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Archaeologists Discover a “Little Pompeii” in Eastern France

Fires in a Roman neighborhood in Sainte-Colombe helped preserve ancient homes, shops and artifacts

Roman Mosaic

One of the mosaics uncovered in Sainte-Colombe (Archeodunum)
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Archaeologists digging in Sainte-Colombe, a French suburb nearby the city of Vienne, have uncovered a well-preserved Roman neighborhood that they’ve dubbed “Little Pompeii,” reports Agence France-Presse.

 According to AFP, the archaeologists began excavations at the site in April in advance of construction of a housing complex. What they uncovered was a 75,000-square-foot neighborhood dating back to the first century A.D., which they believe was inhabited for at least 300 years. The area appears to have been abandoned after catastrophic fires, with families leaving many of their belongings behind.

“We’re unbelievably lucky. This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years,” Benjamin Clement, of the firm Archeodunum and the leader of the dig, tells AFP.

Anne-Sophie Bolon and Sewell Chan at The New York Times report that archaeologists believe the neighborhood was built around the largest Roman market square found in France. So far, they have found shops dedicated to food production, metalworking and a warehouse full of wine jugs. Two homes have also been found among the ashes of the fires. One is believed to have been owned by a wealthy merchant who outfitted his villa with marble tiling, lush gardens and a water supply system.

Adjacent to the square, archaeologists uncovered a building that is believed to be a school of philosophy. The site also includes a temple where researchers found a bronze medal made in the year 191.

Clement tells Bolon and Chan that the neighborhood was struck by fire twice, once in the beginning of the second century and then in the middle of the third. The fires, it turns out, are what preserved the structures, carbonizing wooden beams and baking the bricks between them. The fire also oxidized iron objects like hinges, ax heads and doors, which normally rust away over time.

AFP reports that the mosaics are being removed for cleaning and in three years are expected to go on view at Vienne’s museum of Gallo-Roman civilization. The dig was scheduled to conclude in September, but because of the significance of the finds, the researchers now have until the end of the year to examine the site.

The Vienne area has long been an archaeological hotspot. According to Livius.org, the city was founded when the Romans conquered the Gallic Allobroges tribe in 120 B.C. and resettled them on the site. After a tumultuous half century of revolts and pacification, the emperor Augustus granted Vienne the status of colonia and its inhabitants citizenship. It became a regional and cultural capital and its Roman theater, temple to Augustus and Livia and an obelisk from its arena are still tourist attractions today.

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Atlantean Outposts in Antarctica Reveal New Surprises
June 2017/by Kathy J. Forti
A high strangeness continues on the coldest desert on Earth we call Antarctica. Remote viewers have been having a field day trying to see what so many governments of the world are hiding down there and refusing to talk about.
Incoming reports are somewhat similar in nature – an unearthed lost civilization found under the ice, an alien influence and presence, and the discovery of advanced technology. But a higher understanding behind this Arctic development has eluded most reporters and remote viewers alike.
“It’s really complicated,” admits E. M. Nicolay, a remote viewing expert and timeline reader who took a look at the situation for this piece (the full audio interview is below). Nicolay says he was completely taken aback at the depth of what he saw from both a spiritual and evolutionary perspective. It appears the recent discoveries emerging from this frozen continent are directly linked to past, current and future events happening in our world, especially in the Middle East. Even the lost civilization of Atlantis plays a key role.
While Antarctica is NOT Atlantis rediscovered as some might think, it was an outpost of the lost continent which went down in a cataclysm that occurred thousands of years ago after a third and final biblical-like flood. The Atlanteans had colonies all over the world where they preserved their knowledge and technology. Antarctica was one of these key outposts. This vast frozen wasteland was once a thriving fertile land. During a prior shifting of the Earth’s axis it was instantly flash frozen, while other lands flooded over and disappeared.
Nicolay confirms that advanced technology and intact ruins of a lost civilization have been unearthed in Antarctica from what he saw. This explains why so many in the last year have all suddenly decided to go there. Visits by such dignitaries as former President Barak Obama, former Secretary of State John Kerry, NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Krill, and Vladimir Putin, to name just a few, is circumstantial evidence that some major discovery has been unearthed.
Activity in Antarctica goes back decades to World War II when Nazi Germany’s Third Reich first started building secret bases there for development of “advanced technology”. The Nazi’s knew something was hidden there, but weren’t talking.
About 30 years ago the Russian government started drilling through about two and a half miles of thick ice on Lake Vostok, a 15 million year old lake they discovered UNDER the ice of Antarctica. When other nations began drilling as well, Nicolay says they found a “shiny black box” under the ice which then became activated.
The device is now emitting a plasma-like energy pulse which is being felt across South America and as far north as Mexico. Unfortunately, no one has any idea on how to turn off this device nor the potential havoc it might cause, even health-wise. (The U.S. government recently revealed that Antarctica military personnel have been exposed to radiation leaks (causing cancer for some), but they claim it is from their base nuclear power generators.)
There is early evidence to support buried technology on Antarctica. In 2006 NASA satellites discovered a super gravitational force emitting 300 miles up into space, coming from a large impact crater in Antarctica which they now call the “Wilkes Land Gravity Anomaly.”  Scientists have been forever puzzled at what might be causing such “wonky” waves”.  They officially claim it must be due to ice vibrations causing atmospheric ripples.
One retired Navy Petty Officer and aerospace engineer who worked in Antarctica from 1995 – 1996 (who wishes to remain anonymous), reported that during his brief mission in Antarctica they were given special clearance to fly over an official “No Fly Zone”. There he saw a hole “the size of a football field” in the ice below which “looked like an entrance to an underground installation.”
Pyramid-like structures have also been spotted on Antarctica, as shown on Google Earth satellite images. These are not natural formations. So many are asking what else is hidden under so much snow and ice?
The story gets even stranger. On September 11, 2015, in the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where millions pilgrimage annually, underground excavation was taking place. A mysterious “box” was also unearthed.
When the 15-man digging crew tried to remove the box, a huge burst of energy was emitted – instantly killing the team and toppling a huge construction crane above ground killing 107 people. Not only did the ground shake with tremendous force, but witnesses say “lightning bolts” struck.
One rumor was that the construction crew had discovered the Ark of Gabriel and was killed by a “plasma emission.” Less than two weeks later, on September 24th, an estimated 4,000 worshipers were killed in what was officially called a stampede and unofficially called another “plasma emission” linked to the Ark.
The Saudi’s knew immediately they had an unknown and ancient weapon on their hands. According to Nicolay, the Saudis contacted the Russians to come and decipher it. This was an unusual move since the two countries are not natural allies. They knew the Russians had more experience with “energy devices”.
Nicolay says there was an even more profound reason for the Russian contact. The device became activated, displaying a hologram of the future-a future which showed Russia would become the “Saviors of Civilization” in the years ahead after the Western collapse. The Saudis knew this fit in with the 3rd Secret of Our Lady of Fatima, a secret which has been kept relatively hidden from the public, but well-protected by the Catholic Church since 1917.
According to Nicolay, the black box found at Mecca and the one now pulsing from Antarctica are both individual parts of a greater holographic crystal-like technology spread over many of the Atlantean colonies/outposts. When all parts are brought together they form a massive global communication grid. The technology is an inter-dimensional device that not only displays the future, but when activated has extraordinary energy and power.
On hearing the Saudi news, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly dispatched the naval research vessel Admiral Vladimisky to collect the Ark from the Saudi port city of Jeddah – the gateway to Mecca – and take it to Antarctica for safekeeping. Two Russian battle satellites were launched to protect the Admiral Vladimisky and its precious cargo. A fleet of Russian warships, a salvage tug and oil tanker – carrying out maneuvers in the Indian Ocean were also ordered to rendezvous with it.
In February 2016 the heads of the Roman Catholic church (Pope Francis) and the Russian Orthodox church leader of Moscow (Patriarch Krill) met for the first time in almost 1,000 years. It was said that Pope Francis gave the Russian Orthodox leader an ancient Islamic manuscript – seized and saved during the times of the Crusades entitled, “Gabriel’s Instructions To Muhammad”.  Directly after this visit, Patriarch Krill went to Antarctica and was said to have performed some special type of ceremony. The official report was that he went all the way to this vast frozen land to pray in the small Orthodox church there.
It appears that certain areas of Earth are inter-dimensional portals linked to this black box technology. Which brings us to the Middle East where key portals happen to reside.  These portals act like a vortex, opening the gates to “other world species.” The discovery in Antarctica is just the beginning.
The audio interview below provides more details on what was found in the intact ruins in Antarctica and how this fits in with Ascension dynamics.
E.M. Nicolay (Click on Audio Interview)
E.M. Nicolay website: www.essencepath.com
Dr. Kathy Forti is a clinical psychologist, inventor of the Trinfinity8 technology, and author of the book, Fractals of God: A Psychologist’s Near-Death Experience and Journeys Into the Mystical
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Gigantic Aztec Temple Unearthed in Mexico City

It was built in tribute to the wind god

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This huge temple was lurking beneath the site of a hotel. (INAH)
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When people walk down the streets of Mexico City, they might do so in search of a bite to eat or a glimpse at some of its coolest modern architecture. But they may not realize they’re standing on top of thousands of years of history. And every once in a while, that history surfaces in an amazing archaeological find.

 That’s what happened near the city’s Zocalo plaza, reports Reuters, where a huge Aztec temple and ball court—and a pile of human neck bones—were hiding just beneath the surface.

The incredible find was hidden beneath a side street where a hotel once stood, Reuters reports. Years of excavations finally revealed a temple that archaeologists say is more than 500 years old. INAH, the Mexican institute of anthropology and history, says in a Spanish-language press release that it was likely in use at least since 1481 until 1519. The temple—built to look like a coiled snake—was in honor of Ehécatl, a wind god worshiped by the Aztecs as the creator who breathed life into humankind.

That worship had a grisly side: Near a ball court found within the temple complex, archaeologists discovered 32 severed neck vertebrae. The body parts, officials believe, came from people who were decapitated as part of a sacrificial ritual in the temple. The INAH release writes that the ages of the bodies ranged from infants to juveniles.

The institute notes that the building would have stopped being used for worship once the Spaniards arrived in what is now Mexico City. Tenochtitlan, as it was known then, was the most powerful Aztec city-state. But when Spaniards moved in and conquered, they simply built a new city—and the hundreds of colonial-era buildings for which the interior of Mexico City is known—on top.

Though many of those ruins have gone missing, early colonists recorded accounts of the splendors that once filled the area. Bernal Díaz del Castillo helped invade the Aztec city in the 1520s. Forty years later, he recalled his amazement upon entering Tenochtitlan. “These great towns and [temples”] and buildings rising from the water, all made of stone, seemed like an enchanted vision…” he wrote. “Indeed, some of our soldiers asked whether it was not all a dream.”

But Castillo’s observations were anything but a dream. They have since been borne out by archaeological excavations that have revealed magnificent temples and tens of thousands of artifacts. The new find, an INAH official notes, gives further credence to those early chronicles and offers a new look at a culture once literally paved over by a conquering force.

 It took a full seven years to dig out the temple, the INAH says in its release. So what will become of it now? The Associated Press reports that the hotel that owns the property will build a new building above the ruins—but that the public will still be able to visit the snake-like site.

It’s certainly not the first time a seemingly mundane part of Mexico City has revealed an archaeological wonder. Last year, for example, another, even older temple to Ehécatl was discovered beneath a supermarket. Mexico’s history of civilization and colonization is complicated to say the least, but it’s never far from daily life. And it will take much more than wind to blow away the relics that sleep beneath its city streets.

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New Pyramid Discovered in Egypt

Earlier this week the interior structure of pyramid was uncovered at the Dahshur Necropolis, home to some of Egypt’s earliest pyramids

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Entrance into the newly discovered pyramid (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)
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After thousands of years, researchers are still making incredible finds in Egypt (case in point, the giant statue unearthed in Cairo last month). Now, researchers have made another big find: earlier this week the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that a team of their archaeologists discovered the remains of pyramid dating back to the 13th Dynasty, which ruled about 3,700 years ago reports the Associated Press. The only problem is that an inscription indicates that the pyramid may have been built for a ruler that already has a pyramid next door.

The Egypt Independent reports that the remains were uncovered at the Dahshur Necropolis, an area about 25 miles south of Cairo on the west bank of the Nile. That area is home to what is considered to be some of the earliest pyramids including Sneferu’s Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid.

While the pyramid-shaped upper section is gone, the substructure still remains. “The uncovered remains of the pyramid represents a part of its inner structure, which is composed of a corridor leading to the inner side of the pyramid and a hall, which leads to a southern ramp and a room to the western end,” Adel Okasha, the director general of the Dahshur Necropolis says in a statement, reports Owen Jarus at LiveScience.

Though the writing on the slab has not been translated by the Antiquities Ministry, Jarus shared images of the hieroglyphics with Egyptologists. He reports that two have said the writing is a religious text often used inside pyramids, and that the text appears to include the name of the pharaoh Ameny Qemau, the fifth king of Dynasty XIII, who briefly ruled around 1790 B.C.

 That raises some questions, however, since Ameny Qemau’s pyramid was discovered in Dahshur in 1957, Aidan Dodson, a research fellow at the University of Bristol who has written about artifacts from that earlier pyramid, tells Jarus. He suggests one possibility for the discrepancy is that Qemau may have hacked out the name of a predecessor king and inserted his own name. That practice was common in the ancient world when a new ruler wanted to bury the memory of an enemy or unpopular ruler.

The AP reports that the Ministry of Antiquities plans to continue excavations and hope to find more evidence of which ruler or high-ranking official the pyramid belonged to.

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The inscribed stone found in the pyramid (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

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