A Tale of Two Travesties: The Standing Stones are Gone
By Steven & Evan Strong
When it comes to what is an almost criminal negligence inflicted upon two pieces of Australian archaeology, consigned to be ignored, withheld or destroyed, the injustice is far greater than any tragic theme selected by Dickens from supposedly less enlightened times. No-one in high places cares whether the Standing Stones Complex is reassembled nor do they intend to inspect or consider the credentials of hundreds of sacred marked and magical Original rocks that is now part of our collection. Despite our protests, countless approaches and many articles faithful to the highest standards in rigour and science detailing our evidence, not a curious word has been passed by any employed academic nor has official correspondence been sent requesting more information.
The recently unearthed Standing Stones that actually stood on the principal mound that was but one part of a ten acre complex of stone arrangements, has been our prime focus over the last few months, and getting those same stones returned to the mound nearby our long-term goal. But alas, there comes a time when banging your head continually against the same rock wall serves no purpose except creating headaches and disappointment. We have never voluntarily waved the white flag, but because those sacred rocks have been removed and hidden by the developer and every level of government and departmental jurisdiction is impotent and unwilling to intervene, it is obvious the law is firmly on the side of profits to be made and ready to prosecute any who try to fight for these rocks and that we have no choice but to pause.
Not only has the developer had every basalt rock, some of which weighed many tonnes and stood up three metres in height, placed out of sight and reach, to compound the insult a huge pile of smaller boulders and rubble has been repositioned to fill the gap. If an inspection was now agreed to it is obvious these rocks will deflect the truth in acting as a distraction and confirm that these newly repositioned rocks never stood on the main mound. As to where the rocks that did stand on that four hundred metre boomerang-shaped mound are, we have no idea anymore and unless someone of authority steps in to protect Original heritage, it seems that what is one part of arguably the most important archaeological site in the world has been stolen again. And the best part of this sanctioned deceit is that no law was broken and no punishment is deemed necessary.
The question of financial losses when selling and subdividing rural developments is an immediate imperative. To excavate the recently unearthed basalt columnar rocks and reposition them at the same location needs machinery, labour and money spent. That is expensive in itself, but to move them again to a more distant location then bring in hundreds upon hundreds of smaller rocks and boulders to cover the slope performs no aesthetic purpose nor offers a financial incentive. All we asked for was a ten minute inspection at our cost, this exercise runs into the thousands of dollars and all of this to prevent access to some rocks that are claimed to have always belonged to that site. None of this ‘sleight-of-rocks’ can return anything other than a huge financial loss, however, in carefully hiding an Original truth the cultural offense is one thousand times greater.
‘I fought the Law and the Law won’
Not only is this the title of a slightly above average pop song of the late 60’s, but a succinct verdict of our attempts to convince the appropriate authorities to save this mystical treasure of mounds, standing stones and over a hundred stone arrangements. If we had protested and stood beside the stones when the machinery came to remove on that sad day, the police would be obliged to arrest for trespassing and assist in desecrating.
Once the legal manoeuvres were set into motion, the many geologists who expressed a willingness to inspect understandably lost interest. And as each day passed our concerns something like this happening increased. We knew that if we could get an accredited geologist on site who did actually confirm that the deposit of columnar basalt could not have come from this site and came from elsewhere, there was still a chance to act and protect. But with legal papers served I was banned from escorting any geologist on to the site and nor could that scientist act on our behalf as they had to get permission from those who were obstructing.
The climate was murky and getting worse as each day passed, then amongst the gloom a solitary ray of hope appeared. An overseas geologist (whose identity and name will be withheld for obvious reasons) approached us with an offer to help in some way, however, it would be another three weeks before he would be in the area. Of course, finding a way to get this academic on site, when all legal courses were cemented into a No-Go Zone for all, was still a hurdle to negotiate, nonetheless, he claimed he was keen and clearly not employed in Australia at present, so there was hope.
It was only three days before we met this academic expert on geology that we first saw the damage and theft through photographs sent via Email. We now had nothing for him to view from either across the paddock or perhaps beside, the rocks were hidden and until we can find out what happened, they were lost again. When we did suggest to meet at a Mullumbimby outdoor café and talk more, no mention was made of the marked rocks, we felt it better that these substitutes should appear unannounced and be free from any bias or expectations.
The Geologist’s First Scorecard
Thirteen rocks were chosen to accompany us to this meeting. Nine were taken from a category we consider to be undeniably artificially marked and that this was done utilising technology that is no less than sophisticated or yet to be equaled today. The other four were selected from the lesser classification, being rocks that are unquestionably sacred Original artefacts, but the markings and shape cannot be claimed to be artificial with absolute certainty or if it is, the technology required could be within the grasp of a stone, bone and stick tool-kit.
Not only was this academic deprived the opportunity to prepare, he like everyone bar myself is prohibited from actually touching any of the rocks. As a back-up he did have a portable magnifying glass and my assistance when called upon to reposition or turn. In total he spent a little over half an hour examining and discussing the credentials of this small sampling, and to be honest the results were a mixed bag. Two rocks from what we still believe to be the top shelf were relegated, one was given a reasonable chance of entry into the top echelon but did display some decidedly natural traits, while the other was dismissed totally as having no redeeming technology and solely due to the action of natural agencies.
In total six rocks were ticked off as capable of breaking so many incorrect assumptions about how advanced the Original technology was in ancient times, two were placed in a mid-level category that is more than likely deserving of entry to the upper group but has at least one feature that could be natural and the other five were deemed to be entirely natural or the markings are consistent with the lesser forms of technology. The numbers add up to a fascinating algorism, with 38.5% of this sample seen as being consistent with what the texts and universities teach. However, 15% of the ensemble ask serious questions and give strong indications that the marks were made using no less than a metal blade or intense localised heat was applied. To that sizable uncertainty can be added 46.5% of the rocks presented for inspection, which exhibit either technology of the highest order today, or as seems to be the case in half of this collection, something was used that is beyond what is currently available on this planet.
The Successful Candidates
In one respect all thirteen rocks passed muster at the first level. Our geological expert saw no reason to challenge an Original involvement in every rock, the issues to resolve related to extent and sophistication.
It was only fitting that the first rock presented had to be Ros’ Rock 1. Not only did the discovery of this rock during excavation inspire Ros Mulder to pursue every means in finding exactly where this rock stood in the grand scale of things, it is the precursor and principle lead in this huge rock ensemble. The rock had the same effect as our anonymous geologist puzzled over when inspecting this enigma a few years ago, both had more questions than answers. As to its make it is quite possibly volcanic, but that observation is hedged in equivocations. At different times mention was made of silcrete, obsidian, flint and buried sponges as potential components, but as to being utterly specific, unless cutting into this precious relic (which will never, never happen) we are not sure we will ever get a 100% guaranteed geological verdict.
Just as it was in the earlier inspection, our overseas expert was also quite taken by the two instances of infilling, noting that “sand and grains were pushed into the infills.”(1) We did comment on the fact this rock was in situ for at least 5,000 years and the glue/resin used to keep this exotic deposit attached is beyond any claim made by superglue or any present-day adhesives.
That trait, of technology beyond our present capacities, was raised more than once during a close (but never touching) inspection. The thin veneer coat and imprints stamped into the top section demanded at the very least an exceptionally intense and quite localised application of heat. What was interesting is that when I suggested this as a possible explanation to the vitrification so evident, it was our guest who protested in suggesting that more technology was needed of an even higher order. He had no problem declaring what laid on the surface and further below was indeed “paradigm cracking.”(2)
The second rock also nominated to be of equally unfathomable technology was no surprise, I still remember Original Elder and Culture Man, Uncle Marbuck, picking the same rock for special mention in referring to it as the “computer main-frame.”(3) Of course the thin veneer of an upper coat of chert/resin attached to a base rock of differing grain was easy to inspect and impossible to contend. As we had hoped, the geologist’s attention was immediately drawn to one consequence of this process, the dribble-down effect of the upper coat that was moved and pushed over the edge to accommodate the thumb resting on this top plate is impossible to ignore.
Once again, I raised the token and easiest to digest scenario of the same huge surge in heat, but in this case it had to be an extremely discriminating and precise in application of this searing flame. To exhibit such a pronounced candle-wax effect with rock, where the flame sits above and throws no heat on the sides, thousands of degrees of heat was aimed at a very small target. That is, of itself, well outside the embrace of any Original or non-Original tool-kit, past or present.
“Wow” … “Tricky”(4)
Again the geologist was not satisfied with our simpler alternative and yet again, suggested more advanced techniques were needed. His observation was no more than what we expected, we already knew both rocks were capable of rewriting sizeable slabs of pre-history and had many more than were just as sensational, or so we thought. But what was never included in this lofty classification by us was the white rock which is a core extraction with nearly 50 sharp incisions. Being either sandstone or lime, the marks do not necessarily require a metal blade, but in observing the obvious we missed the sublime.
He was most definitely wearing his analytical geologist’s face, and we never expected the “wow”(5) response. Yes the rock is certainly “tricky”(6) and “not conventional,”(7) but never did we suspect that “the curvature is hard to achieve even in modern times.”(8) So smooth is the cut and uniform in curvature, he was not aware of any example of core extraction anywhere, past or present, that matches what he was now admiring.
In trying to identify this circular core he felt it could be either “lime”(9) or “sandstone,”(10) but not of the normal varieties. There was talk of “calcite”(11) and being “exposed to oxidisation,”(12) but the main feature was the unparalleled sophistication of tools needed to extract so cleanly and with such precision of cut. Undeniably nothing less than a metal blade is required, but equally whereas the last two successfully qualifiers were all about the intensity of heat, this time around it is the blades needed to cut. Two different effects, and in both examples all that can be stated with certainty is that whatever was used is not yet available today, but was present and accounted for many yesterdays ago.
“What is it?” … “Hard to say.”(13)
Those two responses best sum up this scholar’s response to this rock. Without doubt he had never seen anything like this, nor will he as it is utterly unique.
The make of this rock, as with everything else, is still uncertain. Three possibilities were discussed, “chert,”(14) “flint”(15) and “part of a meteorite.”(16) He felt the most likely candidate was that it is a meteorite, but not of the iron variety and is more likely “silcrete/chert.”(17) He did ask us if we did hold a magnet or compass beside or on this rock, which we had and recorded no reaction, and this seemed to firm the odds that it may well be a non-magnetic piece of meteorite.
Past that possibility the rest of his investigation was a series of questions. He did make note of the massive number of markings which run into three figures on the largest marked side. In total these lines and marks are part of the First Language and this rock has arguably the most intensive collection per square centimetre of this script on this planet. This side was cut clean and perfectly flat, and in that tradition each line is perfectly straight. The entire episode reeks of a geometric precision that supposedly never existed in this continent until the British brought their guns, factories and disease.
This rock bears witness to very advanced technology, which is achievable today, just. Nevertheless, although undeniably a complex constructed testimonial to ancient wisdom, it is on the second tier of acceptances when compared to the first three that had this geologist unable to find any present-day comparison.
The Case of the Mysterious Cylcons and Their Enforced Hibernation
What can be stated with absolute certainty about the enigmatic cylcons if consulting official channels? The answer is as brief as the evidence compiled, nothing. Not one meaningful statement explaining anything about these shaped rocks has been printed, yet. Frederick McCarthy (former Curator of Anthropology Australian Museum and Principal of the Australian Institute of (Ab)Original Studies, Canberra) is considered one of Australia’s top academic experts when it comes to Original rock tools/devices/weapons etc., and offered one solitary sentence when summarising their uses and purpose. “Unfortunately, no information about their meaning or function has been obtained from the Aborigines.”(18)
And nor will that change until things change dramatically. Another educated commentator was correct in suggesting these rocks were so powerful it was decided they would never be allowed to fall into the wrong hands, so the Original practitioners of magic stopped using the rocks, but never forgot how. All they really knew in general terms was that cylcons “are used for sorcery by local natives.”(19) Despite the intentional secrecy McCarthy did glean one specific off-shoot truth when interpreting the “flake scars around the base”(20) of many cylcons. He correctly reasoned through his comparison to the mystical powers of tjurunga stone dust, that “it is probable that these flakes were used for magical purposes (in rain and hunting magic) and as charms against sickness.”(21)
What we can add is that McCarthy and other commentators have identified the correct starting point, but there is so much more to this ‘magical mystery tour.’ Even this generic term magic falls well short of the mark when discussing the talents and blessings cylcons can bestow upon humans. In that respect a somewhat casual remark Original Culture-Keeper, Uncle Lewis Walker, made while inspecting and connecting with a curved triangular cylcon we recently acquired, only adds to its esoteric credentials. After spending some time in its company, Uncle Lewis told me that this sacred cylcon is “the key.”(22) The “key”(23) to what and the manner it is used was intentionally never elaborated upon, nor was there any point requesting further information, but that it can open something of great importance is enough and a riddle we have to solve.
Equally, although McCarthy held to the popular misunderstanding that Original people came from Africa by boat thus settling in an unpopulated continent, he did partially highlight another cyclonic truth of considerable antiquity. McCarthy was convinced that “cylcons were in use probably from a very early period of occupation.”(24)
The only other useful observation, which was never pursued at the time, was that no design on any cylcon is repeated. Their special status is only cemented by the exclusivity of the magic engravings dedicated to one spirit/energy/location and is never to be duplicated. These rocks are the ‘cream on the cake’ and should be the centre of countless investigations, instead all we can find is don’t know or don’t care.
Until now, all the other cylcons can be easily made using the Original traditional tool-kit of bone, stone and stick, not so the next graduate. According to the visiting expert from abroad there is technology afoot that demands much more than what was assumed to be the full extent of Original technological expertise.
There are many reasons this rock asks for more, even at most superficial level what can be seen with the eyes is sufficient in the level of technology on display to ask the same uncomfortable questions the last star rock/meteorite raised.
The symmetry in design, high pitched note heard when struck, artificiality in shaping and a series of sharp incisions around the base so consistent in width, depth and steadiness of line is ample evidence of high-order technology. What is even more intriguing is the suggestion as to what lays beneath the thin grey veneer on top. “Petrified wood”(25) was no less unforeseen than the prominence afforded to the white rock core, and after carefully examining another cylcon point that has been formally identified as petrified wood, he did have a comparison to draw upon.
The Also Rans
We will now complete our brief analysis of the successful applicants one rock short, deliberately so, as it will lead off the next chapter that covers the rocks felt lacking in some respect, varying from nearly enough through to entirely within the reach of the traditional stick, stone and bone Original tool-kit. Of the seven rocks that did not pass muster, one was a real shock, although utterly convinced it is entirely human-made, we will present, under protest, this geologist’s reactions and reasons to delegate it to the more than likely, but not fully convinced, middle category of two. What this does highlight is that although sympathetic, once asked to behave like a professional in passing a verdict, he only had eyes for the geology/technology on call.
Ros’ Rock 2 has always been classified in our top six rocks, and despite the negative review still is. However this is not our amateur appraisal but that of a highly qualified geological expert that drives this chapter, and his verdict carries sway. Despite a delicately formed capital A cut into the rock, close to 400 individual pecks, extensive wearing through rubbing the right index-finger along a prescribed grip depression, six sets of lines of dots and dashes, hairline incisions and imprinting, the geologist found grounds to suggest some natural processes could be at play. Hints of “exposed oxidisation,”(26) the actions of “hydrochloric acid”(27) on what was “strange sandstone,”(28) left room for doubt and a less than resounding endorsement.
Another Pointless Open Invitation
This person who we had never met or knew little about was awarded his geology degree at a University. He knocked back many impressive entries, one was a total rejection and a bigger disappointment than Ros’ Rock 2 mid-level status. He is the second of two quality geologists to seriously examine these rocks, and both think they are amazing, and some! Two down and hundreds to go, we invite other geologists to also look and hope common-sense will prevail …
The problem is that when residing in this country there are two Original perspectives/statements of heritage which render any official academic speechless and defiantly resistant to proceed any further towards either destination: magic rocks and the Pleiades. Once uttered, there is no way forward and every way to retreat, as such talk should never be raised in polite Australian academic circles.
Fortunately this academic rotates around other circles and has declared these rocks to be paradigm breaking, or so it seemed at the time. That should mean that if one rock is paradigm breaking, two has to widen the cracks, three will see the walls crumble and fall, four must rewrite huge sections of ancient history, while the fifth rock can supply hope in a brand new yet very old narrative written for days soon to come.
One Month After the Event
It took around a month before we put together this report on the initial visit. We explained at the time when meeting, that Evan’s notes on the proceedings and what he said in response would be written up and sent to him so that he could add or subtract as he saw fit. On the day that draft article was completed an email was sent by the geologist supplying revised observations.
It began with a statement declaring that as agreed he was sending us his considered opinion. That was a total surprise and I made note of that in my reply, I told him I had no memory of that and had thought the idea that I would write a report then send it on was standard practice for us. Awaiting a written response after completing an interview with anyone is never a format we would agree to, we could be waiting weeks, maybe even a month, before continuing. In this case it was over a month before this retraction was sent, which is a very long time if wanting to reverse much of what was stated earlier. More disturbingly, it had no resemblance to what was said on the day about the rocks he awarded a tick, this written response contradicted nearly every word and opinion given when up close and fairly personal with these rocks.
His claim was that he needed more time to consider his verdict, which is his right, but I did point out if that was his standard practice, why didn’t he state this at the time? If he always needs weeks to ruminate and allow other factors time to percolate, that professional approach he adopted should have been stated clearly during the meeting. To compound the affront, these incredibly sacred rocks were in ceremony and witness to what he said. He was told I alone can touch these rocks and his examination could never be hands on, that these rocks are so sacred no Original person would dare touch them, and any person that has inevitably suffered dire consequences.
I pointed out during correspondence that when in ceremony one must be very careful when speaking as the rocks do not react well to any untruth. His response, that he was not aware they were sacred and that he was in need of further time before giving an opinion, when having no problem making all sorts of suggestions and affirmations at the time, was basically repeating what was written earlier.
What was interesting was that amongst the retractions and repetition he did concede in his personal defense that Ros’ Rock 1 was indeed bearing advanced technology, but when checking the specific comments on that rock that admission is not there, there is not one phrase or sentence referring to its markings being outside the reach of any traditional tool-kit in the official report. Over the following two emails he sent in defending his back-flip, we did get one sentence in the first reply and even more, two sentences, in the second response confirming that rock is exceptional. However, the other five rocks were all abandoned in the haste to cover all bases.
The only positive note salvaged is that if one rock contains marks and technology of the highest order, then the Australian pre-history books are wrong. One example is sufficient of itself to change the past. Archaeology often changes positions when one solitary ancient skeleton is found and analysed, that is ample reason to rewrite what was mistaken. The same number and precedent applies to all archaeological discoveries.
Why the reversal? Why was he so enthusiastic and amazed, talking about symbiotic technology between sophisticated machine and humans directed by psychic powers, then falling back into line when citing obscure geological processes. It didn’t make sense until the third email, where he confided it was his intention to settle near where we live. If he is moving to Australia, he will need money to live and being a qualified geologist, will need to distance himself from us. We already have Professor X, a highly qualified anonymous geologist, who will happily advise us, but will never allow his name to appear alongside ours in any correspondence. He told us many times to do so will be academic suicide, he would be ostracised as mainstream would literally have nothing more to do with him. This professional from across the oceans had one month to reconsider what he said to us and balance that against potential employment prospects, and correctly assumed if he stood by us and the rocks it would be with empty pockets and a bank balance that never reached four figures.
We fully appreciate that current reality, as it is what we have been up against since beginning our research and hold no animosity or bad thoughts towards this academic, but instead of hiding behind a series of poor excuses for an insensitivity to protocol that overriding financial imperative should be openly declared.
The Next Step
Keep asking, prodding and inviting mainstream geologists to look at these rocks. We saw the first unguarded reactions before the financial realities reared up and stepped in. Yes a month later, with no further contact with the rocks past one photograph of the six successful candidates taken from two metres away to consult, a new version was concocted. That distant snap-shot shows virtually nothing to examine, but apparently it was sufficient to fail five that had originally been ticked off and the sixth rock was given a pass mark, but without any encouragement or formal acknowledgement.
These rocks stand alone in this continent, we have invited two geologists of high standing to examine these rocks and both, on first sighting, openly endorsed our work and the credentials of many of these rocks. What happened weeks later, in one case, has nothing to do with the rocks, but everything to do with reputation and future employment. That reality, to this very day, still overrides every ancient truth and all that is seen or analysed in this country.
So what we have after all the pushing and shoving is two sets of Original rocks, one small and the other much larger, of which both have been found and carefully examined then presented to the authorities/experts for further analysis. They refuse to look, talk, ask questions or walk down the same side of the street with us and that is their fault and negligence. We will keep extending open invitations to inspect, but remain realistic in expecting none to attend or inquire. It makes no difference either way, the truth is what it is, others can make their own arrangements.
The only thing we know for sure is irrespective of what the authorities do or avoid, the “rocks that talk”(29) have not finished their conversation, they have more to say and do and soon enough, they will be heard.
(1) Unnamed Geologist, 2017, Personal Communication.
(3) Uncle Marbuck, 2015, Personal Communication.
(4) Unnamed Geologist, 2017, Personal Communication.
(18) F.D. McCarthy, 1976, Australia Aboriginal Stone Implements: Including Bone, Shell and Tooth Implements, 2nd Edition Revised, (The Australian Museum Trust: Sydney), p. 67.
(19) Ibid, p. 69.
(20) Ibid, p. 68.
(22) Uncle Lewis, 2017, Personal Communication.
(24) F.D. McCarthy, 1976, Australia Aboriginal Stone Implements: Including Bone, Shell and Tooth Implements, 2nd Edition Revised, (The Australian Museum Trust: Sydney), p. 67.
(25) Unnamed Geologist, 2017, Personal Communication.
(29) Frederic Slater, Personal Notes