Last Friday I blogged about an interesting story that tended to confirm my hypothesis that one of the covert motivation for American (and Russian) interest in the Middle East is archeology, and the possibility that perhaps they are "looking" for '"something" they suspect might be there. It's always been in my mind that the explanation for the post-9/11 American invasion of Iraq, for example, might have been justified on precisely those grounds. We were told that we were looking for "weapons of mass destruction" in order to deny their acquisition to Saddam Hussein. Of course, the public narrative then was that those WMD's were the usual stuff, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. And of course, everyone now knows we did not find any. But I suspected them and continue to suspect that included in that list were possibly weapons of a wholly different sort, exotic and ancient. On that hypothesis, we may have been looking for those, or for information about them.  The presence of great power archeological interest, cloaked behind the usual geopolitical narratives, has been a feature of the region since the 19th century: Britain, France, and Germany have been crawling all over the area with their archeological teams for a long time, and in fact Hussein's government had teams of French and German archeologists in the country prior to the US invasion, teams that we (the US and UK) warned to get out because we were coming in. If there was a hidden archeological agenda to the invasion, then it's a handy way of removing rival teams of diggers from the field.

So last Friday you'll recall I blogged about the fact that apparently the Russian presence in Syria is not complete geopolitically motivated, but perhaps archeologically as well, since according to the article I referenced in that blog, Russian military and intelligence units have basically taken over the site at Palmyra, and allowing few any entrance, including the Syrians themselves.

In response to that story, yet another regular reader here, we'll simply refer to this reader as "X", spotted these two stories, which tend to go even further in corroboration of my "geopolitical-archeological hypothesis" for various Middle Eastern interventions:

Declassified U2 spy plane images reveal ancient sites

Near Eastern Landscapes and Declassified U2Aerial Imagery

Obviously, using the celebrated high altitude U2 spy plane and the early spy satellites to take pictures of archeological sites is an idea that's been around for a while, but what is revealing about the second article is a gold mine of statements that suggests that this was a very deliberate effort on the part of the aircraft and the whole high altitude reconnaissance progam, and the early spy satellites. Consider this statement from the second article, from page 114:

The geographic index presented here (Figure 8) is a roughly accurate but still incomplete guide to photographic coverage. Because the main camera was only turned on once the plane left Turkish airspace or approached its first target, the start of the mission near Adana (i.e., the start of the tracking film coverage) is not coincident with the start of frame acquisition by the main camera system. For example, Mission 1480 (October 7, 1958) was already 1:42 into its mission before its main camera was turned on; it had already traveled across southeastern Turkey and the length of Iraq before capturing its first frames near Ahwaz in southwestern Iran. Likewise, Mission 1455 (August 12, 1958) took off and circled over eastern Turkey for 1:08 before initiating main camera photography at the Syrian border. The spatial index we have created of Middle East U2 missions available at NARA shows several patterns (Figure 9). By far the densest U2 coverage among the available missions occurred over Syria, with riverine parts of Iraq taking second place. Most of the available mission sflew a similar path: east from İncirlik across southern Turkey or northern Syria/Iraq, then south along the Tigris River or Zagros Mountains through Iraq/Iran, then west across the eastern panhandle of Jordan or southern Syria, and finally north across western Syria, back to İncirlik.

Or to put it country simple: in this instance the u2 flight appears to have little if anything to do with Cold War reconnaissance of the Soviet Union or its missile and air bases, and everything to do with taking pictures of various archeology-rich regions of Syrian and Mesopotamia. Indeed, as the article points out in a map accompanying this statement, this flight took the U2 over two ancient Assyrian cities, namely, Ninevah(!) and Khorsabad. And to underscore this point, the authors of the second article include, in their Figure 8, on page 115 of the article, a coverage map of u2 flights, and it takes little imagination to see once again that the targeted areas are as much about archeology as they are about the militaries of Syria and Iraq. In fact, a case could be made that since these flights are in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when the militaries of those two countries would not be so well developed, that the primary purpose of the flights was archeological in nature.

And as the end of the first article notes, these spy-satellite and high altitude photo reconnaissance flights could also aid in the discovery of archeological sites that are much more difficult to get to... like, say, the Amazon basil, or Antarctica perhaps. Indeed, if my high octane speculation about the motivations for great power archeological are true, one might go so far as to advance the end-of-the-twig speculation that these technologies may have been developed with the deliberate intention not only of keeping eyes upon the Soviet Union, but on "others", and also for the purpose of spying out archeological sites and "areas of interest" for boots on the ground.

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. David Taormina on September 21, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks Dr. Farrell,

    A topic of endless fascination for sure. And its so fitting for me because I spent last week studying the development of the U-2 spy plane! It was in the context of Lockheed and their relationship with Howard Hughes. After watching a certain “X” series.
    The U-2, perhaps the most difficult plane to” fly” , because it’s really a powered glider and subject to catastrophic stall failure with the slightest pilot error. And also quite difficult to land as well. Requires a chase vehicle land with it lacknof traditional landing gear. And yet this plane is still in service to this very day.
    I found it interesting that the military didn’t want anything to do with a plane with no weapons! And how it was the very 1st application of of advanced technology by the CIA. Einsenhour and others didn’t want any US military personnel piloting those planes and even recruited Greek nationals to fly them. Proving too difficult they decided to sheep dip army airforce pilots and get them retire temporarily.
    Also of note is how the Soviet actions in ~Cuba, prompted the repeated fly overs of the Soviet Union. Its Daniel Liszt’s contention that the “Atlantean” ruins in Cuban waters are a (Hot zone) of international intrigue. So the U-2, by proxy, would have been at the heart of yet another archeological site!
    Howard Hughes had a long relationship with Lockheed as he 1st flew around the globe in a Lockheed, Lodestar. And the Lockheed Constellation aircraft became the backbone of TWA.
    Kelly Johnson of Lockheed, designed the U-2. And later A-12 Oxcart/SR71. Hughes supposedly accused him of stealing all his good ideas, in Clifford Irving’s hoax autobiography.
    Irving placed Hughes in Cuba and Ethiopia on multiple occasions. Both being reported as having great archeological significance. Arc of the covenant, Atlantis Tuoi stone etc..
    The plane itself was pushed by 3 significant figures besides Kelly Johnson, Edwin Land the creator of the Polaroid, Richard Bissell jr. CIA officer(Bay of pigs etc.) And James Killian. Close associate with Karl Compton, who together co-directed MIT’s ~Radiation lab during the WWII. Both Major players in Dark Journalist X series.
    Killian went on to become the 1st ever National Science Advisor to President Eisenhower. Who supposedly has a 100 year time capsule labeled “project X”.

    Was the X project about more then just advanced technology, or Et’s? Was it about what they found on these ancient sites around the globe and perhaps over 1000 feet underwater?.
    I dont know! What do you guys think? Dr. Farrell, I’m sure we can get to the “bottom” of the mystery. ??

  2. zendogbreath on September 18, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Wow. Waterbug and Pierre. I almost missed those last two posts. Glad I looked back.

  3. Pierre on September 18, 2019 at 2:34 am

    they can now determine picometers between satellites, to do gravity mapping.
    they have mapped all of Mars to a depth of 1.5km (ref?)
    and the bikies can no longer hide their gear underground either

  4. Waterbug on September 17, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    A very large THANK YOU to the Gizer who sent Dr. Farrell this gem he posted September 14, 2019 in TIDBITS: THIS WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS.
    Note: someone underlined the word “the” in the 1st paragraph. https://www.gao.gov/assets/210/204166.pdf

    It’s a report that took almost 9 months to write by the Comptroller General of US dated 5/31/72 in reply to PA Senator Dick Schweiker’s request September 22, 1971 on the costs of weaponized weather modification.

    What surprised me is the inordinate number of franchised Agencies participating in the United States back in the 50s 60s. My Mother complained about the detrimental cloud seeding on our farm resulting in mysterious herd sickness caused by NAS Willow Grove sorties and she became a “Targeted Individual” along with other complaining farmers back then who also read the short article in Popular Mechanics. The most destructive to “community adhesiveness” was Tel-lie-vision and loss of multi-party telephone. Costs 1959 through 1970 – $74 Million; 1971 and 1972 about $35 Million. PLUS, PLUS, PLUS in this whitewashed report.

    Here are a few snips to quickly get to the meat of 11 pages.

    [Snips from Page 8]
    Lightning Modification— The Department of Agriculture is the major Federal supporter of lightning modification research. Agriculture supports such research under its Project Skyfire which is administered by the Forest Service.

    Experimental seeding with silver iodide was conducted under Project Skyfire in western Montana during 1960, 1961, and 1965 through 1967.

    The earliest cloud-seeding experiment to modify a hurricane was conducted in 1947 under Project Cirrus sponsored by Defense.

    [Snip Page 9] To better understand hurricanes the National Hurricane Research Project, more commonly referred to as Project Stormfury, and was initiated in 1956 jointly funded by Commerce and Defense.
    Under Project Stormfury, four hurricanes–all on the Atlantic Coast–were seeded with silver iodide. In 1961 Hurricane Esther was seeded, and in 1963, 1969, and 1971 Hurricanes Beulah, Debbie, and Ginger, respectively, were seeded.

    • Sandygirl on September 19, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      And you can be sure their research included how many NAS Willow Grove residents became ill.

  5. Waterbug on September 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Who is keeping count of remaining countries without a Central Bank? Iran remains, therefore, Pompous Pompeo barking unsubstantiated noise to start a war.
    After the Revolution, our Founding Fathers created a “Republican Form of Government”, and they were our Fiduciary “In Congress Assembled”, in other words, they were personally libel for any violations of the constitution and expelled, however, that vanished in the 1860s after Lincoln bankrupted the commercial government service contractors located in the Northern Confederate States. He was NOT a small country attorney. Prior to his office as CEO and Presidency, Lincoln personally bankrupted 77 companies while representing the railroads as reported by a BAR member. He signed April 24, 1863 General Orders 100 also known as The Lieber Code (written by his German friend, Francis Lieber) converting our country to a Military Protectorate which we remain today. https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/lieber.asp
    A private commercial corporation was chartered in Scotland 1868 who usurped our name and commenced doing business as the United States of America. Because it sounds alike, the treasonous criminals in Congress Assembled never told us and the press was silent. Who would notice now that the “t” was not capitalized as it is in the original organic documents: The United States of America.

    If you look at the court documents filed when the criminal cabal came after anyone they wanted to rob and silence, (because they lacked jurisdiction as a foreign corporate private entity) you’ll note the cabal’s court filings are always identified: United States or UNITED STATES and sometimes tag the end with of America, all private corporations listed with Dunn & Bradstreet and have nothing to do with the lawful government represented in the original organic constitution of September 1776.

    When someone spouts the word CONSTITUTION, you must inquire “which one”??? — as they’re around 5 and not counting the one Carter signed January 17, 1980 and Senate confirmed – namely the “Constitution Of The United Nations Industrial Development Organization” found at Senate Treaty Document No. 97-19, 97th Congress, First Session.

    On September 10, 2019, while jetting from Madagascar to Rome, Pope Francis (the fake) gave an in-flight press conference in which he said: https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/pope-francis-says-we-should-obey-the-united-nations

  6. Waterbug on September 17, 2019 at 11:57 am

    • zendogbreath on September 17, 2019 at 11:00 pm

      Yep. Nothing jives with anything else. The thing of it is, Trump comes off as the carefullest military leader ever – even as he talks like a total MOron. And he’s a pretty smart guy. I mean W always played Bubba and we always had to wonder if he was playing or being dumb. But we never had to question that he was going to unleash Bolton on every living person Bolton could get killed.

      If Jimmy Carter had pulled back and showed military restraint the way Trump has, he’d have been recalled long before his October Surprise. As it was his image was spineless.

  7. Loxie Lou Davie on September 17, 2019 at 11:04 am

    One thing that keeps popping up in my head is the part about “giants”. Now suppose you are 14 ft. tall……what would you be capable of lifting?? I have noted with interest the many pictures of HUGE footprints that have surfaced world wide; plus all the megaliths which boggle the mind!!

    There seems to have been a very advanced civilization which was cut off!! WAS the Great Flood only the “last” catastrophe of many here on this planet? If the Great Pyramid WAS a machine, then we are woefully “behind” in our development by comparison!! 😉

  8. Margaret on September 16, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    But didn’t the Fuhrer start most of this during WW2 He had massive archeology expeditions looking for anything ancient. Probably after the war, the US got their hands on what he was looking for in different parts of the world. Now we have better technology to be able to go to these locations & see what lies beneath.

  9. zendogbreath on September 16, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    From the land of it’s all related:
    DOJ Accuses JPMorgan’s Precious Metals Trading Desk Of Being A Criminal Enterprise

    Say it isn’t so right? Who’d a thunk? An actual bankster let alone bank being prosecuted? Maybe Q is for real. Maybe the swamp is going to get cleaned?

    FBI ARRESTS Banking Execs for “Massive” Gold Market Manipulaion Fraud

    Or is this going to go the way of Epstein and Clinton Foundation and Enron and countless other investigations? Is this going to be a big deal where a whole lotta reputations get questioned and a couple scapegoats get named while the entire operation walks back into the woods to keep right on working behind the scenes? We do keep getting more glimpses of that bear in the woods.

  10. Roger on September 16, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Perhaps dictators are set up to prevent archeological excavations of known above top secret sites that would reveal the truth to all if they became public. Perhaps spy planes keep an eye on things and when said countries leaders curiosity eventually gets the best of them and they begin poking around; they get taken out and artifacts get confiscated or destroyed. Perhaps excavation isn’t the goal, but keeping things dead and buried.

  11. Robert Barricklow on September 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    There has to be in place a solid history of these discoveries; albeit, siloed away in their respective agencies.
    There may even be a secretive grapevine of archeological technology discoveries. Surely, they go back to centuries of these secretive ancient technologies?
    How much of our current technological base is do to these secretly financed ancient technological excavations.
    I wonder how much of this list of wonders have been discovered; and what they’re currently looking for?

  12. marcos toledo on September 16, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Yep, this has been ongoing since at least Napoleon’s EGYPTIAN campaign. Though I read of this going back to the first crusade. October 7, 1958, would have been a year after Sputnik.

  13. zendogbreath on September 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Did anyone else just hear tonight that Saudi Arabia just lost half their oil production?

    • Roger on September 16, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      Things are getting redicules and will only get worse. Now that they got net censorship in place black op after black op will rapidly play out until the US is disarmed and occupied by Chinese troops after our military purposely loses WWIII.

  14. Westcoaster on September 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I have no doubt one fine day they’ll dig up a fossilized transistor radio. Whether or not we plebes ever learn about it is the $64,000 question.

  15. DanaThomas on September 16, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I wonder by what chain of events the Harvard professor in the second article acquired the name “Jason Ur”…

  16. WalkingDead on September 16, 2019 at 11:18 am

    The renewed interest in the Moon and Mars suggests that they have yet to find what they seek on the Earth, with the possible exception of Antarctica. Similar missions have possibly been flown over both, as well, with no forth coming public data available.
    I would suspect, like many, that “they” would have hidden any of the nastier technology where the local monkeys couldn’t get to it, off planet.

  17. zendogbreath on September 16, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Related and maybe not. At least these two videos tie in a few other ideas Doc has passed by our eyes in recent months. It would seem the conspiracies that we’re all being accused of being silly for believing in are much simpler and more coordinated and nefarious than even theorists considered.

    Goshawks’ comments about large stones being no problem to quarry got me thinking about these videos. It’s about the weakening and dumbing down of us in time frames and contexts outside the vast majority of human’s ken. What exactly are we capable of and how? And when?

    A medical view of chemtrails
    Dr Dietrich Klinghardt

    Chemtrails = Coal ash+aluminium

    • Detroit Dirt Bikes on September 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Interesting! Gotta agree it is best to use Occam’s Razor to cut through the psychobabble dissonance on this topic. The simplest explanation is most likely.

    • goshawks on September 16, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      ZDB, on your “large stones being no problem to quarry,” I had some further thoughts. It has to do with whether it was ‘us’ doing it, or some advanced technology. I can see at least three scenarios:

      First, it was ‘us’ before some “Tower of Babel moment.” This was what at least some of ‘us’ could naturally do. Enlightened/empowered/whatever.

      Second, it was just advanced tech (human-originated or not), and not too different from where our technological society might be in 50-100 years. ‘We’ were (and are) just meatbags. This is probably the fall-back position of the PTB, if evidence of ancient building prowess becomes too well-established…

      Third, and here is where it gets interesting, our powers may have been latent and needing some form of outside support. A broadcast ‘field’, as it were, to boost the latent abilities into usefulness. This would explain many ‘oddities’, like huge stones being abandoned while being quarried or even in-transit, worldwide, like something was just switched off or failed in some manner. (Of course, the opposite viewpoint of the third possibility was that we were doing just fine until some ‘jamming field’ was switched-on…)

      • zendogbreath on September 16, 2019 at 10:04 pm

        Your point earlier that the reduced power came on suddenly was pertinent. Just like finding mammoths frozen solid with mouths full of fresh clover, you mentioned all the large stones (too large) in the midst of being quarried and transferred.

        Brings to mind an idea I think even the most comfortable conspiracy theorists are not comfortable with. We all have this linear progression of intellect and technology. Our culture (as its been forced on us by some of the arguably most corrupt powers that were and maybe be) has drilled into us that technology only advances. We only get smarter.

        Remember “Flowers for Algernon”? What about an entire population working out as Charlie did? Are we all sure we haven’t and aren’t seeing that happen now and repeatedly? Isn’t that the most pertinent point of war? Not being a hippie here. Trying to understand the bear walking around in the woods that we need to make our living in.

  18. zendogbreath on September 16, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Jimmy at Bright Insight (yt channel) concurs. He’s the guy that got me on to Atlantis’ location being the Richat structure or eye of africa. (And yet again the documentary makers who got him on to the idea are way masonic – is this a trend here?)

    Jimmy’s done a couple more vids lately on lot’s and lot’s o civilizations buried under the Sahara.

    • goshawks on September 16, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      ZDB, on your “lot’s and lot’s o civilizations buried under the Sahara,” I remember back to a radar image published after the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Radar Topography Mission. It was a wide-area view of the northern Africa continent. It clearly showed the ancient river channels (buried under sand) of two Mississippi/Missouri-sized rivers, flowing roughly east-west. They confluenced at one point, and I thought at the time, “There is where a big city would be established.” Kind of a St Louis position.

      I thought that archeologists would go insane, mounting all kinds of expeditions to that area. Excavations galore. But nope, nary a (public) word. The established paradigm said that no city could have existed there, therefore it didn’t. Hunter/gatherers at most. (That location is where some of your ‘missing’ tax dollars may have gone…)

      I do note that – especially after Michael Tellinger’s work has surfaced – that the major powers have taken an interest in Africa. Is this the same ‘interest’ they are showing in Iraq/Syria? After all, Africa was Enki’s deeded territory…

      • zendogbreath on September 16, 2019 at 10:11 pm

        I’m thinking that just as Doc’s pointed out in these last couple posts that he and we are more on point that we may want to be. Can you think of a better reason for taking out Ghaddafi duck than to keep a lid on such work? He was doing way more to annoy the WGOE than just messing with gold back currency and uncentralized banks. His water project was paradigm shattering. That’s the best logic I can credit those monsters with using. That’s the only reason the WGEO want to take that part of the world back to open slave markets and dystopia. It would have been less work and more profitable to help the duck than to murder him.

  19. Detroit Dirt Bikes on September 16, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Extensively allocating a rarefied asset like the U2 at the height of the cold war for such missions says it all. The ‘geopolitical-archeological hypothesis’ just crawled down to the trunk of the tree from the end of the twig with this whopper doozy. Whatever it is they discovered must be too big to haul off and squirrel away stateside, or they certainly would have by now.

  20. anakephalaiosis on September 16, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Wings on Raspberry Pi
    will make it fly,
    like a spy
    in sky,
    over apple pie.

  21. goshawks on September 16, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Ever since Heinrich Schliemann identified Hissarlik as Troy, there has been a ‘race’ to discover important places mentioned in ancient texts. On the esoteric side, Erich von Däniken’s first book, Chariots of the Gods ? was published in 1969. Zecharia Sitchin’s first book, The 12th Planet was published in 1976. And there were many others before them, of course. While mainstream scholars were ‘gatekeeping’ against anything significant in our deep past, deep-state scholars were probably taking notes. And, the Lockheed U-2 was available from the mid-50s on…

    There have also been later efforts:

    A Radar Topography Mission flew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour on an 11-day mission in 2000 (STS-99). Note that the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) was a partner of that mission. And in drier areas (much of the Middle East), the radar was reputed to have penetrated sand/soil and revealed buried terrain contours – and presumably structures at the same depths.

    The same is true with multispectral and then hyperspectral missions flown on aircraft (probably including U-2) and satellites. These have been used to discover eroded Egyptian pyramids. And throw-in LIDAR Contour Mapping, which can strip-away vegetation and reveal ancient structures. LIDAR was recently used over Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia, to reveal numerous undiscovered structures.

    The take-away here is that many technologies have been available (and used) prior to 9/11 and the Iraq invasion. With enough cross-checks from different instruments, there was probably a hidden go-to list ready and waiting…

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