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July 23, 2019

Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012 Book For iPad Now Available on the iBookstore!

DALLAS –After six months of production and more than four years of scholarly study, Dallas’ Claxton Creative, LLC and San Diego’s Dr. Mark Van Stone edition of 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya now is available on the iBookstore in 32 countries worldwide – just in time to answer one of the most pressing questions of the year: “What did the Maya predict would happen on Dec. 21, 2012?”

Joined in bit parts by 14 renowned Maya scholars from around the world and complete with four 3-D animations of ancient Maya and Aztec works, hundreds of photographs, interactive maps and drawings, and even an interactive puzzle of the historic right panel of Tortuguero Monument 6, Dr. Van Stone’s 32,000-word book was designed for the iPad(R).

“If you want to know what the ancient Maya predicted about Dec. 21, 2012, we have worked with Dr. Mark Van Stone to compile the most extensive, interactive, animated and scholarly product that’s ever been produced on the subject, bar none,” said Donald Claxton, the book’s publisher. “We have a ‘Who’s Who of Maya Scholars’ in more than two hours of video clips, 3-D animations, interactive maps, photos and drawings, plus never-before-released interpretations of Maya glyphs. This is the most complete and scholarly source of information about what the Maya did and did not predict.”

The book, printed in English, can be purchased in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“It has been a dream come true to see this body of work formatted to work so well on the iPad,” said Dr. Van Stone. “Through the magic of technology, we have been able to revive the Maya and pay tribute to the uniqueness and intelligence of this very special people. What did the Maya predict about Dec. 21 or 23, 2012?

“In my book we explore the most up-to-date interpretations and discoveries of the ancient Maya and explain them in a way that will be accessible to all: to an elementary student working on a class report, a layman searching for answers based on the hype surrounding the 2012 meme, and even the college student or scholar on the quest for greater understanding of the Maya,” Van Stone said.

Claxton, who met Dr. Van Stone, a speaker, author, Maya expert and professor of art history at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, online in March via Twitter following an appearance on Ancient Aliens, said his company has worked closely with the professor and other Maya scholars to develop this new form of technologically advanced book, which can only be read on an iPad.

“It’s been an amazing journey to learn the essence of this developing technology and marry it with the lunar, planetary and solar observations of the ancient Maya who more than 1,000 years ago studied these things as a way of explaining what was going on in their world,” Claxton said. “Dr. Van Stone now is ramping up efforts to inform children of all ages about what the Maya knew and what they said, in particular about Dec. 21 or Dec. 23, 2012, depending on which way of counting scholars have devised.”

“From the second one opens my book on an iPad, readers are transported into the ancient past by some of the most recognized Maya scholars,” Dr. Van Stone said. “Professor John Hoopes from the University of Kansas traces the 2012 meme all the way back to Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

“Colgate Professor Anthony Aveni explains his ‘what works theory’ and how non-scholars ‘cherry-pick’ information they use to get their personal theories to match their personally desired outcomes while omitting conflicting information. Independent scholar, Austin’s Dr. Barb MacLeod, presents the first-of-its-kind interpretation and reading of one of the most important pieces associated with the 2012 meme, among others,” Van Stone said.

In the book Dr. Van Stone also was joined in short video clips by:
* University of Calgary Professor Kathryn Reese-Taylor
* Yale Professor Oswaldo Chinchilla
* Tulane University Visiting Assistant Professor Marc Zender
* Flora S. Clancy, professor emerita of art history at the University of New Mexico
* Khristaan Villela Santa Fe University of Art and Design
* John Justeson of the University at Albany
* Maryland Senior Lecturer John B. Carlson
* Ivan Sprajc, Institute of Anthropological & Spatial Studies, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts
* Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology, Florida Museum of Natural History
* Northern Illinois University Professor Jeff Kowalski
* Jaime Awe, Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology

Claxton and Dr. Van Stone said they are working on a series of promotions in the coming months including an extensive travel schedule that will mean planned public presentations in Atlanta, New York, Washington, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland and on the campus of Princeton University.

“We are encouraging teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as college professors to adopt this text for a course of study, research papers, or even a special guest video appearance from me throughout the fall,” Dr. Van Stone said. “As we get closer to Dec. 21, 2012, and the election season winds down in America, interest in this subject is going to increase and the non-scholars, many of whom are predicting either a ‘blow up’ or a ‘bliss out’ depending on which kind you talk to, are going to be coming out of the word work. If you’re armed with the information in my book, you’ll be able to refute each one of them with the facts and help put the minds of those around you to rest.”

Device Requirements:
* Viewed using iBooks 2 on an iPad
* Print Length: 179 Pages
* iOS 5 is required

Pricing and Availability:
2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya is $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the iBookstore in the Astronomy category. Schedule an interview now about this amazing technological work by calling 972-863-8784.

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Claxton Creative is a Dallas-based full-service public relations firm focused on the development of interactive, multi-touch publications for mobile devices worldwide. The company was founded by former Dallas ISD communications director, Donald J. Claxton and is supported with the assistance of Fort Worth Author Ron Rose, Dallas Author Allen Manning, Birmingham, AL editor Larisa Lovelady, Ally Stephenson of Huntsville, AL, and others.

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Maya Xultun Discoveries Fascinating–Prove Once Again No 2012 Doomsday Predicted

The announced discoveries from Xultun in Guatemala prove something that’s not new–archaeologists have been saying there is no evidence to predict a doomsday on Dec. 21, 2012 from Maya ruins. But the beauty of the discovery, their age and their very findings, are amazing and beautiful to review, to think about, and now, for scholars, to spend several years analyzing.

New York Times Photo and Article Reference

Our colleague, Dr. Mark Van Stone, has often repeated to us, even in video accounts on this site, that we still have only found a small, small percentage of the ruins in Mesoamerica and have yet to really unravel many of the mysteries that remain about them.

The discovery of the Maya ruins in Xultun prove this point once again.  Indeed, some of the articles we’ve ready help further emphasize this important point.  There is still so much we do not yet know about the Maya.

Xultun

We talked with Dr. Van Stone yesterday while he’s at the Archaeology Channel’s annual film festival in Eugene, Oregon this weekend.  He was clearly excited about this new find and was still reviewing the details of the findings.

In interviews we recently conducted in Memphis at the Society for American Archaeology, we interviewed Dr. Anthony Aveni of Colgate, one of the four scholars highlighted in the Xultun find.  We now are in the process of churning that video out for inclusion in Dr. Van Stones soon-to-be-release Interactive Book for the iPad–2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.

We congratulate Dr. Aveni, Dr. Bill Saturno, Dr. David Stuart, Franco Rossi, and most of all, Maxwell Chamberlain for their great discovery.

 

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Ancient pueblo builders of Chaco Canyon

What doors open remain after words filled with blame curse those who came?

Ancient pueblo builders….

When plowing through ruins in one of the fire ravaged puddles of Utah archeologist found bones of dismembered and apparently stewed people in he rubble. Marks on the bones similar to knives removing flesh seems to call cannibalism into question.

What surprises researchers most in the ravaged structure is the neatly deposited human fecal matter on what was the residents hearth.

Within he DNA of the visitors excrement are tale-tale signs of partially digested human flesh.

A story once relayed to me by a native American relative of mine calls into our memories the shared fears of witchcraft and those who practice dark arts.

While listening to my relative I hear of a powerfully witch – commonly called a Skin walker by southwestern American natives- who kept villages around his small rock and adobe house in fear.

So great was the fear that a few villages fearing hey had angered the Skin Walker when water ran lower than normal and foods were rat infested, moved.

After some years passed another skin walker arrived promising to rid the area of the evil skin walker, but the people would pay a stiff price if She failed.

The pueblo residents were called on to attack and kill the skin walker. Burn his home and utterly destroy every vessel in or around his home. Once they had finished, the new skin walker then ordered a great fire made with timbers from dead skin walkers home. Upon this fire a great stewing pot filled with the Urine of all the villagers was set to boil.

Within that pot are placed the rendered remains of the dead skin walker. Cooking the cannibalistic stew for days the remaining skin walker chanted and sang to send the dead skin walkers spirit back into the underworld.

When the last chant ended, she scooped out bowl after bowl of the broth feeding it to each of the villagers.

Eating the last of the reeking meaty broth herself she then danced through the ruins until she stood on the hearth. At that point with everyone watching she flipped up her skirt revealing her a hermaphrodite nature, then promptly defecated on the hearth…and with great laughter changed into the old skin-walker they’d just killed and eaten.

Aware that the villagers had been tricked they rekindled the flames for the skin walkers home and returned to their village. Torching their own Kivas, the dedicated in the meeting rooms of heir three-hundred room pueblo and left with only the close on their backs. All pottery, and tools broken and scattered, nothing taken with them.

To take anything from their doomed village would have allowed the skin walker to find them in their future home.

The moral, she said,  you never now how bad it can be till you make a devils deal for another chance at life, only to loose everything you have…

What door will you open in your world and what spirit will you welcome? Will your future reflect your past or be a celebration of he lessons now well learned.
@archeoastronomy @roadmonkeyone

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Society for American Archaeology Wrap Up–2012 iBook Video Is In The Can!

As they say in the business, “it’s in the can”–this weekend we shot a ton of video for Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya interactive book for the iPad, including the top names in Maya studies in American archaeology.  It was the most amazing weekend I’ve had in a long time and an experience we are going to be able to share with people around the globe in short order.

I’m tired after the 7.5-hour drive back from Memphis today so I’m just going to let the video do the talking for this post.

We did almost a dozen interviews with some amazingly smart people this weekend, including Dr. Van Stone, Dr. Anthony Aveni, Dr. John Carlson, Dr. John Hoopes, Dr. Susan Milbrath and the list goes on and on.  I’m so excited.  Now for some careful editing and some more production on Dr. Van Stone’s book.   But even more important, some rest.

 

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On Meeting Doctors John Hoopes, Anthony Aveni, John Carlson and more

For the past seven months or so I’ve been on a pretty hefty diet of learning everything I can about the field of Archaeoastronomy–which includes the astronomic alignment in the development of wonders sites all around the world–and in my studies, I’ve read many a times the names of doctors John Hoopes, Anthony Aveni, John Carlson and a host of other scholars who have spent the past 40 or so years of their lives doing what I’ve only been doing for a half year.  Today, through meetings of the Society for American Archaeology here in Memphis, TN, I got to meet these guys and get on a first-name basis with them, not to mention to exchange findings and hear some of their incredible stories.

In the morning we are slated to interview Dr. Aveni, clearly one of the best-known archaeoastronomers in the world. He’s as friendly as he can be and when I called him, “Sir,’ today, he told me not to call him that!  My later-life upbringing in the Southeast gave me a habit I cannot break.  Plus Aveni deserves it.  He’s quite brilliant.

Dr. Mark Van Stone writes Maya glyphs on SAA name tags

As Dr. Mark Van Stone told me last night, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Aveni basically created the field of archeoastronomy. During a late-night meeting with Dr. Carlson last night I revealed to Dr. Carlson that we are using @Archeoastronomy (We left out the A behind the H because it wouldn’t all fit on Twitter) as our username on Twitter.  He smiled and said, “That’s okay.  I don’t use anything like Twitter.”  In about 1977 or 1978, Dr. Carlson launched Archaeoastronomy Magazine, which still is published today.

I also had the pleasure today of spending a lot of time talking to Dr. Hoopes from Kansas University.  Dr. Hoopes also has done considerable study in archaeoastronomy and we had several laughs tonight also talking about the Ancient Aliens TV show and the characters who are on it.  But the conversations with Dr. Hoopes also were quite detailed and amazing.  We talked at length about how each society throughout time has struggled to find and provide answers to the mysteries of life and how there’s always seemed to be some sort of shaman,  sorcerer, or fantastic story teller along the way to help use what most would describe as nonsense to provide answers.  We talked about how science is meant to be neutral, and where a myth goes on to help try to deal with some sort of moral story or application in a society.

More on that another time.

The night topped off with dinner with Dr. Van Stone, Dr. Hoopes, our photographer Jamaal Jackson, Ivan from Slavonia and Cheyenne, a special lady from northern California who builds medical clinics for the poor and only looks to archeology as a hobby.  During dinner, Dr. Van Stone started drawing Maya glyphs on each person’s name tag.  So tomorrow, we’ll have the only ones out of the 2,500 people here in Memphis who have name tags that even the Maya from 800 years ago could read.  Now how cool is that?

 

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Join Our Kickstarter.com Campaign For An Interactive Book for the iPad on Machu Picchu

We are going to build one of the first, coolest and most advanced Interactive Books for the iPad on Machu Picchu and we are asking for your help to do it through a campaign we’ve just launched on Kickstarter.com.

Machu Picchu in Peru, by David Hart

The details of the campaign are on Kickstarter.com but it’s on these pages of The Wonders Expedition where even the process of raising funds for the expedition are going to come alive and be interactive.

WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!

Please, jump over to Kickstarter.com after reading this short post and find out the particulars about the campaign, like how much we’re trying to raise ($57,766) and why (to create the coolest Interactive Book for the iPad yet!) and then help support our effort.  Once you’ve done that, please come back and stay engaged in the process.  Let us know you’ve made the contribution!

Send @Archeoastronomy on Twitter a message saying you’re part of the team!

Add a status update to your Facebook wallsaying you’re in and you don’t want your friends to be left behind!

Are you a TWE Backer on Kickstarter? Here's your chance!

And write your friends, family, colleagues, fellow students, etc. and tell them that you’re a part of something global and you want them to be, too.

Kickstarter.com is a crowd source fund-raising sites for startups and for cool projects like putting an expedition together 100 years after the site was first “re-discovered” and telling the story about it 100 years later with the advancement of technology that the Incas never could have imagined in 1438 when they started building it high in the Andes in Peru.

Oh, and don’t forget you can also add a badge to your Facebook wall, your emails and even your own blog site.

Interactive Question

If you were going to Machu Picchu, what would you want to know or see the most? Have you already been there and want to share photos?  Let us know!  This is what’s going to make this an incredibly fun and interactive project for everyone interested no matter where they are in the world.  And that’s what The Wonders Expedition is all about!

Once again, here’s the link! 

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of an Ancient Aliens Guest About 2012 and The Maya

The Season Four premiere of  Ancient Aliens on H2, began a few weeks ago with two shows about the 2012 meme and the alleged catastrophic predictions of the Maya and somehow, how ancient aliens were involved.  One of the guest scholars of those two episodes, Dr. Mark Van Stone on Twitter, (@MayaTruth) has provided The Wonders Expedition with an exclusive video interview we’ve entitled:  What Ancient Aliens Left Out.

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Dr. Van Stone is one of the world’s most recognized Mayanists and the author of the book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.  It’s a great read and we encourage you to check it out, along with his Website.  He’s fun to talk with, doesn’t have a bad sun tan and Einstein hair, and most importantly of all, thinks that the presumption that the work of ancient humans being done instead by aliens is “racism against humanity.”

We are excited to bring you this exclusive interview and will be providing additional interviews as we go along, hopefully with other recognized scholars on 2012.  We’d like to talk with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Erich Von Daniken or David Childress, too, just to give them a fair shot. 

 ANCIENT ALIENS

As the season premier began in mid-February, we began to tweet about some of the things we were seeing wrong in the show and wound up having a similar conversation with Dr. Van Stone, whom you will see is very colorful and friendly.  The more we talked, the more it became apparent that what he was saying needed to be shared with you.

As we’ve noted before, the Lord Pacal Sarcophogus cover, all decked out as a spaceship model is pretty cool.  The thing is, it just doesn’t have anything to do with reality.

Last Friday night’s show probably was the most appalling of all–the thought that Ancient Aliens, now not so ancient, were and possible are controlling the weather and natural events on our planet to affect the outcome of the human race.  Amazing.

A NIGHT WITH A PROFESSOR

The conversations with Dr. Van Stone have been very engaging and informative.  In fact, we’re proud to announce that on March 22, 2012, he will be available in a Webinar to talk more about the fantastic predictions about 2012 and Mayan culture and allow you to ask questions and interact with him like you cannot when he and others are in a TV show.  For this first show, we’re offering a discounted rate of $7.99 and it will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 EST/8 CST) in the United States.  Sign up today, we are going to limit the size of the first Webinar so we don’t want you to miss out.

 

 

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Maya Wheel Calendar, Leap Year and A Huge Mistake

Through some very exciting conversations of late with renowned Mayanist Dr. Mark Van Stone, we have developed a very keen understanding of what he refers to as the “projecting” of our knowledge onto an earlier society that had not discovered what we know today and instead of explaining the world through their frame of reference, seeing it AND explaining it through ours. In other words, creating a total distortion.

This is a very dangerous practice and one that often leads to the nonsense we see in shows like Ancient Aliens, where learned professors like Dr. Van Stone spend a small portion of the show giving an authoritative perspective, only to have it then clouded by a clown with big hair who says the answer has to be aliens.

The Maya Wheel Calendar

What better a day to have this discussion.

To the right is a photo of the Maya Calendar exhibit at Museo de la Cultura Maya in Chetumal, Belize. Though it’s Leap Day, to the Maya, this meant nothing.  They apparently didn’t make up for “Drifting” in their calendars.

But we have seen this concept of the Maya Calendar displayed in many places and even are having an internal debate on how to use it in applications being developed by our art department here in Dallas.  But there’s one HUGE, ancient-pyramid-sized error in what you’re looking at.

The Maya didn’t have the wheel. 

So if they didn’t have the wheel, though cyclical like ours today, their calendar did not look like this.  As Dr. Van Stone has pointed out, neither does ours.

It is just this sort of thing that makes television shows like Ancient Aliens so plausible and easy to believe.  And it is just this sort of thing that when it’s shown as fact, needs to be called out and explained.

We can understand why this is being used: Because today we KNOW about the wheel and because of our knowledge today, it’s easier to look back on what they didn’t know then and conceptualize.  But….

Made to Stick

In their 2007 book, Made To Stick, the Hatch brothers talk about an experiment to do with tapping out the rhythm of a song.  If you hear a tune in your head and you start tapping it out on the table in front of you, there’s no doubt you can be just as impressive (in your own mind) as Ringo Starr or Peter Chris from Kiss in banging it out.  But without humming the tune and without saying ahead of time what it is, ask someone sitting there with you what it is you’re tapping out.

The odds are tremendously high they are not going to be able to name that tune.  Why?  Because they don’t have the same frame of reference about the tune in your head as you do. You are the only one who can “hear it.”  Once they know what you’re tapping out, the chances improve that they might be able to say that they can hear what you’re doing, but even then….

The point is historians and archeologists often try to do this same thing when explaining what was going on in the minds of our ancient ancestors.  In many cases, because some civilizations either didn’t have a written records, like those who built Stonehenge, or the Mesoamericans who had much of their work burnt and destroyed by the Conquistadors, we just don’t know.  And then there are those who can sit in front of a camera with a straight face and say, “It had to be Extra Terrestrials.”

Leap Day 2012

So on Leap Day 2012, remember, there is a lot of thinking and work that went into the marking and the use of Leap Year and Leap Days.  If today is your birthday, congratulations.  We wish you a great day, certainly.

There is plenty of information on the Net about how we came to have a Leap YearJulius Caesar is often given credit for adopting the Leap Year tradition in 45 BC to help the seasons catch up with the calendar once they had shifted.  As you may know, the length of a year isn’t actually 365 days, it’s a little longer, so when you’ve had a couple of them go by, things start to get out of sync, and gone far enough, Dec. 25 could have drifted into another season, etc.

Pretty cool when you stop and think about it.

 

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Mayan Light Beam from 2009 Now Making Waves in 2012

Well, we couldn’t pass this one up.

Over on Yahoo! they’ve posted a story about a man, one Hector Siliezar, who was visiting the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza back in 2009 and took three photos of El Castillo, a pyramid built to honor the god Kukulkan, and some how, what appears to be a Hollywood death ray is emanating out of the top of it and shining into the heavens.

Needless to say, we’re waiting for Giorgio A. Tsoukalos to appear at the end of it and affirm once again that this is proof that aliens are no longer ancient, but actually living amongst us.  Erich Von Daniken can’t be too far off, and Lord knows, David Childress needs to be involved here doing his imitation constipated and strained former President Bill Clinton voice saying, “Extra Terrestrials.”

But it is what it is.  Probably something to do with the lightening storm in the area and the light bouncing around in the guy’s iPhone.  That, or maybe it’s actually video of Steve Jobs ascending into the Heavens.

We will never know for sure.  It is great looking video.  But seriously, friends and amigos, if you had taken these photos back in 2009, wouldn’t you have had them out on the Net say, back in 2009 and not just be having them surface here in 2012?

Okay, Giorgio, let’s hear you: “There can only be one possible answer here….”

 

 

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Mayan King Pakal and His ‘Spacecraft’

I don’t know if you saw the season premier of Ancient Aliens Season 5 a week or so ago, but to his credit, Giorgio Tsoukalos had a guy from Lucas Films on displaying what appeared to be Mayan King Pakal in what Erich Von Daniken has long portrayed as a “spacecraft.”

The image is based on the sarcophagus cover of Pakal’s tomb in Palenque, Mexico and since the 1970s has been the red meat, smoking gun of the UFO fringe to support Ancient Astronaut Theories.  I even tweeted that night that Giorgio and the producers of Ancient Aliens deserved credit; the 3D model the Lucas Films designer made looked pretty darn cool–of course it did, he works for Lucas Films.

The problem is of course, it’s ridiculous when you place it in actual context to what’s on the cover of Pakal’s tomb.

The Ceiba Tree

The Ceiba Tree of South American origin is a pretty unique looking tree.  It also has been found in Southeast Asia, but it’s primary interest here is its use in Pre-Columbian MesoAmerican mythology where it was incorporated into beliefs associated with “The World Tree” and how it connected the heavens, the earth and the underworld all in one fell swoop.

Pakal's Sarcophagus

Just the root system of the tree is pretty amazing and curious.  But it’s branches tend to grow out  horizontally at 90 degree angles from the base of the trunk and in many an ancient drawing, etching, stone carving, sarcophagus cover, it’s pointing in the four cardinal directions of north, east, south and west.

Such is the case clearly depicted on Pakal’s tomb cover.

To the right, I’ve posted a colored drawing for your own assisted observations.

So what do we have here?  Well, in green, I’ve colored in what appears to be a rather large bird sitting atop the tree. In orange below is the actual Ceiba tree.  Notice the branches of the tree pointing out at 90 degree angles?

In red is clearly a two-headed snake, with a symmetrical head appearing on both end of the snake.

Apparently, this was a quite-often-featured type of snake and it usually signified the birth of some new form of something happening.

Moving on down is King Pakal, almost lying on his back.  It was this pose that Von Daniken made famous by showing similar photos of former US Astronaut John Glenn in a similar pose in a Mercury spacecraft of the 1960s.  By showing US Sen. Glenn as though he were in his Gemini spacecraft, Von Daniken was able to convince many a reader over the past four decades that surely Pakal must have been in a spacecraft, too, and that the Mayans were suggesting in this representation that their king was either an ancient alien or space traveler.  Indeed, in the Season 5 Ancient Aliens premier episode, Author David Childress proclaims Pakal as “The original rocket man.”

Good grief, Charlie Brown! And Snoopy could fight the Red Barron from atop his doghouse.

Below Pakal in the drawing to the right is the base of the Ceiba tree.  Von Daniken says the texture at the bottom of the tree is fire coming out of the engines of the spacecraft. The Lucas Film model maker actually put rocket cones on the model displayed in the TV show.

HOGWASH

It is just this sort of distortion that takes place in shows like Ancient Aliens that those none-the-wiser fall prey to.  Here at The Wonders Expedition, over the next few years, we are going to investigate hundreds of sites around the world and help the public by showing them nonsense like that depicted on Ancient Aliens is ridiculous and shameful.  It’s one thing to do things in a light-hearted manner in the guise of entertainment, but it’s also another to sit there in front of a camera like Childress, Daniken and Tsoukalos do and clearly misrepresent the truth.

Add this other thought, too: What ruler in present day society do you know, as well, who if they did have access to a spaceship, would be the one sitting at its controls?  Does President Obama fly Air Force One?  It’s just as nutty to think that King Pakal more than 1,000 years ago also would have been the one to fly an ancient spacecraft isn’t it?  I mean, seriously.  He was the king of his people. Wouldn’t an ancient ruler, if he had had access to such sophisticated travel also have been sophisticated enough to build in a space for him to ride as a passenger and not as the actual pilot?  Seriously?

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