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History Saved! Jenolan Caves Defended As Australian Fires Rage On

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Joanna Gillan, Ancient Origins

Australia’s World Heritage Listed heritage site, the Jenolan Caves Reserve, which has the world’s oldest known and open cave systems, has been protected from the raging fires which are tearing across the country. Dozens of volunteer fire fighters worked around the clock to protect property of historical significance as the fires surrounded them on three sides. Jenolan Caves House and facilities were saved, although four structures, including the local fire service station, were lost.

Located 110 miles west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, the Jenolan Caves are regarded as Australia’s most outstanding cave system, with crystal clear underground rivers and amazing limestone crystal formations. The stalactite and stalagmite formations are among the finest in the world.

Limestone formations in the Imperial Cave at Jenolan Caves, NSW, Australia ( CC by SA 3.0 / Toby Hudson )
Limestone formations in the Imperial Cave at Jenolan Caves, NSW, Australia ( CC by SA 3.0 / Toby Hudson )

According to the official Jenolan Caves website, the caves have been known to the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years. They called them Binoomea, “Dark places”. The Gundungurra Aboriginal people used to carry sick people into the caves to be bathed in the underground waters, which they believed to have curative powers.

The caves were first formed 340 million years ago and consist of more than 40 kilometres (25 miles) of multi-level passages with over 300 entrances. The complex is still being explored. Eleven illuminated show caves are open to visitors.

The Steep and Winding Ladders of the Chifley Cave at Jenolan Caves. Credit: Paul / Adobe Stock

The Central Western Daily reported that Jenolan Caves Reserve was threatened by a massive blaze formed by the merging of the Ruined Castle bushfire (17,058 hectares) and the Wattle Creek fire   (262,729 hectares), which has been burning for weeks.

The fire had surrounded the Jenolan Caves on three sides and was tearing towards the 124-year-old Jenolan Caves House. The historic building was constructed in 1896 as a wilderness retreat for the wealthy. The NSW State Heritage listed building is a 4-storey hotel complex designed in an ‘English Domestic Revival’ style. It is regarded as an icon of the Blue Mountains and one of the finest guest houses still functioning as accommodation in Australia.

Raging fires tear towards Jenolan Caves Reserve. Credit: Jenolan Caves RFS Facebook page
Raging fires tear towards Jenolan Caves Reserve. Credit: Jenolan Caves RFS Facebook page

Reporting on the operations that saved historic structures around Jenolan Caves, the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 256 Cobar wrote on their Facebook page :

“The terrain there is very challenging and dangerous with lots of dense bushland and rocky walls: but with the combined forces of a great team we were able to save a lot of structures.

We put a lot of protective measures in place as the fire was literally surrounding the house and we employed a range of techniques combined with a number of services working together to keep it as safe as possible.

As of yesterday, we were successful in saving the house and many of the surrounding buildings. Sadly we were unable to save a number of structures (including an RFS shed). However, we can report ZERO loss of life and all fire-fighters remained safe. We were also able to take many of the beautiful animals that were displaced and provide food and water for them. Brown snakes, tiger snakes & black snakes were amongst the creatures seeking refuge and came in many – however we were a little less cuddly with these ones!”

Fire engines line up inside the entrance to Jenolan Caves. Credit: Jenolan Caves RFS Facebook page
Fire engines line up inside the entrance to Jenolan Caves. Credit: Jenolan Caves RFS Facebook page

The below video shows Jenolan Caves RFS Crew evacuating along Jenolan Caves Road on New Year’s Eve. They write: “We were surrounded by intense flames on both sides as we were defending some of the cottages and had no choice but to evacuate to safety.”

According to Jenolan Caves, the structures that were destroyed in the fire include a vacant staff cottage, the cavers’ cottage and cottage 11, described as a building of local heritage significance.

All activities at Jenolan Caves, including tours and accommodation, remain suspended until the area is deemed safe.

The 2019–20 Australian bushfires have burned an estimated 6.3 million hectares (16 million acres), destroyed over 2,500 buildings (including over 1,300 houses) and killed 25 people as of 5 January 2020, with a further six missing in the state of Victoria. The bushfires are regarded by some as one of the worst bushfire seasons in memory. It has been estimated that close to half a billion animals have been killed in the ongoing fires so far.

Top image: Jenolan region on fire. Credit: Jenolan Caves RFS Facebook page

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The Qasr Al-Farid, The Lonely Castle Of The Nabataeans

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The Nabataean Kingdom ruled over an area that spanned from the southern Levant to northern Arabia, a position that allowed them to control the Incense Route that passed through the Arabian Peninsula. As a result of this lucrative trade, the Nabataeans grew immensely wealthy and powerful. One expression of this wealth can be seen in the monuments they built. The most well-known Nabataean monument is arguably the al-Khazneh in Petra, modern day Jordan. Nevertheless, the Nabataeans were highly skilled craftsmen when it came to carving rock, and numerous examples of their workmanship can be found throughout their kingdom. One such monument is the Qasr al-Farid.

The Nabataeans were skilled craftsmen who carved their monuments out of solid rock (Wikimedia Commons)

The Qasr al-Farid (meaning ‘Lonely Castle’) is located in the archaeological site of Madâin Sâlih (known also as al-Hijr or Hegra) in the north of Saudi Arabia. Although called a castle, the Qasr al-Farid was actually a tomb constructed around the 1st century AD. The Qasr al-Farid is just one of the 111 monumental tombs scattered around the landscape of the Madâin Sâlih, a site which was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2008. Of these tombs, 94 of them are decorated. The Qasr al-Farid is one of the most famous tombs in Madâin Sâlih, and was named as such due to the fact that it is completely isolated from the other tombs situated in the area. This is unusual, given that most of the monumental tombs in Madâin Sâlih were found to have been made in groups. These include the Qasr al-Bint tombs, the Qasr al-Sani tombs, and the tombs of the Jabal al-Mahjar area.

The archaeological site of Madâin Sâlih, Saudi Arabia (Wikimedia Commons).

The Qasr al-Farid is reported to be four stories high. As such monuments were meant to be an indication of the wealth and the social status of the people who commissioned them, bigger definitely meant better. Another noteworthy aspect of the Qasr al-Farid is the number of pilasters it has on its façade. All the other tomb façades of the Madâin Sâlih contain only two pilasters, one on the left and another on the right. The Qasr al-Farid, however, has four pilasters on its façade, one on each side, and two additional ones in the middle. This may be further evidence that the owner of this tomb was an immensely wealthy and important individual in Nabataean society.

The enigmatic Nabataeans were originally a nomadic tribe, but about 2,500 years ago, they began building great settlements and cities which prospered from the first century BC to the first century AD, including the magnificent city of Petra in Jordan.  As well as their agricultural activities, they developed political systems, arts, engineering, stonemasonry, astronomy, and demonstrated astonishing hydraulic expertise, including the construction of wells, cisterns, and aqueducts.

Unlike other structures in Madâin Sâlih, the Qasr al-Farid has four pillars rather than two (Wikimedia Commons)

It may come as a surprise then that the building of the Qasr al-Farid was actually never completed. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that we will ever find out for whom this tomb was built. Neither will we know the reason for the abandonment of this project by either its owner or the workmen. The Qasr al-Farid’s incomplete nature, however, reveals something tantalising about the way it was built. As the quality of the work is rougher on the lower part of the tomb’s façade, it has been suggested that the monument was fashioned from the top down. It may also be possible that other similar monuments were also made in such a manner.

Qasr al-Farid, the Lonely Castle (Wikimedia Commons)

By the 3rd century A.D., the Incense Route was in decline due to the political and economic crisis that was faced by the Roman Empire. Consequently, many of the towns along the trade route would be affected by the deterioration in trade. Even Medain Salih, once a major staging post on the main north-south caravan route, was not spared, and eventually shrank into a tiny village. The 10th century Arab traveller, for instance, wrote that during his time, Madâin Sâlih was but a small oasis whose activities centred on its wells and peasants. This is undeniably a stark contrast compared to the site’s heyday during the Nabataean period, when merchants and camels laden with the incense of Arabia would have thronged its streets on their way to the north. Still, the Qasr al-Farid and the other tombs built by the Nabataeans remain as a testimony to the greatness that the Madâin Sâlih once was.

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Ex Defense Official Appears On CNN Stating “UFOs Are Clearly Under Intelligent Control”

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What Happened: Christopher Mellon was the former Deputy Assistant Defence Secretary for Intelligence from 1997 to 2002. From 2002-2004 he was the Minority Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence under Sen. John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.). He’s had a long career inside the government and the intelligence community, and is considered one of hundreds, if not thousands of ‘high ranking’ individuals that have, and are speaking up about the UFO phenomenon and have been for decades.

Mellon recently made appearances on both Fox News and CNN, and in the CNN interview, he states the following:

We have information from multiple radar systems, inferred systems, multiple Naval personnel on the ground and in the air. And we’re tracking these objects performing manoeuvres that clearly indicate they’re under intelligent control. They’re responding to our air-craft, they’re out-manoeuvring them, and they’re doing things that are far beyond any capability we possess.

Keep in mind we are talking about objects that have been observed instantaneously accelerating at thousands of miles per hours, and then re-appearing in another location. In of the incidents mentioned below, the objects were also seen shape shifting, and it is arguable if one of them actually teleports.

In the Fox News interview, Mellon states:

These are interactions between intelligently controlled vehicles that are highly sophisticated operating in and around U.S. military facilities, and hence the concern…There is a vital national security issue, which is that our sovereignty is being violated by vehicles of unknown origin.

Mellon has published multiple articles in mainstream media outlets, and has given several video interviews after an organization that he’s now a part of, To The Stars Academy, gained access to videos of UFOs filmed by multiple Navy pilots. These videos were recently confirmed as authentic by the Pentagon, and are one of thousands of examples of objects performing manoeuvres that no known air-craft is capable of, objects being tracked on air/ground radar while simultaneously visually confirmed by trained military observers.

Why This Is Important: Why does something have to be presented on CNN or another mainstream media network for it to be verified or real? We have for example, been creating awareness on this phenomenon for many years with impeccable sources that cannot be discredited, yet when mainstream media covers it, it’s all of a sudden a big story. This is dangerous, and uncomfortable because it’s one of many examples of how mainstream media has a stranglehold on the minds of the masses.

How come a select group of people get to speak out and receive all of the attention? Why are they getting all of the mainstream media press coverage? Are they themselves being handed mis-information from their ‘higher ups?’ Who knows, one thing is for certain, this field has been plagued with disinformation for a very long time.

It’s also important to note that this topic is deep, and has huge implications with regards to science, history, technology, consciousness and much more. Mainstream media does not discuss this, and they also seem to not really emphasize the technological capability of these craft and what that in itself means.

There are so many examples of mainstream media networks dishing out fake information, the war on terror is a great example in my opinion. There was a massive campaign to convince the population that terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS were a huge threat that were carrying out terrorist attacks, when most of the evidence I looked at suggested that these terrorist groups are actually a creation of, funded by, trained by, and armed by rouge parts of the U.S. government and their military allies. This means that the ones who create the problem, propose the solution under the guise of good will, all of ulterior motives like resources extraction, and perhaps the retrieval of crafts that do not originate on Earth. Nations are and always have been desperate to retrieve and reverse engineer this technology.

A concern of many individuals is if the ‘establishment’ will attempt to do the same with UFOs, just as they’ve attempted to do the same with virtually ever major topic and geopolitical issue.

In the Fox News interview, when Mellon states that “There is a vital national security issue, which is that our sovereignty is being violated by vehicles of unknown origin” I am concerned for multiple reasons. One is because “national security” has been a term used to justify the classification and concealment of information from the citizenry. It’s also been used to justify the concealment of information that exposes and unethical and immoral side of governments and big corporations, which is precisely why people like Julian Assange are in jail.

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, our world today seems to be about which powerful person, group or ‘deep state’ can control the perception of human beings the best, and win their admiration.

The truth is indeed out there, but it’s for us as a collective to discover for ourselves, not something for our government to tell us. We’re getting to the point where information is being heavily censored, and there seems to be a ‘ministry of truth’ (fact checkers) patrolling the internet telling us what is and what isn’t. Again, I suspect this to happen with the UFO phenomenon.

I do feel that we are the ones we need to be concerned about, and there is much work to do on our planet with regards to solving issues that continue to destroy our ability to thrive, along with other life-forms as well. We are destroying our own planet, and perhaps this, in some way, with regards to some groups who are observing us. I’m just speculating, but it’s intelligent speculation based on years of research. That being said, I don’t know.

It’s an extremely deep topic that leaves no aspect of humanity untouched. There are many stories within the lore, from ancient indigenous tales of “star people”  to friendly encounters, to both benevolent and what we perceive as malevolent encounters and more…Please share this article to raise further awareness to this topic.

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An Authentic Video Of The “Flying Saucers” That Flew Over Washington In 1952

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An Authentic Video Of The “Flying Saucers” That Flew Over Washington In 1952
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Did you know that UFOs have been filmed/documented for thousands of years? There are many examples from our ancient past that show this, and many modern day examples in the form of videos, radar tracking etc. For example, here’s one of many documents that can be found within the CIA’s electronic reading room that makes it quite clear that authentic footage exists.

Recent footage of UFOs released and confirmed by the Pentagon also makes this quite clear, not to mention millions of pages of declassified documents from multiple government agencies describing encounters with objects that perform manoeuvres no known aircraft is capable of doing. The thing is, we didn’t need ‘them’ to tell us, and footage, pictures and thousands of interesting cases make one thing quite clear, something is going on.

What Happened: One example from the past I like to use comes from July of 1952, when multiple UFOs were filmed flying over Washington D.C. In fact, during that summer there were a number of sightings reported. These sightings were known as “the Big Flap” and are quite well known among many ufologists. During that time, military jets that were sent out to take a closer look at these objects did so to no avail. The objects instantaneously accelerated at speeds that are still not attainable today by any known man-made craft, similar to the many examples that exist today. All of the sightings during this time were confirmed by civilians, military, radar operators and pilots. The same goes for many sightings today, with the Pentagon’s recent release being a prime example.

General Nathan Twining, author of a September 23, 1947 memo stated that the “phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious” and that “the reported operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb, manoeuvrability (particularly in roll), and action which must be considered evasive when sighted or contacted by friendly air-craft and radar, lend belief to the possibility that some of the objects are controlled either manually, automatically or remotely.”

The sightings over the White House rocked local consciousness and were being reported by every major American newspaper at the time. They caused so much of a stir that President Truman held a press conference to answer questions about the event. During that conference, he admitted that government officials “discuss” this topic “in every meeting” that the administration has with the military. He went on to say that “there’s always things like that going on, UFO’s and they’ve had other things you know.”

I counted 9, the night that I saw them they were round, the typical disk type aircraft, spacecraft. But they were there, they were illuminated, they were quite visible, their configuration was quite conspicuous. – Colonel Ross Dedrickson (source)

Why This Is Important: The UFO topic truly leaves no aspect of humanity untouched. When it comes to history, science, understanding the nature of our reality, and learning more about ourselves, the realization that we’re not alone is quite significant. Not to mention that we have been visited and are still being visited by intelligent beings that are not human. It can be a difficult topic to navigate, and doing so can sometimes leave us feeling more confused than before we started researching the subject. This topic is perhaps the biggest paradigm buster we may ever experience.

I can tell you that when UFOs were a “conspiracy theory,” there was ample and legit evidence clearly suggesting the phenomenon was real. Yet not enough were exposed to it, and we waited on mainstream thought to tell us when it was OK to talk about it. We tend to put the conspiracy label on topics that simply go against what we currently believe as opposed to what is true. In this process we ignore evidence and remain emotional on topics while thinking we are being logical. This is done with many other topics as well.

But the big question that remains on many people’s minds today is: are these craft ET, or manmade? Who’s flying them? I can tell you based on my research that, yes, some of them indeed are ET, and in my opinion, the evidence makes that quite clear.

In a field that’s been plagued with disinformation, it can be difficult to arrive at any sort of truth/conclusion about the subject. That being said, and I’m speculating, I believe if there are others out there, perhaps some of them would like to see us change things around on our own planet. Perhaps become more peaceful, harmonious and less destructive. Perhaps in this sense, contact would be more common.

I personally feel that somehow, in some way the UFO/ET phenomenon, or at least a part of it, has something to do with pushing us to achieve the things listed above, and it has to do with our consciousness. We have so much potential to create an incredible experience on this planet, where all life can thrive, but we hold it back with our limiting beliefs, states of consciousness and inability to open our minds. Perhaps the ET phenomenon helps with that process more than we think.

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Amazing New Siberian Mammoth Remains May Lead To Cloning Breakthrough

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Photo Credit: Artem Cheremisov / Siberian Times

Russian scientists have retrieved the nearly complete remains of a woolly mammoth in Russia. The Siberian mammoth remains are so well-preserved that they still have flesh and hair. These remains are up to 10,000 years old and they could play an important role in the international race to recreate prehistoric beasts in laboratories. The remains of the prehistoric creature were found not far from the village of Seyakha. The find was first spotted by members of a local indigenous community in Lake Pechenelava, on the Yamal Peninsula. Siberia has been unusually warm this summer with massive wildfires in many areas of this remote and vast region. However, the hot weather also made it possible to release the Siberian mammoth remains from the permafrost.

Part of the recently found Siberian mammoth remains and two members of the local indigenous community that first spotted the find. (Image: Artem Cheremisov / Siberian Times)
Part of the recently found Siberian mammoth remains and two members of the local indigenous community that first spotted the find. (Image: Artem Cheremisov / Siberian Times)
10,000-Year-Old Siberian Mammoth Remains Are Almost Perfect

Experts from the Scientific Centre for Arctic studies arrived at the scene where the mammoth remains were found and began an investigation. They managed to retrieve the 90% of the remains of the mammoth making it a spectacular discovery. The Daily Mail reports that the animal is going to be called ‘Tadibe after its finder Konstantin Tadibe, a reindeer herder living near the lake where the mammoth was found.’

Initial investigations have revealed that the mammoth was a 10-foot-tall male teenager that died about 10,000 years ago. Evgenia Khozyainova, who took part in the study, stated that ‘We have one front and one hind foot well preserved, with tendons, soft tissues and pieces of skin,’ according to the Daily Mail. Also found was the creature’s sacrum, some vertebrae and most of its tail, complete with pieces of skin and muscle. Archaeologist Andrey Gusev told The Siberian Times that ‘We managed to extract part of the skeleton, another part of it is still underwater and clay.’

Researchers at the sight where the Siberian mammoth remains were discovered. (Image: Artem Cheremisov / Siberian Times)
Evidence Suggests the Mammoth Died of Natural Causes

The mammoth remains taken from the watery bank of the lake have been safely stored away in a special refrigeration unit.  Unfortunately, the animal’s brain was not preserved which was something of a disappointment. The Siberian Times states ‘so far there is only one preserved brain found in 2014 in Yakutia on a woolly mammoth called Yuka.’ Moreover, no tusks were retrieved in the recent find. They could have been taken by humans or simply fell off.

There is no evidence to suggest that the mammoth was killed by prehistoric hunters. Although marks on the bones indicate that at some time the remains of the prehistoric creature were scavenged. Dr Pavel Kosintsev speculates that ‘The mammoth may have become stuck in an ice crevice and been unable to escape’ reports the Daily Mail.

The yellow soft tissues preserved on bone piece that was part of the newly discovered woolly mammoth found in Siberia. (Image: Artem Cheremisov / Siberian Times)
This Ancient Mammoth’s Soft Tissues Are Perfect for Cloning

It is exceedingly rare to find so many bones from one animal. Also found was some fossilized excrement, known as a coprolite. Dmitry Frolov, of the Arctic Research Centre, is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that ‘The coprolite was left by this very mammoth.’ This discovery can provide scientists with considerable detail about the extinct mammoth eating habits.

However, this amazing find is particularly important because it provides superbly preserved dead mammoth DNA which can be used in cloning experiments. Teams, from Russia, USA, Japan, and South Korea are all desperately trying to clone ancient animals in test-tubes. The soft tissue found on Tadibe could provide the DNA key for researchers to bring woolly mammoths back to life, much like the movie Jurassic Park. The Russian federal government has funded a laboratory in Siberia to help them to win the race to clone a mammoth, which has become a matter of national prestige.

A selection of the Siberian mammoth remains discovered at Seyakha Lake (Image: Artem Cheremisov / Siberian Times)
A selection of the Siberian mammoth remains discovered at Seyakha Lake (Image: Artem Cheremisov / Siberian Times)
Mammoth Graveyard

Mammoths once roamed over much of Eurasia. They are closely related to modern elephants, but they were twice their size. They had remarkable tusks and trunks that could pick up even small objects. These creatures had coats of long wool that allowed them to survive in the Arctic and they were herbivores. Mammoths were hunted by men and it is believed that overhunting along with climate change contributed to the extinction of these giants of the tundra, some 4000 years ago.

The world’s most complete and best-preserved mammoth, nicknamed Lyuba, was also discovered on the Yamal Peninsula in 2007. Experts hope that the lake and the area around it will reveal many more ancient remains. They believe that just like Tadibe, other woolly elephants died here and were forever preserved in the permafrost. There could be a mammoth graveyard hidden in the silt and water, waiting to be found.

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