Bonnie McGuire

My story begins in another age erased from our conscious memory by tremendous cataclysms, violent erosions of war and the unrelenting passage of time. It's about a great civilization that flourished on the edge of the Ice Age when the last mastodons slogged through marshy sandbars around 14,000 years ago. But more than that it is the earliest recollections of the European people.

Because of the heavy concentration of fossilized human works scattered throughout this hemisphere, many geologists feel the American continent is the oldest on this planet. Although we only hear the theories of the most vocal scientists who call this "the new world," we're going to explore evidence that contradicts their conclusions. Conclusions partly developed by disregarding everything that wouldn't fit into the human creation timetable ( of 7,000 B.C.) prescribed by some theologians. As one of the most learned writers on American antiquities exclaimed...."America is to be again discovered! We must remove the veil in which the Spanish politics has sought to bury it's ancient civilizations!" So grab your reading glasses and find a comfortable chair, because we're going to examine some pretty interesting discoveries buried on the shelves of our archeology archives.
First on our list is a discovery made in 1860 by the Royal Geological Society's James Wilson. He found evidence of an advanced civilization buried under six feet of marine mud beneath the forest of Ecuador, South America, between Esmeraldas and Quito. There were fossil pottery, vessels, images and finely manufactured articles....many made of gold. The land had been civilized and then submerged long enough to accumulate the marine deposit, after which it rose to it's former position above sea level and was reforested long before the Spanish arrived in the 16th century. but the praiseworthy part of Wilson's find is that the layer containing the civilization is as old as Europe's Stone Age and identical with Guayaquil in which the bones of the mastodons are found. This would seem to move western civilization into a very early period. It's noteworthy, at this point, that scientists also believe the shallow area around Falkland Island was formerly above sea level...indicating the possibility that the greater part of South America may have been submerged during some dramatic episode of history. These unique discoveries play an important part when we get into the legends of a submerged continent.
Now we'll focus our attention on the discoveries made in the United States. During an excavation at Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky, workmen found the bones of a mastodon over a bed of gravel approximately twelve feet beneath the ground. The gravel covered a stone pavement that had been quarried and dressed on the upper surface. The Kentucky historian George Ranck wrote about the magnificent civilization buried beneath the modern city of Lexington: "The city now known as Lexington, Kentucky is built of the dust of a dead metropolis of a lost race, of whose name, and language, and history not a vestige of history is left....they lived and flourished centuries before the Indian...they erected their cyclopean temples and cities, with no vision of the red men who would come after them, and chase the deer and buffalo over their leveled and grass covered walls...."
Although we live in America, most of us never dreamed we might be walking on top of some buried city, because we've been told so often that the Indians (and a few cave men) were the first people here. Yet the site in Kentucky is only one of hundreds of known pre-historic cities scattered throughout the valleys of the Mississippi and it's tributaries. Tremendous mounds designed like pyramids, ovals, squares, birds, serpents and even men rose above the surface of the ground like huge relieves. Many of them have disappeared beneath the bulldozers of our own spreading cities, but early settlers and explorers recorded much of what they found before the elements completely destroyed them. Of those remaining, the great serpent mound near Fort Hall and Hillsboro, Ohio is nearly a quarter of a mile long. The greater part of the snake's body averages a width of about twenty feet, and it's height along tail and body is four or five feet.
Older drawings indicate the tail may have ended in a triple coil. The snake appears to be holding an egg in it's jaws. Like so many megalith monuments throughout the world, the snake can only be fully appreciated from the air. No man made objects have been found in the mound.
Interestingly a smaller mate to the American snake mound was found in western Europe's Glen Feechan Argylshire and examined by a Scottish scientist named John Phene. He described the head as a large cairn (or conical stone covering a chamber) that contained evidence that an altar had been placed there. He noted that three peaks are noticeable on the 300 foot reptile when a person looks at it while standing on the head....and again the shape is most apparent when seen from an elevation.
At Marietta, Ohio was a mound shaped like a combination pyramid and cross, and at Newark were intricate works that occupied an area covering two miles square within an embankment twelve miles long. One of the mounds is shaped like a birds foot with three toes....or more likely a trident in keeping with the three mountains and equal number of coils on the serpents tail....the royal symbol (trinity) of ancient legend. The central mound of the trident is 135 feet long while the other two measure 110 feet each. It is estimated that Ohio contained about 10,000 mounds and more than 1,500 enclosures (or embankments made from earth and stone). Scientists who studied the perfect figurines are certain the builders possessed a standard of measurement and a means of determining angles. This is a remarkable observation since the popular interpretation of the mound builder's capabilities is obscured by the belief that they were primitive savages. But what if we thought the monuments were used like maps by aircraft? In a twinkling of an eye...our own primitive little minds would become conscious of a whole new world. This is an important issue since the designs may actually be large glyphs read by the ancient pilots, and although they were made relatively permanent from convenient local materials....similar (but even more intricate) designs were etched on the ground surface of Palpa Valley in Peru, South America. The lines were accomplished by scratching the top layer of reddish gravel that covers the valley floor and thus exposing the lighter layer underneath. The approximately 165 foot replica's of a bird, monkey, spider and other shapes, remained undiscovered until pilots noticed them. The arid sheltered valley preserved them hundreds of years. As was the case with many of the North American mounds, later Indians buried their dead (with their possessions) near the lines probably hoping that their gods would return for them as promised. And why wouldn't this be the case, since South American Indian legends abound with stories about the "gold beards" in their sky chariots who built the ancient cities and roads on that continent.
In fact, during the 1983 Pacific Logging Conference held in Reno, Nevada, one of the guest speakers was a lumberman who built and operated a saw mill in Peru for ten years. He related a story connected with these Lords of flight. It seems that he and a Peruvian basketball player were flying in a small plane when it developed mechanical difficulties, and they were forced to land in the vicinity of a small rural village. The people were in the midst of celebrating a tradition honoring the sun, and were extremely delighted when the plane (bearing the tall strangers) dropped into their backyard. It was as though history was repeating itself, for it was in just such a manner that their ancient gods had arrived in remote times....part of the event they were celebrating. They told the lumberman and his companion that their appearance would also be included with the ancient tradition.
But before we stray too far off the track, I'd like to get back to one of the most impressive and largest mound groups in the United States. This partially buried pre-historic city is located (east St. Louis) at Collinsville, Illinois, and consists of 85 mounds within a 1 1/2 mile radius.
The mounds range from pyramidal to elongate ovoid and conical forms. Most important of the group is the great Cahokia Mound which covers an area three acres greater than the Great Pyramid at Cheops at Gizah. It is an unfinished truncated pyramid with four plateaus, culminating in the highest level some hundred feet from its base. Had it been completed, it would have been 200 feet high. Its axis and the axis of several nearby mounds point almost due north, an astral orientation similar to that used at the Great Pyramid. It is suggested that the Pole Star may have been used to situate the earthworks square with the world.
The Cahokia Mound.
Archeologist John Baldwin noted that the later inhabitants of the land apparently used the surface soil of many of the mounds to bury their dead since the skeletons are well preserved, but there were earlier remains found at the base of the mounds that crumbled to dust when exposed to the air. Manufactured telescope tubes for viewing the heavens were unearthed in west Virginia at the Elizabeth mounds. They resembled those held for that purpose by male figurines found in the ruins of Mexico and Peru. Disks resembling the sun and moon were also found in many of the mounds, so it comes as no surprise that the Natchez Indians (on the Gulf and lower Mississippi) claimed that their chief "derived his descent from the Sun," which suggests that the mound builders and their followers were part of the same culture that once embraced the entire civilized world. These so-called "Sun Worshippers" were the great city builders and astronomers whose works and ancestry are found in China, India, Assyria, Egypt, Europe and of course, the American continent where it all began. To say they were sun worshippers could be compared to a future race saying we were eagle worshippers because they found so many images of it among our ruins. Those who have studied the subject realize that new civilizations are mysteriously built upon the foundations of former ones that passed into oblivion. For example. The theocratic Empire of the Sun ruled the entire ancient world from the center of the earth (located on the American continent), recognizable today by the Christian cross, and Sunday worship of the Son of God (the Creator personified by light streaming from the heavens).