origins in question

Isaac Newton and Immanuel Velikovsky have more in common than just being brilliant and erudite in many fields. Both had problems with the dating system by which we gauge history. I didn’t know this until recently, basically because I hadn’t given any real thought to this aspect of time although it should be self evident that those who lived before Christ didn’t date their histories with B.C and A.D. in mind – how could they? - and while we now use B.C.E. and C.E. – Before Common Era and Common Era - instead of B.C. and A.D., the basic idea of ‘Before Christ’ and ‘Anno Domini’ still apply.

The Chinese have a different dating system as does the Jewish faith as does Rome, India, Egypt and all other cultures but, nonetheless and for the sake of convenience, the birth of Christ still remains in use as the first year of the Common Era.

I have problems reconciling the beautifully constructed megalithic structures which, to this day, stand mute witness against the idea that civilisation began within the last ten thousand years and that, prior to that, mankind was nomadic and survived by hunting and gathering.

This isn’t the issue that Newton and Velikovsky address. Their puzzle was the attempt to reconcile Egyptian history with the history of the neighbouring countries. This is important because Egyptian history goes back 5000 years or so and other histories use this period to date their own histories. If there is error with Egyptian dating then this affects the timelines that are still accepted as true.

In essence Velikovsky comes to the conclusion that there are six centuries of Egyptian history which don’t actually exist, that Ramses II lived at the end of the 7th century B.C. , not the 13th century B.C. and was identical with the Pharaoh Necho II of the scriptures.

Velikovsky’s work is so detailed that my eyes glaze over under the weight of minute evidence he presents. I’ve read and reread his ‘Worlds in Collision’ and ‘Earth in Upheaval’ which are easy to read and just as detailed as his ‘Ages in Chaos ’ but which don’t require a prior detailed knowledge.

Did Newton come to the same conclusion regarding Egyptian history? Not to the same degree but he did contract Greek history by five hundred years and Egyptian history by a thousand years.

As I’m a student rather than a scholar I’m content to recognise that even the use of the word ‘ancient’ is problematic. Aboriginal culture goes back many tens of thousands of years and gets pushed back further as the days go by. They aren’t perhaps the only peoples who lived in Australia many thousands of years ago but that’s another story.

My interest in these matters started off, innocently enough, by curiosity regarding my own Welsh background and a British history which some believe goes back to a mass migration, originally from Ur, a city/state in the region of Sumer, Southern Mesopotamia, in what is now Southern Iraq and whose people settled for a time near Troy before moving north to eventually reach Britain.

This history, accepted without question until the early 1800’s, was then discarded ostensibly because Troy was held to be legend and not fact. Political reasons were more to the point – the American War of Independence and the French Revolution were uppermost in the minds of the ‘powers that be’ in Britain, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion was only decades old and a history more suitable to those powers was needed. The Hanoverian kings of Britain were not secure on their thrones. Context explains a great deal.

Education is ongoing and the battle between the implications of new discoveries and the interests of the status quo is ruthless and has nothing to do with the unvarnished truth.

The background story to the attempts to stifle Velikovsky’s work is a case in point. The same can be said regarding the proponents of an Electric Universe as opposed to those who deny or ignore it. The same ridicule is applied to the subject of UFO’s and the same prejudice is applied to the works of Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett regarding ancient British history.

I’ve established to my own satisfaction that the Llandaff Charters, which they reference, do indeed mention a King Arthur – a King of Glamorgan who lived in the mid five hundreds A.D.. As to an earlier King Arthur who lived in the mid three hundreds A.D., I’ve had to take their word for it but ‘their word’ is detailed and backed up by fact.

There is the matter of the Coelbren alphabet which they maintain is not only real but is inscribed on standing stones throughout Britain and elsewhere. As they’re written in Welsh then it stands to reason that they would be incomprehensible to a non Welsh speaker. The reality of such an alphabet is denied by mainstream opinion and is said to originate in the late eighteenth century by the literary forger Edward Williams, best known as Iolo Morganwg.

To suggest that Iolo Morganwg was just a literary forger tarnishes, by implication, all of his body of work but, more to the point in my mind, either the alphabet exists or it doesn’t. Either the alphabet is carved on standing stones which predate Iolo and which Alan Wilson claims to have translated or Alan Wilson lies. I get no sense that Alan is a liar nor that he has any reason at all to put into question all of his research by such a claim.

I don’t speak, read or write in Welsh but there is a body of work available to those who do know the language. Much has been destroyed and, no doubt, more will be revealed but, for me thus far, I have to rely on the works of others, some of whom wrote within those early times and Tacitus is one such writer. Surprisingly easy to read, he doesn’t reveal much about the Britain of the times just before and after Christ. Neither does Julius Caesar – I have to read ‘between the lines’ to recognise that if the Britons were well versed in the use of chariots then roads rather than tracks would have been a ‘given’ and thus a well ordered society can be assumed. The Molmutine Laws predate Christ by, perhaps, centuries and are well worth the reading.

I don’t have the resources to physically travel the world – my recent trip to Britain was a gift - and I’m grateful to the internet for furnishing me with an alternative. Youtube, for all its faults, provides a great deal and I post a video below in which Alan Wilson talks about early British history.