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The Sacred Science of the Ancients: A Conversation With John Anthony West
By Chronogram

John Anthony West

John Anthony West, who needs no introduction here, is without a doubt the world's most eminent and controversial alternative Egyptologist. His work on the antiquity and geological weathering of the Sphinx, and his unique perspective on the mysteries and prehistory of ancient Egyptian civilisation, have made possible an entirely new and more radical approach to the study of the past. John West has his own page at this site where further information on his DVD's, study tours and books can be found.

Note: this is from an interview by Jason Stern for Chronogram. John Anthony West is a Hudson Valley resident who is known internationally as a maverick Egyptologist. He won an Emmy for his 1993 documentary “Mystery of the Sphinx,” which brought forth the controversial theory that the Great Sphinx of Giza is much older than previously thought, as evidenced by water erosion on its surface. I interviewed West upon his return from an archaeological visit to Turkey.

It’s a pleasure to see you. Welcome back.
I thank you, Jason. Turkey was extremely enjoyable—hot, but cool.

Tell me what brought you to Turkey.
My geologist colleague, Robert Schoch, and I, more or less invited ourselves to this amazing place that’s been getting a certain amount of press, particularly in Europe—less so here—called Goebekli Tepe, which is in southeastern Turkey, some 40 or 50 miles north of the border with Syria. What’s interesting about this place: It’s, in my view, arguably one of the most spectacular archaeological finds of the last century, or really, in a sense, ever. It’s a hill, or it’s on a hill. It turns out that the hill is, as far as anyone knows, entirely artificial. The site is only about 5 percent excavated at the moment. The work’s being done by a very meticulous German archaeologist named Klaus Schmidt. What’s been found so far are four or five stone circles, like mini Stonehenges, each circle comprised of two massive, between 10 and 15-ton central stone pillars, and surrounded by two concentric circles of smaller pillars. The pillars themselves are decorated with exquisite high relief, the most difficult kind of carving. You have to carve away the rest of the pillar to leave whatever is carved jutting out from it. There are all kinds of animals—wild boar, foxes, cranes, an incredible lizard—and some of the pillars are anthropomorphic. They’re huge ,T-shaped slabs with arms and hands integrated into the form, as though they’re stone men.

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