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Sunday 6 February 2011

Fortean World Heritage Sites

 I recently bought a big book of UNESCO World Heritage sites. At least half the 900-odd sites are likely to be of interest to Forteans in one way or another, but here is my top ten: [1] The Pyramids of Giza (a typical work of "pyramidiocy" is illustrated at left); [2] Stonehenge (which like the pyramids is a perpetual money-spinner for New Age theorists); [3] Rapa Nui (Easter Island), with its enigmatic moai statues; [4] the Nasca lines in Peru; [5] the Old City of Jerusalem, site of the Biblical temple from which the Knights Templar got their name; [6] the fortified city of Carcassonne, stronghold of the medieval Cathar heresy; [7] Leonardo da Vinci's fresco of The Last Supper, which was brought to Fortean prominence by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince in The Templar Revelation; [8] the ancient city of Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus Valley, reputed to have been part of the great Rama Empire which flourished at the time of Atlantis; [9] The Sun Temple at Konarak, with its profusion of startlingly unholy sculptures popularized by Arthur C. Clarke in his short story "I Remember Babylon"; [10] the archaeological site at Palenque in Mexico, which was notoriously theorized upon by Erich von Däniken in Chariots of the Gods (see picture below).

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