Did Ancient Humans Have Knowledge of the Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum?
It has been suggested, at various times, that ancient humans had knowledge and use of unseen powers, forces and energy fields. Could these unseen forces and fields consist of electromagnetic frequency waves and particle fields that make up the EM Spectrum? This is not a simple question to answer.
What evidence exists, and what kind of evidence may come to light, to support such a claim?
There is no question, that as it has always existed, the EM Spectrum is a naturally occurring part of our environment, comprised of a continuous sequence of electromagnetic energy arranged according to wavelength or frequency, as generated by particle motion (vibrations) and pulses created from many sources.
There is also no doubt that many ancient cultures had a connection with nature and natural forces that was fundamental and could only be described as intimate and profound in ways we moderns can merely attempt to comprehend.
This article will examine some of what evidence and possible evidence exists, that suggests ancient knowledge of the EM spectrum, examine its scientific foundation and whether it can be used to form a hypothesis and hopefully, be applied to solving this mystery.
From ancient times to today, humans have demonstrated an inherent curiosity and the desire to understand mysterious and odd phenomena, signs and images. For the vanished civilizations and cultures of Egypt, Sumer, and other early civilizations, and actually for the entire lapsed time of humankind, there remain many unsolved and unsettled images, messages, texts, tablets, artifacts, inscriptions, engravings, schemes, and phenomena that suggest a connection to unseen forces.
As modern society explores the mysterious meanings of certain universal cultural myths and symbols, so too may have humans from earlier civilizations, who repeated and venerated various motifs throughout time and traditions. The origin and meaning of these mysterious symbols may have, in fact, remained unknown even to the ancient cultures that utilized them, the ancients knowing only that certain signs and symbols were important clues to even more ancient lost knowledge and powers.
It has been noted by many that the designs and motifs of ancient architecture often reflect and in many ways try to mimic the patterns, signs and signals found to occur naturally in our environment. Most significant, for the purposes of this report, are the many variations of the basic waveforms, be it sine wave, saw-tooth wave, box wave or the endless variety of spirals and wave forms that adorn ancient cave wall, temples, and structures and appear in architecture, scrolls, tablets and inscriptions throughout the ancient world.
Below are examples of waveform symbols appearing in ancient designs and motifs that existed in ancient cultures from around the world.
Fig. 1 The dragon or serpent is an ancient Chinese symbol for an unseen force. This one appears to take the shape of a box tooth wave.
Southeastern Native American cultures dating back 20 to 25 thousand years extensively used waveform symbols for ornamentation on nearly all handmade items and wares such as pottery and textiles. The variety is nearly endless. Some typical examples follow:
As I have mentioned, the EM Spectrum exists naturally, occurring as a part of our natural environment. And again, acknowledging the ancients intimacy and interdependency with nature, it would not be surprising if they possessed some knowledge of this naturally occurring tool.
The ancient cultures of this world are known to have identified and utilized the forces of nature to their benefit, including water, fire, wind, and sound. Are we to believe that mankind is only now, in the past century, exploiting the waves and frequencies of the EM spectrum for the first time? I'm not so sure. And perhaps more importantly, if ancient culture did possess this knowledge, where did it come from and how was it processed?
Fig. 2 Mayan Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza has a saw tooth wave form built into its architecture.
A thorough examination of this subject must begin first with tracking the breakthroughs and discoveries that have occurred throughout history and that have led to the concepts and principles that make up modern electromagnetic theory. (See Appendix 1)
Electromagnetic radiation has been around since the birth of the universe; light is its most familiar form. Electric and magnetic fields are part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, which extends from static electric and magnetic fields, through radiofrequency and infrared radiation, to X-rays
From written history it appears that many of the concepts now familiar in EM theory were explored and developed during a time when many modern high-tech investigative and detection tools and methods did not exist.
But is it possible that the ability to manipulate the particles and waves of the EM spectrum was discovered and developed even earlier than written history suggests? Could it be that many of the symbols, images, architectures, and myths of ancient cultures are representations reflecting the possession of such knowledge?
Fig. 3 Saw tooth wave representation
Fig. 4 Sine wave representation
Observing what he believes to be power plant plans on ancient tapestry, and microprocessor design in Egyptian temple layout, Slovakian researcher Dr. Pavel Smutny has written, "Maybe it is unusual and surprising, but in ornaments on old carpets are woven-in schemes, and principle plans of advanced technologies, which come from vanished cultures and thousands-year-old civilizations. These residues are probably the last ones, which can help revive forgotten, very sophisticated technologies and methods for exploitation of natural electrostatic energy sources.
On the Egyptian temples Smutny continues, "If we see plans for the Valley temple at Sphinx, or of the Mortuary temple at Chaphre's pyramid, or the Mortuary temple at Menkaure pyramid, or also of Osereion from Abydos, to a person familiar with the basics of computer techniques, or even better to person experienced with construction of microwave circuits in bands above 1 Gigahertz (GHz), he will tell you that these plans are schemes of PCBs (boards for electronic circuits).
Smutny further notes, "These plans look like schemes of electronic circuits working on quite high frequencies above 1 GHz, with use of so called components with distributed (spread) parameters. These components are of such sort, that the top conductive layer is formed to various shapes, which work as inductors, capacitors, resistors, filters, resonators, or have similar functions. Advantages of so produced circuits are very good functions and low losses on high frequencies. Not so different from classical electronic circuits with use of discrete components as began to be produced in the 1980s, in at that time superior high frequency devices.
If, as Smutny suggests, these tapestry patterns and temple layouts are representations of fragmentary remnants from long lost science, what could have been the original source, other than a previously existing technologically advanced civilization? Of course more evidence is needed before any solid conclusions can be drawn.
Fig. 5 Photo showing Neolithic lobe construction of the Temple of Mnajdra on Malta
Photo courtesy Sacredsites.com
Turning his attention to the ancient temples of Malta, Smutny explains, "Complexes were used probably as generators of high frequency acoustic waves. Purposes were (maybe) to arrange a communication channel among various islands." Legends abound around Malta of sirens (acoustically) tempting or deafening seafarers. Sirens were persons, possibly the best singers with the strongest voices, namely obese or thick women, such as some modern opera stars. Many statues of just such woman have been discovered everywhere on Malta including temples, standing on pedestals in the middle of complexes. Smutny speculates, "Their singing modulated low frequency signals, which were generated on opposite ends of temples (in windows and in doors) simply with a bell, or with vibrating metal plates, or even with a strong wind drafted through a wall opening."
The oval multi-chambered configuration of the Maltese temples would allow signals formed from groups of air particles, before output, to be amplified in a second parallel opposite oval spaces of the temple. This would be analogous with a resonator. To support his theory, Smutny points to the massive blocks used for construction of the complexes, noting they are a very good resonant material.
Smutny suggests a reconstruction experiment to prove functionality of the megalithic complexes, in which the roofs would be intact (buildings are currently without ceilings), and models made from concrete, or from stone in suitable scale. For testing, acoustical or ultrasound frequencies should be utilized, where wavelengths are diminished to scale.
As a radio frequency engineer, I find these possibilities fascinating, and while pondering them I had a bit of a revelation: Namely, A birds-eye view of the temple structure and configurations in Malta, in many ways closely resemble an antenna propagation pattern with it's main beam lobe, side lobes, and nulls (between the lobes). See Fig. 4.
Fig. 6 An illustration showing the similarities of the Hagar Qim Temple compound layout on Malta when compared to a typical 800 MHz wireless antenna pattern
There are an infinite variety of patterns that can be generated by antennas depending on the beam width desired, distance between the antenna poles and the frequency being transmitted. However, nearly all antenna patterns have similar characteristics consisting of main beam lobe and side lobes as well as nulls and back lobe.
I believe lobe was a word Graham Hancock specifically used in Underworld to describe the temple structures on Malta. And, when Hancock mentioned the unusual acoustics he encountered in the Hypogeum on Malta, I began researching anything that referred to those acoustics or a similar effect.
In Joseph S.Ellul's 1988 publication Malta's Prediluvian Culture at the Stone-Age Temples, the author describes, "Before going into the entrance, just have a look at the lintel and at the long blocks lying alongside and on top of it. Most of them, including the lintel itself, which measures about nine feet square and 18 inches thick, were scattered about in this courtyard. Almost all of these blocks had been thrown over into this yard for a distance of about 20 feet. The lintel fell on its right corner and was splintered in the fall. Interestingly, Ellul continues, "That lintel was found resting some 30 feet to the East of the doorway, lying on some rubbish and with one of the long horizontal slabs on top of it. It happened that the upper stone had certain acoustic characteristics and was positioned so as to be almost perfectly balanced, and whenever one hit it with another stone, it rang like a bell." That peculiarity earned it the nickname "The Bell of Hagar Qim", but, during works carried out in the 1950's, these various blocks were put back in their present places on top of the front wall, and "The Bell of Hagar Qim" was no more. Odds are, of course, this is all simply coincidence, but it poses the interesting question: Exactly what is the unique and specific temple design layout of Hagar Qim based upon? What was the impetus and influence that dictated the architectural configuration so long ago?
I design digital wireless networks utilizing the EM Spectrum, transmitters, receivers, modulators and antenna. I also do propagation prediction modeling using powerful computer programs. The program creates a model showing how a location will perform using different antenna, elevation, azimuths and power settings. Sites are chosen based on how well the location propagates a signal.
Again, when Hancock mentions in Underworld how the land gently dropped away for a great distance from a temple location, I couldn't help think how ideal that is for signal propagation when designing sites that can transmit great distances. Is it possible some ancient temple locations were chosen for similar reasons? If the temple location were part of some kind of communications network utilizing the EM Spectrum, I'd say they were.
Is it possible a correlation exists between the Maltese temple architecture and antenna propagation patterns? Perhaps, but much more research and investigation is needed before any firm conclusions can be drawn. Certainly it can be said that the temple layout seems to conform strikingly to the characteristics of antenna propagation patterns.
If a connection were proven to exist, what would be the implications? Certainly, a radical rethinking the level of technological sophistication that may have existed in ancient civilization, not to mention the question of how this knowledge came to the builders of the Maltese temples.
Let's assume, for a moment, the ancient builders had knowledge and understanding of wave propagation. Perhaps early post-flood cultures possessed the knowledge and understood the purpose of unseen forces but lacked the functionality. If it was known and handed down through generations that a universal force existed that could be controlled for the benefit of all humans, would not every effort be made, no matter how futile the attempt, to resurrect and recreate that functionality? This in itself could account for the existence of many megalithic structures, about which many aspects and purpose humankind has puzzled since their very discoveries.
Another example of anomalous science, which includes a possible EM spectrum connection, is the Celtic round towers of Ireland. These fascinating structures, the tallest measuring 34 meters in height, once numbered over 100, and dot the Irish landscape. Based on the fact that nearly every tower is at the site of a known Celtic church dating from the 5th to 12th centuries, scholars have suggested that the most probable construction period was between the 7th and 10th centuries AD. Initially, each of the towers were freestanding structures, but later, other buildings, primarily churches and monastic foundations, were constructed around some of the towers. In his book, Irish Round Towers, Lennox Barrow states, "It is remarkable how little the main dimensions vary. In the great majority of towers the circumference at the base lies between 14 meters and 17 meters and the thickness of the wall at the lowest point at which it can be measured varies from 0.9 meters to 1.4 meters. Doorways, windows, storey heights and diameters also follow clearly defined patterns, and we may well conclude that most of the towers were the work of teams of builders who moved from one monastery to another using standard designs." Barrow goes on to say, "Most doorways are raised 1.5 meters to 4.5 meters above the ground. This is usually explained as being for security, to enable the monks to take refuge inside the towers during times when Viking raiders or bandits were attacking the monasteries."
There is probably some truth in this theory but it has also been noted that it's possible the stability of the tower had as much to do with the door heights as anything else. Basic physics dictates that the higher you could build before making an opening in the wall the stronger the base would be. Very often the towers were filled in, even as high as the doorways.
This idea that the round towers were erected and used primarily as watch towers and places of protection is strongly debated by the American scientist, Philip Callahan. In his book, Ancient Mysteries, Modern Visions, Callahan discusses research, which indicates that the round towers may have been designed, constructed and utilized as huge resonant systems for collecting and storing meter-long wavelengths of magnetic and electromagnetic energy coming from the earth and skies. Based on fascinating studies of the forms of insect antenna and their capacity to resonate to micrometer-long electromagnetic waves, Professor Callahan suggests that the Irish round towers (and similarly shaped religious structures throughout the ancient world) were human-made antennae, which collected and transmitted subtle magnetic radiation from the sun and passed it on to monks meditating in the tower and plants growing around the tower's base. The round towers were able to function in this way because of their form and also because of their materials of construction. Of the sixty-five towers that remain as ruins, twenty-five were built of limestone, thirteen of iron-rich, red sandstone, and the rest of basalt, clay slate or granite; all of these being minerals having paramagnetic properties that can thus act as magnetic antennae and energy conductors. Callahan further states that the mysterious fact of various towers being filled with rubble for portions of their interiors was not random but rather may have been a method of tuning the tower antenna so that it more precisely resonated with various specific frequencies.
Fig. 7 View of Irish Round Tower with conical cap intact.
Photo courtesy Sacredsites.com
Equally intriguing is that Callahan shows that the seemingly random geographical arrangement of the round towers throughout the Irish countryside actually mirrors the positions of the stars in the northern sky during the time of winter solstice. Archaeological excavations at the bases of the towers have revealed that many towers were erected upon the tops of much older graves and it is known that many of the tower sites were considered sacred places long before the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. These facts point to the likelihood that the ancient Irish, like the Egyptians, the Mayans and many other archaic cultures understood there to be an energetic resonance between specific terrestrial locations and different celestial bodies. All across the Irish countryside particular locations were chosen, precisely designed structures were erected to gather and store various energies, and a tradition of human spiritual use of the sites arose over the millennia. While many of the round towers are now crumbling and their antenna function may no longer be operative, many visitors feel a field of energy still permeates the sites today.
In another article The Mysterious Round Towers of Ireland: Low Energy Radio in Nature; from The Explorer's Journal; Summer, 1993, Callahan gives further details of his discoveries, "Most books will tell you that the towers were places of refuge for the monks to hide from Vikings raiding Ireland. They were, no doubt, bell towers and lookouts for approaching raiders, but the speculations that monks escaped raiders, who no doubt knew how to smoke bees out of hives or climb the nine to 15 feet to the door, borders on the ludicrous. Round towers are perfectly designed to be totally useless for hiding people or church treasures."
Fig. 8 Diagram of two Irish Round Towers. To me their design and appearance suggests a large scale version on a wind instrument, i.e. clarinet
Callahan continues, "Another strange thing about the towers is the dirt that fills the base below the high doors. Each door has a different level of dirt filling the base, as if they were "tuned" like a pipe organ. I had long postulated that the towers were powerful amplifiers of radio resonance from the atmosphere generated by lightning flashes around the world." Upon further investigation, Callahan concluded, "The round towers proved to be powerful amplifiers in the alpha brain wave region, two to 24 Hz, in the electrical anesthesia region, 1000 to 3000 Hz, and the electronic induction heating region, 5000 Hz to 1000 KHz....It is fascinating that just above the surface of the ground to about two to four feet up there is a null of atmospheric frequencies that get stronger and stronger until at nine to 15 feet above the surface they are extremely strong."
Were Irish monks aware of these properties and were thus prompted to build their high doors? At every tower Callahan measured, there was a direct correlation between the height of the tower door and the strength of the waves. That the highly amplified waves occur in the meditative and electrical anesthesia portion of the electromagnetic spectrum is of utmost significance. In 1963, G. Walter researched brain EEG waves from 0.5 to 3 Hz (Delta region) and found anti-infectious effects.
It's interesting to note recent research, including experiments conducted at UCLA, has shown some positive effect of EM radiation fields. Subjects who were shielded from all EM fields reported experiencing a mental breakdown, their brain no longer able to function normally. Remove the EM shielding and "normal" brain function returns. When those subjects were exposed to intensified EM fields, they reported a profound feeling of well-being. Others exposed to EM fields under controlled conditions reported hallucinatory visions similar to those reportedly experienced by Shamans or individuals in an alter state of consciousness, under the influence of mind-altering substances.
Is it possible that the purpose for which many of the megalithic structures around the world were constructed was to receive or gather, process or focus and transmit or distribute naturally occurring electromagnetic energy? Could the Ancients have been aware of the medicinal and consciousness raising qualities of EM fields: There is much evidence to suggest they were.
Perhaps also related to the Irish stone towers, are the many anomalous ancient stone structures, chambers and circles, found through the Northeast Unites States in New England. In the book Celtic Mysteries of New England, authors Phillip Imbrogno and Marianne Horrigan note and measure unexplained electromagnetic anomalies at stone chamber locations. The anomalies, described as pulse seem to occur in a specific frequency range beginning at 16.50MHz with peak signal strength occurring at1675MHz. The authors claim this could be suggestive of a doorway or portal function of the chambers, with a burst of EM energy released whenever the door is opened or shut. I would suggest that, as opposed to a portal or doorway opening to another dimension of time and space, it might be more likely that the chambers EM anomalies could indicate a communication channel opening for use in some way.
The infant field of Radio Archeology:
I would suggest a series of experiments, conducted to scientific method standards, to test and measure both transmit and receive propagation properties of pre-historic sites that meet specific criteria. Such tests should utilize carrier wave transmitters and spectrum scanning receivers and software, along with spectrometers, spectrum analyzers and oscilloscopes to determine if propagation properties are enhanced by the sacred site locations and or site configuration and construction materials.
Someone once said that science is like a game of darts. The surface of the dartboard, albeit perhaps infinite, represents all the science there is to know. Each theory confirmed through experiment and scientific method, represents a dart hitting its mark on the dartboard of science. While the surface of the board may have many darts in it, most of it, as of yet, remains untouched by a dart. And of course, sometimes one dart thrown may knock out a previously thrown dart from its apparently secure location. In other words, there is still a great deal of true science yet to be discovered and confirmed, and perhaps some ideas that may need to be unlearned. Above all, the perspective with which we search is perhaps the key to what we discover.
An important lesson may be learned from the device known as the Antikythera Mechanism. The device, discovered over 100 years ago on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, has been found by archeologists to be 2000 years old. Because the device suggests that the ancient Greeks had the mechanical sophistication of 18th century Swiss watchmakers, historians and scholars have generally ignored it. Could this device be evidence that a period of technological devolution, as a general trend, took place over many thousand of years in fields such as mathematics, mapmaking, mechanics and more? Can the same claim be made for wave and particle theory? Was much more known, much earlier on, than current evidence supports and the academic world is willing to accept? Nothing less than a major shift in the approach to these mysteries needs to occur in order for a full debate and examination of the facts and theories to take place within the established academic community. The fact is the Antikythera device exists, as do many other anomalies of science. No, they do not fit into the context of established history, but to fail to consider them as part of a larger picture that is far from complete does a great disservice to the pursuit of knowledge.
Fig. 9. Two views of the Antikythera Mechanism, which has been shown to be a calculator for the movements of celestial bodies.
From the first time a human tossed a pebble into a pond, the dynamics, properties and laws of wave propagation were evident for him to examine and test. In air as in water these properties follow consistent traits: Greater power creates larger waves, and waves could easily be regulated and directed. Could it be that our ancestors understood the subtle properties of EM waves and particle fields and even manipulated them, harnessing the power of nature and the power of the unseen spectrum? As if to give the game away, they placed clues for us to find. All of their rituals, their religions, cults, gods, demigods, the whole of their lives, were linked to the cycles of the universe. And it is important to recognize that this is how the ancients understood the powers of the universe, through their gods. Perhaps, they did not conceive of electromagnetic power as we do, but rather as god-given signs and signals, as the power of the gods to be tapped into by humans.