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Buried Sphinx

Is Our View of History Wrong? New Research Group Aims to Investigate the Evidence for an Advanced Ancient Civilisation

Is the orthodox view of the rise of civilisation wrong? For many years, a number of ‘alternative’ historians have put forward the view that there is enough evidence to suggest that an advanced civilisation existed in prehistory, but through some cataclysm disappeared in the mists of time. And, in recent years, archaeological discoveries such as the truly ancient megalithic site of Göbekli Tepe have continued to add substance to that view.

Geologist Robert Schoch – famous for his ‘redating’ of the Great Sphinx of Egypt, based on evidence of water eroision – is now, with a number of colleagues, aiming to take research into this idea to the next level. He has just announced the formation of ‘ORACUL‘ (‘Organization for the Research of Ancient Cultures’), a non-profit 501c devoted to investigation and discussion of these ‘forbidden history’ ideas:

The scientific debate surrounding the origins of human civilization is far from settled. Independent research by scholars and professionals in the hard sciences has begun to challenge the accepted narrative of civilization’s beginnings. Today, there is a large body of evidence from a myriad of fields which argues convincingly for a revision of that narrative – pushing back the timeline for advanced culture by thousands of years.

Opposed by many orthodox scholars (whose interests are served by maintaining the status quo), serious scientists and professionals who attempt to bring attention to this contrary evidence are often ignored and ridiculed. Handicapped by a lack of funding, publicity, and professional networking, breakthrough research related to ancient cultures continues to languish in relative obscurity.

ORACUL works to bring this existing research to the attention of both the academic community and the public, as well as conducting new investigations into ancient cultures. This pioneering research involves not only professionals in the hard sciences, but also serious, out-of-the-box thinking in other disciplines. ORACUL will accomplish this goal by focusing on three primary areas of activity: Research Advocacy, Publishing, and Educational Outreach.

Here’s a video introduction from Robert:

If you wish to help kickstart ORACUL with a contribution, you can do so via at, and also keep up to date with news about the organization by liking Dr Robert Schoch’s Facebook page.

Link: ORACUL Online

  1. Give a little . . . or give a lot
    Of all the “wild-hared” anomalistic theories ricocheting around the Internet, I suspect this is the one most likely to be proved to have been grounded in reality. We persist in holding onto the stone-headed notion that our ancestors in the ancient past were childlike dolts in bearskins, loincloths or togas, despite evidence to the contrary from all over the Earth. We’re so enmeshed in this self-deprecating belief, we’d even rather credit aliens instead of ourselves for our own achievements. Sigh.

  2. After Schoch
    No, I won’t be contributing to this. I already bought Schoch’s book related to SIDA (“Solar Induced Dark Age”). It’s an interesting idea. The Biblical concept of Satan being cast into a pit for a 1000 years seems to be derived from the Younger Dryas Period. However, an actual reduced solar output for a 1000 years just doesn’t seem likely at all, especially in light of so much evidence for contemporary impact events. I think he should fund his own pet projects.

    Schoch also doesn’t name the “close friends and colleagues” that will be his partners in this new venture (if that’s what it is). Again, if this is their private club, then let them privately fund it.

    I appreciate that Schoch is willing to compromise his Academic reputation by taking on alternative archaeology subjects, but I’m not joining his solar cult group. He should be more specific on how any crowdfunding would be used. I can’t get excited about any of the three general projects that he proposes.

    Personally, I would contribute to someone like Robert Ballard to go looking for sunken Atlantis. But, then again, does he really need my help either, and isn’t that what NatGeo and other commercial sponsors are for?

    As a geologist, you would think Schoch would be better suited to helping Ralph Ellis analyze the Carolina Bays:

    1. Graham Hancock
      Considering Grahamn Hancock’s later work, it would be interesting to see whether he is going the Leary way or the Tolle way, or something completely different

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