After a conversation with Watchman I started consolidating my notes on a study that I have been involved in for sometime. What the final evolution of this will be I have no idea. For now it is an avenue to consolidate my thoughts and share what I have to date. This study covers a lot of ideas and a lot of material. I don't know how far I will be abe to take it on here. We shall see. And the fact that I am out of the country and have limited and sporadic internet availability. So I will post what I have so far and invite you to follow this story as it continues to develop. I know that much of what I will be presenting here is a radical new way of looking at things. I hope that you journey through this with an open mind, reserving judgement until I am able to present the entire case. But of course, comments, and recommendations are always encouraged and accepted. I have been blessed in that I have had the opportunity to travel the world. I have seen places that most people only get to read about. From South East Asia to the Middle East I have seen first hand many of the cultures of the world. I have spent hours wandering the cavernous halls of the Cairo Museum, sailing the Nile River, stopping to explore the treasures of that ancient land that have awed people for thousands of years. I marveled at the artifacts left behind by these ancient people, but what amazed me the most were the things I never expected to see. I repeatedly, across the globe, kept coming across things that, according to accepted history, just shouldn’t be there. In South East Asia the monuments are true works of art, the craftsmanship amazing. A common theme is the Phoenix like bird. But something just wasn’t quite right about it. I didn’t realize what it was for years. Not until I came across the same type of anomaly in Egypt. Many of the birds had upright tailfins. No bird in nature has an upright tail. So what were these objects supposed to represent if not a bird? When I was exploring the temples and tombs of Egypt I had the greatest fortune to have as a guide a former history professor. To supplement his retirement income Abdullah worked as a guide. He could read the hieroglyphs to me as we wandered through these complexes. At one temple that we stopped at we came across a carving on the wall of the God Ra. Abdullah explained to us that Ra was a God of healing. The symbol for Ra’s name is the eye of Ra with a line through the tail. If this is hard to picture, it shouldn’t be. You have seen it many times. It is the RX symbol used today all over the world to denote medicine. While that was interesting, what the carving was portraying was more so. Ra is seated on a chair and in front of him, on a pedestal is a large bowl. Beyond that is a carving of 12 different instruments. My wife was with me at the time and she needed no explanation for what these were. She had been a trauma Nurse for many years and instantly recognized the surgical instruments pictured. No different than those used today, scalpels, forceps etc. And again, while interesting, not nearly so as what Abdullah began to read. The hieroglyphs around the scene are instructions to physicians. They say that clean, boiling water must be poured into the basin. And all of the instruments must "pass through the boiling water" before being used. Here on a carving, over 3000 yrs old, are instructions on how to sterilize equipment before performing surgery! I never heard this in my high school history class. I also saw and wondered at the similarities I found around the world, similar designs in artwork and architecture. Words that are nearly identical in the language of people far removed from each other. Cultural influences among these ancient and widespread peoples. An influence that history and science tell us should not exist. This piqued my interest and I began a journey of discovery that has led me to challenge every idea I had about our world and its history. One thing I came to realize was that science could not provide answers to many of the world’s mysteries. Science is a fluid thing. The accepted theories and beliefs that are held today are simply the most rational conclusions drawn from the available evidence. But the evidence is ever changing. And as new discoveries come to light the scientific theories change. What was accepted as fact yesterday has many times proven to be false today. Science tells us that the Earth is billions of years old and that it, and all life on it, has developed over millennia to reach the state that we find today. It tells us that humans came on the scene some 2 1/2 million years ago and began a slow evolution and development that culminated in today’s "modern" man. But this theory leaves many unanswered questions. There are far too many anomalies to be found that just do not fit into that hypothesis. Science cannot explain how primitive man suddenly gave way to a more advanced and developed man, the famous "missing link". The sudden appearance of cro-magnum man is unexplained by any scientific model. And science fails to explain how it took this primitive humanoid 50 thousand years to learn to tie a rock onto a stick and make a hammer, but it only took another couple of thousand years to develop a complete agricultural lifestyle. The sudden appearance of advanced agricultural, civilized communities around 2500 BC remains a mystery. As I began to study ancient history I realized that our knowledge and understanding of our ancient past is woefully inadequate. We base our assumptions on very scant and limited knowledge. Most of what we have learned from antiquity comes from the Greeks, yet less than 1% of their writings survive today. The evidence uncovered by the archeologists spade continues to cause science to re-evaluate its assumptions on our past. For instance after the discovery of the ancient Sumerian cities of Erech and Ur it was believed, and taught, that they were the earliest civilization. However, recent discoveries in the Indus Valley region of Pakistan and India have forced scientists to push back the dates for "civilization" by thousands of years. We have been taught that Neolithic man was a cave dwelling hunter-gatherer. Armed with primitive stone weapons, dressed in crude animal skins and living a basic survival lifestyle. Yet discoveries of 10,000 year old cave paintings in Altima and Lascaux France are of such a quality and finesse that they have been called the "Sistine Chapel" of prehistory. They are not the crude stick figure paintings we think of. These are fine works of art that would be at home in any museum today. The sophistication and techniques used show a highly developed culture. Many of the paintings are done in such a way as to make them almost 3D. Utilizing natural features in the cave walls, like holes for eyes and small cracks and fissures, the paintings of animals seem to breathe and look almost alive when viewed from certain angles. But most astonishing of all are the depictions of the people. They are in poses that would not be out of place in a portrait studio today and instead of the crude animal skin garments we would expect they are pictured wearing clothes and accessories that could have come from any modern store. The men wear tight fitting pants with waist length coats, boots and gloves. The women are wearing short sleeved pull over sweaters with close fitting breeches, gloves, garters, and slippers. One woman wears a pant suit with a short sleeved jacket, floppy hat and on her lap is a bag with a flap over it and a latch, identical to a woman’s purse today. And these are found all over the world, from Russia, China and Spain to the Kalahari Desert. They depict men in bright, multi-colored shirts with trimmed beards and well styled hair. Not the grunting caveman that we have been taught. The caves in France show no signs of habitation. The paintings are arranged in a sequence much like a display in a modern art gallery. Some are as much as 12’ tall and there are holes bored in the walls that show marks of the scaffolding that was used to reach these heights. Here is another mystery. Scaffolding is the result of sophisticated construction techniques. Not until man began to build houses and especially incorporate the use of masonry, did scaffolding become a required and needed tool. We are taught that "primitive" man only used the most basic stone tools. But archeologists have uncovered mines that are thousands of years old and scattered around the globe, from France and Spain to the continental United States. Yes the US. Some of the oldest and most extensive mines found to date are in the upper Michigan area. Iron ore and primarily copper mines have been discovered there that are thousands of years old. Some shafts run as far as 2 miles in a perfectly straight line. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of tons of ore were mined from them yet none is to be found anywhere on the continent. In one mine on the Ontonagon River a cut block of copper was found that weighs an estimated 6 tons. It was levered up onto wooden blocks 5’ off the ground. It had been beaten smooth for easier transport. A prehistoric mine in Odessa, Russia has mining marks left in the rock that show perfect holes drilled and then skillfully cut with regular grooves to remove the material. Experts agree that this could only have been done with metal tools. In the areas surrounding many of these mines archeologists have uncovered settlements and remains of houses. But one thing missing near all of these mines is stone tools. A scientist familiar with these sites, Robert Charroux claims that the use of flint tools by our prehistoric ancestors was limited to only a few outcasts living a primitive existence, much like the natives of Borneo today. To label all of mankind by the example of a remote few is ludicrous. If the use of these types of tools was widespread we would have found millions of them around the world. But that is not the case. According to Charroux, "Paleolithic and Neolithic have never existed except in the minds of pre-historians". I was a teenager when Erich von Daniken published his best seller "Chariots of the Gods". I found the descriptions of unexplained ancient artifacts quite intriguing at the time. But his conclusion that these were "proof" of extraterrestrial visitors left me doubtful. It wasn’t until my interest was once again piqued while traveling in Egypt that I began to study and research our ancient past. One thing that intrigued me was the scripture that reads "And as the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man." Mathew 24:37 If the world was to be "as the days of Noah", what were those days like? What do we know of our ancient past? Many say this passage simply refers to the mindset at the time. Possibly, but what if it has a deeper more literal meaning? I wanted to travel back to the "Days of Noah" and see what his world was like. And what I found was not what I expected. It has changed my entire perception of the past and of our future. I saw a past that was an entirely different world than any I had ever read about before. I don’t know if I accept all of the things that I want to present here. I am simply showing you another view of history, one that explains many of the anomalies that science utterly fails to. I liken this view to a large house, filled with many rooms. In each room are gathered different groups of like minded people. Each group has several pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. You have the traditional scientific community in one room, the theologians in another. Then you have the von Daniken crowd, with the Graham Hancock followers. You have a room with the Ufologists, one of the spiritualist new agers, the government conspiracists. And each group has managed to put together some of the pieces of the puzzle. And they extrapolate from that what the rest of the picture "must" look like. But what if you could tear down the walls? Gather all of the different groups together, with their individual pieces of the puzzle and lay them all out on a huge table. What would that picture then look like? What if there was an overall picture that would merge all of the different group’s pieces into one large complete picture? That is the picture I want to present to you here. I ask that you examine the evidence, and there is a mountain of it, before making a judgment. Some of it is quite credible, some fanciful, but none of it unacceptable. Much of the things I found in my quest were known to many but never widely reported. Much of it because it just didn’t fit into people’s accepted world view. Science is particularly guilty of this. Scientists put forward a theory, and over time it becomes accepted, becomes dogma, and then it becomes so ingrained that it is zealously defended against any who dare to question it. It becomes an almost religious fervor to squelch any dissent or opposition. This is done in one of two ways. Either it is scoffed at and ridiculed, or it is completely ignored altogether. Many well respected scientists have had their careers ruined, their lives shattered, by daring to buck the established norm.