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Uriel’s Machine:
The Prehistoric Technology That Survived The Flood
By Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas
Published by Arrow
624 pages, paperback

One of the greatest mysteries of history is the nature of early civilisations. How and where did man actually develop what we understand as culture and when did this occur?

The prevailing models of science and archaeology, which primarily developed in the 19th century, have been straining under the weight of evidence for some time.

For example, Stonehenge, which is central to the thesis of Uriel’s Machine, has been the focus of archaeological study, historical research and speculation for hundreds of years. It is also considered one of the greatest historical anomalies.

From the earliest studies it was found that Stonehenge displayed characteristics suggesting its design would have required advanced mathematic and geometric skills – knowledge the people of that period were not believed to have.

Conventional archaeology has continued to debate this evidence, and while reluctantly accepting the likelihood the creators of Stonehenge had some form of developed knowledge, they cannot agree as to what this means. Furthermore, they have wildly divergent theories as to such rudimentary questions as when it was built, who made it, and why.

The major problem is mainstream archaeology’s set ideological positions on Stonehenge. This clearly defined understanding includes its own standard of the likely knowledge levels of the prevailing people. Hence, it will only ever see Stonehenge (and the Egyptian Pyramids and Sphinx) as primitive religious/funereal structures or historical anomalies at best.

Since to really understand these structures would involve a total revolution in archaeology, they are always examined in a strict ideological frame of reference. Michael Cremo (author of Forbidden Archaeology) calls this a knowledge filter, whereby science (including archaeology) has a defined agenda and filters research and discoveries so that its already created edifice of belief is not unduly shaken.

Evidence not supporting the given position is degraded, ridiculed or if it cannot be easily dealt with in this manner, simply lost and forgotten. The journals of archaeology and science are filled with forgotten leads, ignored discoveries and suppressed evidence.

Knight and Lomas, however, allow the evidence to speak for itself. They begin with standard research into the latest discoveries of archaeology and science, and take this to the logical conclusion – that the story of history, both recorded and evolutionary, is not as it seems.

They produce solid evidence that mankind is much older than believed, and that the Earth has gone through many cycles, which means history is cyclic not lineal, and marked by catastrophe rather than a slow progressive process of development.

They critically consider current evolutionary theory, especially in regard to Neanderthal man and the evolutionary tree, and find the evidence has been selectively used and that many discoveries threaten the whole structure with collapse.

Extending from this, Knight and Lomas produce evidence there was a sophisticated and technologically advanced civilisation that existed way before commonly believed. Additionally, this wasn’t an isolated culture, but one that was part of an international network predating the Great Pyramid.

This network can be understood as the Enoch culture (from the Biblical patriarch) and was of exceptional development until its decimation by cosmic events that are recorded under the guise of a worldwide flood. This cataclysm is examined in great detail, and Knight and Lomas produce a lot of documentation to prove the time and nature of this event.

The Enoch culture had an influence far beyond its existence in the past. Its remnants seeded the great cultures as we know them (Egypt, European, etc., etc.) and created many of the magnificent archaeological monuments of history.

Its wisdom and knowledge continues to be passed down, albeit in somewhat confused forms, via such esoteric movements as Gnosticism, the Knights Templar and Freemasonry.

Knight and Lomas offer a detailed chronology of the Enoch culture, its various stages as it deals with two cataclysms, and its transmission of knowledge to other communities.

Most fascinating is how Knight and Lomas find that the Book of Enoch offers a mythic outline of these events, even down to describing the seven comets which brought about the first global catastrophe.

They also discover this text was not written in the Middle East as has been presumed, but contains internal evidence proving it was written in Britain. This is where the Enoch culture had its nexus and from where its traditions were transmitted to the Middle East.

This discovery places the centre of this ancient tradition squarely within Stonehenge territory and challenges the very foundation of much modern archaeology which still clings to a traditional diffusion model.

Uriel’s Machine is a complex and comprehensive volume. It covers a wide range of materials from critiques of traditional models of mankind’s development, through to a decoding of sections of the Book of Enoch.

It offers extensive discussions on Egyptology, Freemasonry, ancient Britain, evolutionary theory, and lots more. Its ideas and discoveries are extremely well documented, clearly showing the many years of painstaking research conducted by the authors.
    
The theories in this book are challenging but not easily refuted. It is an important contribution to our re-appraisal of the nature of early civilisations and is a must have volume.

– Reviewed by Robert Burns in New Dawn No. 86

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