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What is Archeology?

What is Archeology?

Archeology is the study of ancient cultures and people. Below are excerpts  from Wikipedia.

Archeology… is the recovery and [study of what ancient cultures left behind. This includes bones, pieces of pottery, statues, figurines, buildings, pictures.] Archeology studies human prehistory and history from the development of the first stone tools… 4 million years ago up until recent decades.  

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 First excavations

SOBstonehengeOne of the first sites to undergo archeological excavation, was Stonehenge and other megalithic (big stone) monuments in England….

Excavations were also carried out in the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both of which had been covered by ashes during the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. …[the towns were complete with] utensils… human shapes,and ancient frescos, (wall paintings)…

Development of the archeological method

William Flinders Petrie… was the first to scientifically investigate the Great Pyramid in Egypt  … Petrie developed the system of dating layers based on pottery and ceramic findings…[and trained] a whole generation of Egyptologists, including Howard Carter who went on to [discover] the tomb of… pharaoh Tutankhamun

The first… excavation to reach wide popularity [was the discovery] of ancient Troy…by Heinrich Schliemann…Archaeology became a professional activity in the first half of the 20th century [when it became] possible to study archaeology as a subject in universities … By the end of the 20th century nearly all professional archaeologists, at least in developed countries, were graduates.

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Photo Tour Through Israel

This is a Photo Tour Through Israel.  The photo above is a tomb and one of two possible places where Jesus was placed after His crucifixion. My wife and I visited in April 2012. Israel is smaller than most states but packed with history and significance. Photos can’t capture the power of walking the ground or seeing the sites for yourself. Click on the photos below to enlarge them.

The remains of Herod's castle at Masada.

The remains of Herod’s palace at Masada.

Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. The gold is the Dome of the Rock.

Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. The gold is the Dome of the Rock.

The Wailing Wall. This is what remains of the original Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock is on the top out of view.

The Wailing Wall. This is what remains of the original Temple Mount. The Dome of the Rock is on the top out of view.

 

The Gates of Hell in Caesarea Phillipi in northern Israel. Once the site of a temple to the god Pan. Where Jesus was when He said the Gates of Hell would not prevail.

The Gates of Hell in Caesarea Phillipi in northern Israel. Once the site of a temple to the god Pan. Where Jesus was when He said the Gates of Hell would not prevail.

The tomb where the body of Jesus was buried.

The tomb where the body of Jesus was buried.

Place inside the tomb where the body of Jesus was laid.

Place inside the tomb where the body of Jesus was laid.

Looking out from inside the tomb of Jesus.

Looking out from inside the tomb of Jesus.

Sea of Galilee at dawn. Sea is really a large lake.

Sea of Galilee at dawn. Sea is really a large lake.

Jordan River to the north.

Jordan River to the north.

Jordan River in southern Israel. This is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The site is seen from the Jordan side of the river.

Jordan River in southern Israel. This is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The site is seen from the Jordan side of the river.

Valley of Jezreel where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought.

Valley of Jezreel where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought.

Roman ruins at Beth Shean where the body of King Saul was hung up.

Roman ruins at Beth Shean where the body of King Saul was hung up.

Close up of the cliff of Golgotha. The face of a skull is still visible despite millennia of erosion.

Close up of the cliff of Golgotha where Jesus was crucified. The face of a skull is still visible despite millennia of erosion.

Standing on the ground where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

Standing on the ground where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

Ruins of Capernaum. In the background is a church built over the home of the Apostle Peter.

Ruins of Capernaum. In the background is a church built over the home of the Apostle Peter.

Garden of Gethsemane with ancient olive trees. One tree dates back to time of Jesus.

Garden of Gethsemane with ancient olive trees. One tree dates back to time of Jesus.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre with the possible sites of the Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre with possible sites of the Crucifixion and Burial of Jesus.

Remains of Roman aqueduct in Caesarea

Remains of Roman aqueduct in Caesarea

Birth place of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Birth place of Jesus in Bethlehem.

 Ruins of the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus read the scriptures to the Jews.


Ruins of the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus read the scriptures to the Jews.

Friend riding a camel with the Mount of Temptations behind him.

Friend riding a camel with the Mount of Temptations behind him.

Gate in the wall around the city of Jerusalem

Gate in the wall around the city of Jerusalem

Cave of Qumran in the desert of southern Israel. This is where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Cave of Qumran in the desert of southern Israel. This is where the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

Site on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee the  where Jesus met the apostles after His resurrection and cooked fish.apostles.

Northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Where Jesus met the apostles after His resurrection and cooked fish.

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SLAVERY

In Soul of the Beast, John and his mates are captured and taken somewhere to be sold as slaves. What is a slave?

The usual concept of a slave is someone who is owned by another person, much like a horse or a dog. The slave has no rights and must do anything the slave owner tells him or her to do. The owner can punish the slave as often and as severely as he or she chooses.  The owner can kill the slave for any and no reason. Using this definition, many people throughout history were in fact slaves even though they were called something else:

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Ancient City of Ur

sumerian1The ancient city of Ur was real and is important to  Awakening the Beast. Ur was located in the southern Arabian Peninsula and mentioned in Genesis as the home of Abraham. It was an ancient city of the Sumerians, the earliest known civilization.  The remains of Ur were found in the 1920’s by an archeologist named Wolley..  Continue reading

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Background: John Sexton, His Curse, His Mates

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John Sexton is a central character of Soul of the Beast and the person who tells the story. He was born into an aristocratic British family and grew up with all the benefits of wealth and social status. His life was perfect until the Curse began.

The Curse. One by one, the adult men of the Sexton family die mysteriously. After the last Sexton adult man dies, the sons die on the first day of their eighteenth year.  John Sexton is the next to turn eighteen. With his doom just months away, John attempts to escape his fate by sailing to South Africa and hiding among the gold fields.sob-goldmines

David is John’s mate and the son of a poor South African farmer. He has a claim in the gold fields near John’s. When miners attempt to kill John, David fights them off and saves John’s life. The two become mates and work their claims together. When John sails to Australia, David goes along to protect him.  sob-thuggees

Mick Kelly is another of John’s mates. He is the son of an Irish convict sentenced to ten years of forced labor in Australia.  Mick’s mother and father both die, and he is forced to live on the streets of Derby. Mick teaches himself to read and, with his street smarts, becomes a reporter for the local newspaper. Mick says, “A good reporter knows where the bodies are buried.”

Want to know more background to Soul of the Beast? Post your questions and comments below.  I’m ready to answer any questions you have about the book.

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What is the Tower of Babel?

The second book in the Beast series, Awakening the Beast, talks about an ancient building called the Tower of Babel. This comes from the Bible and the book of Genesis 11:1-9. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia that explain more about the tower:

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WHAT IS THE TOWER OF BABEL?

The story of the city (and tower) of Babel is recorded in Genesis 11:1-9. Everyone on earth spoke the same language. … People [built] a city and a tower with its top in the sky, to make a name for themselves… God … remarked that as one people with one language, nothing that they sought would be out of their reach. God … [made the people speak] in multiple different languages). Unable to] understand each other … the people drifted apart and ) scattered …over the face of the earth… they stopped building the city. [The name of the city was Babel from which we get the word babbling.] Continue reading

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Are Dragons Real?

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The immediate response from most of us is NO.

st_george2Then why are Dragon myths in  cultures all around the world? There are the Chinese dragons and the English story of St. George and the Dragon. The Bible talks about a dragon in the book of Revelation.  The aborigines of Australia have a verbal history about a dragon like creature that they hunted to extinction. Native cultures in North, Central and South America have legends of dragons. The most famous example is the Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl.

Dinosaurs are dragon like creatures. Could dragon myths be a cultural memory about dinosaurs?  For people to remember dinosaurs, dinosaurs and people would have to exist at the same time. Scientists tell us that’s impossible because dinosaurs  were extinct long before man walked the earth. Dinosaurs lived up until 250 million years ago. Man has only been on the earth for 5 million years.

The experts are wrong about this, and it’s easy to prove.Because DINOSAURS ARE ALIVE TODAY.  These living dinosaurs are so familiar that we don’t recognize them for what they are. Below is a partial list of living dinosaurs with their pictures.  Look at each picture and ask yourself, could this be a living dinosaur? The answer for each is obviously yes, and the fossil record confirms it.  Continue reading

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PYRAMIDS

Pyramids play a major part in Awakening the Beast. Below are excerpts from an article on pyramids in Wikipedia.

WTBKheops-Pyramidpyramid … is a structure whose outer surfaces are triangular and converge to a single point at the top… The base of a pyramid can be [3 or 4 sided] and has at least three outer triangular surfaces… The square pyramid, with a square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.

…Pyramids have been built by civilizations in many parts of the world…. the Great Pyramid of Khufu [in Egypt is] the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. … The largest pyramid by volume is the Great Pyramid of Cholula [in Mexico.] Continue reading

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Valley of the Kings: Cemetery of the Pharaohs

The Valley of the Kings plays a large part in Awakening the Beast. it is the burial site (cemetery) of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and royalty. The best known pharaoh to be buried there was Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut. Tutankhamun Coffin

Below is an excerpt about the Valley from the Supreme Council of Antiquities [http://www.sca-egypt.org/].

Nestled in the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile [River is the] Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the great pharaohs… (1550 – 1070 BC). They are hidden within a wadi (or valley)… Continue reading

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WHY I WROTE SOUL OF THE BEAST

 

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The Soul of the Beast there is an ancient myth hidden in the Himalayan Mountains. For centuries, men have searched for the Soul believing that it will give them powers and eternal life to its possessor. John Sexton’s grandfather finds the key to finding the Soul. He gives the key to John to keep it from an assassin cult. The assassins murder the grandfather and pursue John and his mates to kill them and take the key and the Soul’s powers for themselves. John and his mates are in a race for their lives that takes them across continents. Neither John nor the assassins realize their every move is controlled and part of a war between unseen forces.

 

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I wrote SOUL OF THE BEAST because of the high numbers of teens, and adults, who can’t read or read poorly. That has always bothered me. Then came the day when I walked through the Young Adult section of a bookstore. The main shelves were filled with comics in paperback form with meaningless stories and quick art meant for mass production.  Solid fiction like Treasure Island, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter was relegated to side shelves where it was harder to see and find.
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If Soul of the Beast  is something you’re interested in reading or giving as a gift, you can buy it online in both paperback and ebook. Simply click Amazon.com . 

 

Still not sure you’d like it? You can read the first chapter for free. Simply go to my website, wesphelan.com, Click on Soul of the Beast Excerpt . (It’s below  the main banner with the dragon at the top of the page.) Read the first ten pages. If that doesn’t capture your interest, then thanks for looking. I’m betting you’ll want more.

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