G. B. found this fascinating article about metamaterials, and it vaulted right to the top of this week's blogs and high octane speculation, for reasons that will become apparent:

Study says ancient Romans may have built “invisibility cloaks” into structures

In spite of its sensational headline, the reality here is a bit more mundane. Or is it? It's that question that we're concerned with in today's high octane speculation. Actually, today we're getting a "two for one special" because there's actually two high octane speculations I want to advance. So let's dive in.

Metamaterials have created the possibility for creating "invisibility cloaks" by bending light so severely around an object that the object itself cannot be seen:

Falling within the broader class of photonic band gap materials, a "metamaterial" is technically defined as any material whose microscopic structure can bend light in ways it doesn't normally bend. That property is called an index of refraction, i.e., the ratio between the speed of light in a vacuum and how fast the top of the light wave travels. Natural materials have a positive index of refraction; certain manmade metamaterials—first synthesized in the lab in 2000—have a negative index of refraction, meaning they interact with light in such a way as to bend light around even very sharp angles.

That's what makes metamaterials so ideal for cloaking applications—any "invisibility cloak" must be able to bend electromagnetic waves around whatever it's supposed to be cloaking. (They are also ideal for making so-called "super lenses" capable of seeing objects at much smaller scales than is possible with natural materials, because they have significantly lower diffraction limits.) Most metamaterials consist of a highly conductive metal like gold or copper, organized in specific shapes and arranged in carefully layered periodic lattice structures. When light passes through the material, it bends around the cloaked object, rendering it "invisible." You can see anything directly behind it but never perceive the object itself.

Unlike Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, metamaterials really do exist, at least in the laboratory, but they are typically limited to specific wavelengths: microwaves, for example, or infrared light, and even certain frequencies of sound waves. Getting them to work with visible light is a much tougher challenge, although in 2017, French physicists demonstrated a proof-of-principle metamaterial using thin layers of gallium nitride (the blue light-emitting element in LCDs) carved into pillars of varying shapes to delay the flow of visible light through the material. Metamaterials also sometimes cast a telltale shadow, since they do absorb some of the light shining through them. (Emphasis added)

So, to our first high octane speculation: At the time when I was writing The Giza Death Star, my first foray into the bizarre alternative research field, I speculated that some of the crystal arrays of resonators that I speculated might have once existed within the "Grand Gallery" of the Great Pyramid were a special kind of crystal with unique indices of refraction able to so bend light that they were, in effect, "black crystals", able to absorb light without reflection or refraction so "severely" that they were a kind of "crystal black hole" as far as light was concerned, a kind of "black crystal". Under certain conditions of stress, these "black crystals" might emit massive bursts of photons (and phonons). I even speculated that in order to do so, these crystals would have to have an index of refraction that would "spiral" or "rotate" light into the crystal, perhaps being a special kind of liquid crystal. But in any case, I was, at the time, completely unaware of metamaterials and the research behind them, so I was quite intrigued when I read this article, for it suggests that my idea back then might be remotely possible. Indeed, the fact that metamaterials can both bend light around them, as well as absorb a certain amount of light, suggests that there is a boundary layer or condition around the metamaterial outside of which light is bent, and inside of which light is absorbed. If we were discussing black holes, we would call this boundary layer the event horizon: inside that horizon, light itself cannot escape, outside it, things are bent around it. The structure, in other words, appears to be similar, and in my thinking back then, this may be an indicator that there is a connection of some sort between these types of crystalline structures and gravity and anti-gravity.

Additionally, let us recall something I mentioned in my book Secrets of the Unified Field, namely, that when one digs long and hard enough into the background of the so-called Philadelphia Experiment, the infamous 1943 experiment allegedly meant to render naval ships invisible to radar, the key personage was physicist Arnold Sommerfeldt, a friend and colleague of Einstein's, who experimented precisely with refraction indices. In my attempt to reverse engineer a rationalization for the experiment, the US Navy allegedly thought that if one could change the index of refraction from incoming radar signals via electromagnetic means (again, brought about by the interferometry of three magnetic degaussing coils around the three spatial axes of the ship), one might "bend" the radar around the ship making it "radar invisible." As the story goes of course, the Navy achieved far more than it had bargained for, and the experiment rendered the entire ship optically invisible, not just radar invisible.

But there's something else in this article that caught my attention, and it's this:

It may also be possible to use metamaterials to lessen the damage caused to buildings and other infrastructure from earthquakes, by redirecting so-called Rayleigh waves, the more shallow, surface seismic waves that typically inflict the worst structural damage. Per Physics World, "The idea is to surround a building with a lattice of holes or solid objects within the soil. When seismic waves within a certain range of wavelengths pass through the lattice, multiple reflections in the lattice interfere with one another destructively to create a band gap that results in a significant reduction in the shaking of the building."


Co-author Stephane Brûlé, a civil engineer at a Lyon-based company called Menard, demonstrated the possibility of this kind of large-scale acoustic and seismic cloaking a few years ago with colleagues from the Fresnel Institute in Marseille. The researchers drilled a periodic array of boreholes into topsoil and discovered that sound waves reflected most of their energy back toward the source when they encountered the first two rows of holes. Brûlé noticed a similar foundational structure while on holiday in Autun (a town in central France), thanks to an aerial photograph of the semicircular structure of a Gallo-Roman theater buried under a field.

When Brûlé superimposed a more detailed archaeological photograph of the theater's structure over an image of one of the invisibility cloaking metamaterials he and his Fresnel colleagues had made in the lab, the ancient theater's pillars lined up almost perfectly with the microscopic elements in the metamaterial. He discovered similar overlap with images of the foundational structure of the Roman Colosseum and other, fully enclosed amphitheaters from the same era.

Roman engineers may not have done this deliberately; they could have just been lucky, according to Brûlé. Or they might have noticed over the centuries that certain structures were more resistant to earthquake damage than others and modified their designs accordingly. "Rigorously, we cannot say more for the moment," he told Physics World. (Emphasis added)

Clearly, however, the ancients, long before the Roman Empire, had some sort of knowledge of how to design buildings  to shield them from earthquake damage. The Great Pyramid, for example, sits on top of five "sockets" that allow the building to quiver and move during earthquakes (and indeed, which allow it to quiver and move in the day to day mechanics of nature earth vibrations), placing the entire pile of granite and limestone (quartz bearing rock) under constant stress, making it a constant emitter of photons and phonons from the billions of tiny quartz crystals embedded in the blocks from which it constructed. Other ancient engineering such as the massive pre-Incan walls at Sacsayhuaman in Peru have blocks of stone cut into irregular patterns and held together merely like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle without mortar between the blocks, allowing the pieces of blocks of the wall to move during earthquakes, and then to settle back into their original positions after the vibrations are over, keeping the wall intact.

But this article now suggests that by constructing a deliberate lattice work in the earth, seismic waves can through interferometry be bent around a building, and even reflected back on its source, in a kind of interferometry-induced acoustic phase conjugation. And this of course brings us to our second high octane speculation, for it suggests something that I speculated upon in my Lulu book Microcosm and Medium, namely, that the placement of buildings themselves, if filled with a suitably powerful acoustic wave generator, using the buildings as resonant cavities, could perhaps induce seismic waves which, through interferometry, might induce such vibrations. Scale that idea up, and one might have an "earthquake" producer which would work via interferometry to produce  a conjunction of acoustic seismic surface waves at a point sufficiently strong enough to cause an earthquake. Modulate an "intention" on those waves, and one has either a very powerful "defensive" or "offensive" "Tiller grid"...

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. Richard on November 6, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Not one to add a flashpoint to your “high octane speculations / suspicions” yet there is something vaguely suspect about optical and sonic invisibility that might suggest illusion, too. The Pyramids demonstrate something of an illusion during a brief moment on the Equinoxes, especially, on the 8-sided Great Pyramid. Always found that fascinating.

    There were stories some ancient Romans recounted back then that they had seen in the skies a “flying shield,” that shown as reflecting gold. One variant of shield used was the round Clipeus, the Roman version of the Greek Aspis. There were also oval and rectangular shields in use by legionnaires. One can only speculate about the interpretation of that phrase and what it was meant to be or why that characterization of a flying something was used to describe something flying through the air with a likeness of a discus. If, indeed, a flying shield high up in the air, it wasn’t bending light around its frame obscuring its presence from the human visual sensory apparatus that functions within a sliver of the light spectrum.

    Isaac Newton, back in 1665 or so, bent light through a prism yielding the spectrum spread of sunlight. No revelation there, but that slight apparent bending demonstrated the colors as the limiting visual apparatus of the species allowed, probably, by evolutionary design given the other frequencies included in sunlight. The surrounding environment, as is known today, plays a significant role in how any frequency bends, flows, bounces, and is absorbed.

    The light coming into Newton’s prism was a fraction of the energy that the Pyramids presumably once collected. Use such a device to attenuate, modulate, and even amplify energy and one is likely to have a mechanism of significant proportions as well as a means of intentionally directing frequency flow(s).

    In the series, “The Pyramid Code,” Dr Carmen Boulter produced, she briefly showed very large and obviously constructed crystalline structures resembling deliberate bases relating to key positions relevant to the Pyramids. What they held, directed or functioned as seems to have something related to energy manipulation on a grand scale. Because the modern inheritors of Egypt found them in their way, not knowing what they had been constructed for, they bulldozed them aside out of the way. So much for reconstructing a potentially revealing scene to learn of their usage in context and functional purpose.

    Anyway, crystal, crystalline structures seem able to proportionately oscillate or resonate when a force is placed upon them even conduct an energy flow. Crystals, like quartz, are associated with that piezoelectric effect in electrical applications. They attenuate-modulate-regulate forces applied to them. They would seem to need a level or levels of discernment in how frequency in motion is used in applications. Probably some understanding of maintaining corporeal cohesion while in motion, too.

    The reference to metamaterials has come up before in reference to unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), especially, from purported recovery operations where witnesses describe certain unusual effects of recovered materials and surrounding ambient lighting levels. As if to be nearing or causing an illusion effect or affecting vision – Possibly both.

    As for the metamaterial(s), in one’s humble opinion, it seems more a matter of understanding (at least sensing) the direct and ambient motion of that which is, the motion of matter / energy apparent in one’s space time they are apparent and how it might be harnessed rather than trying to recreate the universe with it in it. And to, again, recreate that which is – part of which has been referred to as frequency, resonance, vibration, etc. Simply (if only it was so easy) tap into this zero-point something and attenuate-modulate-regulate for purpose or even navigate the cosmos.

  2. dionis on November 5, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    here is your odd bit for today, i have typed Arnold Sommerfeldt name on google and his bio, wiki etc seems not to exist, yet on duckduckgo he is a very popular guy , what’s going on? I’ve never seen physicists erased from history like that even on goolag.

  3. maup on November 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

  4. DanaThomas on November 5, 2019 at 2:14 am

    It is encouraging that ancient Roman architecture is being studied and analysed in this respect.

  5. goshawks on November 4, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Wow, where to start… (grin)

    The Grand Gallery in the “Khufu” pyramid has always been a mystery. Despite what the ‘gatekeepers’ pronounce, it was obviously much more than a ramp or causeway…

    I favor the age of the original structural elements of the Pyramids as being much more ancient than gatekeeper pronouncements, with modifications over time. I believe it was John Anthony West who noted that – at certain sun angles – the pyramid had two slight, but distinct, colors in lower versus higher stones, implying two periods of building. (The Washington Monument has exactly the same color discontinuity, for similar reasons.)

    Another researcher discovered that there were archaeological reasons to believe that the Grand Gallery was open at the higher end to the sky during some early period (not just during construction). This would open-up possibilities from the mundane (early astrolab or telescope) to the exotic. (What did Ninurta remove from the Great Pyramid, after the battle with Marduk?)

    This gets back to metamaterials through the ‘shielding’ that protected Marduk’s forces from Ninurta’s attack. Supposedly, Marduk was safe from whatever Ninurta could direct at him, and was only defeated through ‘siege warfare’ tactics. Reflection or dissipation of energy?

    On the interferometry aspect, I often wondered why ancient megalithic sites were placed where they were, and the configuration of the stone pillars. Why put Stonehenge in the middle of a plain, fairly far from its source stone? Why put the huge number of stones at Carnac in parallel (but weaving) rows? Gatekeepers mumble about primitive religions, but I wonder if we are seeing global “energy management”…

  6. marcos toledo on November 4, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    This story shows how much was lost when Rome fell in the 5th century AD and the lost and deliberate destruction is still ongoing. Suppression of knowledge and dumbing down is the meme for the past centuries the dark ages marches on to this day.

    • anakephalaiosis on November 5, 2019 at 1:39 am

      Romans got alphabet from Etruscans, who were Trojan resettlement heading for Britain, after fall of Troy. Saxons, who were the ten tribes, got it somewhere along the line.

      British academia goes into spook frenzy over Coelbren, because the great architect must maintain rule over provincial princes, in matters of European wars of religion.

      Originally, Roman law was based on Druidic law, and it goes into denial of origin, much the same way Americans boot print European faces, in the name of empire of Wall Street.

  7. basta on November 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Very interesting that the Ancients had devised foundation construction techniques which mitigated earthquake damage by cancelling those waves.

    Apropos of the walls at Sacsayhuaman in Peru, this same building technique was used in ancient Egypt, notably at the Valley temple at Giza, which was built from blocks quarried from the excavation of the Sphinx nearby and was patched with pink granite from Selene by the dynastic Egyptians, so you know how old that structure actually is, and how the ancient Peruvians came to know of it.

  8. Robert Barricklow on November 4, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Magicians will be practicing w/new materials…
    Now You See Me?
    Now You Don’t?

    • Robert Barricklow on November 4, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      “Black Crystals”?
      I wonder if some have been found?
      Are there “Dark Crystals” even more akin to Magick?
      Are they being made in some undisclosed laboratory?
      On Earth?

  9. WalkingDead on November 4, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Canadian camouflage manufacturer Hyperstealth Biotechnology has applied for patents on its ‘Quantum Stealth’ material.
    You mean something like this?

  10. anakephalaiosis on November 4, 2019 at 7:29 am

    By adding time dimension to the topological metaphor, one should be able to spirit away.

    Because a close system within a closed system dissolves the framework.

    The spin causes the gatekeeper to fall off the carousel, because of centrifugal force.

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