- Alexandria - fabled City of Alexander and home to Cleopatra
- Her lost secrets revealed themselves to an American Remote Viewing Team
more than twenty years before the French Divers re-discovered them...
- A Mobius strip is a famous geometric anomaly usually
first encountered in High School - a thin strip of paper with one end reversed
and reattached to the other end. In formal geometric terms it cannot
exist as it has no measurements, surface, beginning nor ends.
- In 1979 Stephan Schwartz followed a career as advisor
and special assistant to CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) to follow other
interests which had led him to becoming a fellow of the Royal Geographic
Society and a member of the Explorers Club. Having become fascinated with
the idea of using Remote Viewing, under study at Stanford then at SRI,
as a tool to be used for discovery, he and other scientists formed The
Mobius Group, devoted to such research. He had thus committed him-self
to exploration of a human skill almost as mysterious as the mobius strip
- Mobius, the first partnership between scientists of varying
dis- ciplines and remote viewers, first took on an underwater project,
that of discovering a previously unknown shipwreck. This venture, known
as Operation Deep Quest was so successful that he determined to broaden
its scope. In essence, he would pit the new concept against an even larger
mystery, the discovery of lost treasures such as the tomb of Alexander
the Great, in the harbour of his own City in Egypt.
- Nothing of this nature had been done before. Though
single researchers had sought the knowledge of the past, such as the work
at Glastonbury or that of Emerson in Canada; no formal team of science
specialists and tried remote viewers had been pitted against such a target
as this long-lost tomb site.
- The Mobius concept was unique, in that little or no
contact would be allowed between any of the teams - remote viewers, geologists,
historians or underwater sonar experts. Even the remote viewers themselves
would not be encouraged to interact, but only to do their own best work.
Geology and psi-functioning would perform their separate jobs and the
results, if any, would be recorded permanently on film and audio recording.
The idea was novel - to combine the intellect along with the intuitive.
- Alexander of Macedon had conquered the known world of
his era, and was reliably reported to have been entombed in Egypt at death.
Thus the quest would have a result of major importance to history if it
did succeed. Legendary Alexandria a city itself still fabled for its mythology
and intrigue was the logical place to begin the quest.
- Once the jewel of the Mediterranean, home to such icons
as Cleopatra herself, Antony, Euclid, and the martyred St. Mark, not to
mention its still legendary Library and the fallen remains of the ancient
Pharos lighthouse, had suffered partial immersion by seawater, concealing
many of its once-famed landmarks.
- Schwartz's concept had already proven that deep submergence
would not be a problem in such a venture, as far as the psi team was concerned,
for his success with discovery of an unknown wreck off Santa Catalina had
shown that to be no problem. (another trial, not involving his work, had
shown it's value in locating a small missing boat that sank off Gibraltar)
Depth of water would not be the problem - but maps of even the modern harbour
were notoriously sketchy.
- The remote viewing team wiuld be selected from some of
those associated with the SRI program associated with Russell Targ and
Dr Hal Puthoff. A map, which had been reworked to essen- tially disguise
the exact location would be sent to potential psi operatives, along with
a list of questions about what might be found in the area.
- Mobius's founder understood psi functioning perhaps better
than any researcher has before or since. His idea was that the human mind
could operate better as a remote sensing biocomputer, capable of operations
far beyond the pedestrian and boring card guessing or earlier times.
His thought was that psi skills could be better stimulated through a search
for some tangible unknowns, concealed by time or landscape.
- Another controversial but groundbreaking technique was
the use of a team of reliable remote viewers, rather than a single psi
operative. A third was the open use in his 1983 book The Alexandria Project
(soon to be re-released in update form) of the term 'remote viewing' to
designate the abilities of his working team.
- Because of its unique approach and lack of affiliation
with any University, Mobius had a continuing problem with funding, which
would limit its initial search to only one season in Egypt. Working under
tight restriction - the team had to 'produce' or to fail. It did not fail
- though much of the validation had to wait for well-funded diving teams
to show the value of the early work through their own re-discoveries in
- Reality vs Legend
- A team of specialists was thus assembled to carve away
legend and myth to uncover what real facts about Alexander's City, his
tomb and his monuments could be located.
- The maps and questions had been sent, and a selection
of potential 'targets' had been outlined on the maps and returned to Schwartz.
The teams included a physicist, a grocery clerk, an auto parts store manager,
a photographer, a professional fund raiser and an Italian Count. All were
essentially normal men and women who wanted to participate but preferred
to keep their identities secret.
- Schwartz knew that psi was a normal human talent, yet
not all who were exercising it could work with a project of this type.
Medical intuitives, for instance, usually pre- fer working on physical
problems rather than historical unknowns, or with maps. The team was asked
initially to begin with simple, unambiguous questions such as the location
of the tomb of Alexander and an additional site known in the ancient world
as 'the Hall of Many Passages'. The location of Cleopatra's palace or
any monuments of her own era were a secondary target.
- Several of the psi team who received the map and questions
returned their maps showing sites which were known to be under Alexandria's
harbour. Enough of their circled 'target' zones were within millimeters
of one another to form a clear and exciting zone for on-site exploration.
They were outlining a City which was no longer visible.
- Sea levels had risen in the intervening two thousand
years. It was known that much of the early city was indeed submerged,
yet few records remained of what had been in the area. Even the two major
bisecting roads of the ancient City had lost their definition under deep
layers of effluvia and silt. A tidal wave of 1600 years ago had thrown
down many of the monuments and buildings and the gradual submergence of
the entire northern coast of africa, which was slipping under the weight
of the continental plate positioned just north of the coast. Sites once
existing in the Eastern harbour area would be under six to eight metres
of water and accumulated detritus.
- There were a large number of sites indicated which were
still on land, but an even greater number were far out into the water of
the harbour. The challenge would be great....but the rewards could be
- With all this - it was already known that the human mind
might prove even more able to discern what lay beneath this muck and water
than the most sensitive electronic instrument known to man - the sidescan
sonar. And so it proved.
- Getting permission to dig in Egypt is always a chancy
proposi- tion, depending largely on the whims and goodwill of the Government
Officials. Mobius ran into severe problems with permissions for on-land
investigations, but similar exploration in the Eastern Harbour per- mission
was even more difficult as some of the Alexandrian harbour was occupied
by defense installations, which seemed to be at the exact area to be pinpointed
by the remote viewers. (Harbour COMPOSITE MAP should be received from Schwartz)
- Harold Edgerton, famed marine archaeology expert and
his sidescan sonar, a relatively new concept at the time - would be applied
in these areas. Only conclusive proof of his track record with other Governments
and projects convinced Authorities to grant the permissions.
- Very little hard information was available about the
Eastern harbout in 1979 other than the records which placed the Pharos
Lighthouse, the Royal palaces and island along with the other target sites
in the area. The main peninsula which separates the two harbour areas
remains, but more of this had to lie under- water, as it had been spotlighted
by most of the RV team as a 'hot spot'.
- One viewer, Brando Crespi, an Italian Count and media
consultant had concentrated on the sunken area almost exclus- ively. Another,
Gary L, had pinpointed one area as holding the Tomb of Alexander himself.
Neither was among the 'go-team' however, which included only George McMullen
and Hella Hamid. McMullen, a Canadian 'natural psychic' had functioned
as archaeological consultant to Prof Norman Emerson in un- covering major
finds in Canada's Iroquois history. Many of his Alexandrian sites were
also in harbour waters.
- George, who says "I prefer to work on the area (site)
as I can see what it looked like in the time past, and I can follow the
developments in its future. I just seem to know what the ans- wers are
to their questions. I can go back to the time in question and I can see,
hear and smell the environment I am in." Hella Hamid, a photographer,
had undergone testing and train- ing at SRI in the remote viewing project.
Her accuracy was acute and her sketches fascinatingly precise.
- On a huge light table, Stephan Schwartz's layout of maps
from each respondent were laid, and seemed to show a large number of remote-viewed
and circled 'hotspots' - which when transferred to a master map clustered
and overlapped in several places - all under the harbour. The only good
point would be that they should be relatively undisturbed by modern construc-
tion piled on top, and so it proved.
- Alexandria is known to be one of the most sizeable unexplored
areas of ancient civilization, and one whose submergence has swallowed
most of the known Royal areas described by writers such as Strabo. Alexander
had seen the coastal village where Nile waters entered a huge lake and
then the sea itself as a key to Egypt. The huge city named after the young
conquerer was never seen by him again after he took the time to personally
lay out a four-mile parallelogram with two wide avenues and sixteen lesser
thoroughfares as the future city; plus a causeway leading to the Pharos.
Construction began during his short overwinter stay in the area. Upon
his death, Polemy Soter, his Chief of Staff, took charge of Egypt, founding
a dynasty of grecian Pharaohs, which culminated in the seventh Cleopatra,
the only Cleopatra remem- bered by history. Her famous liasons with Julius
Caesar and later his Roman cohort Marc Antony led to the building of more
great palaces, a temple of Isis, and a palatial summer house Antony had
built known as the Timonium. According to Strabo, writing six years after
Cleopatra's suicide, the now sunken area had included stunningly beautiful
public precincts and royal palaces which occupied as much as one third
of the entire circuit of the city. Much of this lay under later buildings
such as the famed Neb Daniel Mosque, but a huge amount of it had to lie
under a fathom or more of harbour water and was completely unexplored.
- On May 8, 1979, Mobius was in place and the sonar survey
of the harbour sites by Edgerton had begun. Sound waves sent out hit the
seafloor and reflected back, apparently 'molding' themselves to the hard
physical shapes they touched. This produced a red and white silhouette
layout on a continuous strip chart. Divers would explore areas where the
remote viewers had pinpointed targets with the aid of this technological
- Almost imediately, discoveries of worked stone blocks,
partial walls, sunken sphinxes and what looked like statues were found;
showing that the areas pinpointed in California months before were to yield
results. French archaeological divers later confirmed just how important
the work of the remote viewers had been.
- A DAY OF DISCOVERY
- On May 14, Schwartz himself, an inexperienced diver on
his first dive was able to see the mass of pillars, plinths and pedes-
tals that lay across the width of a small peninsula. Just such a peninsula
had long been known to have been built to hold Antony's summer 'lodge'
theTimonium. The placement was too acute to be anything else and was confirmed
by the master map.
- Later in the same day, the diving team discovered a paved
floor that had been seen only once before by a Mobius diver, and with-
in a short distance a complex of pillars and sphinxes arranged as would
be the ruins of a temple of Isis, known to be close against the Pharos
Lighthouse, an enormous structure that must be the cause of a looming pile
of debris only yards away.
- Schwartz himself had been able to see and to swim through,
at last, what would prove to be Marc Antony's house by the sea. He would
be able to see and touch stones which belonged to the long sunken temple
of the Goddess Isis, probably built by and for the great Queen. Not far
away lay the bulk of a fifteen foot high statue which seemed to have a
- In only a few days, the remote viewers' work had been
able to guide divers to sites of not only great antiquity, but which would
also extend forever what was known about ancient Alexandria, its harbour,
the island Antirhodos and the royal seaside complex. After such a climax
the team had to leave Egypt, due for a return in November. On this trip
Brando Crespi and other viewers who'd missed the first, were able to accompany
Stephan Schwartz, while additional investigation and filming of the findings
- On the final day, the team was harassed by sewage in
the water near the ruins of the Pharos, and moved back to the area of the
Timonium. Here, an odd sea phenomenon had cleared the watrer consid- erably
and the team could see many huge round stone spheres lying on the sea bottom.
Each of these was pierced by a hole, and looked exactly like enormous
stone beads. George McMul- len's previous remote views had mentioned these
as adornments of the Pharos when he'd seen them before the first Mobius
probe and again at a later time. No authority has yet explained what they
are, but it is clear that they were where McMullen had specified they would
be found - although at the time he'd seen them they'd been covered by several
feet of silt and debris. It was the sea change in currents and visibility
that uncovered them at last. Such finds are the solid proof of the value
of remote viewing in archaeology. (PHOTO of these 'beads' could go here)
- The expedition in 1979 was the first of its kind. Applied
Remote Viewing combined with and complemented by more traditional science
had proven its true promise on its very first trial, in Alexandria's harbour.
- Almost as an anticlimax, the Oceanex, bearing Franck
Goddio world-famed submarine explorer, his diving and filming teams along
with a sophisticated array of nuclear magnetic resonance magnetomers and
computers (along with a much improved sonar array) arrived in that same
harbour in 1996, and began a thorough survey.
- Apparently totally unaware of the earlier pinpointing
of sites by remote views and divers, Goddio was nevertheless able to rediscover
the Timonium ruins, the limestone-paved area, sphinxes, statues and sites
they felt were the palaces and Isis temple. This confirmed the accuracy
of the Mobius probe.
- Goddio's exploration was fully covered by the Discovery
Chan- nel which had not existed in 1979.
- In essence, the Mobius probe that led to Stephan Schwartz's
book, The Alexandria Project, published by a Division of Dell Publishing
in 1983 and soon to be re-issued in updated form, will stand forever as
a pioneer effort as important as mankind's first step onto the Moon; for
as one represents a step into one aspect of the future through technological
means - the second outlines a step into a different aspect of the future
- one in which technology can only be an adjunct or support to important
abilities which are yet to be fully explored - the abilities of the trained
and directed human mind! _____
- About the Author
- Beverly C. Jaegers is a longtime contributor to magazines
concerned with science and science applications. Author of the Berkley
book 'The Psychic Paradigm', and others, she is leader of the U. S. Psi
Squad, first cooperative team of police and trained remote viewers and
has spoken at the First and Second Annual RV Conferences. Her books and
the Squad's recent RV sequence of downed nuclear submarine Kursk are to
be seen on their website at www.uspsisquad.com
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