Pyramids In The Pacific

George Rehder

The Unwritten History Of Australia

Chapter 1

Footprints From The Dreamtime Australia’s Unknown Stone-Age Past

“When Giant fellas alive, them big animals still bin

walkabout this country, Ground shake when he

walk. He eat peoples”


Tribal Elder of the Yabuduruwa people

of Arnhem Land,

concerning the Nagarun, a race of giant people

that once roamed the region.

Chapter 1 Images

Above some of the Bathurst NSW Stone-Megatools

Recovered by Rex Gilroy

One day in 1931 on a windswept sandhill, the remains of the shoreline a long-vanished lake about 100km south of the Murray River, at Glenloth, Victoria, John Gibbs, a 10 year old local boy, was playing in the shell grit of an ancient Aboriginal midden. In a basin of the sandhill amid the debris of broken shells, he picked up a large fragmenting football-size lump of petrified mud. Protruding from one of the fragments, he found a small bronze coin. Years later a Melbourne Museum numismatist would identify it as Greek, and that it had been minted in Egypt during the reign of the Greek Ptolemy Philometor the 6th in the 2nd century B.C.

There will be more to say about this coin in a future chapter. The suggestion as to how the coin turned up where it was found is of course that it had been left behind by ancient visitors; Greek explorers perhaps, or even Arabs, Indians or Malayans with whom the Greeks traded.

Similarly, in 1961 a family picnicking on the Daly River, west of Katherine in the Northern territory, found a gold scarab, an object of worship of the ancient Egyptians. How did this valuable ornament find its way to such a remote location? One might ask the same question of a carved stone head of the ancient Chinese Goddess Shao Lin {protectress of mariners at sea} removed from a beachfront hillside at Milton, on the New South Wales far south coast in 1983.

The many ancient rock inscriptions of Phoenician, Libyan, Egyptian, Celtic, Scandinavian and other origins that have turned up across Australia. Relics, rock inscriptions and megalithic ruins left here by seafaring adventurers who came here from civilisations now long turned to dust. They sailed in search of new lands rich in gold, silver, copper and tin, precious stones and pearls, using the worlds’ oceans as watery highways.

It is one of the objectives of this book to demonstrate that these people not only discovered and mined the mysterious “great south land” and its neighbours, but established colonies {some of which may have survived for generations} and were large and important enough to establish a local ruling class. By the time they vanished they had influenced the cultures of the native peoples of the region, leaving behind them ghostly megalithic ruins of temples, tombs and pyramids and rock scripts in a host of ancient tongues; relics that continue to perplex conservative historians and question the dogma that the peoples of the ancient world lacked the ability to construct and navigate oceangoing water craft.

The fact is that people were putting to sea centuries before the invention of a written language, and that the water craft they sailed in were far from flimsy. Although my book concerns the ‘unknown’ history of Australia’s discovery and exploration, it also is to some degree a history of ancient mining activities throughout the Australian-West Pacific region. In forthcoming chapters, I shall demonstrate that, at various times in antiquity, and during the Copper and Bronze ages in particular, Australia’s coastline saw the sails of mineral-seeking peoples from many ancient exotic lands.

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Giant Hominid FootprintThe “King Kong” of KanangraGiant Hominid Footprint

Chapter 2

Dawn of The God Kings -Uru- The Lost Megalithic Civilisation of Australia

“And on this point he {Poseidonius} does well to cite the

statement of Plato that it is possible that the story

about the island of Atlantis is not fiction. Concerning

Atlantis….an island no smaller in size than a continent”.

Strabo {64BC-AD20}

Geography 11,3,6

Chapter 2 Images

Rex and Stone-Head

What is it like to suddenly realise that you are the discoverer of an hitherto unknown ‘lost’ civilisation? Words cannot describe the feeling at the moment I realised I had made such a discovery, and the enormous importance it had for Australian and World History.

I suppose the nearest description one could give of my feelings, would compare them with the excitement of Heinrich Schliemann, when he discovered the ‘mythical’ lost city of Troy in 1873. Schliemann [1822-1890} influenced more by his interpretation of the writings of the ancients, than by the negative scholarship of his day, scorned by protests of ‘learned’ university professors, who said he was wasting his time and money searching for a city that was nothing more than a myth born in the mind of Homer. Schliemann, as every history student knows, proved them all wrong.

Many other important discoveries were made by this great amateur archaeologist, all of which earned him the animosity of the university establishment, who argued his findings were questionable because of his lack of academic qualifications. The charge that he was not a qualified scholar stemmed from the academic conceit, which rates university degrees, even if secured by the most mediocre minds, above genius. Genius Schliemann truly was. Today he is regarded as one of the greatest archaeologists who ever lived.

Scattered across the Australian landscape stand great grey stones weathered with age, arranged in a variety of formations; circles, alignments, single standing stones, tombs and temples; granduous monolithic structures forming great cultural centres of religious and astronomical importance, whose construction would have demanded architectural planning on a grand scale, and the participation of thousands of labourers.

They are megaliths, the monuments of along-vanished race that once spread its advanced stone-age culture across the Earth, from the Australian/West Pacific islands northwards to the furthest reaches of Asia and westward across Europe.

They were the work of the earliest civilisation known to mankind. Who the builders were, their achievements, and why they vanished are mysteries that have long perplexed scholars. No official systematic census has yet been carried out on these monuments, but at least 50,000 of them are known throughout western Europe alone. Thousands more stand across mainland and island south-east Asia and still more in Australia.

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The Serpent Altar Discovered 1965 by Rex GilroyThe EagleThe Serpent Altar Frontal View

Chapter 3

‘Australantis’ Did Civilisation Spread From Australia?

“They who build in granite,

who set a hall inside their pyramid,

and wrought beauty with their fine work…

Thier altar stones also are empty as those of the weary ones,

the ones who die upon the embankment leaving no mourners”.

Ancient Egyptian Saying

Chapter 3 Images

Western End of the 234.3m Stone Alignment

Found by Rex Gilroy

Deep in the Glen Innes hills in 1976, Heather {my wife] and I investigated a granite-covered property. Scattered over an area of about 12 square acres we identified a number of huge menhirs, altars and other stone arrangements; the most impressive of these being a lengthy alignment of huge boulders, a megalithic temple and three circles, as being the largest we have found to date.

The largest circle is actually pear-shaped, and stands on an open flat upon an east-west axis. The western end is marked by a larger pointer stone, from where the sun could be sighted rising in the east through a wide gap in the stones. The ‘pointer ‘ actually forms the apex of the ‘pear’ as well as a triangular formation which makes up the western end of the pear-circle. Thirty four stones form the ‘pear-circle’, which measures 120m in length by 60m width. The triangular formation being 15.2m across its north-south base by 57.1m and 80.1m on its north and south sides respectively.

The exact purpose of this crude ‘triangle’ is still uncertain. 157.2m to the east lies the second circle formed of ten massive boulders 30.9m from east to west by 28.4m from north to south with a large 4.6m by 1.8m wide altar near the southern edge, and an alignment of three small rocks spaced 6.7m and 8m, apart on an south east-north west axis within the structure point beyond a 16.5m wide gap between two monoliths.

The third circle,{actually ‘horseshoe’ shaped}, measures 96.8m circumference by 34.3m width east-west, and 32.4m from north-south. Constructed of mostly huge boulders, the centre is marked by one of these, and a large pine tree now growing beside it obscures the view. There is a 4.2m wide entrance between the two boulders on the north-west side, and a 10.6m wide gap on the south-west side allowed the ancient astronomers to observe the sunset in the winter months from the large central boulder. Other stones on the eastern side were employed to mark the Winter Solstice {June 22nd}

Some of the stones forming this circle average 3.7m or more in height by 12.4m and more in circumference, weighing 30 to 40 tonnes. The stone alignment consists of seven standing stones {one being a massive 40 tonne boulder}, erected on an east-west axis to a length of 97.3m. There is a 137m gap toward the east until a 3m tall boulder. Behind this facing west, lying broken in two is an obelisk-like menhir {standing stone}. Upon its exposed surface, which faced the east when erected upright, are nine deeply carved grooves several centimetres apart.

The broken base measures 4.6m square and when intact and upright this huge menhir stood 15.3m tall. The purpose of the grooves, it is thought, was to catch and in some way calculate, the receding shadow of the rising sun. This menhir towered over the alignment, which has a total length of 328.7m. An observer standing some metres beyond the westernmost stone would have been able to line up the rising sun with the ‘obelisk’ menhir at the Summer Solstice. South of the third circle stand massive stone blocks in a square formation measuring 30.8m by 16m; the remains of a temple.

A corridor extends between the blocks along the structures’ southern side. Two large altars are found here. One measures 4m long by 2.1m wide and 90cm tall, with a 1.6m length and 36cm wide ‘pathway’ cut up the left side of the stone to a flat surface.

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Stone Head

Chapter 4

Sumerian God-Kings and the land of Uru.

‘In the distant sea 100 beru of water {away]..

The ground of Arali {is}

It is where the Blue Stones cause ill,

Where the craftsman of Anu *

The Silver Axe carries, which shines

as the day

{*Anu-King of the Gods}

Ancient Sumerian text

Chapter 4 Images

Sumerian Galley

The ancient folklores of the Indus Valley and Sumer speak of their culture-bearing ancestors arriving from out of the Indian ocean {or as it is called in ancient Brahman Sanscrit ‘Sumundra’} at the dawn of history. India’s sacred book ‘the Rig Veda’ written between 5000-4000 BC, speaks of these culture-bearers as having arrived from a great land far across the {Indian} Ocean called Aryanam Veijo. Veijo means ‘seed’ and Aryanam ‘Aryan’s’, thus “Seed of the Aryans”. It was to them the land of origin of the Ayrans. Similarly, the Persians called it “Azer-baijan”, or the “seed place of the Azar people”, the people who worship fire, locating it in the Southern Hemisphere. Azar-baijan survives as the name of modern Armenia.

According to Babylonian mythology, the deity Ea, the god of fertilising and creative waters produced a son, Marduk, who created the {southern} Paradise by laying a reed upon the face of the waters. He then formed dust and poured it out beside the reed to create the first humans. The water-worshippers of Eridu believed that the Sun and the Moon which rose from the primordial deep, had their origins in the everlasting fire in Ea’s domain at the bottom of the sea; ie the ‘Underworld’ Paradise of Uru. It was from this Paradise that a mysterious child came across the {Indian} Ocean to inaugurate a new era of civilisation and instruct the people how to grow corn and become warriors.

Berosus of Caldea {270-230 BC} described a race of monster beings, half-men and half-fish who, led by a great culture-bearer, Oannes, arrived on the shores of the Persian Gulf, to introduce the arts of writing, architecture and agriculture to Mesopotamia. In other words, they were skilled mariners; Gods who introduced civilisation into Mesopotamia and the rest of mankind.

The spread of Uruan culture by water craft to Mesopotamia and India could be called the first great maritime expansion; and if so, then the rise of Sumer saw another which spread Sumerian influences to the Indus Valley and Persia, to Egypt and Greece. Their vessels eventually penetrating beyond south-east Asia into the west Pacific to ‘rediscover ‘ their ‘land of origin’, {the mysterious land of Uru} and sail on across the Pacific to the Americas. Sumerian influence upon the biblical world was considerable, and they provided the first ruling classes of Indus and Egyptian civilisations. The Sumerians first came to prominence around 3500BC.

The land of Sumer at first developed into a collection of fifteen or twenty small states, situated at the head of the Persian Gulf in lower Babylonia, where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have their mouths. From here the large ocean-going reed boats of Sumer ventured forth on trade and mineral-seeking expeditions to Asia and the Middle-East. The cities, including Ur and kish, were situated far inland, but they were within trading distance with the Mediterranean lands. Archaeologists estimate that, at their height these cities supported considerable populations.

For example, Ur may have held as many as 500,000 people. The Sumerian ports of the Persian Gulf, which date from as early as the 4th millennium BC, were ideally located for trade between India and the Middle-East, although Sumerian trade was mostly directed eastwards.  

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Ancient Mining In Australia Found

by Rex Gilroy 

Chapter 5

Sons of fire and Dwellers of darkness. Indians explore the Pacific.

“Sons of the Sea, mighty to save

discoverers of riches, ye Gods with deep

thought who find out wealth”

Hymn 136, 10th book of the Rig Veda.

Chapter 5 Images

Ayres Rock / Uluru Photographed

by Rex Gilroy

After Uru and Sumer, India became the home of one of the world’s most ancient civilisations, with a written history which scholars date back 4,000 years. As previously discussed India’s earliest known civilised society began in the Valley of the Indus River, which lies between Pakistan and north-west India. Now largely arid, in Antiquity it was a jungle and marsh covered region.

Migrating dark-skinned people from the mountainous area of Iran, who had contact with the people of Mesopotamia, entered the region around 4000 BC to establish farming communities which grew into cities. The Indus Valley people made mud bricks with which they constructed better dwellings that resisted the yearly floods. They also developed many other skills in soil cultivation, tanning leather, garment weaving and the manufacturing of pottery and furniture.

By 2000 BC their cities had grown around the coast of the Arabian Sea, extending from the Iranian border eastwards and southwards to the region of modern Bombay, and in a broad area stretching far northwards across the flood plain of the Indus Valley. The people of the Indus civilisation developed well-organised governments and a form of picture writing {yet to be deciphered}.

Their civilisations possessed many Mesopotamia features with an organised religion. They manufactured copper tools and shared the wheeled cart with Mesopotamia, and made Jewellery equal to any elsewhere at the time. These people and their culture are identified as the Harappan Civilisation, 100 sites are known to archaeologists, two of these were large cities–Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Several other sites were large towns, and the rest were small villages. It is estimated that Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro each supported populations of up to 40,000 people with a busy commercial life. Many materials had to be imported, particularly metals.

There nearest source of silver, lead and gold came from Afghanistan, where they also obtained lapis lazuli. Here they also obtained copper, as well as from Rajasthan not far from the Indus Valley. They obtained Jadeite from northern Burma and Tibet, and from Iran {via northern India} and further west, turquoise and tin. They produced bronze tools and weapons and traded with Mesopotamia, especially Ur. Their large single-sailed wooden ships ventured farther afield than often claimed, for there is evidence that Indus crews reached remote lands beyond the Indian Ocean.

Comparisons have been drawn between the Indus and the mysterious script of Easter Island and other similar inscriptions found upon rocks in Brazil and Australia. Their ships returned home with copper, ivory and wood from Oman on the Persian Gulf. But Indus crews must have reached Ceylon {Sri Lanka} and other south-east Asian islands on their way into the Pacific Ocean {as suggested by the Australian rock inscriptions} and vessels sailing between the Indus and south-east Asian ports, might have occasionally been blown off course to find our shores, as were Phoenicians, Egyptians and others throughout the ages.

As the name ‘Uru’ was known throughout the Indian sub-continent and Mesopotamia, the Harappans must already have had knowledge of Australia. The Harappans were worshippers of a horned fertility god that resembled Shiva, one of the most prominent of all Hindu deities, figurines of the gods and goddesses recovered from their ancient settlements show close similarities with those of Hindu deities today; thus the Harappans had an influence upon the Hindu religion.

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