UFO ROUNDUP Volume 5, Number 9
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UFO ROUNDUP Volume 5, Number 9
March 2, 2000
Editor: Joseph Trainor
SAUCER LANDS ON ANCIENT
PYRAMID IN WILTSHIRE, UK
"Driver Clive Stevens is seeking the truth behind
mysterious coloured lights he saw over Silbury Hill
(in North Wiltshire, UK) in the dead of night."
"He said the flashing lights formed the shape of a
flattened oval 'rather like a flying saucer' and he is
hoping other motorists might have spotted them and
tell him what they mean."
"Mr. Stevens, 25, of Upper Isbury in Marlborough,
was driving home on the (Motorway) A4 past the
Waggon and Horses pub in Beckhampton when he
saw the shimmering blue, green, white and red lights
in the distance."
"'It looked like a helicopter landing pad on an oil rig
with all the bright lights,' said Mr. Stevens, a consultant
on water softening devices who was returning home
after dropping off a friend in Chippenham," a city about
125 miles (180 kilometers) west of London.
"He said it was on a clear night with a bright moon
but he could not see people on top of the (Silbury) hill,
just the lights forming an oval which he estimated as
being two-thirds the size of the hilltop."
"On top of the hill was a whole pattern of lights
in a traditional flying saucer shape. They were blinking
red, white, green and blue, he said."
"'I could not tell if it was hovering, or if it was
stationary on top of the hill. It really scared me because
I was on my own.; there was no other traffic about, and
you hear these stories of alien abductions.'"
"Mr. Stevens said he was also well aware that the
hill stands in the centre of an area where mysterious
crop circles are frequently found."
"He said that as he drove past the hill the light
dropped behind the hill, and although he did look in
his mirror, he did not see it again."
"He added, "I am not frightened to admit I was
scared stiff, and I could not get along the A4 quick
"Mr. Stevens, a keen military historian, said he
doubted the light could have been from a helicopter
or aircraft. Nor does he think the lights were caused
by hoaxers because they would have had to be on the
end of long poles."
"'It was very cold on Sunday morning (February 20,
2000), which makes me think that if there were hoaxers
there, they would have needed their heads read,' he added."
The sighting took place at about 4 a.m.
"Doug Sheppard, landlord of the Waggon and Horses
pub, said he was in bed at 4 a.m. on Sunday, and he
had heard reports of strange happenings at Silbury.
But, he said, 'I don't know if it's connected at all, but
my telephones went down at the weekend. When BT
(British Telecommunications--J.T.) came to repair it, they
said it was an exterior line fault.'"
Silbury Hill is one of the most ancient sites in
Britain. It's an earthen pyramid that covers five acres
and is constructed of over one million tons of earth,
apparently moved by hand.
According to Aubry Burl, author of Prehistoric
Avebury, Silbury Hill is an estimated 4,000 years
old and is said to be the burial site of King Kunedha,
a legendary monarch of the Beaker Folk. The king's
body, clad in golden armor, is said to lie at the
base of the man-made mound.
Silbury Hill bears an amazing resemblance to the
pyramid of Cuicuilco in Mexico, which geologists
maintain had to have been built before 8,000 B.C.
Nearby Beckhampton and Abury Hill have been
the site of intensive archaeological efforts recently,
but it is not known if these activities have anything
to do with the landing of the saucer. (See the
Wiltshire Gazette and Herald for February 25, 2000.
See also Prehistoric Avebury by Aubrey Burl, Yale
University Press, 1979, pages 128 to 136. Many
thanks to Gerry Lovell of Far Shores for forwarding
the newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: This seems to be Pyramid Week
at UFO Roundup. See the next story.)
EGYPTIAN MAGAZINE SAYS
A DEAD ALIEN WAS FOUND AT
GIZA IN 1988
A strange story about the Great Pyramid of Giza
appeared in the March 2000 issue of the Egyptian
magazine Rose El-Yussuf.
According to the article, in 1988, French
Egyptologist Louis Caparat "discovered a secret room
in the Great Pyramid of Cheops (his Greek name. The
pharoah's true name was Khufu--J.T.)."
The alien humanoid "was found in a crystalline
transparent case. At first the alien appeared to be
hibernating," or in a state of suspended animation.
Caparat reportedly "also found a papyrus text"
which described Pharoach Khufu meeting with the
alien, who told him that some day his space-traveling
species would arrive from the stars. The alien
supposedly suggested the design of the pyramid
and persuaded the Egyptians to build it as his
"Caparat sent a message to a colleague in Spain,
Francisco de Braga, a biologist, inviting him to come
to Egypt" to take blood, cell, tissue and DNA
samples from the dead alien.
But when Dr. de Braga arrived in Cairo, he was
detained by the Egyptian Ministry of State Security
and put on a plane back to Madrid.
According to Rose El-Yussuf, the dead alien
was taken to a laboratory at an undisclosed location
by Egyptian military intelligence. (Many thanks to
Wisam Mohammed and Alfredo Lissoni for this
(Editor's Comment: Take this story with a grain of
salt, readers. Mysterious dead bodies have been
turning up in the Great Pyramid since Abdullah
Al-Mamun first broke into the structure way back
in 813 A.D. Abdullah, who was the son of the
famous caliph, Haroun Al-Raschid, hired a crew
of Egyptians who laboriously bored a hole right
through the Pyramid's wall.
According to author Peter Tompkins, "Some
Arabian authors have reported that Al-Mamun found
in the sarcophagus a stone statue in the shape of
a man. They say that within the statue lay a body
wearing a breastplate of gold set with precious stones,
an invaluable sword on his chest, and a carbuncle
ruby on his head the size of an egg, which chone as
with the light of day." See Secrets of the Great
Pyramid by Peter Tompkins, Harper and Row,
New York, N.Y., 1971, page 15.
On the other hand, there have been a lot of
strange goings-on at the Great Pyramid since 1996,
including secret UNESCO teams visiting, unmarked
military vehicles and black helicopters seen at Giza,
and the recent round of heavy construction.. It's
anyone's guess what is really going on out there.)
TWO CYLINDRICAL UFOs
SIGHTED OVER NAPLES
On Wednesday, February 23, 2000, "two
cylindrical UFOs were observed circling over a
housing development in Agnano," a section of
Napoli (Naples), the famous Italian seaport city
180 kilometers (125 miles) south of Rome.
"According to the account in the local
newspaper, the two OVNIs (Italian acronym for
UFOs--J.T.) ascended to a very high altitude in
a zigzag motion, with one rising much faster than
the other. The two objects fled before onlookers
could take a photograph. (See the Italian newspaper
Il Giornale of Napoli for February 24, 2000. Grazie a
Edoardo Russo di Centro Italiano di Studi Ufologici
per questo rapporto.)
SILVERY UFO SPOTTED IN
In early February, Italian businessman Omar R.
went on vacation to Argentina. While stopping
overnight at the Hotel de Turistas on Lago (Lake)
Verde in Chubut province, about 800 kilometers
(500 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, Omar
spotted a peculiar-looking object hovering above
"Over the lake hovered a perpendicular silver
metallic disc. Its surface caught the gleam of the
sun. It was very shiny, reflecting the bright sun.
The gleam moved over the disc's surface as it
slowly moved across the lake, away from us."
Omar shot a single photograph with his new
sigital camera. After transferring the image to a
floppy disc, he mailed it to his family back in
Italy. The family sent it to the Centro Ufologico
Nazionale (CUN) for analysis. (Grazie a Alfredo
Lissoni di CUN d'Italia per questo rapporto.)
CRUCIFORM UFO SEEN
IN CENTRAL COLORADO
On Sunday, February 20, 2000, at 7:40 p.m.,
Michael D. and a friend were driving on Interstate
Highway I-25 from Fort Collins to Denver, Colorado.
As they were passing near the highway exit nine
miles (15 kilometers) west of Platteville (population
1,515), they spotted something strange in the sky.
"We saw a bright star--a brilliant green light
drop from a cloud above," Mike reported. "We were
heading south to Denver from Fort Collins when we
saw it. It was not a meteor.. The person I was with
does not believe in UFOs. It shocked me, too."
"The object was huge and in the shape of a
cross. We were in the high country at an altitude
of about 5,600 feet. Pretty rural area.," he added,
and they had the UFO in view for several minutes.
(Email Form Report)
STAR DUST--RIDDLE OF THE
MYSTERIOUS RADIO MESSAGE
The mystery of the Star Dust, the British Avro
Lancaster airliner that disappeared in August 1947,
took a couple of strange new twists this week, as
Argentina's Army and Air Force teams collected
human remains from the newly-discovered crash
The wreckage of the propellor-engine Avro
Lancaster Mark III Tudor airliner was discovered in
January on a glacier on Mount Tupungato, one of
the highest peaks in the Andes.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2000, a team of
17 Argentine Army soldiers, under the command
of Lt. Col. Ricardo Bustos, "spent eight hours looking
for human remains" at the crash site, packed them in
trunks, and loaded the trunks aboard mules for the
precipitous climb down the mountain to their base
Meanwhile, a special survey team of the Argentine
Air Force took digital photos of the 600-meter crash
site, plus video footage, in an effort to determine
what happened to the plane.
The Star Dust was on the last leg of her flight
from London, traveling from Punta Asuncion in
Argentina to Santiago de Chile when she vanished
shortly after 2 p.m. on August 2, 1947.
Aboard the aircraft, an RAF Avro Lancaster
bomber of World War II which had been converted
for civilian use, were eleven people, including six
passengers and five crew members.
The crew consisted of pilot Capt. Reginald
Cook, a former RAF Bomber Command pilot with
hundreds of hours' experience in flying Lancasters;
First Officer Norman Hilton-Cook, Second Officer
Donald Checklin, Radio Operator Dennis Harmer
and Stewardess Iris Adams.
Among the passengers was Paul Simpson, 44,
a "King's Messenger," or personal diplomatic envoy
for King George VI (father of Queen Elizabeth II--J.T.)
The wreckage was found on a glacier at 5,500
meters (18,700 feet). Mount Tupungator is a
stratovolcano approximately 6,550 meters high
(21,484 feet) and is located about 500 kilometers
(300 miles) west of Buenos Aires, the capital of
Argentine Air Force experts under Major Luis
Estrella speculated that the Star Dust had struck
the glacier three times when it crashed, which
resulted in the debris being scattered over such
a wide area.
Another theory is that a sudden loss of
elevator control caused the Lancaster to
"nose-dive right into the glacier."
"The British Ministry of Aviation's 1948
crash report hypothesizes that ice buildup on
its wings had brought down the plane."
Ice clogging the airplane's pitot tubes might
have caused a false reading in the altimeter,
causing Capt. Cook and his co-pilot to think they
were higher than they actually were.
A mid-air explosion has not been ruled out,
Investigators are now looking into a strange
radio message that Radio Operator Dennis
Harmer sent off just before the airliner crashed.
The transmission was picked up by the Fuerzas
Aereas de Chile (FACh), the air force of Chile.
According to FACh, Harmer transmitted the same
message three times in Morse code.
The message was SSTENDEC.
One theory is that Harmer's message was
shorthand for "Steep Descent."
Another theory is that Star Dust had made
radio contact with a ship out in the Pacific
Ocean--the S.S. ten Deyck.
(Editor's Comment: That's a possibility! Is such
a vessel listed in the Lloyd's Registry for 1947?
We'd appreciate hearing from any of our readers
on this one. Meanwhile, many thanks to Jim
Hickman for the update on the Star Dust case.)
GALILEO COMPLETES THIRD
FLYBY OF IO
The spacecraft Galileo completed its third flyby
of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io on Tuesday, February 22,
2000 at 2:32 p.m. Universal Time (UT).
"Galileo passed to within 199 kilometers
(124 miles) of the surface of Io, the innermost of
Jupiter's four large satellites."
"'We're thrilled that the flyby went well,' said
project manager Jim Erickson. 'If all continues as
planned, this raw data will round out our Io photo
album and the wealth of information gathered during
the Io flybys back in October and November (1999)."
"Scientists hope that the flyby will allow them to
see changes in the surface of the dynamic moon
since the pictures taken during the two close flybys
in October and November. During those flybys,
Galileo saw several volcanic eruptions in progress,
including one that generated a fountain of lava
1.6 kilometers (one mile) high."
Galileo's flyby last week was not without
incident. A surge of high-energy radiation in
Jovian space caused two "false resets" of
Galileo's main onboard computer.
A third reset "put Galileo into safe mode for
most of Thursday," February 24, "The software
that prevents such computer glitches from triggering
safe mode had been" turned off so Galileo could
begin transmitting the data back to Earth.
The spacecraft resumed its transmission of
flyby data to Earth on Sunday, February 27, 2000.
Next up for Galileo is a flight to Ganymede,
another one of Jupiter's larger moons. The
spacecraft will perform a flyby of Ganymede, which
is as big as the planet Mercury, in May 2000.
Scientists are very much interested in
Ganymede's unusually strong magnetic field.
It is almost as strong as Earth's, which is very
unusual for a small world. Indeed, Ganymede
is the only other world in our solar system to
display a dipole magnetic field like Earth's.
(Many thanks to SpaceViews for February 28, 2000
and Science Frontiers for March/April 2000, "The
Ganymede magnetic Paradox," page 2.)
NEAR FINDS A GEOLOGICAL
ANOMALY ON EROS
The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)
spacecraft continued its orbital survey of the asteroid
Eros last week.
NEAR arrived in orbit around the asteroid, which
is 33 kilometers (20 miles) in diameter, on Monday,
February 14, 2000. The spacecraft's arrival on
Valentine's Day was most appropriate, since the
asteroid is named after Eros, the Greek god of love.
On Thursday, February 24, 2000, at 5 p.m.
Universal Time (UT), NEAR "fired its thrusters" in
"what project officials called a successful manuever.
The Orbit Correction Manuever (OCM)" dropped
the spacecraft's periapsis (low point of orbit--J.T.)
from 321 kilometers (195 miles) to 200 kilometers
(125 miles). NEAR's apogee (high point of orbit--J.T.)
remained at 366 kilometers (277 miles).
"NASA hopes to lower NEAR into an orbit as
low as 50 kilometers (30 miles) above Eros by May,
where it will remain for several months for close-up
observations. After swinging back out into a high
orbit for global mapping work late in the year, NEAR
will return to Eros by the end of the year, flying within
a few kilometers of the surface and possibly touching
down on it at the end of its mission next year."
Also last week, NASA turned on NEAR's X-Ray
and Gamma Ray Spectrometer and Laser Altimeter.
The spectrometer will be used to determine the
asteroid's elemental composition, while the laser
altimeter will be used to survey the topography of
While flying around the asteroid, which is
essentialy a large mountain drifting through space,
NEAR photographed an interesting geological
anomaly. The spacecraft's instruments picked up
signs of a "layering" of deposits on the surface.
"Project scientist Andy Cheng thinks the
layering could be evidence that Eros was a remnant
of a much larger parent body that broke apart."
"' The global (layered) feature may be a signature
of ancient geologic activity (for example, volcanism--
A.C.) on the parent body of Eros,' he said. 'The size
of the putative parent body and the time at which it
would have disrupted, no obe knows, and all we are
saying is that it must have been larger than the
present diameter of Eros.'"
"'The NEAR data shows that Eros has an older
surface than Gaspra (an asteroid visited by Galileo
back in 1991--J.T.). Gaspra is less heavily cratered
because it has not been exposed to (meteor)
bombardment as long,' said Cheng. 'However, since
we are still uncertain about collision rates in the
asteroid belt at present and in the distant past, we
cannot exactly state an age for either asteroid.'"
(Many thanks to Space Views for February 28, 2000.)
(Editor's Comment: This layering effect sounds
really weird. If Eros is primarily composed of basalt,
then that means the ground was periodically covered
by fast-flowing, soupy a'a lava flows from vent or
shield volcanoes on the parent body. If the layers
are sedimentary rock, like sandstone or shale..wow!
That means Eros's parent body was a world like
Earth, with oceans, lakes and seas.)
from the UFO Files...
303: A VISITOR FROM THE
GARDEN OF ALLAH?
Located in eastern Turkey, about 320 kilometers
(200 miles) southeast of Ankara, the wine-making
province of Cappadocia is an ancient land. Back in
300 A.D., the province belonged to the Roman empire
and was ruled by a prefect or colonial governor.
The strangest incident in the long history of
Cappadocia took place in February of 303, when
Diocletian was the emperor of Rome.
At that time, the city of Caesarea Maritima was
the capital of Cappadocia, and Fabricius had just
been appointed the prefect. He was very eager to
please Diocletian. Due to the gradual disintegration
of the Roman empire, outlying provinces such as
Cappadocia were slipping out from under the
emperor's control. In many lands, the prefects
were hiring private armies and treating Imperial
lands as their own personal estates. And Diocletian
wanted to make sure that he got his majority share
of the revenues from his Cappadocian vineyards.
So, when Diocletian's decree against Christians
was issued, Fabricius enforced it with particular
vigor. Among the people executed during the first
round of summary arrests were the parents of
young Dorothea of Caesarea.
Dorothea was a young unmarried woman given
to trances and mystic experiences. She spent a
lot of time wandering the Ihlara Valley (near modern
Urgup, Turkey), which, like Sedona, Arizona, USA,
has a large number of weird rock formations. She
was always talking about an "enchanted garden"
to which she was a frequent visitor.
In January 303, during the severe cold of a
Turkish winter, news of Dorothea reached the ears
of Fabricius, and he ordered her arrest.
So there was Dorothea, at her parents' small
house in Caesrea, cooking kiremit kebap (roast
lamb with tomato, mushroom and cheese--J.T.)
when the Roman soldiers knocked at the door.
The centurion came right to the point. "Are you
Dorothea nodded. "I am. Jesus is my true
husband, and I see him often in the garden."
"The woman is a lunatic," a soldier muttered.
"Lunatic or not, the prefect has issued a warrant
for her arrest," the centurion replied. "Take her to
Upon her arrival in the citadel's prison, "she was
stretched upon the rack, and offered marriage if she
would sacrifice" to the gods of Olympus, "or death if
Dorothea refused, saying, "Jesus is my only
spouse, and death is my desire."
When he learned that she had turned down all
offers of an arranged marriage, Fabricius thought,
Well, if she doesn't like men, then perhaps she
prefers women. And he sent two women of that
persuasion who had been Christians but recanted
to "seduce" the prisoner.
The ploy backfired. "But the fire in Dorothea's
heart rekindled the flame in theirs and led them
back to Christ."
"When she was set once more upon the rack,
Fabricius himself was amazed at the heavenly look
she wore and asked her the cause of her joy."
"Because I have brought two souls back to
Jesus," Dorothea replied, "And because I will soon
be in the heavenly garden rejoicing with the angels."
The full force of Roman law was brought against
her. Her jailer wrapped a festus, a leather strap
studded with iron , around his fist and punched her
repeatedly in the face. Then iron plates were heated
in a brazier, and, as soon as they turned red, were
applied against her ribs and thighs.
The outcome of her trial was pre-ordained. Like
her parents, she was sentenced to be executed.
Hearing the verdict, she cried out, "Blessed are
you! Blessed are you, O Lover of Souls, who calls me
to Paradise and invites me to your nuptial chamber."
On February 6, 303 A.D., Dorothea was marched
out of the citadel to the main plaza of Caesarea.
Onlookers booed and jeered as she walked along,
wrapped in her heavy woolen cloak, surrounded by
Roman soldiers. Among the crowd was a Roman
lawyer named Theophilus, who had heard her
testimony in court and had thought it absurd.
"Dorothea!" he shouted, "Send me some
apples and roses from your enchanted garden!"
She stopped for a moment, turned to face
Theophilus and said somberly. "Very well. You
shall have them."
Dorothea climbed the ladder to the wooden
scaffold and quietly knelt. The centurion who
served as the executioner finished sharpening
his sword. The crowd of three hundred onlookers
gathered around the scaffold.
And then it happened.
A figure appeared at the foot of the ladder.
It was a boy about 10 or 12 years old with
curly blond hair. On this cold February morning,
he wore nothing but a skimpy tunic, but the
cold didn't seem to bother him. He carried a
wicker basket in his hands.
The amazing thing about this apparition
is that it was witnessed not by Christians but
by pagans. Those nearest the ladder let out a
cry of astonishment. Some shouted that it
was Apollo. Others pointed at the basket and
claimed it was Ganymede, the cupbearer of
the Olympian gods.
Dorothea looked down at the curly-haired
boy. Some form of wordless communication
passed between the two. Then, removing her
shawl, Dorothea leaned forward on her knees
and awaited the fatal stroke.
Thunk! The young woman's head rolled
across the scaffold floor. The boy with the
basket vanished. A louder clamor went up
from the crowd.
That evening, the lawyer Theophilus was
at the city baths. The main topic of conversation,
as might be expected, was the apparition. He
too had seen the boy with the basket but he
didn't want to talk about it.
And then the gatekeeper tapped Theophilus's
shoulder. "There's somebody here to see you."
As he entered the anteroom, Theophilus
turned pale. Standing there was the same boy
he had seen that morning at the foot of the
scaffold. The boy lifted his basket, saying,
"Here are the items you requested."
Heart pounding, the lawyer peered into the
basket. He saw three roses and three ripe
apples of a strange golden color. Fruits which
could not possibly have flourished during a
Blinking in disbelief, he extended his
quivering hand toward an apple. Could it be
real? His fingertips caressed the smooth
skin. It was!
Like a man in a dream, Theophilus
lifted the apple to his lips. He bit into it and
was both stunned and delighted by its weird
The boy said, "She awaits you in the
And then he vanished.
According to the Acta Sanctorum, "he was
converted to the faith and then shared in the
martyrdom of St. Dorothy."
Since Vatican II, the Roman Catholic Church
no longer recognizes the story of Dorothea and
Theophilus as completely factual. Mainly because
there's no mention of Dorothea in the Eastern
Orthodox Church calendar.
But maybe they're looking at the wrong
scripture. Here's a selection from al Quran (the
Koran)--Sura 56: 11-20.
"Those are the favored ones
In the Gardens of Bliss;
A throng of the ancients,
And a small band of the latecomers,
Upon beds interwoven with gold;
Reclining upon them, facing each other.
While immortal youths go round them,
With goblets, pitchers and a cup of limped drink.
Their heads do not ache from it,
And they do not become intoxicated.
And with such fruits as they care to choose."
Perhaps Dorothea of Caesarea should consider
becoming an Islamic saint. Because it appears
that she visited the Garden of Allah about three
hundred years before the birth of Mohammed."
(See Pictorial Lives of the Saints by John Gilman
Shea L.L.D., Danziger Brothers, Baltimore, Md.
1887, pages 82 to 84. Also The Quran--A Modern
English Version, translated by Majhid Fakhry and
Mahmud Zayid, Garnet Publishers, Reading, UK,
1997, page 349.)
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