hand account from Rupert of a journey taken through the British Isles and Ireland, starting at the tip of Cornwall and ending on the Scottish Isles, visiting over 100 Neolithic and Bronze age monuments en route.

Beautiful to look at (the British Isles have seldom looked this good) and managing (we think) to be both enlightening and entertaining, the film explores the diversity and wonder of these extraordinary enigmatic structures. It also looks at some of the theories and nonsenses which attach to them.

The entire project was conceived and realised (as in filmed, edited, music specially composed and CGI graphics created) entirely by just us two guys with a camera, a camper van, two very understanding wives - and a passion for stones. But though we may have had a boys own adventure, we believe we've also produced a superb broadcast quality movie. Rupert has a deep knowledge of his subject, but also a refreshingly open-minded attitude to the who, the how and especially the why of the stones' construction.

You can download a free five-minute sample from the feature, but really...I recommend just paying the money and enjoying the whole thing. Absolutely wonderful.

Pyramid Doors in 2012

Discovery News has an update on the investigation of the "doors" at the end of the "air shafts" emanating from the "Queen's Chamber" in the Great Pyramid (wow, I had to put quotes around three different things describing elements of the pyramid, due to us not really knowing what they actually were). The unrest in Egypt over the past year had brough a halt to the robotic exploration project, but the Djedi Team are now keen to get back to it in the post-Zahi era:

Now the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), once led by the controversial yet charismatic Zahi Hawass, is slowly returning to granting permits for excavations and archaeological research.

"As with other missions, we have had to resubmit our application to be allowed to continue. Gantenbrink's DoorWe are currently waiting for the various committees to formalise the approval," project mission manager Shaun Whitehead, of the exploration company Scoutek UK, told Discovery News. "Once we're allowed to continue, I have no doubt that we can complete our work in 2012," he added.

...Equipped with a unique range of tools which also included a miniature "beetle" robot that can fit through a 0.74-inch diameter hole, a coring drill, and a miniaturized ultrasonic device that can tap on walls and listen to the response to help determine the thickness of the stone, the Djedi team was ready to continue the pyramid's exploration last August. But the political turn of events in Egypt halted the project.

Whitehead is confident that the robot will reveal much more once the team is allowed to resume their research. "The plan is the same as it always was. We will completely survey the shafts leading from the Queens Chamber and look beyond the first and second blocking stones in at least one shaft," Whitehead said.

Also: according to the article, the red markings seen on the other side of "Gantenbrink's Door" may be "hieratic numerical signs that record the length of the shaft".

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Did Leonardo Fake the Shroud of Turin?

Is the Shroud of Turin - the alleged burial shroud of Jesus Christ - actually a fake created by Leonardo da Vinci (using a primitive mode of 'photography' no less)? That's the question asked a number of years ago by 'hidden history' authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince in their book Turin Shroud: How Leonardo Da Vinci Fooled History (Amazon US / UK). Now, Clive and Lynn describe a new discovery which they think supports their case:

Note that, at the time of writing this, the Amazon US version is being offered at the crazy price of just a couple of dollars.

Clive and Lynn also have a piece in the upcoming Darklore release, drawing on information in their recent book The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God (Amazon US / UK).

News of Alan Alford's Passing

Giorgio Tsoukalos has announced the passing of 'alternative Egypt' author Alan Alford on his Twitter account:

It is with an aching heart that I must report that my dear friend and colleague Alan Alford, author of GODS OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM, died yesterday. Alan AlfordI first met Alan in the 90s at a World Conference of the Ancient Alien Society and we have been in touch ever since. He was a great man, husband and writer. Your time has come way too early. Yesterday I KNEW something was "off" in the Universe... today I know what it was... I feel numb.

"Nothing is ever wholly lost. That which is excellent remains forever a part of this Universe." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have not seen independent confirmation of the news at this time, but I have no reason to doubt the report. If it is indeed the case, I'm deeply saddened and my condolences go out to his family and friends. I spoke to Alan on a number of occasions and he always struck me as a quietly spoken, but very driven, seeker of answers to mysteries of all types.

Alan first came to prominence in the mid-90s with his book Gods of the New Millennium, which came in the wake of the 'hidden history' boom of that time (dominated by Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval). He went on to author a number of other books on Egypt, Atlantis and interpretation of myths. You can read a full profile of his career at his website.

Alan was born in 1961, making him 49/50 years of age. Far too young.

Pyramid Glow

Posting this Photoshop manip more for my own future reference (want to remember the source if a planned publishing project works out), but I'm sure y'all will enjoy anyhow:

Pyramids by Aaron Bennett

Copyright Aaron_Bennett

Found at Aaron Bennett's Flickr account.

Graham Hancock Talks to Joe Rogan

Our old friend, alternative author Graham Hancock, was recently interviewed by TV presenter and stand-up comedian Joe Rogan on his podcast show "The Joe Rogan Experience". The two hour conversation ranges far and wide, covering the topics in all of Graham's books - from The Sign and the Seal through to his recent fiction offering Entangled - as well as riffing on creativity, skeptics and use of the shamanic brew ayahuasca. Settle in with a cuppa:

Both Joe and Graham are also known for discussing their experiences with the powerful hallucinogen DMT, and each appeared in the recent documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule (Joe as 'host', Graham as interviewee). The film is absolutely fantastic - great interviews cut together with wonderful visuals. If you haven't seen it yet, you can buy the DVD from Amazon, or download the film/watch it on demand via a bunch of online outlets, from iTunes to Blockbuster - see the doco's website for a full link listing.

Co-host Duncan Trussell, on the other hand, is perhaps best known for his Drunk History of Nikola Tesla (warning: contains puking).

The Secret Tradition of the Soul

If, like me, you enjoyed Patrick Harpur's Daimonic Reality and The Philosophers' Secret Fire, then you'll probably be very happy to learn that he has a new book due out next week (Oct 18) - and it looks fascinating. Titled The Secret Tradition of the Soul, the book...

...argues that answers to life’s most difficult questions — the meaning of life, the nature of self, and the existence of an afterlife — can be met by a visionary tradition that runs through Western culture, The Secret Tradition of the Soul Book Coverfrom Greek philosophy and Renaissance alchemy to Romantic poetry and modern depth psychology. This hidden tradition, according to Harpur, places our soul at the center of the universe and emphasizes imagination, the collective unconscious, and an “otherworld” or afterlife; above all, it teaches us how to know ourselves and how to recover a sense of meaning largely lost today. Harpur shows how this tradition drives the literature of otherworld journeys, from the flights of shamans and the dreams of psychoanalysis to the mystic imagination of Romantic poets and the visions of those having near-death experiences. The Secret Tradition of the Soul is the first book to gather together all the threads of the soul tradition and weave them into a bigger, clearer picture, presenting a worldview at once ancient and revolutionary.

Get it while it's hot!

Mysterious Paper Sculptures Discovered in Libraries

Earlier this year, staff at the Scottish Poetry Library came across something odd on one of their tables: a tree, carved from book and paper, and with a short, anonymous note addressed to the Library's twitter handle @byleaveswelive:

It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree ... We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books ... a book is so much more than pages full of words ... This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas ... a gesture (poetic maybe?)

Since that time, more 'book sculptures' have turned up in the same way at the National Library of Scotland, the Filmhouse, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, the Central Lending Library, as well as two more during the recent Edinburgh International Book Festival. Here's the sculpture of a dragon hatching from an egg that was left at the Scottish Storytelling Centre:

Paper sculpture of a dragon

For @scotstorycenter - A gift in support of libraries, books, works, ideas..... Once upon a time there was a book and in the book was a nest and in the nest was an egg and in the egg was a dragon and in the dragon was a story.....

Given the messages, it's possible these sculptures are a reaction against the controversial closure of libraries across the United Kingdom. Or perhaps they're just wonderful gifts, just as books and libraries are to us all.

To read the whole story, and check out photos of all the sculptures so far, click through to this post.