A couple of weeks ago, a book with an
odd and impossible sounding title, caught my attention.
The beautiful cover was by an author I knew of, Colin
Wilson, from Cornwall, England. The title was, ATLANTIS
and the Kingdom of the NEANDERTHALS, 100,000 Years of
I like to follow the clues and solve
the mystery, but I would never have connected Neanderthal
cave men with stories about the technologically advanced
civilization of Atlantis. By the time I had begun the
third chapter, I was out of my seat, reaching for my
handy desk-top globe and world atlas. To anyone else
who reads this book, I might suggest they get their
own globe out, too.
Like all great research projects, this
book is the result of some one telling some one else
about a theory, which some one passes on to still some
one else, who writes it into a story, this story.
The book begins with the sudden death
of a New England professor, the late Charles Hapgood,
who had said he had proof that man has not been walking
this earth for a mere 10,000 years, but ten times that!
Hapgood had written to arrange to share
this information with a colleague, Rand Flem-Ath, but
before the two could meet to discuss it, Professor Hapgood
was killed in the street by a bus. His notes have never
been found, but a good story is never stopped by lack
Flem-Ath tried ways of finding or gathering
or re-creating Hapgood's studies, to no avail. He eventually
contacted Colin Wilson and passed the story to him.
Colin decided to simply begin again. He began to write
letters and arrange the answers in them into what they
seemed to say, rather than what might be expected.
As we readers are led through various
known timelines and geological depths of proven evidence
showing several ancient floods and global catastrophes,
a connection seems to magically form between Atlantis
and the Neanderthals. It's amazing.
It does seem possible, now, that the
skull of the Neanderthal was so much larger than ours
was because he was using more of his brain than we do
now. I am thinking, maybe, he was smart enough to help
a displaced people survive those days after the first
floods. One might think that, if they did that, there
would be some record of it.
If one did think that, one might read
this book carefully and find that there are hundreds
of records. Evidence is all over the planet, from Antarctica
and South Africa to the hills of West Virginia. One
just needs to see at least as much as what is in this
book to get things into perspective.
We, as readers, are encouraged to think
without a box and reconsider the intelligence of the
Neanderthal, putting him in a place, very different
from the place our school books place him. We are brought
to a 75,000 year old Bear Alter in frozen lands of Asia
and drawn down into 100,000 year old red ochre mines
We are told about a smoothed and polished
500,000 year old board that was accidentally dug up
with a trench-cutter. We are even allowed to know of
800,000 year old rafts found on the island of Flores.
If that is not enough to know that mankind was thinking
and planning and creating a lot longer than the history
books say, then how can we explain the pure gold chain
found inside a lump of coal?
Coal forms from carbon-based material
after just the right conditions, and it takes about
3 million years to do it. The "real story"
would be that man was around so long ago, that the gold
chain mentioned had to have been buried with its owner,
about three million years ago and that that civilization
is now being utilized as fossil fuel. Little wonder
there is not much evidence of Atlantis or any other
long, lost people.
The research of Colin Wilson shows the
mark of a man who tries to make sure he can back up
what he is says, and this book seems to say that the
earth has shrugged her shoulders, at least once, and
swept more than one great civilization completely under
its rug - then ground all remnants of them back into
Similar stories of ancient catastrophes
from all over the world tell of a great flood, days
of terrible fire falling from the sky and the watchful
eyes of the seven sisters of the stars. The sheer quantity
of these stories says they must be based on something
from a shared past. This story is like a giant shortcut
to actually learning something from them.
I enjoyed the way reality and story blended
in this amazing mind-bender. It's got me thinking in
new directions. Not only is it filled with hard facts
and interesting evidence, it reads easily and fairly
fast. It's just the thing to keep anyone's mind sharp
Somewhere in the far distant past may
not be far enough or distant enough to tell us the truth
of our beginnings. ATLANTIS and the Kingdom of the NEANDERTHALS,
100,000 years of Lost History is a great way to
start re-configuring what we know.
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