In 1976, Scottish engineer Stan Hall organized a landmark expedition to the caves of the Tayos Indians in Ecuador, involving a dozen institutions, joint Special Forces and astronaut professor Neil Armstrong as Honorary President and participant. Hall was driven by curiosity about Erich von Daeniken’s report of a Metal Library allegedly found in the caves by investigator Juan Moricz in the mid-1960s (published in von Daniken’s 1972 blockbuster GOLD OF THE GODS). The story was considered unacceptable within an orthodox view of global history, especially in the absence of any ancient written script in South America.
On this expedition, Hall began a personal odyssey into the heart of global enigmas: the origins of mankind, Atlantis, Ptolemy’s lost city of Cattigara, and the sudden rise and fall of wonder civilisations… a journey that ended with his identification of Atlantis and Cattigara, and the entrance to the Metal Library along the Pastaza River in Ecuador. Chapters include: Juan Moricz-Magyar Extraordinary; Egyptian Tablets of the Mormons; Ecuador: Cradle of Civilization; The Triangle of the Shell, Tunnels Below the Andes; Discovery in the Caves; Neil Armstrong: Second Small Step; Into the Tayos Caves; Treasure of the Incas; Explorers Percy Fawcett and George M. Dyott; Valverde’s Treasure; Tayos Treasure: Analysis and Location and more.