It has been 9 months since John Anthony West died in February of this year. I was lucky enough to have met a man that I could call one of my heroes. He was absolutely instrumental in the beginning of my Egypt search. When I first began this study, on the tail end of a 6 month depression, I had seen a Nova pyramid building program on PBS and knew I had to study Ancient Egypt.
I took my historian’s mind, and went to the local library and took out 12 books on various aspects of Egypt. The first book read is long forgotten, something standard Egyptological. The second book in the pile happened to be Serpent in the Sky by John West. It revolutionized everything I was doing. I was able to skim read the rest of the standard books (I wanted an overview of what they were saying) but I knew after that book the direction it would take for truth of the Ancient World to be found.
What amazed me is I took a look today at John West’s Wikipedia page. It shocked me, well the part I will bold. This is the exact words on Wikipedia, “John Anthony West (July 9, 1932 – February 6, 2018) was an American author, lecturer, guide and a proponent of the Sphinx water erosion hypothesis fringe theory in geology.” It does go on to describe the theory, and how it won an Emmy Award for best documentary. But right there, in line one.
Fringe Theory. That is how his great gift to humanity is still being regarded in the mainstream circles. Basically what West, and of course geologist Robert Schoch did, was for the first time to present very solid scientific evidence that at least one of the Egyptian monuments, in this case The Sphinx of Giza, was much much older than Ancient Egypt. You can look up the details for yourself if you have somehow been researching this material and not seen this yet. For the first time ideas were given a science base. I took geology in university with my history degree. Once pointed out to me, the water weathering on the Sphinx and enclosure were obvious…more so once you get there and can see the limestone up close.
You might say all of the work that has come to books and documentaries since 1991 in trying to unravel the ancient world, its technology, wisdom and what not in some way has John Anthony West’s work as its basis. And those of us in the field, know it.
I met John for a very long evening talk in Luxor in 2004. He was on a tour, but he was kind enough after several phone calls over the previous year, to take a few hours for me to discuss some elements of Luxor and Karnak, and to talk a bit on the book I was writing (The Power of Then) and some what might be called shaping suggestions of it. His quote that made it the back cover of my book is truly one of the most heartwarming gifts that has been given in my life.
He was the inspiration for my search, now in year 21…and he inspired so many more out there. I just wanted to make sure he was acknowledged again, in another place. He truly was a foundation of all that came after him.