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Star Beings In Stone? —A Rock Art Site In Central South Africa
By Gary A. David

Gary David has been intrigued by the Four Corners region of the United States for nearly twenty-five years. In 1994 he moved to Arizona and began an intensive study of the ancestral Pueblo People and their descendants the Hopi.

In late 2006, after more than a decade of independent research and investigation of archaeological ruins and rock art, his book The Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cities of the American Southwest was published by Adventures Unlimited Press.

The 2008 sequel is titled Eye of the Phoenix: Mysterious Visions and Secrets of the American Southwest. The third book in the series, The Kivas of Heaven: Ancient Hopi Starlore, was published in late 2010. These books are available from or by calling toll-free 1 (815) 253-6390. Autographed copies of the books can be obtained from

Mr. David’s articles have appeared in Fate, World Explorer, UFO, Atlantis Rising, and Ancient American magazines, and in Graham Hancock’s anthology Lost Knowledge of the Ancients. Translations of Gary’s work have appeared in Erich von Däniken’s magazine Zagenhafte Zeiten and on the website His writing was also featured on recent History Channel episodes of “Decoded” and “Ancient Aliens.” Gary continues to give lectures and international radio interviews.

What People Are Saying About His Work:

"Gary David's work is a treasure of enormous importance. He draws us deep into the mystery of Arizona and deeper still into the lost secrets of ancient cosmology. The truth behind the myths and symbols he's uncovering has the power to unify us, just as the Hopi prophesied." - William Henry, investigative mythologist, author, co-host of Whitley Strieber's "Dreamland" radio show
"The Orion Zone is an extensively researched study of archaeological evidence, historical accounts, and the oral traditions of the Hopi peoples of the American Southwest. Readers interested in astro-archaeology or in pre-Columbian America will find a great deal of thought-provoking material here, along with citations for further study." - Mysteries Magazine
In his book Eye of the Phoenix, Gary David's "…analysis of Hopi cosmology is instructive. Noting their relationship with "Star People", coverage of the "Starchild" skull, UFOs and "Ant People" is thus part of the territory. Completing his discussion of the Hopi worldview, David looks at their prophecies about the progression of worlds and the signs leading to the next End Time in our era-signs that we'd be wise not to ignore. An atmospheric, inspiring book." - Nexus, July-August 2008
"I have examined the Arizona-Orion ground-sky relationship, and I must say that I find this work intriguing. It is worth pursuing to the very end." - Andrew Collins, Beneath the Pyramids and The Cygnus Mystery
"The correlation Mr. David makes between the Hopi and the Egyptian 'sky view' is most interesting." - Robert Bauval, author of The Egypt Code and The Orion Mystery

More articles

The Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cities of the American Southwest by Gary A. David, 17 February 2006

The Mothman of Pottery Mound by Gary A. David, 28 May 2009

Under the South African Sun

At the southern tip of Africa, equidistant from the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, lies a high plateau known as the Great Karoo. This arid savannah aptly called the “thornveld” is dotted with camel thorn and umbrella trees. South of the fabled Kalahari Desert, the harsh region is still hot enough in summer for temperatures to reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The late summer monsoon rains drawn from the Indian Ocean sometimes collect in saltpans spread across the barren plains—then quickly dry up. Rainfall in the northern part of the Great Karoo averages only about eight inches annually. Thunderstorms are violent but patchy, with ribbons of rain sometimes evaporating before reaching the ground—much like on the deserts of the American Southwest. However, the rainfall here was once sufficient to support a rich diversity of wildlife: giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, springbok, buffalo, and ostrich. Along riparian areas rhino, hippo, and elephant roamed. Predator species included lion, leopard, hyena, and wild dog.

This unforgiving territory is the ancestral homeland of the San, sometimes known as Bushmen, and the Khoi, the latter formerly called the Hottentots. In fact, the word karoo is a San word that means “land of great thirst.”[1] The San were basically hunter-gatherers, whereas the later Khoi were pastoralists, herding sheep and cattle. The San and their famous click language were introduced to Western popular culture by the humorous movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy” and the more recent Disney film “A Far Off Place.”

On the distant horizon flat-topped hills (“koppies”) of sandstone and shale also resemble the mesas of my home territory in the southwestern U.S. Dark dolerite outcroppings strewn with of mineral-stained, igneous boulders were perfect for carving petroglyphs, or, as they call them in South Africa, rock engravings.

In September of 2009, I had the opportunity to travel there in order to assist my friend and colleague Rob Milne with his rock art research.[2] He and I along with his wife Slava visited a site called Driekopseiland, an Afrikaans name meaning “three hills island.” It is located on a working farm along the Riet River near the city of Kimberley in Northern Cape Province. Little did I expect to encounter images in stone that resembled the star beings carved by the ancient Hopi Indians of Arizona.

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  1. Diffusionist archaeologist Dr Cyril A, Hromník, who was born in Slovokia, educated at Syacuse University, and lives in Cape Town, South Africa, claims that the word karu is actually a Tamil term (Dravidian of southern India) meaning “arid country.” Maré Mouton, “‘South Africa is denied its rich cultural history’,” Village Life, No. 15, December 2005-January 2006, p. 21. Hromník further believes that the Khoi (Hottentots), whom he calls the Quena, are descendants of Indian fathers and South African San mothers. “Were Indians the first colonists in SA?”, Electronic Mail & Guardian, October 7, 1997, [back to text]
  2. See Rob Milne’s excellent book titled Anecdotes of the Anglo-Boer War (Johannesburg, South Africa: Covos Day Books, 2000). For photos and explanations of South African rock art, see his website: Also, read his description of an Orion Correlation/engraving site near Lydenburg in Mpumalanga (“rising sun”) Province of South Africa, which was published in Appendix 1, Gary A. David, Eye of the Phoenix (Adventures Unlimited Press, 2008). Rob’s comprehensive book on South African archaeoastronomy titled Beyond Orion is forthcoming.[back to text]

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