John Anthony West: Pioneer of Ancient Civilization Theories Passes Away
John Anthony West was not a man interested in legacy or fame. Like many of his peers, he dedicated his life to the pursuit of uncovering hidden truths, sparking a flame to our collective story where historians and scientists had turned a blind eye.
For 40 years, his perseverance led to ground-breaking discoveries, including the controversial claim regarding the Sphinx’s ancient origins (Sphinx water erosion theory), which was presented in the award-winning documentary Mystery of the Sphinx. His radical fearlessness in the face of criticism also led to the popularization of Klaus Schmidt’s work, exposing the oldest religious site known to man, Göbekli Tepe. West referred to this discovery as, “the ‘smoking gun’ against which orthodox academics have no defense.”
West was unapologetic in his efforts and paved the way for generations of seekers to participate in changing the course of history, regardless of the credentials or degrees that follow one’s name. A true pioneer, his work lives on through those impacted by the knowledge he brought forth, such as Robert Shoch, whose research and contributions were instrumental to the awareness and progression of West’s work.
“John Anthony West was one of the main reasons I began work on the possibility of a lost civilization. This is a man who has immersed himself in the mystery of ancient Egypt for decades. To get this wisdom shared about Egypt, the love and the passion, is something that no one else can replicate.” – Graham Hancock
Watch Gaia’s last interview with John Anthony West below:
THE SACRED SCIENCE OF ANCIENT EGYPT
Did The Vikings Use a Solar Stone Crystal to Navigate Cloudy Seas?
Vikings dominated the North Atlantic seas for at least 300 years, but how did they sail across great distances with incredible accuracy, without a magnetic compass? A long-held theory about Vikings using crystals for navigation may have been proven true with modern science.
The Vikings, the great north seamen, sailed from Norway to Greenland and many parts in between. They were known to have amazing maritime navigation skills, by using the sun to plot their position on the globe. But scientists have wondered for years how they could navigate when they couldn’t see the Sun. Enter the sunstone, or solar sign, a crystal that when held up to a cloudy sky, can help to locate the Sun.
For years the use of Sunstones has been nothing but a theory based on a legend. Such as this mention in the tale Rauðúlfs þáttr:
“The king made people look out and they could nowhere see a clear sky. Then he asked Sigurður to tell where the sun was at that time. He gave a clear assertion. Then the king made them fetch the solar stone and held it up and saw where the light radiated from the stone and thus directly verified Sigurður’s prediction.”