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RESEARCH FINDINGS BEHIND GROUNDBREAKING NEW BOOK “BEFORE GENESIS” TELL THEIR OWN TALE—PART 22: MORE OOPARTS—RUSSIAN MEGALITHS OF MOUNT SHORIA & MORE

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Supposing the mysteries of Baalbek were finally cracked, attributing the movement of the trilithon stones and the existence of the quarry stones to human hands, a more recent discovery could potentially erase all of that decryption progress and render it largely irrelevant in comparison to the latest thrill: As mentioned prior, the largest stone in the world—confirmed for the purposes of building—at the time of this writing currently rests in the quarry of Baalbek, weighing an estimated 1,650 tons. However, just a few years ago, stones estimated to weigh an astounding 3,000–4,000 tons have been discovered on Mount Shoria in Siberia. At this present time, the site is such a young find that little is known about these stones, so theories have only just begun to surface. Before this dig officially launches all the who-and-how questions that we’ve attempted for centuries to answer about Baalbek, further study on the megaliths of Mount Shoria must rule that the stones were, in fact, dressed by hand, and therefore are not a product of natural formation. That said, pictures of the stones can be viewed online, and archeologists are already buzzing about the proof that the stones are much more than that:

This site consists of huge blocks of stone…with flat surfaces, right angles, and sharp corners. The blocks appear to be stacked, almost in the manner of cyclopean masonry, and well…they’re enormous!…

The site at Shoria is unique in that, if it’s man-made, the blocks used are undoubtedly the largest ever worked by human hands.[i] (Emphasis in original)

Archeologist John Jenson also notes that “these megaliths are much larger (as much as 2 to 3 times larger) than the largest known megaliths in the world. (Example: The Pregnant Woman Stone of Baalbek, Lebanon…). These [Mt. Shoria] megaliths could easily weigh upwards of 3,000 to 4,000 tons.”[ii]

Folks, that is between six and eight million pounds…

In his characteristic sarcastic, Southern tone, Tom Horn, when these stones were first found, said, “Ain’t no pulley-carts gonna account for them rocks!” (Seriously, look this up online. The naked eye is all that is needed for the curious Internet surfer to see these stones and know that rain and weathering have never formed anything so precise anywhere on Earth.)

Thus far, no expert analysis exists for these stones, as we’re still waiting for this project to be funded and prioritized. However, that hasn’t stopped folks from talking about some of the strange or mystical occurrences linked to this location’s earliest (and unofficial) examinations, such as one oddity noted in an article by a Russian news website. During an expedition to the area back in autumn of 2013:

The compasses of the geologists behaved very strangely, for some unknown reason their arrows were deviating from the megaliths.… All that was clear was that they came across an inexplicable phenomenon of the negative geomagnetic field. Could this be a remnant of ancient antigravity technologies?[iii]

Needless to say, Mount Shoria is about to become the source of much news. Should these square, stacked stones prove to be dressed by tools and not by weather conditions—which is a true “LOL-meets-facepalm” suggestion, considering the stones’ masterful shaping, including sections wherein perfect doorways have been hewn from the middle of them—Baalbek will no longer hold the heavyweight title as the world’s greatest archeological monolith mystery.

Catalhoyuk

The Neolithic-age Catalhoyuk, situated in south central Turkey near the modern-day city Konya, was inhabited “9000 years ago by up to 8000 people,”[iv] predating the dust-formation birth of Adam by about three thousand years. The site is most known for being a record of “one of man’s most important transformations: from nomad to settler,”[v] as well as the home of what some archeologists are calling the “world’s oldest map” depicting an erupting volcano.[vi] Like some of the other locations we’ve looked at, its inhabitants here lived during a time when humanity wasn’t sophisticated, yet they were advanced farmers who knew how to survive in one place for thousands of years without ever having to expand outward for new lands.

Depending on the community one belongs to, however, the true fascination with this location is not just showing that pre-Adamic settlers lived three thousand years before God’s first human beings bit into the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and that they cultivated the land, but also the bizarre way they lived. For instance: The houses are squashed together, separated only by walls, and the residents went from home to home by walking across the rooftops and entering their neighbors’ homes by ladder; when an inhabitant passed on, the body was buried under the floor of the home—and each time this took place, more symbolism was painted on the walls (the artwork on the walls of some dwellings indicates as many as sixty-two bodies were buried in the floor); as the settlement grew in size, additional housing was provided by building atop existing homes, to result in structures that eventually reached more than twenty meters (sixty-five feet) high; symbols and art on the walls and other places humanoid shapes, with heads missing, and, as the original archeologists back in the 1960s identified, carnivorous vultures (or other birds of prey known for picking the flesh off the bones off the decaying deceased), along with bears, leopards, and bulls, were scattered among the artistic frescoes as well.

Today, we have no way of knowing why, but occasionally, body parts (such as the head) of a deceased person would be removed from a body, kept for a long time, plastered back together if damage or crumbling occurred, and then buried with another loved one upon their subsequent death. (Some comment that this was an endearing or loving practice—a “lay Sarah to rest with Judy” sort of idea—and that is supported by the position of the skeletal remains at discovery [such as the arms of one dearly grasping onto the head of another, and so on]. Personally, I see the pictures and just find it creepy.)

Ian Hodder, an archeologist at the site, weighs in by sharing a strange habit the locals apparently adopted in this regard: “But we also have other examples where the head [of one deceased body] is present, but the legs and arms are missing. So, again, we think that part of the body is buried, but the legs and the arms circulated around the village. So, if you [traveled there] nine thousand years ago, you would meet real people, alive, but you would also meet parts of bodies [displayed about the home].”[vii]

One kind of building Hodder is most fascinated with is what he has coined “history houses”—places offering abundant evidence of rituals carried out “to protect the dead in some way,” and where the “religious elite” or “ritual specialists” maintained and “cared for the symbols” associated with the culture.[viii] (Shrines are common in Catalhoyuk.) Hodder goes on to explain that, unlike many ancient cultures, these religious leaders did not appear to have any particular privileges, at least from what can be gleaned from their modest housing; evidence of such luxuries as extra space, storage rooms, ornate surroundings, or economic power or benefits of any kind above those of their fellows has not been found.[ix]

This is extremely unusual. Any archeologist, historian, or anthropologist worth their weight in pennies will tell you that the vast majority of the ancient world is rife with evidence that the religious leaders were given some social or environmental privileges, as seen in various ways throughout ruins (pictographs, idols, housing accommodations, etc.). And although I haven’t yet run across any expert who has stated this possibility outright in regard to this settlement, the lack of this treatment of the religious elite may indicate that the inhabitants of Catalhoyuk were devotees of a religious ruler or group who did not live directly within their midst.

One might expect to read all about the serpents at this site, but actually, this culture was fascinated with something else…something that might link directly to the biblical cherubim. First, though, we have to get the “Mother Goddess” thing out of the way, as it is evidently irrelevant.

Many of the figurines found in the upper levels of housing represent older, nude women, quite obese, with sagging breasts, stomachs, and buttocks, which has led to Mother Goddess cult speculation. However, had that been the religious motive of this settlement’s occupants, it then raises the question of why these “idols” are “found most frequently in garbage pits, but also in oven walls, house walls, floors and left in abandoned structures, [and] show evidence of having been poked, scratched or broken.”[x] If their central deity was some kind of revered Mother Goddess, why is dear Mother Goddess treated so casually? Elsewhere, like in one article titled “New Techniques Undermine ‘Mother Goddess’ Role in Ancient Community” from the Irish Times, Hodder is known for stating that Catalhoyuk “is perhaps best known for the idea of the mother goddess. But our work more recently has tended to show that in fact there is very little evidence of a mother goddess.”[xi]

I therefore side with those who alternatively suggest that this group allowed women to be equal figures of leadership in their community, and the fact that they are nude, but not sexualized (as many ancient female idols tended to be in the old world, like the many-breasted idols of Artemis/Diana), suggests women were revered for their unique ability to carry male seed into new life (and then rear them into full participation in communal productivity and survival). This is further supported by the fact that the deceased youths of this settlement were “the only bodies which were treated differently,” adorned in beads and red ochre, with special paintings archeologists noted on the walls adjacent to their remains.[xii] Adult males were also at times buried with red ochre stripes on the front of their skulls, which was likewise unique to them. So, far from a Mother Goddess-worship scenario, it looks as though these inhabitants had a specific way of remembering and honoring each member of their tribe or clan, and statuettes of plump, older women were the go-to for matriarchs. (Sadly, as is often the way with archeological discoveries, this Mother Goddess has become so tightly knit to stories of Catalhoyuk civilization that, even when experts like Hodder shoot down the connections, the narrative clings on, and may continue to for decades until enough voices challenge it into permanent dismissal.)

The images of bulls’ heads all over the walls bring us much closer to identifying this community’s form of worship, and of all symbolic and sacred relics and images at the site, bulls outnumber all other objects and imagery by far.

Interestingly, the bull god idea connects to the earliest concept of the appearance of a holy cherub in Sumerian, and later Akkadian, religious texts, which bled into world culture through the first widespread religions.

Did the inhabitants of Catalhoyuk receive a visit from a holy leader who descended from the heavens and who also had the capacity of appearing as a bull-headed god? If so, is there a link between the pre-Adamic “void” era and the relics of bull worship in Catalhoyuk that show the folks there were subservient to a god or “shining one” that chose to lead them but also chose not to live amidst them?

It’s only a theory, but it would explain why the religious elites weren’t given the same special treatment in this settlement that they were apparently given in almost every other ancient community we’ve looked at.

But to the secular-minded, the greatest mystery of Catalhoyuk is not the inhabitants’ gods or religion. The biggest missing puzzle piece is how in the world the nomadic hunter-gatherers of the Neolithic Age could have developed such an advanced farming community and stay-put survivability—along with carrying out creative and economic pursuits like making statues and beads, repairing and building functional homes, implementing expert agricultural practices, domesticating wild animals, crafting pottery and obsidian tools, and achieving other major accomplishments at least more than five hundred miles away from any nearby towns or settlements (and therefore receiving no help from the outside world). Interesting.

Mehgarh, Pakistan

In 1974, French archeologists Jean-Francois Jarrige and his wife, Catherine, happened upon six giant mounds in the province of Balochistan, Pakistan, and began a twelve-year excavation that would generate a second dig between 1974 and 1986. More than thirty thousand artifacts have been unearthed from this location, and some are quite a mystery. Results from inquiries into the etymology of the site’s name, Mehgarh, are frustratingly diverse and tend to be explanations based on conjecture about whether it derives from French, the native Balochi language, or neither, or a blend of the two, or some other language entirely. It could mean “Fort of God” or “God’s Fort,” though “Heaven[s] of Love” is the more popularly referenced possibility.

Mehgarh is dated to 7000 BC—three thousand years before Adam’s Ussher-conceived birthday—though its occupants inhabited the site off and on until around 2000 BC. Eight periods of occupation break down the site’s artifacts into subcategories. The earliest period, aceramic-Neolithic (meaning that the inhabitants were of the Neolithic age but they had not yet developed pottery) is linked to the widely known discovery of proto-dentistry. From the teeth of nine ancients are eleven permanent crowns that had been fixed upon their teeth while they lived.

Several scientific methods were applied to the study of these teeth, including microtomography (a type of x-ray), scanning electron microscopy (or SEM: a microscope that uses electrons rather than light to form images), and light microscopy. These scans showed that the teeth had been drilled where cavities had been, and the subsequent wear of the enamel around the cavity proves the recipients of the dental work were still alive and continued to chew food for some time following the installation of their crowns. Around this layer of Mehgarh, drill heads made of flint were lithified and scattered about the debris, no doubt belonging to these prolific, early dentists who, archeologists say, were capable of making a hole in a human tooth via this method in less than a minute. The abstract from a Nature Magazine journal article related to these findings states: “Prehistoric evidence for the drilling of human teeth in vivo [in living patients] has so far been limited to isolated cases from less than six millennia ago. Here we describe eleven drilled molar crowns from nine adults discovered in a Neolithic graveyard in Pakistan that dates from 7,500 to 9,000 years ago.”[xiii]

“Human beings,” not yet advanced enough to make a pot and who lived in mud-brick houses, were practicing dentists?

Yep. And they were making impressive jewelry.

Amidst many religious artifacts is the strange Mehgarh Amulet, a small, six-thousand-year-old, wheel-shaped amulet made from unalloyed copper that was carefully studied with photoluminescence technology. Results show this discovery is now the oldest-known example of the “lost-wax casting” technique: 1) wax or a soft, oil-based clay is formed into a model shape, like a pendant, face, figurine, etc.; 2) the shape is then covered with a more rigid clay or substance with an exit point for the first materials to leave the mold in step three; 3) the mold is then baked, allowing the heated substances on the inside to pour out; 4) molten metal is poured into the mold through the opening; 5) once cooled, the mold outside of the model is intentionally broken away to reveal the final piece of artwork within.

The mixture and handling of materials involved in this process show the workmanship of Mehgarh occupants to have been quite advanced for their time. A researcher looking into lost-wax casting will discover quickly that, although Mehgarh is the oldest example, this art wasn’t uncommon in civilizations all over the world at around this time. Artifacts at Bulgaria’s Varna Necropolis, Judean deserts near the Dead Sea (especially those from the Nahal Mishmar area) in Israel, Mesopotamia, and later Europe show this technique in use around the beginning of Adam’s era. Though skeptics may assume this finding isn’t a great example of human or pre-Adamite technology, I will remind the readers that, according to known history of this time, folks were still learning how to grow crops of wheat and hunt for food to survive. Expertise in metallurgy to this degree as attested by the Mehgarh excavations has been, archeologists admit, a mystery. The fact that this is not an isolated finding (but it is the oldest) shows that there were, indeed, more advanced civilizations in operation around Earth earlier than our university and academic textbooks claim.

More could be stated of the Mehgarh inhabitants’ ingenuity (including the discovery of cotton fibers around the site, which some believe had no business being there). I believe, by now, the point of looking back on these mind-bending mysteries of the old world has been accomplished. I’m eager to move onto the next part of the series.

A Quick Thought on the Endless Barrage

By no stretch of the imagination is this short study of these objects and sites exhaustive. In my library, I have a number of books—some with page counts that creep upwards of seven hundred—presenting more and more astonishing and extraordinary mysteries of Earth. But, in conclusion to all of this “mystery history,” which I’ll now wrap up, just remember that an abundance of bizarre and unexplainable artifacts and locations support the idea that Earth was inhabited by intelligent beings prior to Adam, or that Adam was created far earlier than Ussher Chronology demands (a true possibility, as discussed earlier in chapter 2). And, if these beings of intelligence weren’t truly human in the sense of the God’s-image-bearing Adam, then they were something else…and I have a theory that traces their origin to Genesis 1:2—a time of a great war between good and evil, as the language of the Word and the visions of God’s prophets confirm.

Let’s visit a biblical possibility that doesn’t rely on Ancient Astronaut and equivalent theories: Lucifer falls, takes many angels with him, and destroys the Earth that God created in the very beginning (millions/billions of years ago). He doesn’t have the same creative power as God, so Earth becomes “without form, and void”—a completely wrecked version of the paradise God originally envisioned. Then, sometime while Earth is still void, Lucifer does the best he can in his limited power to create his own race of beings that will follow him—which is in perfect alignment with what we know of Lucifer’s nature and plan to exalt himself as the Most High. His perverted “creations” are not really creations as much as they are a manipulation of the DNA of living creatures on Earth, as we know him to be capable of (Genesis 6). Then, we get to the nachash (serpent) of the Garden, which is not the slithering snake cartoons depict. His presence in Eden proves that even after God’s re-creation of Earth, there was evil and temptation on the planet’s surface in some form. However, some time prior to the Flood, Lucifer led wicked beings (perhaps bipedal, humanlike entities) to worship Lucifer, himself, even if indirectly through pagan, pantheonic religions. This they did at such sites as Gobekli Tepe (which may have been backfilled because Lucifer and/or his “gods” [the fallen angels the Bible says followed him] saw that his time of glory was coming to an end under the Almighty God and wanted to save their sacred site to be unearthed at a later time for a pagan revival, end-times worship, or something else).

Is all of this possible? Is it even theologically admissible?

Let’s look at supporting scriptural evidence.

UP NEXT: Earth between “Void” and “Good”

[i] As quoted by: Snyder, Michael, “Newly Found Megalithic Ruins in Russia Contain the Largest Blocks of Stone Ever Discovered,” March 10, 2014, The Truth Wins, last accessed March 29, 2023, http://thetruthwins.com/archives/newly-found-megalithic-ruins-in-russia-contain-the-largest-blocks-of-stone-ever-discovered. The original article is available online at the following Mysterious Universe link, though it requires a sign-up to access: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/02/super-megalithic-site-found-in-russia-natural-or-man-made/.

[ii] Jenson, John, “Super Megaliths,” February 22, 2014, John Jenson’s personal blog online, Earth’s Epochs, last accessed March 29, 2023, http://earthepochs.blogspot.com/2014/02/super-megaliths.html.

[iii] “Huge Mysterious Megaliths,” English Russia, last accessed March 30, 2023, https://englishrussia.com/2014/03/06/huge-mysterious-megaliths/.

[iv] Google Classroom, “Prehistoric Art: Lesson 3: Neolithic Sites: Çatalhöyük,” Khan Academy, last accessed April 26, 2023, https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/prehistoric-art/neolithicart/neolithic-sites/a/atalhyk#.

[v] Ibid.

[vi] Carlysue, “Explosive Evidence for the World’s Oldest Map,” January 15, 2014, National Geographic, last accessed April 27, 2023, https://blog.education.nationalgeographic.org/2014/01/15/explosive-evidence-for-the-worlds-oldest-map/.

[vii] Hodder, Ian, “Çatalhöyük: a 9000 year old town—Ian Hodder (Stanford University),” YouTube video, uploaded by Università di Catania—webtv on July 26, 2018, last accessed April 26, 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmFKBf5OVoI, 14:12–14:48.

[viii] Ibid., 26:01–26:41.

[ix] Ibid.

[x] Google Classroom, “Prehistoric Art…Çatalhöyük.”

[xi] Hodder, Ian, as quoted in: O’Brien, Jeremy, “New Techniques Undermine ‘Mother Goddess’ Role in Ancient Community,” September 10, 2009, The Irish Times, last accessed April 27, 2023, https://www.irishtimes.com/news/new-techniques-undermine-mother-goddess-role-in-ancient-community-1.734909.

[xii] Ibid.

[xiii] Coppa, A., L. Bondioli, A. Cucina, et al, “Early Neolithic Tradition of Dentistry,” April 6, 2006, Nature Magazine, vol. 440, 755–756, last accessed May 1, 2023, https://www.nature.com/articles/440755a.

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