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- Lake Guatavita, Columbia
- Thought to be a meteor crater
- Vital in the search for El Dorado (lost city)
- Chicha (Moischa) people
- Ruler in southern half of Moischa territory known as 'the Zipa' (conquistadors called him 'el dorado' - Spanish for 'The Golden One'. The Zipa would float out on a royal barge to the middle of the lake to make gold offering to the god believed to live at the bottom of the lake (objects and gold dust covering his skin)
- In 1912, an excavation of the lake by Hartley Knowles, a British engineer, recovered $20,000 worth of treasure, but believed much more lay beneath the hardened lakebed.
- Researchers have suggested aliens came primarily to mine gold
- Sitchin suggested they needed the gold for atmospheric suspension on their planet
- Gold is important to astronomy:
- It is an 'inert' material (doesn't react with anything)
- A wonderful conductor of electricity
- Perfect reflector of infrared energy (could use gold blankets to protect spacecraft against intense heat of star or other heat source
- Gold is a very valuable and rare element throughout the universe
- Could the gold mining m.o. be real? Theorists claim that there is evidence for it in the ancient texts/etc. of the ancient world
- Legendary Incan city of Paititi (Spanish for: The Golden City)
- Thought to be located in southeastern Peru
- The Conquistadors were obsessed with finding it
- Stories of Paititi and El Dorado ultimately lead to the exploration of the Amazaon jungle
- The two cities are frequently confused:
- El Dorado - a particular gold producing site in northern South America
- Paititi - a society contemporary with the Inca, at the Peru/Bolivia area
- Since 1984, Deyermenjian and his Peruvian counterpart, Palino Malani, have launched more than 15 expeditions in search of Paititi following an Incan road of stone, obscured by jungle/Pachamama, that is said to lead to Paititi
- Search began in Cuzco and the Incan holy place called Coricancha ('Golden courtyard')
- 1559 - Spanish conquistadors tore down the Coricancha to build the Cathedral of Santo Domingo (which still stands in the center of Cuzco, surrounded by the ruins of the Incan temple). The cathedral features an enormous alter covered with gold
- According to the records of the conquistadors, the cathedral pales in comparison with Coricancha, which was not only filled with golden statues and objects, but was covered by sheets of solid gold.
- Gold was important to the Inca - it was the sweat of the sun, and as the sun was the highest deity of the Inca, this 'sweat' was the most sacred possession imaginable.
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- Philip Coppens - Author, The Ancient Alien Question
- Jason Martell - Author, Knowledge Apocalypse
- William Henry - Author/Investigative Mythologist
- David Childress - Author, Technology of the Gods
- Josef Dobler - Rennes-le-Chateau Historical Guide
- Kathleen McGowan - Author, The Expected One
- Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
- Robert Bauval - Co-Author, Black Genesis
- Erich von Däniken - Author, Chariots of the Gods?
- George Noory - Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM
- Gregory Deyermenjian - Paititi Explorer
- Derrick Pitts - Chief Astronomer, The Franklin Institute
- Brien Foerster - Author, A Brief History of the Incas
- Giorgio A. Tsoukalos - Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine
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'The Great Sphinx'
Narrator: 1936, the Giza Plateau, Egypt – For more than 3000 years, the body of the Great Sphinx had been buried beneath the sand. But after 11 years of work, Egyptian archaeologists uncovered the entire monument for the first time since antiquity. At 241 feet long and 66 feet high, it is the largest and oldest monolithic statue in the world.
Even more incredible is its shape. The Sphinx has the head of a man, and the body of a lion. Although Egyptologists date the construction of the Great Sphinx to the reign of the Pharoah Khafre in approximately 2500 B.C., others claim its construction could be much, much older.
Robert Bauval: The orthodox dates of about 2500 B.C. tagged on these monuments has been challenged by a group of researchers, including myself, who have argued that the erosion on the Sphinx suggests a much, much older sphinx. Narrator: Although Egyptologists have found no agreement to when, or why, this strange monument was built, Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe it may offer proof of extraterrestrials being present in Ancient Egypt.
Jason Martell – Author, Knowledge Apocalypse: We see in many ancient Sumerian and Egyptian inscriptions of sphinxes – half man, half animal of some kind and of variance, to a degree, of different combinations of animals and human beings. We have to wonder ‘why would they be doing this?’, and, logically, it starts to make more sense when we realize a lot of these ancient texts explain that extraterrestrials came here and created us in their image and after their likeness.
George Noory – Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM: If you believe the work of the late Zechariah Sitchin, where he believes that the Anunnaki came from a planet that is somewhere out in our solar system and that they came here to mine for gold, but they figured they’re not going to do the work themselves, so they decided to take what creatures that were on this planet at the time, genetically alter them, and make mankind.
Martell: And if that’s the case, it’s very possible that they could be using genetic alterations to experiment with not only just humanity, but a mixing of other species with humanity.
Narrator: Could the Great Sphinx be evidence of genetic engineering by ancient aliens? And if, as Zechariah Sitchin proposed, extraterrestrials were genetically altering humans and animals for the purpose of mining gold, might this enormous structure have at one point been a repository for that gold? Is it possible that when Egyptian archaeologists began excavating the Great Sphinx, what they were really searching for was gold? Over the centuries, secret chambers, shafts, and elaborate tunnel systems have indeed been discovered all around the Giza Plateau.
Bauval: A shaft was discovered called the “Osirian Shaft” which led under the Giza Plateau, behind the Sphinx. Now, in that shaft, are various passageways that lead, seemingly, nowhere.
Narrator: In recent years, ground penetrating radar, or ‘GPR’ scans, have been conducted which reveal evidence of numerous underground cavities located not only around the Sphinx, but underneath it as well.
Bauval: From a scientific point of view, I’m not talking about speculation and theories and legends and so forth, that was the very first time that some strong indication that there might be these hidden tunnels and chambers under the Sphinx. According to this, they found very strong evidence of what looked like artificial chambers.
Philip Coppens: It is not a question as to whether or not there is a secret underground passage underneath the Giza Plateau, the question is, can we get access to this? And, of course, the all-important question is, is there something of extraordinary value – maybe even something which defies science – which might even be something of an extraterrestrial nature?
Narrator: If the alleged cavities under the Sphinx contain not only gold, but gold mined by ancient alien beings, might they also contain something more than just material treasure? Ancient astronaut theorists believe an elaborate secret repository is located under the Sphinx’s paws – known as The Hall of Records. It dates back to the fall of Atlantis, which according to ancient texts, is said to have occurred nearly 12,000 years ago. They also claim that there were extraterrestrials living in Atlantis, and that they needed a repository to house all of their accumulated knowledge.
Von Danikken: The Hall of Records, it was made by us, but with the tools and the knowledge of extraterrestrials.
Bauval: It is speculated that a group of survivors of Atlantis came to Egypt at about 10,500 B.C., brought along with them their records and knowledge, and built this storeroom somewhere at Giza.
Narrator: If archaeologists do someday unearth secret chambers below the Sphinx, what will they find? Gold? A library of ancient extraterrestrial knowledge? Or might they, perhaps, find both?
William Henry – Author, Investigative Mythologist: My personal view is that it would be loaded with gold technology. Technology that once belonged to the gods and would help us to answer ‘who built the pyramids?’ – how they built it. And likely there is a portal, or a gateway, that leads into the stars within this ‘Hall of Records’.
Narrator: If the Hall of Records really does exist, is it possible that it contains extraterrestrial knowledge – not on ancient scrolls, but stored on gold?
Michael Dennin, Ph.D.: Gold is a pretty amazing metal. Gold is one of the best conductors of electricity we have, which is obviously very important in electronic applications. Not only do you need a really good conductor, but you need one that won’t corrode. And so gold, when you really, really need high-quality, long-lasting, good electronics, it’s really the choice you would make. Narrator: Is ancient knowledge not only stored with gold, but stored on gold? Really the mysterious secret of this precious metal? Perhaps the answer lies hidden, 1800 miles away, deep beneath a church in Rennes-le-Chateau, France?
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Narrator: The village of Rennes-le-Chateau, France – January 29, 1953 Marie Denarnaud, a frail 85-year old woman, lies on her deathbed, promising to divulge a long-held secret about a vast treasure. But a recent stroke has left her unable to speak, or write, and her secret dies with her.
Kathleen McGowan – Author, The Expected One: Before Marie’s death, she had promised to tell someone the secret. ‘I will tell you the secret and you will be rich, beyond your wildest dreams.’ And what she said was: ‘The people of this village walk on enough gold to make them wealthy for a hundred years, and they have no idea.’ And the secret – she was never able to speak it after she had her stroke. So what was Marie talking about?
Narrator: Legends of a vast gold treasure hidden at Rennes-le-Chateau date all the way back to the fifth century, when, after sacking Rome in 410 A.D., Germanic warriors known as the ‘Visigoths’ made their way to the area with all the stolen treasure they could carry. But when they abandoned the region, some 200 years later, they reportedly left some of their ill-begotten wealth behind.
McGowan: The Visigoths are known to have buried treasure with their dead. So, Rennes-le-Chateau became significant because of this idea that there might be gold buried there.
Narrator: For hundreds of years, the rumors of buried treasure persisted. Although, no tangible evidence of it was ever found. But then, in 1891, a young parish priest named Berenger Sauniere was restoring the local church when, according to popular legend, he discovered something that turned him into an extremely wealthy man, almost overnight.
Childress: This wealth that he had was part of a vast golden treasure that was kept underground in this church, in a weird series of catacombs. These catacombs at Rennes-le-Chateau were ancient. They’d been there long before the church had been built. And here’s an area that’s known to have these caves that were used by the Visigoths.
Josef Dobler – Rennes-le-Chateau Historical Guide: I lived here 16 years, and we know there’s a tunnel under this garden. It comes along this way, from the castle until to the church, and it runs this, in this way.
Coppens: There have been people who have been coming here since the 1950’s in search of gold, and some have found it. The question is whether finding gold is everything there is to this mystery, or whether it’s just a first step along many steps to go before we actually uncover the real mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau.
Narrator: Although Father Sauniere claimed to have come upon this vast wealth by chance, many believe he actively searched for the Visigoth gold, and that much more still lies hidden in the catacombs beneath the church. But even more mysterious than the priest’s possible discovery of gold was his strange behavior afterwards. A behavior that became reflected in the design of the church itself.
Coppens: Berenger Sauniere is a guy who goes in search of ancient documents, who goes in search of certain specific knowledge in alchemical circles. So what we have found in an awful lot of alchemical processes is the importance of gold. What happens next is that he begins to build the church – he builds it according to a plan. This plan is: make contact with the divine. And so I think Sauniere realized that certain metals could be transformed into something which truly made it a spiritual experience.
Narrator: Might the golden treasure Father Sauniere supposedly unearthed have contained more than just monetary value? Could it have held some other-worldly knowledge?
The priest confided in only one other person as to the origin of this mysterious wealth – his housekeeper, Marie Denarnaud. But what was the secret that they shared? Ancient astronaut theorists believe a clue may lie in the inscription found over the door of the church.
McGowan: Berenger Sauniere placed an inscription over the door that people have been talking about for a hundred years. The inscription says, “Terribilus est locus iste”. It’s mistakenly translated most often as, “This place is terrible.” But, in fact, the inscription comes from the Old Testament, from the book of Genesis. Jacob has a dream about a ladder that connects heaven to earth, where humans could connect to the divine. So when you look at the Old Testament translation, what it really says is, “This place is awesome.”
Narrator: Is this inscription from the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible a reference to something divine? Or might it point to an extraterrestrial connection?
William Henry: I believe Rennes-le-Chateau could be a Stargate to another world. This is based on the inscription placed above the entrance to the church by Berenger Sauniere. Why would this priest put this inscription there unless he’s indicating that this ‘awesome’ and tremendously powerful place – Rennes-le-Chateau – is a gateway to the stars?
Rennes-le-Chateau, to me, is one of the spookiest, and most powerful places I’ve ever been. The ground there is oozing mystery.
Coppens: We know that people have said that Rennes-le-Chateau is a place for UFOs. We know that people have reported time-slips, and people have said that they have had encounters with the devil. So there is definitely something about that area which suggests that, for centuries, very strange and bizarre things happen.
Narrator: Could this tiny village be a gateway to an extraterrestrial past? Or even another dimension? Perhaps the answer lies buried with Marie Denarnaud. Or, as some believe, the secrets of Rennes-le-Chateau might still be revealed, and the answer may lie, not in France, but just to the north – in Scotland.