king of the Egyptians, had a tomb built for himself that became known
as the Labyrinth, less remarkable for its size than for the inimitable
ingenuity of its making. Indeed, anyone who entered the tomb could
not easily find the way out again unless guided by someone who knew
- Diodorus Siculus, circa 60-30 BCE
which makes us unique however, is our personal preference in story. We each
loan our imagination to certain tales over others. The reasons for our distinct
tastes are very often, not consciously known to us. In time, we learn that there
is no wrong choice, when we follow, in faith, that which captures our heart.
Life itself, is like any one type of story, it is most like a Mystery. Within
the many cycles of existence can be found comedies, love stories, tragedies
and adventures. Yet, at the center of each, and very often, at the finish, we find
Today, we seldom worship the mysterious. Still, we are drawn toward and often mesmerized by that which is beyond the reach of our knowledge and understanding. We all, love a good Mystery! It doesn't necessarily need to be fiction, either. There is much about the real world which remains to be conclusively explained. The lure of this unknown inspires each generation on to further exploration and revelation. New discoveries are made continuously in archaeology, genetics and a range of other fields.
Every child approaches life with a desire to know...to learn about the surrounding world. For each, the legacy of all that has been learned, is perceived anew. The movement of life is fluid and the landscape of history ever changing, so that every generation stands upon raw investigative ground. Inspired speculation, tempered by disciplined study proves to be the key to a broader encounter with the story of this world and its inhabitants.
Of great value to contemporary explorers of history, are the fruits of those who have passed this way before us. Seeking answers in the past from contemporary perspectives does not equate to disregarding previous research and discovery. On the contrary, past efforts are the very foundation for future investigation. However, it is fair to suggest that along with the discerning analysis of a scholar, serious explorers maintain the improvisational openness of a curious child as they seek.
The Mexican Indians drawing mazes hold them to be an expression of a universal plan of creation, and they may well be very right. The geometry on which this form of maze is based implies a concept of number and space with which we seem to have lost touch. To explain the workings of this number geometry in its simplest terms would be to say that it is a way of integrating the seventh and eighth divisions of a circle upon squares. This entails a rhythmical approach to number and shape that can be applied at one extreme to atomic structure and at the other to the stars.
in the Negev
Fifteen centuries before Abraham settled in Bersheba and five hundred years before the pyramid age in Egypt, a foreign population entered Palestine from the northeast. These pastoral people, who probably came from the steppes bordering the Syrio-Arabian desert, became the first dwellers in the Negev, the southern, semiarid region of Israel. Their remarkable settlements, dating back more than 5,000 years, have been uncovered at Safadi and Abu Matar, near Bersheba.
The villages constructed by these people were entirely subterranean. They are composed of extensive caves dug straight down into the alluvial soil on the banks of the Wadi. The discovery of this troglodyte way of life could finally explain the cave-dwelling Horites whom biblical scholars were always surprised to find mentioned as living in the caveless part of the country.
purpose of Lost and Forgotten Histories is to organize and support
rational investigations into the vast collection of mysteries that
make up what we do not know about the history of our
world. This work is an exploration for ourselves, as well. For, Earthlore
is not proclaiming to know the answers to these many mysteries, nor
are we promoting any specific philosophy or agenda. The group of researchers,
writers and artists gathered together for these projects are inspired
by their own interest in the featured subjects. The potential of this
medium for in-depth study and interactive discussion and debate combined
with supportive computer programs is also a primary motivation for
initiating this resource.
Researchers will always be working over the questions, and verifying the validity of what is revealed. On certain themes we will be asking for the participation of viewers around the world in helping to evaluate theories and approach solutions. Throughout our efforts we will always establish a solid foundation by working directly with specialists from the fields of featured subjects. The results of this collaboration will regularly be made available.
For the most part, what we are doing here is presenting information on specific subjects, such as: the decline of Maya Civilization. This topic has been hotly debated since the rediscovery of city centers within the jungles of Mesoamerica. Theories have ranged from widespread disease or internal warfare, all the way to extraterrestrial abduction and inter-dimensional migration. Clearly, everyone cannot be right. Still, the intent here is not to attack any theory, no matter how improbable, but rather to provide reference material and forums which encourage and support the ongoing process of inquiry. Conclusions are for you to determine. Our aim is to present the many puzzle pieces of world history. We intend to do this in an objective and balanced format.
With 'millennium fever' still running rampant, there are countless theoriesbeing put forth on several important chapters of history. Our inspiration for this series of projects rises from the need for sanity and some sense of methodical order in this ever evolving process. Is there any relevance today for verification of a historical King Arthur hidden in the mists of legend? Are there lessons in studying the decline of ancient Peruvian civilization? Here, you can decide for yourself.
The intent of Earthlore is to encourage and support individual quests and original thinking. These features were created as source for content rich interaction with subjects of cultural history. To this end, the content featured will center around the personal experiences and findings of those who have immersed themselves in these subjects. All subjects will be treated objectively and presented in a manner best suited for subjective utilization. Within this stance, we look forward to the sharing of your own views!
We will be working to put a spotlight upon as many documented sources as possible. Through the powerful referencing utilities of the Internet, we will offer guidance for as much supportive material as is available. On each subject, we will be working directly with individuals who have invested substantial time and resources investigating these subjects. In the coming months we will be setting up forums and interactive projects linking researchers throughout the world. If you would like to be notified of the progress of these works - or become actively involved in contributing theories or material - you may contact Earthlore directly from these pages. All queries are confidential.
Where appropriate, we are establishing reference data bases in association with existing research organizations. For certain projects, we are maintaining direct links with archeological sites to monitor and document the latest findings on a featured subject. Report information will be made available on an immediate basis, through Earthlore on-line and its associated organizations. Where possible, direct interaction with specialists on featured subjects will be provided for visitors through secured sites.
current feature is a series on the enigmatic Egyptian Pharaoh
Akhnaton. There are more than a few mysteries surrounding this significant
figure in history. Theories and opinions about his true story abound
in great number. Yet, despite what is not known of Akhnaton,
there exists a great wealth of hard archaeological material which
is currently being studied and reintegrated into a more complete body
Akhnaton 18th dynasty, Egypt
Akhnaton remains one of the most puzzling figures in ancient history. His dynamic sundering of long standing Egyptian tradition to found a religion based on a singular deity, sets him as the first monotheist in recorded history. Despite reigning at the height of the dynastic age, all memory of Akhnaton and his family would be lost for more than three thousand years. This vanishing followed an extensive suppression of the pharaoh's record by succeeding dynasties. It would not be until excavations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, within our era, that his name would be heard again.
Rarely in history has such an extensive censorship been so successful. This fact alone prompts several important questions. What is certain, is that the reconstruction of Akhnaton's period will continue for a long time to come. We begin our efforts by providing a groundwork of information on what has already been rediscovered, as well as the outline of several theories surrounding the pharaoh. Some of these ideas are controversial, as is natural with uncertain histories. Once again, we are not setting ourselves up as judge and jury, we are gathering and presenting varied materials in an objective light. All are candidates for possibly until conclusively disproven...of course, with certain cases, this will not take very long. Explore this variety of views and determine the outline of your own. If you wish to, feel welcome to share these with us!
Akhnaton is another ongoing investigation, also fascinating, in certain
aspects, also controversial. These are the series of legends at the very
heart of Western spirituality, surrounding the Holy Grail. Is
there any historical evidence which validates the assertion of a material
grail? Some say there is. Yet, in approaching such an exploration as the
Grail of Christ, one must enter into the realms of myth, spirituality
and symbol as countless other seekers have done for many centuries.
Many other topics will be introduced through this series as they become relevant to existing projects. Some subjects, such as the meaning of the Labyrinth symbol, have a universal role to play, and will be added progressively. Generally, it will be clear why certain subjects were chosen, in relation to other investigations. Still, we promise you a few interesting surprises along the way.
News Reports are made available through e-mail, containing regular updates on the status of all the Mystery projects. These are provided free of charge to interested viewers, and are easily discontinued if so desired.
Editor - Francis Lewis
Primary Text - Rhey
Art Direction - Thierry Alberto Theme Producer - Mark Nelson
Principal Photography - Rhey Cedron Art Research - Malcolm Hurrell
Research & Production Asst' - Clara Bazett, Henry Craig, Joan Flandrin
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