My Review of "Before the Pyramids"
In Response To: Sphinx and Pyramids Research ()

"Before the Pyramids" by Knight and Butler is a very important extension of previous analysis of megalithic sites. The authors' make a solid case that the ancient measuring system was an integrated system for lengths, weights, volumes, and even temperatures, and was based not only on the circumference of the earth but also its mass, as well as basic properties of our moon and, most surprisingly, the ratio of distances (366:300) between the three stars of the Belt of Orion. This study on megalithic measures, and the comparison between Thornborough Henge in England and the Giza Pyramids of Egypt represents the long-sought "smoking gun" of the so-called Atlantean culture of pre-historic times.

The construction of Thornborough around 3,500 BC was the high-water mark of megalithic construction in England. It is also the carbon date of Khufu's boats found buried beside the Great Pyramid at Giza. In 3,500 BC, the ocean levels were the highest they have ever been since the end of the last Ice Age, and were 14 feet higher than they are today (according to the brand new book, "The Complete Ice Age", Brian Fagan, editor).

The authors' discovery that Megalithic standard units were used extensively to form the "sacred architecture" of Washington DC proves that the founding fathers looked to the distant past in order to distance themselves from the oppressive dominance of royal rule and inspire progress in the New World. This discovery also makes for a timely companion to Dan Brown's latest thriller, The Lost Symbol.

-Charles Pope

P.S. It is of note that Britain was not an island until around 6,000 BC when rising sea levels began to cut it off from the Continent. According to Robert Schoch, the warming period after 6000 B.C. was the most intense and destructive. Schoch writes: "As ice melted in the sudden warming, the land beneath the vanished glaciers rebounded at the loss of their weight, setting off tremors, earthquakes, uplift, and subsidence; something of a seismic chamber of horrors. The sudden collapse of ice sheets into the oceans could have set off superwaves, towering walls of water that spread for thousands of miles and sweep suddenly onto low-lying coastlines."

It was in this time of desperation that the great stone-age megalithic structures were built. A series of meteorite strikes (on land) put the brakes on global warming and allowed the historical/dynastic period to establish itself. The human psychological impact of these meteorite strikes may have inspired the legendary 600 year cycle of the Phoenix. The Phoenix is destroyed but rises from its own ashes, which is what human being had to do in intervals of that average length prior to the dynastic era.

The advent of the fire-god Ahura Mazda and the associated religion of Zoroastrianism occurred about 600 BC and about 600 years after the previous catastrophic meteorite impact of 1159 BC. However, there was no major impact event around 600 BC as expected. Instead, the next major strike was in 207 BC, around the time that the Serapis religion began to spread throughout the Near East and Mediterranean. The acceptance of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire occurred 600 years after this, and likely also was motivated by belief in the cycle of the Phoenix. Islam was in turn born about 600 years after the birth of Christianity, which was 600 years after Zoroastrianism!

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