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"Portraits of the Gods," The Lost Lands of the Phoenician Peru -- Book Review

Portrait of the Gods

Book Reviewer:
Sonia Camps - Ibañez, CEO Media. Nascodex Publications. 3.7. 2013

Photo-book Information and purchase details are available bottom of column on the right.

About the Author:
William James Veall

William James Veall was educated at The Queen Mary Grammar School, Basingstoke, England. He studied engineering at Basingstoke and Southampton Colleges of Technology, and read Environmental Science, Archaeology and Spanish at the University of Southampton, UK.

Although his primary subject was Archaeoastronomy, he also studied important cross-disciplines like Archaeology, Anthropology, Ethnology.

The research programme behind "Portraits of the Gods" called for a close knowledge of ancient Epigraphy, Cartography, Classical sculptures and even ancient Religions. Not to mention the Trans-Oceanic Contact arguement between Diffusionists and Non-Diffusionists.

With a scientific engineering background he was able to develop a special technique to identify and capture the very rare remote satellite imagery which led to the momentous discoveries described in "Portraits of the Gods".

Satellite imagery interpretation, aerial photo post -production, orthophoto generation, Digital Elevation Modelling (DEM) and 3D terrain reconstruction were all additional awareness skills needed during research.

He is currently involved in the design of UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for aerial photography in archaeological research and site surveys over inaccessible areas, such as mountainous and arid desert regions, where the flight envelope involves extremes of altitude and wide range of temperature changes.

Photo-book Information

Title: "Portraits of the Gods" incorporating 'The Lost Lands of the Phoenician Canaanites... in Peru?
Author: William James Veall
From: Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
Publisher: Nascodex Publications
Classification: Historical Non-Fiction, Not-for -Profit.
Edition: First Edition 2013
Pages: 186
Content Features: Colour Plates, Maps and Illustrated Drawings and Charts.
ISBN: 978-84-616-3069-1
Published in English
UKCS Copyright Registration Number 339637
Price: E-Book: € 19.95
Purchase from: iTunes
Facebook: nascodexpublications
Blog: W. Veall Blog

Do satellite photos reveal Homer's "Kingdom of the Dead" in South America?


"Portraits of the Gods," The Lost Lands of the Phoenician Peru, is a historical non-fiction, not-for-profit, publication available only at present as an E-Book. The book is in the same genre as America B.C. (Fell 1989), Sailing to Paradise (Bailey 1994) or Journey to the Mythological Inferno (Mattievich 2010).

Author of "Portraits of the Gods" is English Archaeoastronomer, William James Veall who has made a lifelong study of Peru's Early pre-Columbian Cultures. He now holds more than twenty archaeological discovery Copyright Registrations.


The Author used the technique of remote sensing satellite photography to capture over a hundred never before seen, filmed or photographed, bas-relief sculptures (intaglios) depicting Human Heads, Gorgons, Flora and Fauna, and geodetic 'signposts' implanted more than 3000 years ago in regions of the Andes Mountains, the desert Pampas and along parts of the South Pacific Coast line of Peru.

Perhaps, however, the most important revelation amongst the many artifacts he discovered was the abundance of rock-carved inscriptions and legends 'written' in 12th Century BC, Phoenician characters!

William Veall went one step further boldly claiming that the whole palimpsest is enclosed within a vast 42,000 sq.kms (26,000 sq.miles) 'New World Kingdom' conceived and occupied for over 800 years not only by Phoenicians but other multi-racial groups: Greeks, Arabs, Syrians, Hebrews, Romans, even Chinese, Hindu and African Negros, as evidenced by the huge intaglio sculptures depicted in the book's lavishly styled "Art Gallery".

The satellite photographs also exposed a wealth of hitherto unknown archaeological sites within the 'New World Kingdom': A Linear Astronomical Observatory linked to a vast Landscape Planetarium which, according to Veall, provides first time evidence that it was Phoenicians who were the prime instigators of the nearby world famous Nasca Lines Monument, not the current claimants, the Nasca Culture.

To add to the Non-Diffusionist's chagrin, "Portraits" describes how the satellite cameras captured an enormous Monumental Plaza carved with twelve Human Head intaglios and very close by a huge 6 sq.kms Scriptorium enscribed with a mass of Phoenician inscriptions. Incidentally, the 'The Temple of the Sacred Lamb' (Nascodex 2001) discovered by the Author was also found to be actually within this 'New World Kingdom' .

The 'coupe de grace' came, however, after William had stitched together a photo-mosaic of satellite pictures and uncovered a completely virgin 300 Kilometre "Great Highway" linking Peru's South Pacific Coast to the mining regions of the High Andean Altiplano; a route not only embellished with statuesque figurals but Gnomons and Dome shaped 'Signposts' equi-spaced with astonishing geodetic precision.

"Portraits of the Gods" contains a full colour, 'Art Gallery' displaying many of the satellite photos - the Human Heads, the Gorgons, Animals and Flowers and the geodetic 'Signposts'. Included also are modern day views of the Planetarium, the Linear Observatory, the Scriptorium and the Plaza together with some delightful landscape pictures taken across the ' New World Kingdom'.

It is fair to the Author to record that the extremely rare imagery he discovered is not only over 3000 years old and filmed from deep space but has also suffered from the erosive forces of nature; even so, the quality of the intaglios, hence the photographic material from satellite technology more than 3 - 5 years old, is quite remarkable and in most cases eminently discernible.


Unquestionably, even stripped of much of the fanciful narrative, to quote: 'to make the descriptive narrative infinitely more interesting' the overwhelming weight of evidence exhibited throughout "Portraits of the Gods" appears to prove conclusively there once existed a permanently inhabited Phoenician Kingdom in South America; this effectively consigns the Non-Diffusionist's theories, which consistently refute any possibility of Trans-Oceanic Voyaging, to the dustbins of history.

The Author freely admits "Portraits" is not intended at this stage of his research to be a scholarly treatise but a vehicle to publicise a quite remarkable piece of archaeological detective work. Reading between the lines, one cannot help but get the feeling that William has something a little more 'Homeric' up his sleeve.

The rather peaceful, poetical description of the multi-racial "Heaven on Earth" discovered in the Andean Mountains sails very close to the wind of Homer's "Kingdom of the Dead" in the 'Odyssey'. Homer may have also intentionally 'disguised' the fact that the statue lined "Great Highway" was actually his "Highway to the Dead"?

For all the exquisite classical finesse of the many and varied intaglios in "Portraits" nothing quite surpasses that flourish of majestic artistry, the magnificent 40 metres (130 feet) long, Wolf-Rock River Valley montage of a snarling Great Grey Wolf protecting his She-Wolf and small 'child' in- between them. Source of the original story, or just Greek mythology repeating itself?

Finally, rather on the down-side the Author has deliberately omitted any co-ordinate information meaning individuals are unable to test the validity of his claims for themselves. According to Veall; this in the interests of Security and Preservation and pending discussions with Peru's Ministry of Culture to obtain the necessary licences for on-the-ground survey work.

"Portraits of the Gods" contains a well organised Table of Contents making it very easy to locate individual chapters, photographs, illustrations, maps and charts. The book also contains an excellent descriptive Chronological index setting out clearly the Author's main ideas and discoveries into a reasonably acceptable hypothetical timeframe.

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