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Laird Scranton

Laird Scranton is the author of a series of books and other writings on ancient cosmology and language. These include articles published in the University of Chicago’s  Anthropology News  academic journal, Temple University’s  Encyclopedia of African Religion  and the Encyclopedia Britainnica . He is featured in John Anthony West’s  Magical Egypt  documentary series and in Carmen Boulter’s documentary  The Pyramid Code

He is a frequent guest on a wide range of radio and podcast interview shows including  Red Ice Radio in Europe, Art Bell’s  Desert at Midnight , and  Coast-to-Coast Radio  with George Noory.  

He is also a frequent presenter at conferences whose focus is on ancient knowledge.  These include Walter Cruttenden’s  Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge  (CPAK),  the A.R.E.’s  Ancient Mysteries Conference ,  Scotty Roberts and John Ward’s  Paradigm Symposium , the  Fringe New Jersey  Conference, and James Swager's  Megalithic Odyssey Symposium , in Marlborough, England.  

His books include:

The Science of the Dogon (2006)  (Republished edition of  Hidden Meanings (2003))

Sacred Symbols of the Dogon (2007)

The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol (2010)

The Velikovsky Heresies (2012)

China's Cosmological Prehistory (2014)

Point of Origin(2015)

The Mystery of Skara Brae (2016)

Decoding Maori Cosmology (due May 2018)

His work is also featured in two books called  Forbidden Science (2008)  and Lost Secrets of the Gods (2014).  He helped co-author Ed Nightingale’s book  The Giza Template (2014) .


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A legend is a tale regarded as historical even though it has not been proven, and the term “myth” can refer to common yet false ideas. Many myths and legends describe our history, but they are often treated skeptically. This is because many of them, while explaining a phenomenon, involve divine or supernatural beings.

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The imperfect state of archaeological researches in the Near East impedes any definite identification of the original race or races that created the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. According to Gordon Childe, however, the predominant racial element in the earliest graves in the region from Elam to the Danube is the ‘Mediterranean’.

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The ancient and mysterious Sphinx, Giza, Egypt.
In 1995, NBC televised a prime-time documentary hosted by actor Charlton Heston and directed by Bill Cote, called Mystery of the Sphinx. The program centered on the research and writings of John Anthony West, a (non-academic) Egyptologist, who, along with Dr. Robert Schoch, a professor of Geology at Boston University, made an astounding discovery on the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt.

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