L. A. Marzulli Weighs in on "Ancient Aliens" Elongated Skull DNA Test; Plus: Scott Wolter to Investigate Claims of Templars in New Mexico
On Monday L. A. Marzulli weighed in on last week’s Ancient Aliens, in which an elongated skull allegedly from pre-Contact Peru was said to contain DNA that most closely matched a Scottish person. Marzulli, who has chosen to match Ancient Aliens’ turn toward creationism with an embrace of the popular History Channel show, crowed that these results were consistent with his own DNA test on a different skull last year that found European and Middle Eastern DNA in the skull. He also said that the two skulls both show a lack of a sagittal suture, making them potential Nephilim corpses. However, Marzulli claims that all of this proves that the Nephilim emigrated from Israel after the Flood. He added, apropos of nothing, that Cahokia, the greatest Mississippian city, was not built by Native Americans but rather is thousands of years old, not hundreds, and was built by Nephilim using “Fallen Angel technology.”
Then he offered this rambling thought:
We know Giorgio Tsoukalos and the whole crew at the History Channel, we’re on parallel universes as it were. We know something is going on. We know there is a hidden history. We know that this information has deliberately been kept from the American people, from the people of the world. […] However, where we disagree, where we part company is that they’re looking to the stars, they’re looking to our “ancient astronauts,” people from another galaxy, another planet. And I’m saying, “No, that’s not what we’re looking at. There’s an interdimensional hypothesis here.”
I’m sorry. I try to follow these crazy claims, but even I can’t figure out how the Nephilim can be interdimensional beings, the hybrid offspring of Fallen Angels and human women, and Middle Eastern / Scottish human beings all at the same time.
It practically makes today’s second story look logical.
This week former television personality Scott Wolter reported on his blog that he is talks to investigate so-called stone “pillars” in New Mexico that some believe are evidence of Knights Templar activity in the region. “Should be interesting and we'll definitely let everyone know what we find out,” Wolter wrote. The pillars, however, are less mysterious than claimed, as Chris McKee of KRQE-TV discovered last month in investigating the Templar connection.
According to McKee, New Mexico resident Louis Serna, a retiree who writes self-published books on hyper-local history and family genealogy, saw a 42-inch-tall stone in a hotel lobby and became convinced that its geometric and Christian carvings marked it as the creation of visitors from the Middle East, particularly Knights Templar.
“I think that it was made in the Middle East and brought here, at some expense, at that time,” Serna said. “Then, when it was brought here, instead of dropping it off on the East Coast or in the Gulf of Mexico, or in the Pacific, it was brought all the way through the country, into northern New Mexico.”
Serna compared the small stone pillar to the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone, a Depression-era hoax that he and other hyperdiffusionists believe is the work of ancient Jewish explorers.
The roughly carved pillar has four faces featuring Templar-style Christian crosses (with variations) amidst other iconography such as sun beams. The top of the pillar is a pyramidion surrounded by triangular crenellations.
While the carving is crude, befitting its middle of nowhere rural location, the style is reminiscent of obelisk-shaped grave markers popular in the Victorian era, complete with Classical style relief carvings. Just as rural people imitated expensive urban furniture by carving their own duplicates, so too does this stone look a lot like a localized evocation of more expensive mortuary markers by a talented but unrefined sculptor. Indeed, an archaeologist who looked into the story found a second pillar in similar style, and guess where he found it. Yes, that’s right: In the middle of small private graveyard.
Serna, however, is unwilling to accept that it could be a grave marker.
“Oh no, it’s absolutely it’s not,” said Serna. “For one thing, you know, obviously there’s no name on it and no birth date, no death date, no nothing like that.”
If I had to guess, I’d say that it was meant as a marker for a family plot, a monument around which the family’s graves would be arranged. I’ve seen similar markers at some of the small rural cemeteries and family plots in the backwoods parts of upstate New York. At any rate, photographs of the hotel lobby stone and the one still in the graveyard appear consistent with nineteenth century gravestones, but of course I have no way to know for sure since I have not seen the actual stones.
Other explanations for the stone include claims that it was a trail marker or a property boundary marker.
Serna added that the eight-pointed star found on the cemetery pillar is a symbol of the Knights Templar. “The eight point star is an ancient symbol,” said Serna. “The Templar Knights, when they started their crusades, they took their eight-point star as their badge.” They did not. Serna is confusing Ishtar’s eight-pointed star with fringe books that claim that the Templars used an eight-pointed cross (actually the Maltese cross) to evoke the goddess’ star. The eight-pointed star appearing on the pillar is not identical to Ishtar’s but rather resembles the eight-pointed star pattern used in rural quilting.
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