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Back to the Olmec (2)

Olmec_mask_in jade 802OLMEC ART AT DUMBARTON OAKS
Pre-Columbian Art at Dumbarton Oaks, No. 2
by Karl A. Taube, 2004

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The Olmec of Early Formative San Lorenzo

Archaeological excavations by Michael Coe and Richard Diehl (1980) and Ann Cyphers (1997, 1999) at San Lorenzo, Veracruz, have provided crucial insights into the Early Formative development of the Olmec. Composed of the San Lorenzo plateau and the nearby sites of Tenochtitlán and Potrero Nuevo, San Lorenzo appears to have been the preeminent Early Formative Olmec center and quite possibly for then-contemporaneous Mesoamerica as a whole.

The Ojochi phase (1500–1350 B.C.) marks the earliest pottery at San Lorenzo, and is roughly contemporaneous with the Mokaya Barra phase ceramics, of which it Continue reading

Back to the Olmec

Olmec-San_Lorenzo_Monument_3_cropOLMEC ART AT DUMBARTON OAKS
by Karl A. Taube, 2004

INTRODUCTION

THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF OLMEC RESEARCH

 In 1912, when Robert Woods Bliss acquired a fine Olmec statuette as his first Pre-Columbian object, little was known of the Olmec and their relation to other cultures of ancient Mesoamerica.

In fact, when Bliss purchased this jade sculpture (Pl. 8), it was described as Aztec. Decades earlier, José María Melgar y Serrano (1869) had published the first account of an Olmec monument, a colossal stone head, Monument A, at the site of Tres Zapotes, but Melgar y Serrano saw [African] features and linked the figure to Africa, rather than recognizing it as a product of Pre-Columbian peoples. Subsequently, Alfredo Chavero (1887) also Continue reading

The Amarna Tablets

Amarna_tabletThe Amarna Tablets

The Amarna tablets (most are letters) archive mostly diplomatic correspondence between the Egyptian administration and its representatives in Canaan and Amurru during the New Kingdom. The letters were found in Upper Egypt at Amarna, the modern name for the Egyptian capital of Akhetaten (el-Amarna), founded by pharaoh Akhenaten (1350s – 1330s BC) during the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt. The correspondence spans a period of at most thirty years. The known tablets total 382.

Some of these letters, comprising cuneiform tablets mostly written in Akkadian – the regional language of diplomacy for this period – were first discovered around 1887 by local Egyptians. Continue reading

Phaeton and Atlantis

Atlantis DrawingAtlantis – Phaeton
By Reed Carson

Just to recap this presentation – a cosmic intruder entered the solar system, did substantial damage, passed by the earth, and likely was consumed by the sun. In passing by the earth it did very considerable damage to civilization and caused major other disasters to our planet including major topographic change. The process sunk Atlantis. Continue reading

Phaeton The Lost Planet – Preface

PHAETON THE LOST PLANET
An Ancient World that Perished
AN ASTRONOMER’S ACCOUNT OF THE MISSING PLANET
BETWEEN MARS AND JUPITER
AS INTERPRETED FROM OBSERVATIONS
MADE WITHIN A BIBLICAL CONTEXT
by J. Timothy Unruh (1995)

Phaeton Planetary SymbolPLANETARY SYMBOL FOR PHAETON
(pronounced “FAY-ton”)

PREFACE

To one degree or another there is an innate sense in each one of us that there is something very wrong in our world. We see the evidence of this problem in our own lives, in the lives of others, and in the world around us in general. Many of us grow up taking for granted that we are born, we live “the good life” to some extent, we experience tragedy, Continue reading

Sixth Dalai Lama

Sixth Dalai LamaTSHANGS-DBYANGS-RGYA-MTSHO
Author: FANG CHAO-YING

Tshangs-dbyangs-rgya-mtsho 策養[倉洋]嘉錯 , Feb.11, 1683-1706, the Sixth Dalai Lama and poet, was born at Mon in southern Tibet. His full name was bLo-bzang-rig-hdsins (羅布藏仁青)-tshangs-dbyangs-rgya-mtsho.

The year before he was born the Fifth Dalai Lama had died. According to Tibetan law, the death of a Dalai Lama should be publicly announced, and high commissioners should then convene to select some new-born infant as the reincarnation of the deceased Lama. This infant is then educated in the monastery, Potala, and the Panchan Lama rules at the head of a body of regents, until the child comes of age. But this procedure was ignored in this instance as the Tipa (temporal administrator under the Dalai Lama), whose name was sDe-srid Sangsrgyas-rgya-mtsho, known in Continue reading

Aliens, Bible, and Von Daniken

AnunnakiALIENS FROM OUTER SPACE, OR ANGELS?
From PHAETON THE LOST PLANET
by J. Timothy Unruh (1995)

Back in the 1970’s a major sensation was brought about by a television show entitled “In Search of Ancient Astronauts.” The source of this program watched by millions of people was the book Chariots of the Gods?, authored by Erich von Daniken. Needless to say, the presentation stimulated, shocked, excited, and even enraged, but surely did not leave any thinking person uninterested.

The television show and the book postulate that extraterrestrial intelligent life landed on Earth one or more times in the distant past intervening in the Continue reading