Inspired by his book Power Places and the Master Builders of Antiquity Frank Joseph discusses some of the mysteries of the megalithic age and legends of lost civilizations. This is a two part interview. Part two is here. Frank will be speaking at AlienXPO 2019.
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The peoples of the Neolithic era bequeathed us some of the most amazing achievements and profound puzzles in human history. From cryptic stone circles to arcane rituals and rites and a science of the stars we are still struggling to comprehend, ancestors once regarded as ignorant and inferior continue to emerge as remarkably advanced, and arguably much more in tune with their natural surroundings than contemporary civilization.
England’s Stonehenge and Newgrange in Ireland are but two of the better known Neolithic sites in the British Isles, but throughout Europe, hundreds of locations – some just as breathtaking – feature the remains of Neolithic construction. What are we to make of the quarrying, cutting, and transportation techniques – some of which we are unable to replicate today – which made possible the manipulation of vast stone monoliths, some weighing several hundred tons? And why was the specific type and location of these stones so crucial to the ancients?
We also consider just what befell the civilizations of high antiquity, not just in Europe, but around the world. Some slid into steep decline, while others vanished virtually overnight. Immortalized in mythic tales such as those of Atlantis and Lemuria, of the Biblical Flood and Great Deluge, can the apparent cataclysms and catastrophes of aeons past teach us anything about the present or indeed, the future?
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