For some time I've been proposing the speculation that the U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Syria, and that the US-sponsored "Arab spring" in Egypt, has had, as its deepest and most covert reason, the control of sites of antiquities, and a quest, perhaps, to discover information about lost, ancient high technology. When the looting of the Baghdad museum occurred shortly after American forces reached that city, my suspicions went into the red zone, and I believed then, and believe now, that the looting was "an inside job",  and done precisely to acquire information. Iraq, in other words, made me extremely suspicious that the  archeological effort was as high on American priorities as any publicly stated reasons at the time about "weapons of mass destruction." Indeed, I've entertained the possibility - and still do entertain it - that these "weapons of mass destruction" that we were hunting for(and supposedly never found) were not the type that everyone was thinking of (atomic,biological, and chemical), but of a very different, much more exotic, and very ancient sort. In my scenario, we were being told a truth, but a partial truth containing much misdirection. Then came Syria, a country with its own rich antiquities, and then the push for military action against Iran, yet another country with rich antiquities.

Central to my speculations here is an old Babylonian "epic" called the epic of Ninurta, which I included in my book The Cosmic War, in its entirety, because I wanted people actually to be able to read something that academics regarded as an "epic." Well, Homer it is not. It's about as exciting as reading the index to the Sears catalogue, because that, in effect, is what it is, an inventory of "stuff" associated with an ancient "war of the gods", and potentially the fabled Babylonian "Tablets of Destinies". Certain features of the text suggest that it is describing a technology of some sort. Granted, that's a highly speculative hypothesis, and the whole idea of invading countries for the ultimate hidden purpose of acquiring access to, or information about, such putative things seems, at first glance, outrageous. But then again, if such things did exist, then they would give anyone who acquired them an immense technological leverage, to such an extent that one might indeed risk military interventions simply in order to acquire it, and prevent others from doing so.

Thus far, however, this has been an entirely argued speculation, depending a lot of dot-connecting, and speculation along the way about each data point. In other words, it's a very "iffy" proposition. But now there's a very intriguing story out there that was spotted by F.L.M. and passed a long, and to my mind, it tends to corroborate my wild high octane speculation about military interventions having an ultimately archeological purpose:

What's very interesting in this article is the following set of statements:

In Palmyra, according to the sources, the Russian soldiers and intelligence worked for a duration with Syrian regime mercenaries and soldiers. During that period, they were partners in robbing and selling archeological artifacts according to their power and military presence; however, this partnership did not last long as Russians revealed their intentions fast. They excluded the regime and singled out power for themselves in the heart of the historical city which is considered a museum full of treasures and antiquities rare to find in the world.

Maybe the Russians singling out power for themselves explain even if late the secret behind Moscow rushing to participate in unprecedented effective force to recapture the city. Moscow plunged effective ground troops accompanied by intensive and violent air raids.

The size of losses Russians suffered on the Palmyra front can give a clear idea of the Russian rush momentum. Russians suffered the biggest loss in Palmyra since its direct and immediate intervention in the Syrian war.

Our private sources clarified the Russians fenced their camp in the heart of the historical city and banned any regime personnel or mercenaries from entering or coming close to the area under penalty and accountability.

This procedure came in tandem with arrival of 3 foreign experts who started moving between Palmyra landmarks with guards and intensive protection. They resided in the Russian camp located in camels’ racetracks and cemeteries extendıng to the theater and Bel Temple.

The sources said the experts are communicating with Russian exclusively via an interpreter. Their work is limited to mostly searching for Jewish engravings that might be a document to place Palmyra on the lıst of Jewısh cities according to what they are seeking. (Emphases added)

In other words, if this article's assertions are true, there was a definite archeological motivation behind the Russian intervention in Syria, and that intervention included placing a well-known and famous archeological site under the control of "intelligence," in this case, presumably Russian military intelligence. I cannot help but draw the parallel here to Iraq prior to America's post-9/11 invasion of that country, for it will be recalled that prior to that invasion, both France and Germany had teams of archeologists digging around Iraq for Saddam Hussein, and Germany, it is rumored, had a heavy presence of its BND intelligence agency in that country.  That in and of itself is not surprising, since there had been an German intelligence network operating in that country during World War Two which helped stage the coup in Iraq, and forcing the British to spend military resources to put it down. (Indeed, I've strongly suspected that since the story of the Baghdad Museum looting was first broken by the German media that the whole looting may have been a German operation, with individuals wearing American uniforms.)

There's an additional factor here, and that's the presence of an ancient Jewish community in Palmyra, which again might imply that the Russians are looking for "something." And given Russian's "alliance" with Iran, it is perhaps pertinent to note that Russia, with its own vast oil and natural gas reserves, hardly needs Iran's. So it that "alliance" more to prevent the West/America from gaining access to Iran's antiquities sites? (And by the same token, and since we're on the subject: does Russia have archeological teams exploring Iran?)

Whatever one makes of these questions and speculations, this article does appear to corroborate my original "archeological intervention" suspicions, moving it up just a notch or two.

See you on the flip side...

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. BetelgeuseT-1 on September 14, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    My comment on this specific story. Where to begin…
    First note that it is from 2016, over three years old now, not long after the Russian army became directly involved in the Syrian conflict.
    Reading between the lines it becomes obvious that this is a story to somehow strengthen Jewish – read Zionist – claims to the area of Palmyra.
    Also note where this story actually comes from, Reading some stories on this site, it becomes also obvious that this is an Anglo/Zionist supported outlet. Just look at the language being used where the Syrian government is called a “regime” and that it is because of this “regime” that people are fleeing and become refugees. All utter nonsense and nothing but propaganda to suit the forces that want to see Assad gone and Syria broken up.

    So what is this story all about in the end?
    IMO, for the Zionists to claim Palmyra as its own, including any antiquities that may have some relation to ancient Jewish settlement. Never mind that these regions of the world have been settled by a myriad of different cultures over the millennia. And the purpose of the destruction is to wipe out any traces of any other civilization but the Jewish ones, hence why they are so determined to save those.
    Perhaps this is part of the deal done between Bibi and Putin, they’ve just had another meeting again in Sochi (what about?). Bibi to Putin: Assad can stay, but we take archeological control of Syria’s heritage.
    Multiply this to other war theaters in the region, not forgetting Yemen.

  2. Maatkare3114 on September 14, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Maybe the Russian’s want to find out more about ‘the landing place’.
    Incredible Baalbek, & even MORE incredible in RUSSIA

    • BetelgeuseT-1 on September 14, 2019 at 11:35 pm

      Just on Baalbek.
      The Romans built their temple on top of an existing megalithic structure. It’s this megalithic structure that contains the huge 1000+ ton blocks and it also far predates the Roman temple. You can clearly see the delineation between the ancient megalithic structure and the Roman part. The Roman blocks are far smaller.
      Definitely a mystery how these megalithic builders got these huge 1000+ ton blocks from the quarry to the temple site which are over a kilometer apart. And then got them into position.
      There’s two of these gigantic blocks left on the surface in the quarry with at least another two underneath the one that sticks out of the ground at an angle (shown in that picture in the article). The other surface block is on the other side of the quarry access road and is easily missed.

      • goshawks on September 15, 2019 at 4:26 am

        Baalbek is one of my ‘go-to’ places when considering who we once were. I place Baalbek (the huge stone part) into pre- “Tower of Babel moment” times. One writer mentioned that ancient builders worked in huge stones rather than smaller ones because moving big stones was no big deal. It was only when we ‘lost’ that ability that smaller stones became prevalent.

        I visited an ancient ‘temple’ in mid-Mexico now called Tzin-Tzun-Tzan. It had that same ‘division’ between lower, massive blocks and higher, smaller blocks. The lower ones had the sense of being much older.

        Sacsayhuamán near Cusco, Peru, has the same pattern. The foundation blocks are truly huge. You can see where the later Inca construction began, because they used much smaller stones. Same with many other locations in Peru.

        I hope we can break-through the stonewalling (hah!) around our past in the near future…

        • BetelgeuseT-1 on September 15, 2019 at 7:13 pm

          Goshawks, even Machu Picchu shows clear evidence of this. Many European cathedrals are built on top of older structures.

          Still kids at school are taught today that the Giza pyramids in Egypt where built 5,000 years ago as tombs for ego-overloaded pharaohs. Of all theories of what the purpose of the pyramids may have been, this is the most ridiculous one. Bar none.
          The (“modern”) Egyptians didn’t build them (hence there are no records that they did), they were already there. Same as with the basic structures of the Incas who build their temples on top, just as the Romans did in Baalbek. No doubt there are countless other examples.

          It is very clear that this “megalithic epoch” is being kept hidden from the public. Only occasionally in drips and drabs does something get out in the media.
          Something cataclysmic happened on this planet about 15,000 years ago (The Tower of Babel Moment) that caused destruction on a global scale, raising sea levels by dozens of meters submerging entire cities. Cities that can still be seen on the seafloor today.

          Why is this era being hidden?
          IMO, for the same reason as in my earlier post. All this goes back a long way.

          • goshawks on September 16, 2019 at 4:13 am

            BetelgeuseT-1, I was able to visit Machu Picchu twice (and I would go again!). Beautiful and breathtaking. And yes, you are right that there are older, finer structures beneath more ‘primitive’ recent ones. (And I have no proof of this, but I had the strongest feeling that Machu Picchu was a place of psychic/spiritual training. The place just reeks – in a good way – with those vibes.)

            And my opinion is that “this era is being hidden” because the PTB want humanity to believe we are just meat-sacks. No higher component(s). They fear our higher natures actually breaking-forth. The “megalithic epoch” is a big clue in that regard, so there is a great effort to suppress it. Gatekeepers everywhere. But we will win-out…

          • Cate on September 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm

            There are some crazy conspiracy theories as we all know. There are also some very well considered and partially documented conspiracy facts, and this linked site has some good ideas (and some not so great).
            Regarding the catastrophe, some think it was only about 500 odd years ago, and the reasons start piling up when you start looking in to it.

          • goshawks on September 16, 2019 at 9:47 pm

            Cate, the “partially documented” might come-about for a reason. For instance, consider the hidden air shafts in the Great Pyramid. In 1872, Waynman Dixon, an engineer, decided to ‘tap’ for voids behind the walls in the Queen’s chamber, since airshafts were in the King’s chamber. Yep. Using a hammer and chisel, he opened-up opposite walls and found two shafts – along with three objects, one of wood. (The walling-up of those shafts – which would only have been possible when the Queen’s Chamber was open to the air – has never been adequately explained. Just ignored.)
            To make a long story short, the wood object has been ‘lost’. It was the only object which could have been dated (carbon dating). If one were of a conspiracy bent, this would not have just been stunning incompetence but might have been conscious removal of “document-able” evidence…

          • BetelgeuseT-1 on September 17, 2019 at 5:21 am

            @Cate. Would have to disagree with the “500 odd years ago” time-frame (unless we’re talking about completely different events, you will have to elaborate a bit more).
            500 years in the grand scheme of things is almost negligible and something that recent would have been well documented by many different cultures, even orally.
            You only have to actually visit some of these places – like the Giza Pyramids or Baalbek – to see and understand the extreme antiquity of these monuments when looking at them with a critical eye. When you can clearly see (in Baalbek’s case) one structure built on top of another with the structure underneath consisting of far higher workmanship, precision, and not to mention enormous scale! In other words, the older the structure, the more technological advanced.
            That alone sets modern history as taught today on its head.

            I won’t even get into the Egyptian Pyramids further, there’s just too much to cover all the anomalies with that one. Dr Farrell’s books would be a good start, lot’s of great research in there (whether you agree with his end conclusion or not). Or just read up on Flinders Petrie, Schwaller DeLubicz, Robert Schoch, etc. Just to name a few.
            If you want to dismiss the great research by these people as “conspiracy theory” then good luck to you.
            Conspiracy Theory, where did that term come from again…?

          • BetelgeuseT-1 on September 17, 2019 at 5:36 am

            Yes, amazing that this piece of wood just happened to go missing, eh? Most likely stuffed away somewhere in the basement of the British Museum.
            There *may* (and it is a may) still be another piece of that wood left in the lower Northern shaft where Dixon came across this piece of wood and the other two items when he poked that iron rod in there, most likely breaking off that wood and grappling hook.
            You probably already know, but see which covers the Upuaut project by Gantenbrink. He mentions all this under “The Findings”, then “The lower Northern shaft”.
            He has some very detailed CAD drawings on this site.
            Such a shame that “Giza Plateau Politics” chased Gantenbrink away and never allowed him to continue his research. Instead we got that National Geographic circus.

  3. zendogbreath on September 13, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    When there’s so much fog of war, all narratives sound more plausible. Goshawks got some of us on to Ellis a few weeks ago. Got thru a few of his yt vids. Retired commercial pilot? Seems more masonic ideas. Interesting natratives with legs.

    Forgot when n where – more than a year ago, ran across a narrative that ended with cleo n clan fleeing across big water — to end up burying vast gold in Cairo, Illinois.

    Funny how some names turn up in strangest places. And some narratives overlap and turn up again and again. Wonder if that was part of Atwell’s story. I think his story also had boy Jesu spending time in Tibet learning from old traditions – Brahmans?

  4. Pierre on September 13, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I wonder what similar non-material artifacts/magic/information was garnishered (looted) by the East India Company.

    Ceasar’s messiah IS a great read, but relies on Josephus, a person of Chosen Ancestry, who survived Roman slaughter by being the last man standing in a refugee’s suicide line in a cave , and noone left to backstab himself, so he walked and went on as Adjutant to Titus to raze the 2nd Temple . If you believe that….then I have a cave friendly Osama dialysis (dial 911) machine to sell you.
    Palmyra anagram is RampLay .. Pyramid construction reference? or PramLay, Monty Pythons (Knights Templar) Camelot silly place, we drink and eat spam a lot and push the pram a lot.
    In an obfuscatory War of the Words, anything makes as much sense.

  5. marcos toledo on September 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    It all control and most of the real history of the World has been suppressed only lies and fabrications are presented the party line so to speak. Whether it be Eurasian, African, the Americas proceed at your own risk none of it is true this has been going on for millennia he who controls the past controls the present and the future.

  6. Roger on September 13, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Scavenger hunt for the Ark of the Covenant and other new temple necessities to fulfill the World to come prophesies. These countries denied they had them or didn’t know they didn’t have them but wouldn’t let the chosen have access to them regardless no doubt. Part of the deal to end the Syrian war?

  7. sagat1 on September 13, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I don’t discount this theory but the issue I have with it is that it assumes they very people who have held these historical records and who’s ancestors would have passed on ancient stories, artifacts etc. have been unable to piece it all together for their own advancement and superiority above all their competitors. Surely the ME countries would have been the dominant force militarily long before the West subjugated them having had access to such artifacts well in advance.

    • anakephalaiosis on September 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      An electric toaster would be mysterious to a man in the Stone Age. Today, one just connects to the grid, and it works.

      Assuming, that an advanced civilization went into genetic decline, contemporary man could be looking at things, like a primitive.

      Also, there could be deception, that deliberately points away from “something”, to keep slaves away from questioning.

  8. DanaThomas on September 13, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Palmyra is not just the Graeco-Roman ruins we see in the photos; it existed at least 2000 years before that and is cited in Assyrian archives, as we are informed by Wiki.

    • anakephalaiosis on September 13, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Papacy and its spooks want to draw attention away from eighteen missing years, and formative adolescence in Britain.

      Since Druidic learning was by poetry, according to Julius Caesar, and Runic poetry has British origin, they could well be cognate.

      Consequently, papacy is in peril, as Runic precursor is suddenly more Christian than the Gospels. One gets burned at the stake, saying so.

  9. goshawks on September 13, 2019 at 6:31 am

    First, I’d like to say that I have read every book published by Ralph Ellis; cover-to-cover in detail, and all the appendices. They are that good. It is like reading an excellent mystery novel, except this is history! Outstanding scholarship, and impressive lateral thinking. And controversial beyond measure…

    This does tie-in with Palmyra via Jesus’ ancestors. (One cautionary note: readers may not like some of what they read about Jesus’ historical family history. Quit here, if you are sensitive about this subject.) Ellis makes a good case that Jesus’ grandmother (Thea Muse Ourania, or Cleopatra of Parthia) was descended from Egyptian nobility. She was given to the King of Parthia (Persia), Phraates IV, and had a son, Phraates V or Phraataces. Then, she “managed to manipulate the aristocracy into excluding all the king’s other sons from the succession bar her own, and have them sent to Rome as hostages.” Oh, and she also murdered (with or without help) her husband, Phraates IV, and then married her son, Phraataces. The latter was an Egyptian custom, but decidedly not Parthian.

    As a result of all of the above, the Parthian aristocracy raised an army and persuaded/drove Jesus’ grandmother, son, and entourage westwards out of Parthia. And where did they end up? A small ‘border’ town between the Parthian Empire and Roman-controlled Judea named Palmyra . With enough of an accumulated ‘golden parachute’ to found a mini-state called Edessa around it. And that was where Jesus was born and lived his early years.

    So, Palmyra is central to historical Christianity. Who knows what documents are secreted there? And what would you do to obtain those records?

    (As an aside, Ellis published books on this topic starting in the later 90s. In 2001, 9/11 gave the US an excuse to invade Iraq. Later, so-called Jihadis invading from Iraq took parts of Syria, including Palmyra. They held it for quite a while, and demolished parts of the ancient city. Looking for something? Eventually, the Syrians and Russians regained – and lost and regained again – the Palmyra area. Palmyra seems greatly valued. I wonder if Ellis’ research may have stirred-up a hornets’ nest, as everyone now wants to ‘control’ Palmyra. And dig…)

    • DanaThomas on September 13, 2019 at 7:55 am

      I had never heard of Ellis until now. Some of his books seem highly speculative (e.g. the alleged Ptolemaic, Parthian and Roman family connections of Jesus); is his case well-argued in your view?

      • goshawks on September 13, 2019 at 11:17 pm

        Dana, he is one of the best true scholars out there; his cases are well-argued. He is basically a polymath with a lot of allied interests. (He was also an airline pilot, so he is well-grounded in ‘reality’.) If you watch his videos, he has kind of a ‘soft bulldog’ type of personality – courteous, but not willing to back-down from where the evidence has led.

        His strength is that he is not from academia, so he can follow the evidence without fear of repercussions to his career. He is fearless in his research, spotting ‘holes’ and inconsistencies, and following them to their logical conclusions (not necessarily what academia certifies as ‘truth’).

        If you are intrigued, I recommend that you start with his earliest books, which are on Egypt. He started with basic questions, like why are the pyramids not explicitly mentioned in the Old Testament, and went from there. By reading these ‘early’ books first, you can get a sense of the depth of his scholarship and research before venturing into more-controversial stuff…

        (Disclaimer if needed: I am not involved with Ellis in any way – business or personal.)

        • DanaThomas on September 14, 2019 at 3:01 am

          There is in effect a lot to be done on ancient genealogies (not to mention modern ones!) and I think people like Sitchin and Gardner have just scratched the surface. As well as not catching the “topological descent” aspect.

    • Bryce on September 13, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      I’ve streamed a lot of Ellis’ podcasts that really captured my attention. His work flies in the face of Joseph Atwill’s Caesar’s Messiah which is also a compelling read.
      Add to that, a certain segment of folks wanting to remove references to those involved in the crucifixionfrom the Bible.

  10. anakephalaiosis on September 13, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Crazy news:

    The ancient zodiacists were geometrical navigators, that went corrupt in Swampington, when infiltrated by pedophile molochists.

    Then a British agent brought downfall to their corrupt clearing house, in a sting operation, at the beginning of Common Era.

    Science of geometrical navigation has been coded into ancient alphabets. The spatiotemporal metaphor is ancient space news.

    • BetelgeuseT-1 on September 14, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      anakephalaiosis, the soul itself has been coded into ancient alphabets. According to Marsanes in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, starting on page 642.

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