I've long suspected that there was a hidden "antiquities agenda" to western intervention in the Middle East, and have even voiced concerns on this website that Syria may be the latest victim of having its priceless heritage deliberately plundered. A regular reader here, Mr. V.T., sent me the following article, which does confirm that Syrian antiquities are indeed being looted, and the article even suggests a scenario that emerges after some high octane speculation is applied to it. But before we can indulge in that, first, the article:

Syria’s Cultural Heritage Is Under Threat

The parts of this article that gives rise to my high octane speculation are these. First, from the beginning of the article:

"Scholars are warning of the destruction and looting of cultural goods, thousands of years old, as a result of the civil war in Syria.

“'Countless people have died because of the battles, and their culture, which is 5,000 years old and includes the earliest texts of mankind, has also been lost', says Ancient Near Eastern Studies Scholar Prof. Dr. Hans Neumann from the committee of the 32nd German Oriental Studies Conference (Deutscher Orientalistentag, DOT) which over 1,000 Oriental researchers from all over the world are expected to attend in September at the University of Münster. The discipline of Ancient Near Eastern Studies reckons with irrecoverable losses in Syria. 'Many Syrians are also suffering from the destructions and illicit excavations. They are proud of historical World Heritage Sites such as Aleppo, Damascus and Palmyra, and also base their identity on ancient Near Eastern history.'"(emphasis added)

And then this:

"Smugglers take historical evidence such as cuneiform texts, seals, metal items or pottery abroad. These artefacts come from ancient palaces, temples or private residences and are then sold on the black market, explains the expert for Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform texts, referring to the experiences since the Iraq War. 'Even if the items are confiscated, what we researchers miss is the overall context: in which settlement, in which house and in which room were the items found? The finds’ complex historical and social context cannot be reconstructed this way.'”(emphasis added)

What this suggests to me is a methodology of seeking and finding antiquities for the hidden elites that allows them to maintain a "plausible deniability" and even to be involved only second or third hand. Consider the following scenario. Let us say, in addition to the various geopolitical reasons the Anglosphere advances for its backing of Syrian "rebels," that there is a hidden agenda to seek, find, and gather a "wish list" of various antiquities. In the chaotic conditions of an insurgency, "smugglers" could be "encouraged" by means of cut-outs, agents provocateur, and other western "handlers" to "dig here," or "we have a buyer for this or that," and the illicit digs will proceed. The cuneiform tablets that hidden elites would be seeking could be "ordered" off a "price list" compiled from field catalogs of known digs, and so on.

To put it briefly, it would be all too easy for the military-industrial-intelligence-finance complex of the Western elites to disguise their searches for antiquities, and their acquisition of them, behind a tapestry of cutouts, illicit digs, smugglers, and antiquities brokers for a "black market. " Time will tell if this is true or not, but if so, then it fits the familiar "inside job" pattern that we saw at work in the Baghdad Museum looting. And it would raise suspicions, once again, of the similar pattern of "looting" that occurred during the fall of the Mubarek regime, and now, again, in Egypt.

Call me crazy if you want, folks, but I think the goings on in the Middle East are about more than oil, petrodollars, or geopolitics.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. TruthHawk on September 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    May 2010 I saw a video filmed at night under new moon (for stealth reasons/heavily guarded zone), of heavy equipment removing what appeared to be trunks and a sarcophagus from below a pyramid. Was imbedded in this site:

    Copious info here on the topic of illicit plunder.
    I admit this is not an area of study for me. Anyone familiar with Mr. Gabriel and veracity of his work?

  2. brian on September 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    In the case of Syria, I can’t help but wonder if Mount Hermon may have something to do with it all as well. According to the Book of Enoch, it is the location where the “Watchers” descended in ancient times (and it is very nearly at 33 degrees north / 33 degrees east).

    Curiously, the UN supposedly has a permanently manned position on Mount Hermon, as described in the below article.

    Children of Dan

  3. johnycomelately on September 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    The motivation behind the antiquity thefts seems to be to control ‘history’, to have the power to change historical narrative, a powerful psy ops tool.

    The primary purpose seems to be to hide historical catastrophism ( ala Velikovsky) and to continue the Sumerian and Biblical charade that civilization came out of the Middle East. If Israel loses the ‘God’s chosen people’ narrative the entire structure of institutional religion will be turned upside down.

    Vinca Script
    The most monumental historical discoveries took place in the Balkans a century ago in Vinca and Trnovo and nary a mention of it’s importance in academic circles.

    The Vinca discoveries are carbon dated to 7000 and 5000BC and most interestingly they had a writing script fully 2000 years before cuneiform! (supposedly the worlds first script).

    Not only that, it is clearly evident that the Egyptian, Sumerian, Phoenecian, Minoan, Cretan early Chinese, Etruscan and Greek scripts are derivatives of the Vinca.

    Interestingly the supposed barbarians (Germans and Slavs) had a runic script that is clearly derived from the Vinca and therefore must predate the Greek.

    So in whose interest is it to hide that civilizations beginnings were from Europe rather than the Middle East?

  4. Elm on September 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Yes, whether of Rome’s sacking & despoilation of Jerusalem in 70 ad/ce, the burning down of the library at Alexandria, the Dominican destruction of the codices of the indigenous people’s of North America, the attempted obliteration of the Jewish people from history by the Nazis, & their depiction by Nazi historians to future generations as a people who suddenly & mysteriously “disappeared,” the controlling agenda & its intended direction remains the same — Destroy the myths, stories, histories & narratives of all indigenous people out-side-of a closed system, swiping them clean as if their history & meaning was information contained on a computer hard drive, replacing it with new approved programing. Whereas a more recent camp game was “capture the flag,” in past centuries it was capture the god, following whose loss, an opposing force would collapse. In this, antiquities would hold a similar significance, as a repository of a people’s history etc. Today’s “game,” is capture & control the narrative. Indeed, how can one build one’s life & community upon a history that one never knew?

    Today, the globalists are striving to accomplish a similar demise of the American constitutional republic, & Bill of HUMAN Rights, thus, not only its demonization, but a demonization of those who express or exercise fidelity to the American constitution. In an emulation of CIA funded Donald Ewan Cameron’s “driving” experiments conducted at Canada’s Montreal based McGill University, they, members of such controlling NGO’s as the CFR, are conspiring to wipe the slate clean of all past reference points that interfere with an imposition of their narrative, replacing these with a new, or actually old, approved set of globalist reference points suitable to the imposition & prerogatives of a reductionist Corporate Feudal Collective. So a capture, control & sequestering of antiquities would certainly seem to play a key roll in their pursuit of any historical agenda. In this Rome is a prime suspect. A so-called “one world order,” is also a one world narrative. Nothing new.

    • johnycomelately on September 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      “Today’s “game,” is capture & control the narrative.”

      Top comment Elm.

      • Elm on September 5, 2013 at 12:04 am

        Thank you. As for controlling the narrative, I believe you will also appreciate this censored TED TALK – The War on Consciousness w/Graham Hancock

        Indeed, a suppression of human consciousness is an essential goal of the script writers & central casting – i.e., a casting of spells.

        • henry on September 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

          Then you should also check out Graham Hancock’s latest novel “War God”.

  5. marcos toledo on September 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Remember people these thieving scum had a free hand here in the Americas to loot and destroy for half a millennia. After Syria China, Iran, Eastern Europe, what lays under Antarctica and Greenland ice caps and Siberia tundra who knows. We also can look forward to the greatest age of illiteracy the world has seen with the destruction of book publishing in last month there was a story of a professor who down loaded some books to read on his e-reader but when he got to Singapore he was block from reading them. They happen to be on a index of ban books in Singapore. Before that there was a copyright issue with a book and though the people bought the book legally it was erase from their e-readers guest which book hint down the memory hole.

  6. DownunderET on September 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    The US supported the Egyptian government of Mubarak for 30 years, and you can bet that whatever was dug up in that period, will never see the light of day.

    Syria obviously has artifacts, so does Iran, even when you go to the presstv web site they are advertising “historical” type travel plans. The Bagdad looting is still an enigma, who knows what was in the basement vaults, but I can guess where they are now.

    Oh, also look for a false flag to get our eyes OFF Syria, don’t forget that old game plan, smoke and mirrors.

  7. Jon on September 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I, for one, think you are crazy – crazy like a fox, that is.

    I agree with your assessment. Given Saddam’s attempt to “rebuild” Babylon, and the West’s reaction to that, and Egypt’s attempt to wall off Giza to protect it, among other things, there is definitely something going on with ancient artifacts in the Middle East.

    Looks like the factions are indeed fighting voer these, possibly due to some breakthrough in translation or a discovery “out there.”

    • MQ on September 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Agreed, Dr. Farrell is again not being distracted by “kinetic distractions”
      I’d even wonder what might have been taken from Libya as well.

    • MQ on September 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Oh, and on Giza, there was a Carmen Boulter youtube video where she talks about spending time next to the Giza complex and hearing heavy machinery start working after dark and disappearing by daylight. Don’t tell me it’s just because it’s hot…

      • DownunderET on September 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        Dr. Carmen Boulter’ documentary called “The Pyramid Code” is a two dvd set available at Ebay. This is not like the History Channel or the Discovery Channel.

        Some of the people who are in it are
        John Anthony West
        Laird Scranton
        Robert Bauval
        Christopher Dunn…etc etc

        This is, without doubt, the best doco on the Giza complex I’ve ever seen.

      • TruthHawk on September 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        Confirmed. May 2010 I saw a video filmed at night under new moon (for stealth reasons/heavily guarded zone), of heavy equipment removing trunks and a sarcophagus from below a pyramid. Was imbedded in this site:
        Copious info here on the topic of illicit plunder.

  8. LSM on September 4, 2013 at 8:59 am

    “Call me crazy if you want, folks, but I think the goings on in the Middle East are about more than oil, petrodollars, or geopolitics”-

    I’d be the last person to call you crazy, Dr. Farrell, because I believe your assessments are absolutely correct and “on the money” among other things-

    the ‘other things’: it’s just my own personal, cheap opinion but I believe (so now you or readers consider ME to be crazy) that the Middle East contains many portals to very valid esoteric knowledge being denied the present-day general public-

    the Knights Templar didn’t wallow in the “mystery schools” for nothing; they were obviously taken by the concepts otherwise they wouldn’t have stayed so long to learn all of this until they were militarily ousted (official stroy: Muslim warrior Saladin) and subsequently primarily set up shop in Switzerland (gosh) among other lesser places-

    “it would be all too easy for the military-industrial-intelligence-finance complex of the Western elites to disguise their searches for antiquities, and their acquisition of them, behind a tapestry of cutouts, illicit digs, smugglers, and antiquities brokers for a “black market”- no s**t- just one of many plausible scenarios and I think this concept is very valid- evil doers always manage to kill at least 2 birds (if not more) with one sling-shot stone-

    please take care Dr. Farrell and readers- regards-

    Larry in SW Germany

  9. shockandawe on September 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Destroying history, to re-write today and tomorrow…. in their own image.

  10. WalterBosley on September 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Joseph, the scenario plays out again. Imagine how bad these guys want to get a look inside the Chinese pyramids…

    • henry on September 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      I’ve never been totally convinced the “burial mounds” concentrated in Shaanxi are “pyramids’, i’ve always inclined to think such ideas are more or less “sensationalism” on the part of the Western enthusiasts.
      However based on my own discoveries and accumulation of knowledges in the past few years , i’ve come to entertain that possibility.
      The logic behind such assumption is cornerstoned by three propositions.
      1- there exist a lost cultural connetion between the ancient Egyptian and ancient Central and South American cultures.
      2- there exist a lost cultural connection between ancient Central American and ancient cultures in China. (such as identifying the Mixtec creator goddess with ancient Dongyi deity, Xihe)
      3- there exist a lost cultural connection between the ancient South American and ancient cultures in China. (my own discovery of the cultural connection between Viracocha and certain deities found in neolithic cultures in China)
      I “formularized” the relationships between these cultures in which Egyptian=A, “Mayan”=B, “Incan”=C, “Chinese”=D, then it would be like this,
      The result was “there exist a lost cultural connection between ancient Egyptian and ancient cultures in China”.Then i introduced “pyramid factor’ into this “formula”.
      As the “formula” tells me there could be pyramids in China i was immediately reminded of those “Chinese pyramids” in Shaanxi, yet something in me tells me those are not the pyramid i’m looking for, the one i’m looking for is “hidden” and “still functioning”.
      The interesting thing is as i reached that unconventional conclusion i had a dream in which i visited a secret chamber inside a great pyramid in Egypt. That was the only time in my life i’ve ever dreamed of Egypt or pyramid.

      • jedi on September 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

        The pyramids world wide used the same measuring system, from a engineering standpoint, that’s a language ……….mathematics.

        there language….. is in binary.

  11. Robert Barricklow on September 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

    The Syrians had known that something wicked was coming their way. Afterall, this modus operandi is writ large in it’s hubri that know absolutely no bound in morality, antiquity, honesty, or anyother virtue one could name or dream up.
    They will have prepared.


    • Robert Barricklow on September 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Oh, as an aside on VT. I looked at that and reversed it; It is an idiosyncrasy of mine.
      He (or she) is certainly the opposite of a
      TV source.

  12. jedi on September 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

    The slaves back then couldn’t read or write so the elite could be quite open about what they knew about there origins, and what they thought of the apes that looked like men… could also be a wild goose chase, a diversion, ….for resources to keep the ponzi world in disorder scheme going for a bit longer.

    Speaking of coverups, … I was looking at Mount Rushmore, (its named after a NY lawyer lol) during the pre construction phase, and they looked liked very ancient pre existing statues ….and lo and behold the area was known as lakota sioux, or the six fathers. The area was originally suppose to be Indian territory in perpetuity, but General Custer took it over after they found GOLD there. My oh my I thought, an ancient gold mining area.
    During the conquest of America, it is interesting that the french and the indians were working together against the English colonists. The Indians according to Columbus men spoke chinese.

  13. kfitzgerald60 on September 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

    It would be interesting to find out who in the world can read cuneiform texts and what they’ve been up to recently.

  14. Enlil's a Dog on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I tried to tell a group of people this very thing here this afternoon. Not surprisingly they thought I was nuts, sadly!

    • Don B on September 4, 2013 at 7:54 am


      They won’t think you’re nuts when the planet is annihilated(natural or nuclear). Maybe they’re storing the artifacts with the seed vault in the far north.


      • Enlil's a Dog on September 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        Don –

        I can only hope that EVERYTHING we all talk about here on these blogs is ‘mainstream’ knowledge by the time we all point our toes up!

        I’ve started with my Daughter and her friends and the message is getting through. My only hope is that they in turn can educate their friends and so on and soforth.

        It’s probably too late for our generation to do anything about this political and economic mess, but perhaps it’s not too late for them!

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