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Adventures Into the Unknown

July 23, 2003


Hello and welcome to my new newsletter, "Stan Grist's Adventures Into the Unknown". This newsletter will give me the opportunity to share a lifetime of adventure, exploration, ancient mystery investigation, gold prospecting and treasure hunting with you. I look forward to your comments and feedback as we go.

This newsletter will be published twice monthly on a fairly dependable basis. Rarely, there may be an interruption if I am on an extended expedition. That may only be a few times each year.

My first series of writings (approx. 6 - 10 issues) will be about my own personal experiences surrounding ancient tunnel systems, the Cueva de Los Tayos, Juan Moricz, Zoltan Czellar, Julio Goyen Aguado, the ancient metallic library, ancient advanced civilizations, El Dorado, Erich von Daniken and Gold of the Gods, mysteries of the Amazon Jungle, gold, treasure and more. I hope you enjoy reading bout what has become an unfolding passion in my life.

I am about to share with you one of the most mysterious and incredible stories of my life and it may be stranger than anything you have ever heard in your life. This is a drama which is still unfolding as I write this newsletter. I believe there will be much more to come in the future, eventually.


Newsletter Part 1

It all started 1984 while browsing through a used bookstore in Calgary, Alberta. I came upon a book entitled, "Gold of the Gods" by Erich von Daniken. As I browsed through the book, I felt something like an electrical shock pass through me. I thought to myself, "If what I am reading here is the truth, it could change all of humanity, history, organized religion and world politics. Holy Moses, I have to know if this is true!"

Here is what I read from Gold of the Gods by Erich von Daniken as I stood there perusing the first few pages of the book in that bookstore, and I quote...

(Erich von Daniken...)

"I first met Juan Moricz on March 4, 1972... To me this is the most incredible, fantastic story of the century. It could easily have come straight from the realms of Science Fiction if I had not seen and photographed the incredible truth in person.

What I saw was not the product of dreams or imagination, it was real and tangible.

A gigantic system of tunnels, thousands of miles in length and built by unknown constructors at some unknown date, lies hidden deep below the South American continent. Hundreds of miles of underground passages have already been explored and measured in Ecuador and Peru. That is only a beginning, yet the world knows nothing about it."

On July 21, 1969, Juan Moricz, an Argentine subject, deposited a legal title deed signed by several witnesses with Dr. Gustavo Falconi, a notary in Guayaquil. The deed sets out Moricz's claim to be the discoverer of the tunnels as far as the Republic of Ecuador and posterity are concerned. I had this document, which was written in Spanish, translated by a UN interpreter. I quote the most important parts of it at the beginning of this incredible story of mine:

(quote by Juan Moricz...)

"Juan Moricz, Argentine citizen by naturalization, born in Hungary, Passport No. 4361689... I have discovered objects of great cultural and historical value to mankind in the Province of Morona-Santiago, within the boundaries of the Republic of Ecuador.

"The objects consist mainly of metal plaques inscribed with what is probably a résumé of the history of a lost civilization, the very existence of which was unsuspected by mankind hitherto. The objects are distributed among various caves and are of many different kinds. I was able to make my discovery in fortunate circumstances... In my capacity as a scholar, I was carrying out re-search into the folklore and the ethnological and linguistic aspects of Ecuadorian tribes

"The objects I found are of the following kinds:

"1. Stone and metal objects of different sizes and colors.

"2. Metal plaques (leaves) engraved with signs and writing.

"These form a veritable metal library which might contain a synopsis of the history of humanity, as well as an account of the origin of mankind on earth and information about a vanished civilization.

"The fact of my discovery has made me the legal owner of the metal plaques and other objects in accordance with Article 665 of the Civil Code.

"However, as I am convinced that the objects, which were not found on my own land, are of incalculable cultural value, I refer to Article 666, according to which the treasure I discovered re-mains my personal property, but subject to State control.

"I beg you, most excellent President of the Republic, to appoint a scientific commission to verify the contents of this document and assess the value of the finds...

"I am prepared to show such a commission the exact geographical position and site of the entrance, as well as the objects I have discovered so far"

(back to Erich von Daniken...)

Moricz stumbled on the underground passages in June 1965, during his research work, in which he was ably assisted by Peruvian Indians who acted as skillful intermediaries between him and their tricky fellow tribesmen. Being cautious by nature and skeptical as befitting a scholar, he kept silent for three years. Not until he had covered many miles of underground passages and found all kinds of remarkable objects did he ask President Velasco Ibarra for an audience in the spring of 1968.

But the President of a country in which nearly all his predecessors had been deposed by rebellions before the expiry of their term of office, had no time for this lone wolf with his incredible tale of discovery. The palace flunkies found the obstinate archaeologist very charming and assured him, after long delays, that the President would be glad to receive him in a few months' time, but Moricz was finally told he could not have an audience until 1969. Disillusioned and embittered he withdrew to his subterranean retreat.

(back to Stan Grist...)

As you will see in subsequent issues of my newsletter, Erich von Daniken was not completely truthful when he reported that he had seen the inside of the tunnel system with his own eyes.

OK, back to the used bookstore... I immediately proceeded to the cashier to buy the book. I headed back home and start reading. Sometime after midnight, I finished the book, laid back in bed and dozed off with thoughts of the metallic library and tunnel system coloring my dreams for the rest of the night.

As time progressed, I did much more research on Ecuador, ancient advanced civilizations, ancient tunnel systems and South America in general. I read Lost Cities & Ancient Mysteries of South America by David Hatcher Childress and eventually became convinced that there was a possibility that Juan Moricz was telling the truth.

As several years past, I read more and more about Ecuador. I finally decided that I had to see for myself if Ecuador really was a country full of unexplored archaeological mysteries, unexploited gold deposits, treasure and adventure; it all seemed too good to be true.

In 1987, I made my first of many trips to Ecuador. I discovered that everything I had read was indeed true, and more...

After rediscovering a lost pre-Inca city site on the coast near Ecuador's equator (that will be another story in a future newsletter), I decided to spend a few days of R & R in the coastal city of Guayaquil. Upon my arrival by twin engine Cessna in this important port city, I went in search of an acceptable hotel.

I wasn't able to find a place where I felt comfortable in my first few attempts. Eventually I came upon the Hotel Doral, which felt right. I dropped my backpack in my room and proceeded to the sidewalk café below to satisfy my thirst and hunger. I sat down at a nice little table with a great view of passers by. Next to me were two gentlemen, obviously not Ecuadorians, speaking in perfect English, discussing gold, treasure, history and a variety of subjects that interested me.

"Wow," I thought, "I really should introduce myself to these guys and ask them if they have ever heard of Juan Moricz." For whatever reason, I chickened out, not wanting to disturb their deeply involved conversation. After a great meal, I headed out on the town to discover what Guayaquil was like.

The next morning I went down to the same café for breakfast, and much to my amazement, the same two guys were seated at the same table, talking about the same stuff!

I couldn't let the opportunity pass this time. "Good morning," I blurted out, "My name is Stan Grist. I couldn't help overhearing your conversation and I just wanted to introduce myself and tell you that I am deeply interested in the same stuff you are talking about. Oh, and by the way, have either of you ever heard of an explorer named Juan Moricz?"

Well you would have thought that these two guys had seen a ghost by the expression on their faces. I wondered what I had said wrong. I sat there staring into their faces; no reply came until about a minute had passed.

"Who are you, why do you ask about Juan Moricz, where do you come from, what do you want?"

The smaller, older guy spoke with a slight eastern European accent. His English grammar was perfect. He carried himself in a very dignified manner.

"I read about Juan Moricz in a book called Gold of the Gods," I told him, "The book says that Juan's lawyer has an office in this city.

Have you heard of the book? I thought that maybe, by your conversation, you may have heard of Moricz before." I hoped I had not offended anyone by my questions.

In a very regal manner the older gentleman responded, "My name is Zoltan Czellar and I have worked closely with Juan Moricz for more than 15 years."

Now I was the one in shock. My mouth hung wide open and I could not utter a sound for quite some time. How in the world could I have chosen this hotel and this café? How could I have encountered this man at this cafe last night and then again this morning? Could this really be a coincidence?

Finally, I regained my composure and asked, "Is it true? Is there really an ancient tunnel system? Is there really a metallic library? Have you been there? Have you seen it?"

Zoltan responded, "Yes, I have been there and I have seen many things. Would you like to meet Juan personally?"

"Of course, yes," I said. "I have come from very far away to know more about this story. When can I meet him?"

"I'll arrange for a meeting with Juan tomorrow at lunch. Meet me here at 12:30 pm sharp."

"Thank you, thank you so much."

That night I could hardly sleep. So many thoughts and questions passed through my head. How would Juan respond to the questions of a total stranger? How much would he be willing to share with me?

Finally, tomorrow arrived. I met Zoltan downstairs and he took me down the street where we ran into Juan coming out of his office.

In the photo you see Juan, Zoltan and me having an initial conversation on the street. This is where I had my first opportunity to ask, "Senor Moricz, is it true what I read in the book about the tunnels and metallic library?"

Juan looked me straight in the eyes with a very penetrating gaze and said, "Oh yes, that and many more things." "However", he warned, "that liar, von Daniken, was never in the tunnels. He has no personal knowledge of my discoveries. I will tell you the truth tomorrow. I don't feel well today and must go home now. Goodbye."

I was so disappointed to not be able to ask and hear more. "Patience," I said to myself. "My time will come soon."

To be continued in the next issue...

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Adventures Into the Unknown

August 1, 2003

Juan Moricz & Ancient Tunnels Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of my new newsletter about Juan and the tunnels. Please feel free to send me any of your questions or comments. We will post these in the “Files” section of our Yahoo Groups for all subscribers to read. Many of you may well share the same questions or comments about this series of newsletters featuring Juan Moricz and the tunnels.

OK… where were we?

I had just met and spoken with Juan Moricz for the first time. Please see the link to the photo of our meeting in the last issue of this newsletter. Zoltan Czellar, Juan’s partner and assistant of over 15 years, was very helpful and eager to help me spend time with Sr. Moricz to learn much more about the Cueva de los Tayos, the metallic library and the tunnel system, which was said to stretch under much of South America.

Juan and Zoltan were also interested in some of my mining and investor contacts in North America. At that point in time, they were in the process of establishing a large gold mining operation in Ecuador. Their fundamental objective was to produce enough gold to finance an immense project of translating the metallic library, publishing and distributing copies of it in various languages all over the world and all at the same time.

The next day I impatiently waited for Zoltan to meet me at my hotel, the Hotel Doral (please see photos in the “Photos” section at Yahoo Groups). As I sat sipping my fruit juice, I finally saw Zoltan walking down the street toward me. He did not look happy.

“Zoltan,” I said, “what’s wrong? You look awful.”

Zoltan replied that he had just been to see Juan and that Juan was more ill this morning than the previous day. He was very worried. "After all," Zoltan explained, "Juan was 69 years old, no longer a young man."

Meanwhile, Zoltan offered to spend time with me, answering all of my questions. This came as a relief; my return trip to Canada was scheduled for the following evening, just over 24 hours away. I didn’t even know where to start as thousands of questions circled in my head. I had been waiting for this moment for years.

First, I wanted to know who Zoltan was and how he first became involved with Juan Moricz. The story was not a short one, neither was it dull or boring…

Zoltan, as a young man, had been actively involved in a struggle against the communist invasion of his homeland in Hungry. He had been somewhat of a leader in this struggle and even once held his ground, standing face to face with an approaching tank, unwilling to move. Unfortunately, his role against the invasion eventually made it necessary to escape his homeland and relocate. Eventually he went to the U.S. to live with his aunt in Detroit, Michigan.

When Zoltan mentioned that he had moved to Detroit, a chill went through me. I immediately asked him what year he had arrived. A little more conversation between us revealed that we had lived about 5 miles apart for several years. I was raised in Detroit.

Then, eventually, Zoltan made his way to California and became involved in the ownership of several shoe stores. It didn’t take long for him to achieve a measure of success, purchase a Cadillac, get married and start a family. Whenever he spoke of his two children, his eyes lit up. At the same time, it was obvious that he felt sad in that he had not been able to see much of them in recent years. He obviously loved them dearly.

I know this sounds impossible, but further conversation revealed that Zoltan and I had lived about 15 miles apart in California at the same time, years after the Detroit period. It seemed that our paths had nearly crossed on a couple of occasions.

While Zoltan’s family was still relatively young, he read one day of the treasure story of Sir Francis Drake’s exploits in South America…

In the late 1500’s, Francis Drake plundered a huge Inca treasure from a Spanish galleon near the shores of today’s Peru. He made a successful escape but was so heavily overloaded, his progress was slow. As the Spanish began to gain ground on his northward escape, Drake was forced to visit a bay of today’s Silver Island near the coast of Ecuador.

(see some photos: http://www.ecuador-images.net/island.plata.htm)

Here, Drake offloaded a few tons of silver right into the waters of the bay. He was then able to outrun his Spanish pursuers and escape to the north, eventually returning to England with a king’s ransom in treasure for the Queen.

When Zoltan read this story and that there was no record of the silver ever having been recovered, he began to formulate plans for a treasure hunt. Zoltan never filled me in on the details, but apparently he was able to raise investment capital and bring an expedition of SCUBA divers to Ecuador. I believe that the expedition was unsuccessful in their search.

During his initial stay in Ecuador, Zoltan was introduced to fellow Hungarian countryman, Juan Moricz. A close friendship soon developed and somewhere along the way, Zoltan ended up moving to Ecuador to work with Juan Moricz on the metallic library and gold mining projects. It appears that he left a lot behind in California in order to do this.

Zoltan told me that Juan Moricz, at that time, had moved to Ecuador from Argentina just a few years earlier. Moricz claimed to have recently discovered the Cueva de los Tayos and the metallic library. Initial attempts to gain financing and form an expedition to recover the metallic library had all ended in failure. That is when they decided to acquire financing from a gold mining project instead.

That afternoon, Zoltan shared many of his personal experiences surrounding his work with Juan. He also showed me a number of photos from his own personal expedition into the Cueva de los Tayos. Although his photos were poorly lit, I could easily see some very strange things. One photo, for example, was of an apparent enormous table and chairs. He said that these were made of some unknown material, certainly not of stone or wood. The photos only created more questions for me instead of less. Who used such giant furniture?

The day with Zoltan passed very quickly. We said our goodbyes for the night and agreed to meet again the next morning. Hopefully, Juan would be feeling better and I would be able to spend some time with him, receiving more answers to my questions.

The next day Juan did feel better and I was invited to visit him in his office. (please see the photo of this visit in the “Photos” section of our Yahoo Groups) My first impression was of the limitless number of books on shelves all over his sizable office. There were thousands of books everywhere I looked.

As I explored Juan’s multi-room office, I randomly selected a number of different books from his shelves to peruse. I noticed that each book was heavily underlined throughout, an obvious sign that they had been carefully read. I saw books in at least 10 different languages. Wow, this guy was quite a scholar. I thought that I was a reader and researcher, but I was nothing next to Juan Moricz. Then Zoltan told me that this was only a fraction of Juan’s overall library! The bulk of the library was stored in two other locations nearby, there in the city of Guayaquil.

Passing into the main part of Juan’s office, I saw a medium sized combination safe standing in the corner. Juan said, “Stan, come over here a moment. I have something very special I want to show you.”

Juan then opened the safe and removed an ancient looking large book bound by a cracking, dry leather cover. The book was written in ancient Spanish, which is similar enough to modern Spanish for me to be able to understand most of it. The book was entitled, Origin of the New World and Western Indians by Fray Gregorio Garcia and addressed to Saint Thomas Aquinas in 1729.

Juan told me that only three of these books exist in the world and that this copy had cost him more than US$30,000. He further explained that the author, the good Fray had spent decades carefully studying Indian languages from around the world, but more especially from Ecuador.

Juan said that this remarkable study would transform world history when its contents are finally made public someday. Then Juan gave me a copy of the most pertinent and important parts of this book that had been copied and printed up in a small quantity by The Association of Historical Studies in Quito, Ecuador. I have carefully preserved this copy over the years and am still in the process of translating it. I hope to share this with you in the coming year or so when the translation is complete.

Juan grew tired and our time together was quickly coming to an end. He invited me to return for another visit on my next trip to Ecuador. Before I left, I asked about the metallic library. Juan responded, “Stan, I don’t feel the time is right yet. Perhaps we can discuss this more in the future.”

With that we shook hands and said goodbye. I was already looking forward to my next visit, perhaps later in the year.

Zoltan walked me back to my hotel. Zoltan then invited me to come stay in his apartment on my next visit to Guayaquil and I graciously accepted. By this time I had really grown fond of Zoltan and his polite, yet warm manner. My meeting with this man had been nothing less than amazing.

That night I caught my flight and returned to Calgary, Alberta to do a lot more research and make new travel plans as soon as my bank account would allow…

End of Part 2

To be continued…


Adventures Into the Unknown

August 16, 2003

I arrived back home in Calgary, safe and sound. I began brainstorming about how I could become involved with Juan Moricz and Zoltan Czellar in the “Metallic Library” project. I felt a strong desire to find out for myself if this was really a true story or just fairy tales created in someone’s fertile imagination.

About a week after my return to Canada, the phone rang and it was Zoltan calling me long distance from Guayaquil, Ecuador. He sounded sad and fumbled a bit with his words.

“What’s going on Zoltan”, I asked. “You sound upset.”

“Stan, I have some very bad news for you, unfortunately. Last night, Juan passed away. At this point it looks like he had a heart attack. However, there was some blood on the back of his head and we’re not yet sure if he simply fell, or if someone else is involved. We’ll know more after the autopsy.”

I was devastated to hear this news. What would be the implications? Who would continue Juan’s work? Was everything coming to an end now?

Zoltan then repeated his invitation for me to stay with him in Guayaquil when I returned to Ecuador. He said he looked forward to sharing a lot more information with me and that perhaps we could find a way to continue to advance the project. Then we said goodbye.

For weeks I continuously regretted that Juan was gone and that I would never have a chance to ask him so many questions that were begging for answers. He had seemed so sincere and honest during our initial visits. Yet there didn’t seem to be a shred of solid evidence supporting the things he had told me.

Perhaps he needed to be very cautious about sharing too much information with someone he had just barely met. After all, von Daniken had really taken advantage of Juan’s good nature and had ended up creating huge problems for Juan with all the lies he had told in his book, Gold of the Gods. Perhaps this caused Juan to think twice about being too open and forthcoming right off the bat with me.

Several months past and I was finally able to assemble the necessary funds and time to make my next trip to Ecuador. I called Zoltan with my travel plans and he agreed to pick me up at the airport. I certainly wasn’t sad to be getting out of Calgary as it was October and cold weather was already approaching. The tropical climate of Guayaquil suited me just fine.

“Zoltan, over here.” I shouted above the crowd at the airport. There he was, right on time, just like he said he would be. That is something that I came to learn about Zoltan over the next few years. He was very dependable and always on time for everything.

“How did things turn out with Juan’s autopsy?” I solemnly asked Zoltan as we drove through downtown Guayaquil.

“It looks like he was having a heart attack in the middle of the night and tried to get up and call for help. The doctor thinks that he fell down and struck his head as he tried to get to the phone,” Zoltan went on. “But, he is not 100% positive about that; there is some doubt. The police are treating it simply as a heart attack and the case is closed.”

We soon arrived at Zoltan’s small apartment building in the historic neighborhood of Las Penas, right on the Guayas River. Zoltan’s apartment was very small and simple. He was a minimalist. Every detail in his apartment was in perfect order and clean.

Zoltan told me that I could use Roger’s apartment, right next door. Roger Corville was the man sitting with Zoltan in the café at the Hotel Doral when I first met them. Apparently, Rodger was in California, trying to raise funds to keep the gold mining and metallic library projects each alive. Financially, things were quite bleak since Juan’s passing. All working funds had been frozen and Zoltan was barely getting by. I noticed that he had lost weight since my previous visit.

Once my things were unpacked and organized in Rodger’s apartment, Zoltan invited me back to his apartment to look at a certain interesting document.

“Look at this,” Zoltan handed me a document that looked sort of like a report.

The document was entitled, "The American Origin of European Settlements" by Juan Moricz. Zoltan explained that in 1968, Juan wrote this 14-page document and had 5,000 copies printed for distribution. Three days before distribution, something very strange happened and Juan ordered that every copy be destroyed by fire immediately. Only three copies were held back from the destruction and Zoltan had two of them.

“Here,” said Zoltan, “you are going to need to study this document in careful detail.”

“Why did Juan go to all the trouble to finally write a paper representing many years of research, print 5,000 copies for distribution and then at the last minute, destroy the whole project,” I asked Zoltan with an astounded look on my face.

Zoltan quietly replied, “When you read it and understand it, you’ll see why “somebody” didn’t want this information made public.”

“Thank you very much,” I said. “I’ll start on it later this evening.”

Later that evening, I began reading the document. The “Introduction” was written by the Association of Historic Studies. I have included my translation of the “Introduction” below. This is the first time it has ever appeared in English and / or to the public.

The entire translated document will soon be available as part of an E-Package I am assembling for publication about Juan Moricz, the metallic library and ancient tunnel systems.



(to "The American Origin of European Settlements" by Juan Moricz)

“Today, in spite of scientific and cultural advances, nations still settle their disputes with weapons, and at this juncture we seem to be alone. There seems to be nobody on the earth that dares to lift their voice against these violations of the weakest. The strongest weapons dictate the ultimate truth.”

“However, amidst so many world problems, suffering and trouble, a ray of light has appeared, sublime hope for us who possess noble wishes and desires.

“Investigators and scientists travel to the most remote places on earth searching for the man's origin...

“Interestingly, in these troubled times when our homeland faces a permanent threat of war, a single voice rises to declare that Ecuador is the origin of the ancient Kingdom of the Kitus: the two parents. It was, for thousands of years, the cultural center of the earth and from this center, culture spread throughout the settlements of the Americas and the entire World.

“It gives us pleasure to present to fellow Ecuadorians the famous Argentinean investigator Juan Móricz, and as a result of his investigations, he has made one of the largest contributions ever concerning man's prehistory. Sr. Moricz’ investigations have been conducted in different countries of the Americas and the world, and finally they have culminated successfully in 1965, here in Ecuador.

“The Argentinean investigator Juan Moricz’ extraordinary discoveries have worldwide repercussions. These discoveries are currently changing our understanding in scientific centers all over the world for they are fundamentally revolutionizing our concepts of prehistory.

“For this reason, it has become necessary to review and revise all our knowledge of history, philosophy, religion, etc.

“Writing this introduction to the presentation of the study of "The American Origin of European Settlements", by the famous Argentinean investigator Juan Móricz, makes us proud. We know that with his work, Ecuador gains a weapon much more powerful that any atomic or hydrogen bomb or any other type of weapon, and much nobler. All this due to Sr. Moricz’ discoveries which elevate our country to a high level among the nations of the Americas and all of the world.”

“Guayaquil, April 15, 1968 The Association of Historic Studies”


As you can see, members of The Association of Historic Studies felt that the publication of Juan’s research paper would be both explosive and revolutionary to our understanding of ancient history. I was now deeply curious about why Juan had not followed through with the distribution of this incredible publication.

What revolutionary information does this document contain? What evidence does Juan present to support his seemingly incredible theories?

Stay tuned for the next issue in two weeks!!!


Adventures Into the Unknown

August 28, 2003

As you probably notice, this fourth issue of my newsletter is arriving a few days early. This is because I am leaving on a multi-week expedition immediately. I wanted to get this next issue out so that we won’t lose as much time in between issues in the event I don’t return from the expedition as soon as I hope.

The expedition will include the investigation of a legendary alluvial/residual gold deposit near the top of a jungle mountain in southern Ecuador. It has been reported by an extremely trustworthy source that a small group has recently rediscovered this ancient site and recovered more than 300 pounds of gold in the last few months using only rudimentary tools and techniques.

My small group will seek to prove this story true or false within the next 10 days. We will carry enough prospecting equipment to find out, one way or the other, if such quantities of gold exist there. If the story is true, we will immediately put a 6-inch dredge to work on this site, establish a comfortable camp, open a supply pipeline and produce as much gold as possible before the rainy season begins again in a couple of months. I should have intermittent access to internet cafes over the next few weeks and intend to keep you posted on our progress.

Our next target after that is the identification and confirmation of one of the Lost Seven Cities of El Dorado as mentioned on my web site. As it turns out, this is not exactly the type of “lost city” that many people dream of. It is more of a glorified old gold mining camp. However, it does carry “lost city” status as it was once one of the seven primary gold producing sites of the Jesuits during the 1500’s, up until about 1599.

Records indicate that numerous tons of gold were produced at this site and that a fair share of the 7 tons of gold currently displayed in Quito’s Jesuit chapel, “La Compania”, was derived from this particular site. We hope to discover one or more ancient mine shafts with an abundance of unmined gold veins still in tact. I guess I better remember to take the flash for my camera, eh?

Our expedition has several other alternative objectives, which I will relate to you as we go, if there is indeed time to investigate them. Please wish us luck.


OK, let’s get back to the Juan Moricz story and the document that Zoltan had asked me to study the day before...

The next morning I appeared at Zoltan’s door.

“Wow, I’ve read this thing, understand about 80% of it and can’t believe what the implications could be for world history, religion, philosophy and everything else. Could this stuff really be true Zoltan?”

Zoltan replied, “In my opinion, it is not only true, but it exposes many lies that have been told for many centuries.”

Zoltan continued, “Stan, this work must be continued and eventually the world must find out what the real truth is concerning prehistory and man’s origin.”

Once again, I will soon be publishing an E-Package about Juan Moricz, the metallic library, ancient tunnel systems, etc. This package will include Juan’s research paper translated into English for the first time and other one-of-a-kind documents related to this subject.

However, for now, please allow me to outline a little bit of the revolutionary information contained in Juan’s research that may have far-reaching implications for our future.

The name of Juan Moricz’ document is, “The American Origin of European Settlements”. When Juan refers to “American Origins”, he specifically means South America, and even more specifically, the part of South America nearest the equator.

A little background...

Juan was born in Hungry. He was held in a Nazi concentration camp as a young man for some years. He eventually escaped from the Nazis and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Juan soon became an impassioned researcher and explorer. He eventually acquired many tens of thousands of books in a dozen different languages. He read and studied multiple books each day.

Juan’s studies in Argentina focused on ancient history, migrations and language trees/genealogies. Juan eventually became convinced that prehistory and man’s origins, as the world’s general population currently believes, is not even close to the truth. Juan set out to document the truth.

I am not sure if Juan based any or much of his work on the research of the brilliant Argentine scientist, Florentino Ameghino.


However, their work is strikingly similar. Ameghino’s work was revolutionary, especially for his time. He believed that the cradle of civilization was in South America and he used detailed archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, geography and geology to prove his theories.

Eventually, (due to his important breakthroughs and discoveries while in Argentina) Juan came to live in Ecuador so that he could conduct in-depth field investigations and studies in his target geographical areas. Juan’s work in Ecuador focused on place names, linguistics, anthropologic and archaeological evidence.

Because Juan had such a good working knowledge of ancient Hungarian (Magyar), he easily began recognizing ancient place names wherever he went throughout Ecuador. He discovered that a number of different indigenous groups speak a very closely related form of Magyar, the ancient root language that ties much of the ancient Middle and Far East together with South America. He was actually able to communicate with these groups since their languages were so similar to the ancient Hungarian he spoke.

Then Juan began finding archaeological evidence which directly connects ancient Ecuadorian cultures with those in the middle and far east. These artifacts bear shapes and symbols that are absolutely identical in all of the regions I mentioned above. Juan realized the impossibility that all of this could be a coincidence.

Then Juan came across one of his most important pieces of supporting evidence, an old book written in 1729 entitled, “The Origin of New World and Western Indians”. This book was written by Fray Gregorio Garcia specifically to and for Saint Thomas de Aquino. The book is a masterful study of human migrations and origins. It was the result of two key things, 1) decades of research in numerous ancient texts, and 2) decades of living among and investigating Native groups in central Ecuador. I already mentioned the time (newsletter #2) that Juan showed me a copy of this book in his office.

In essence therefore, Juan’s theory was that mankind originated and evolved in South America (mainly in what today is Ecuador). Sometime around 8,000 B.C. groups began migrating from South America to other parts of the world by sea. According to Juan, these migrations were responsible for the populating of Central America, Africa, Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Orient.

With all of these pieces of evidence Juan eventually set about writing and publishing the document I described above. The strange thing is that he had the entire batch burned and destroyed before distribution. Even Zoltan did not know Juan’s reasoning for destroying this work. I don’t know if we will ever know what happened with that.

Now, what makes a lot of this whole experience of mine even weirder and more fantastic is that I have recently been contacted by a European researcher. She claims that after 30 years of investigation, she has finally assembled absolute proof and evidence supporting the South American origins of mankind.

She has told me that she has historical confirmation, for example, that the key figures of the first Egyptian Dynasty were actually seafaring immigrants from a culture near today’s Quito, Ecuador. We plan to work together in bringing her evidence and research to public attention in the near future.

Interestingly, long before the Incas ever came on the scene, a very advanced and evolved culture existed around today’s Quito area and much of the surrounding Andean territory. This was known as the Kingdom of the Kitus.

The Kitus possessed advanced astronomical and mathematical skills. I will be reporting much more in the future on my own personal archeological discoveries surrounding their culture. I promise you’ll be blown away when you see what I have uncovered here in Ecuador.

According to Juan, in the ancient Magyar language, “Kitus” breaks down into two words, Kit and Us. Kit means Two and Us means Progenitors or Parents. Thus, if all of this is true, Quito is actually the ancient homeland of most of the modern world. There is much more to share about this subject, but that will come along later, all in chronological order.

As I mulled over the contents of Juan’s research in my head, I remembered back to the first question I ever asked of him in the street that day. I had asked if it was true about the tunnels and the metallic library. Juan had answered affirmatively. Later he told me that he was able to understand more than half of what was written on the metallic pages he examined. This was possible, he said, due to his ability to understand Magyar. Could it be true???


My next newsletter will deal with some of the conversations I had with Zoltan after Juan’s death. We’ll get into some esoteric topics such as the Cueva de Los Tayos, ancient tunnel systems, ancient libraries, UFO’s, possible ultimate Extraterrestrial Origins, Egyptians, Knights Templar, Jesuits, Masons, hidden treasures of the Incas and fantastically rich ancient gold mines… All of these things eventually tie into each other, believe it or not.

Hopefully I will have discovered one of these rich gold mines just before I publish the next newsletter. I’ll be sure and let you know what happens either way…


Adventures Into the Unknown

September 6, 2003

Hello All,

I am currently in a small town in southern Ecuador and we have finally organized ourselved to the point where we will begin our trek up the mountain early tomorrow morning. Please refer to my last newsletter for more details about this current expedition. I promise to post another newsletter in about 10 - 14 days with our preliminary findings of the gold deposit we seek. We are all pretty excited and hopeful of finding a bonanza.

All the Best to Everyone! Stan


Adventures Into the Unknown

September 26, 2003

Hi everyone, I’m back in Quito... but not for long. Unfortunately, I only have enough time to write either about the Juan Moricz saga or the most interesting results of the first part of my series of expeditions that started about 3 weeks ago. After thinking about it, I decided to write about the Moricz material today.

I’m leaving for a gold and archaeological investigation in the upper Amazon early tomorrow morning, but will completely bring you up to date on the recent expeditions sometime near the end of next week. Thanks for your patience. I promise it will be worth the wait.

Actually, our first expedition a few weeks ago unexpectedly and accidentally uncovered a large ex-police drug conspiracy masquerading as a gold bonanza. I am still looking over my shoulder wherever I go these days. But that’s another story for next week.

I was able to revisit the tomb of my old friend Zoltan Czellar while on my recent trips in southern Ecuador. He rests in the cemetery in Zamora. It really brought back many amazing memories of the times I spent with him and all the incredible information he shared with me. Please see the corresponding photo in the PHOTOS section at my Yahoo Groups.

Before I begin with the next leg of my story, I want to mention that I have finally completed the new package that I previously mentioned about, “Mysteries of the Ancient Tunnels, the Cueva de los Tayos, Juan Moricz, the Metallic Library and Much More…” The package sells for $26.95 and, here, below I have reproduced the Introduction to the package so you can see what it is all about…

(Please see http://www.stangrist.com/TunnelsMorizc.htm for more info)



Hello and welcome to my new and unique e-package called, “Mysteries of the Ancient Tunnels, the Cueva de los Tayos, Juan Moricz, the Metallic Library and Much More…”

I have been working on this project for nearly 20 years and it is not yet over. As I write these words, I am in negotiations with the native Shuars who live near the Cueva de los Tayos, whose permission is necessary to enter and explore the area of the caves. I plan to mount an expedition in coming months to search for the secret entrance to the cave from which the alleged metallic library can be accessed.

This is apparently the greatest kept secret surrounding the Cueva de los Tayos enigma. Many people have entered the cave by the well-known, vertical entrance near the top of the mountain. However, I calculate that it is nearly impossible or is impossible to reach the metallic library through this well-known entrance. The secret entrance is only accessed from underwater!

I have included a number of unique, rare and/or completely unknown documents in this package. You now have some information about Juan Moricz, the metallic library and the tunnels that no living person has ever seen before. Most of these materials were given to me many years ago by Zoltan Czellar (now deceased), Juan’s partner of over 15 years and Julio Aguado Goyen (now deceased) from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan's best friend. You can read all about my past relationships with Zoltan and Julio in the archives of my free newsletter, Stan Grist’s Adventures Into the Unknown, available on Yahoo Groups at: StanGrist-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Allow me to introduce you now to each of the unique elements of this package, one item at a time:

1. The first chapter from "Gold of the Gods" by Erich von Daniken. This was my first introduction to Juan Moricz and the Cueva de los Tayos. You can read more about this “first contact” of mine in the first issue of my newsletter, Stan Grist’s Adventures Into the Unknown. At the end of this first document you can also read my comments, insights and opinions about Erich von Daniken and this book.

2. Three chapters from "Beyond the Andes" by Pino Turolla. This rare and out-of-print book details the adventures and exploits of an explorer / investigator as he researches alleged ancient migrations from the Amazon, up over the Andes and out onto the coast of Ecuador. The three chapters include, 1. The Jaramillo Incident, 2. The Good Padre (Father Crespi from Cuenca), and, 3. The Cueva de los Tayos.

Important Note: Jaramillo Petronio may have been the first or only outsider to see the metallic library. His role in this story will be highlighted in several different documents within this package. At the end of this document you can read my comments, insights and opinions.

3. "The Lost Gold of Ancient America" from Ancient American Magazine by J. Golden Barton. This little-known article includes an autobiographical story of Mr. Barton’s investigation of the Cueva de los Tayos, Juan Moricz, Julio Goyen Aguado, Padre Crespi, Mormon Church Authorities, the metallic library and important ancient artifacts. Numerous color photographs accompany this document. At the end of this document you can read my comments, insights and opinions about it.

4. "The American Origin of European Settlements" by Juan Moricz. In 1968, Juan wrote this 14-page document and had 5,000 copies printed for distribution. Three days before distribution, something very strange happened and Juan ordered that every copy be destroyed by fire immediately. Was Juan forced to destroy these copies or did he simply “change his mind”? Only 3 copies were held back from the destruction and I have 1 of them. When you read it, you’ll understand why “somebody” didn’t want this information made public.

5. "My Two Trips to the Cueva de los Tayos" by Gaston Fernandez Borrero. This virtually unknown book details 2 separate expeditions within the Cueva de los Tayos, written by an associate and close friend of Juan Moricz. In this book, Sr. Borrero reveals many unknown secrets about the cave and his personal relationship with Juan Moricz. This book has never been translated or published in English before and has enjoyed only a very small distribution in Spanish. Rare insights into Juan’s theory of the origin of civilization are revealed here for the first time. I have included the first half of the book in this e-package. The first half of the book discusses the first expedition that was led by Juan Moricz. The second half of the book that is not included, does not shed any new light on the subject. At the beginning of this document you can read my comments, insights and opinions about it.

6. "They Can Call Me Crazy, But…" This is the translation of an interview with Juan Moricz published in El Universo newspaper in Guayaquil, Ecuador on August 6, 1976. The interview covers a variety of topics including the joint Ecuadorian – British Tayos expedition that included astronaut Neil Armstrong, Stanley Hall – expedition leader, ancient advanced civilizations, tunnel systems and the inner earth. At the end of this interview you can read my comments, insights and opinions about it.

7. A translation and scanned image of the original secrecy agreement signed by all members of the original 1965 expedition into the caves led by Juan Moricz. At the end of this document you can read my comments, insights and opinions about it.

8. “Exceptional Declaration” by Stanley Hall. This is probably the most explosive document in my entire package! It is a secret document presented to the Ecuadorian Congress in July of 1997. This document lays out secret, never before revealed information about the contents of the Cueva de los Tayos. Stanley Hall was the leader of the joint Ecuadorian / British expedition in 1976. No document or report was ever published about the conclusions or findings of this secret expedition. You won’t believe Mr. Hall’s declarations of his findings and little-known relationship with Jaramillo Petronio! This document alone is worth 10 times the price of this e-package. At the end of this document you can read my comments, insights and opinions.

9. A rare article, "THE FOURTH REICH, FATHER ADOLPH AND THE LOST TREASURE OF THE NAZIS" By: Sean David Morton... This amazing article suggests that Father Crespi and Adolph Hitler may have been one in the same. I must admit that some of the information in this article is very difficult to dispute. Judge for yourself after reading all of the information in my e-package, especially the information from Pino Turolla's chapters.

10. An article translated from a Spanish magazine, "The Cave of the Tayos" by Pablo Villarrubia Mauso. This interesting article reveals new and unique information gleaned from interviews with Juan's lawyer and friends of Julio Aguado Goyen. It also discusses proofs of the metallic library in the Cave of the Tayos, other caves, tunnel systems and Nazi involvement in a large Inca treasure.

11. A complete list of dozens of tunnel system entrances in North, Central and South America.

12. A list of the 100 most important Internet links to web sites about ancient tunnels, the Cueva de los Tayos and closely related subjects.

13. A fascinating paper, "Earth Subterranean Tunnels & the Hollow Earth, My Search for Tunnels in the Earth", by David Hatcher Childress. If you have been a skeptic about ancient tunnel systems, this paper will change your mind. Mr. Childress is a highly respected explorer/investigator/author. He has traveled the world documenting little-known discoveries and sharing these discoveries with the world through his media appearances and writings.

There you have it. This package, combined with the first round of publications from the archives of my free newsletter, provide you with the best possible information about “Mysteries of the Ancient Tunnels, the Cueva de los Tayos, Juan Moricz, the Metallic Library and Much More…” I sincerely hope you enjoy this information and that it motivates you to investigate and study that which is your passion in life.

All the Best, Stan


Please be sure and check out the new photos I posted at Yahoo Groups today. These include photos of the aforementioned cemetery in Zamora, Zoltan’s and my daily watering hole on the “El Pirata” which floated on the Guayas River and a very old photo of Zoltan with the famous Padre Crespi who is mentioned so often in my new e-package.


“Zoltan”, I responded, “I am very interested in doing something to help continue Juan’s work. It really needs to be published and disseminated. Something about it attracts me like somehow I am discovering a new mission in my life.”

Zoltan smiled and said, “Stan, allow me to take you and introduce you to my daily watering hole, El Pirata, where we can talk some more. Let’s go, I think you’ll like it.”

Zoltan drove me down the historic street in “Las Penas” where he lived right on the water and then down along what is called the “Malecon”, or street that parallels the waterfront of the Guayas River in Guayaquil. Soon we arrived at a beautiful little red, floating restaurant with a beautiful hostess welcoming us onboard (please see the photo).

As we boarded the restaurant, the owner came over to shake Zoltan’s hand and share a few words. They were obviously good friends and were soon laughing at something that had happened at the restaurant earlier in the day. Then Zoltan introduced me to his friend. Soon we climbed the stairs and sat down at “Zoltan’s table”. As I came to find out later, nobody else was ever allowed to sit at Zoltan’s table. It is the one in the corner of the top deck at the far left of the photo.

This was to be the first of many dozen’s of conversations at Zoltan’s table. This is where he would always open up the most about his time spent with Juan Moricz. This is where I was able to get the best answers to my questions about semi-secret issues that weren’t normally discussed elsewhere.

“So, Zoltan, tell me exactly what and where are mankind’s origins according to Juan? Where do his studies indicate that it all started? Where does Lemuria fit into the picture? What about UFO’s and an extraterrestrial origin? What all does the metallic library reveal about ancient advanced technology and knowledge?”

“Whoa, slow down young man. You are moving much too fast. We will take this one step at a time,” Zoltan replied with a big grin on his face.

“First of all,” he began, “it is still not time for Juan’s work to be published. Things are not ready yet. Also, when the time does come, it will have to be written, published and distributed in many languages, all at the same time, and very fast. This is because there are many powerful people who would not want this information to be made public. It could eventually affect governments, religions and rich international families, causing them all to lose the control they currently posses over the masses. This would all cost a lot of money, perhaps many millions of dollars.”

Remember, everyone, Zoltan said this to me back in 1991, when it would have cost millions of dollars to do what he explained. Things are much different today with the proliferation of the internet and with the online translation programs that are freely available to everyone now.

please see:

http://translation.lycos.com/ as just one example

I sincerely hope and plan to bring Juan’s work to the public with the help of modern technology. Since most of his knowledge was transmitted orally to friends and associates, this could have been a huge challenge, almost impossible. Remember that he only ever wrote one paper that I know of, The American Origin of European Settlements. This is fairly brief in comparison with everything that Zoltan later shared with me.

However, like a voice from the grave, a European researcher has recently appeared in my life, who has spent the last 30 years gathering absolute proof and documentation of Juan’s so-called theories about “origins”. We are currently forming a partnership to publish all of her life’s work in English for the first time. It is truly revolutionary and will rewrite the history books of the world.

When I recently sent her a digital copy of The American Origin of European Settlements, she nearly fell over. She had never seen it before. She told me that her work totally agrees with and supports the information in Juan’s paper. She then sent me a huge package through the mail describing some of her life’s work, conclusions and proofs. When I read it, I nearly fell over too.

“First of all Stan,” Zoltan continued, “the Cave of the Tayos is real. I have been down there myself and seen some very mysterious things. I will show you some of my photos from the cave tomorrow. Then you can see some things for yourself.”

“Next, we will begin discussing Juan’s work and conclusions in an orderly fashion, much like building a house, one brick at a time. When we are through, you will be in a position to continue the work, if you can ever find the money to do it.”

To be continued...

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Adventures Into the Unknown

October 6, 2003

Expedition #1, September 6, 2003, approx. 10:30 p.m.

(Please note: Names have been changed and faces blotted out in one photo for security purposes…keep reading, you will understand)

See the 3 new photos of the trip that I have posted in the PHOTOS section at my Yahoo Groups site.


“How much did he get? I don’t think I heard you properly Pedro,” I said in a rather excited tone.

Pedro said, “Yes Stan, you heard right. Incredible if it’s true.”

“Tell me the story Pedro,” I said, “I really need to hear all the details. Please, don’t leave anything out and start from the beginning.”

Pedro began telling me a story about one of the most amazing gold discoveries I had ever heard of. I sat there just listening to the story for about a half hour without interrupting. I was spellbound.

Pedro explained to me that a local retired police official had just purchased a half million dollar building lot in Quito, was currently working on the construction of the fifth floor of his new home, was driving a new Land Rover Discovery and that no less than eleven members of his family were also driving brand new cars. The retired police official had let the secret of his recent financial bonanza out to just a few select people and Pedro’s brother was one of them.

The story began that as a young man, the police official had been taken to a small remote river in southern Ecuador by his grandfather, just before his grandfather retired to live in Spain as a wealthy man. The river was loaded with course alluvial gold. Apparently the grandfather had shown his grandson where the gold was and how to recover it with a simple sluice box and shovel. Now this grandson had grown up, had a successful career and family, and was finally ready to live his golden years in a very golden manner.

Pedro’s brother eventually became aware that the retired police official had also invited one of his laborers from town to participate in one of the gold mining trips. The laborer was allowed to use a pan and keep the gold he recovered. The word was that the laborer had spent most of one day panning with a large, wooden “batea” gold pan, completing only three pans before dark. The laborer had no previous experience with a gold pan and had spent his time separating the sand, gravel and gold manually, not using the pan properly.

“How much gold did he get,” I asked again, not believing Pedro the first time.

Pedro said, “He got 28 grams (nearly one ounce) in those three pans.”

“Are you sure?”

Pedro said that the laborer had returned from the mining expedition to the small town nearby in southern Ecuador. He had sold the gold to a gold buyer for nine dollars per gram, which was big money for him compared to his normal six dollar per day wage.

“Can you speak to this laborer confidentially and try to confirm the story,” I asked Pedro.

“You bet I will and then I’ll let you know what I find out Stan.”

A few weeks past and Pedro called me back. He said that he had indeed confirmed the story with the laborer and that he believed it completely as the laborer had a very good reputation for honesty in town. He told me that he was in the process of trying to coax the laborer to show him the river.

Pedro’s primary point of persuasion with the laborer was that he had 2 friends (myself and my exploration partner, Bill) who have three gold dredges. Pedro pointed out that if the four of us could work with those gold dredges in the river, we would all come out as wealthy men in a few short weeks. The laborer was very reluctant to go along with this proposition as he had promised the retired policeman that he would never reveal the location to anyone.

More weeks past and Pedro gently and continuously reminded the laborer of the proposition. He reinforced the great wealth that would surely be the result of our venture. One dredge alone could probably produce $10,000 - $20,000 per day in gold in such a rich river. Still, the laborer would not budge.

Then one day the retired police official embarrassed the laborer with a rather crude remark about his work. The comment was made in front of the laborer’s co-workers and everyone laughed at him. He went home mad that day and contacted Pedro the same evening.

Pedro called me the next day and said, “Are you ready to go Stan?”

“Go where,” I responded.

“Juan, the laborer, has finally agreed to take us to the river and show us the gold,” Pedro said. We got excited.

Pedro, my partner Bill, and I began planning the expedition. We soon set a date and had everything in order, ready to go.

Bill and I left Quito on September 5. We drove to Zamora near the trailhead in southern Ecuador, a 14-hour drive. We made arrangements to store our pickup truck at a hotel while we were up on the mountain on our expedition. We also bought a few last odds and ends for the big hike. I then stopped at an Internet café and posted my message about the expedition on September 6.

That same night, Pedro arrived in Loja at the bus station, along with Juan and a friend named Pablo. Apparently, Juan wanted a close friend on the trip with us as he had never met Bill and I and didn’t know what to expect of us. He had heard the gringos were packing handguns and felt uneasy. It was 10 pm and we began organizing our gear before the drive to Zamora.

Strategy required that we begin our climb up the mountain in the middle of night to help avoid a possible encounter with anyone from the retired police official’s mining group. We began our climb at midnight. The moon was out and we didn’t even need a flashlight for most of the way.

The climb was difficult, about a forty degree incline and some muddy spots. Our backpacks soon felt very heavy. However, the gear we took was absolutely necessary to properly evaluate the river. By 5 am we had reached a safely hidden place on the mountain and decided to get some sleep. We agreed to sleep for two hours. We spread out a plastic sheet and all slept side by side under the stars. The moon had set by this time and the sky was a solid sheet of stars. The snoring started immediately.

I was awakened at 6 am by Pedro who was rolling up his sleeping bag and preparing to hit the trail.

“What gives Pedro? We all agreed to sleep for two hours.”

“It’s a beautiful morning and the gold is calling me to come right away,” he laughed.

Now we were all awake. There was no use to try and sleep again. Pedro had filled a cooking pot with cold water from a nearby stream so that we could at least wash our faces before continuing the climb. We were soon loaded up and ready to go. And so the climbing continued.

I had cracked a rib just one week before the expedition and was on pain pills. I had foolishly participated in a bloodless bullfight during the annual festival of a small town near Cotopaxi Volcano. The last and biggest bull of the day had caught me on the leg with his horn; lifting and flipping me like a rag doll. Now I was beginning to pay the price as we entered a jungle environment high on the mountain.

The going got very rough. We had to remove our backpacks and crawl under fallen trees through deep mud numerous times. It was something like right out of a “Join the Army” promo campaign. “Be all you can be,” I kept telling myself. At least that kept me smiling.

Interestingly, three of us had sweat pouring out of our bodies in bucket loads. Juan and Pablo, the two natives, had no sweat on them at all. They hadn’t even taken a drink of water all day and they were each carrying at least 60 pounds in each of their backpacks. They each make an ox look weak.

Later in the afternoon we finally arrived on top of the mountain. Please see the photos that I posted. Two of them were taken near the mountaintop. You can see the city of Zamora looking to the north in one. In the other photo of me, you can barely see a waterfall in the background to the south. It is seen at the tip of my walking stick. That was where the gold was supposed to be coming from.

Next we descended into the river valley behind the mountain. The going continued to be difficult and I began wondering how the retired police official and his gang of family members could possibly withstand passing through this terrain on a regular basis. Some in their group are supposedly over 60 years old. That was the first red flag that appeared in my investigative, sometimes skeptical mind.

After about an hour we finally arrived near the river. I was very happy to hear the water from about a hundred meters away. Bill and I literally rushed to the river with our gold pans and shovels.

“This is it Stan,” Bill yelled over to me. “We will either find our big pay day within a few minutes now or go home with a frown.”

“Juan,” Bill called. “Please show me exactly where you took the gravel from that had all that gold in it.”

Juan pointed to the spot. Bill and I each took a pan full of material from this area.

“Will I really see more gold at the bottom of this pan than I have ever seen in my life before,” I wondered to myself as I worked my rectangular “Le Trap” plastic pan. I could feel my heart beating with great hopes. After all, if Juan had gotten nearly an ounce in three pans, I was bound to see something fantastic, and right away.

I got to the bottom of the pan and there was not even one small color in it. “What’s this,” I yelled out loud. “This is impossible! What’s going on here?”

You see, in Ecuador, one always gets at least a little gold in one’s pan, almost anywhere in the country. This was really hard to believe… NOTHING. I looked at Bill, an expert with the Le Trap. He disappointedly looked up with a shocked look on his face. Then he threw his black sands back into the river. How could it be? We each washed about ten more pans from a variety of spots all along the river, just to be sure. Same results… ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

I sat down with Juan and began an investigative interview, just as I had done hundreds of times with hundreds of people as a private investigator, years ago. One thing was certain in my mind; Juan is a very honest person. He had nothing at all to gain by taking us up that mountain. In a short time I had come to like him and believe in everything that he had told us so far.

“Juan,” I asked, “how many people were in the group that you came up here with?”

“There were only three of us,” he replied.

“Juan, did you select the place from which you took your sand and gravel to pan or were you told where to take it from?”

“They pointed to this spot and told me to take it right from there,” Juan pointed. “Then one of then went upstream to pan and the other guy went downstream. After awhile, just before dark, they came back to my spot and showed me all the gold they had just panned.”

I asked, “Did you ever see either of them actually wash a pan of gravel and get the gold out of the pan?”

“No, I didn’t.”

“Juan, something very bad is going on here. I believe you were tricked into believing that these people are recovering a lot of gold from this river. I believe that they are getting their money from some other activity and that it is not gold mining. They tell people they have a gold mine to cover up their “other activity”.

Juan responded by being very mad at the retired police authority. He said that he wanted to return to his town and file a public announcement about this deception so that everybody would know the truth.

I responded in a low, calm voice, “Juan, it is best for you to forget about this whole thing and never tell anybody about our discovery. If you do start telling people, you and your family will likely be killed. Do you understand?”

He thought about it for a minute and then finally agreed. We all agreed to forget about it. After all, it had been quite an adventure just getting in to this beautiful and remote place. We had seen some great wildlife and had a great time together.

We made camp for the night, had a fantastic dinner and then taught the natives how to shoot the guns. They ended up shooting better than the rest of us. The good meal and laughs helped us to forget a little about our terrible disappointment on the river. Bill and I had already been counting the money we would make and what we would do with it. Aren’t gold prospectors a hopeful bunch?


Since this disappointing expedition, I have been involved in three others. One is related to a lost city of El Dorado. Fortunately, last week, we finally did find a great river to dredge. My partner is there right now and reports more than three ounces per day in production with a small, 4” dredge. Just think what the 8” dredge will do there. I will continue writing about these adventures and much more in coming weeks and months.



Adventures Into the Unknown

October 17, 2003

Newsletter #6, continued from Newsletter #5…

Please remember that all previous issues of this newsletter can be accessed by you from my Yahoo Groups site archive. I have also added four new photos in this issue. The first photograph is of the well-known vertical entrance to the Cueva de los Tayos. The second photograph is of an explorer just beginning his descent into the cave, sitting in a rope sling. The third photograph is of Juan Moricz examining a large, apparently cut stone within the cave. The fourth photograph is of the Moricz 1969 expedition flag that Juan had fabricated for the group’s expedition.

Please also check out information about my new e-package called, “Mysteries of the Ancient Tunnels, the Cueva de los Tayos, Juan Moricz, the Metallic Library and Much More…” at:



Over a period of several years, I was able to visit Zoltan more than a dozen times, sometimes for up to three weeks at a time. Slowly but surely, he shared more and more information with me about the life and work of Juan Moricz. Zoltan provided me with as much physical documentation as possible. Unfortunately, after Juan’s death, Juan’s library and documents were sealed off from access. Apparently, Juan’s lawyer became the custodian of these materials. I hope to eventually gain access to some of these resources.

Early on, Zoltan told me about Juan coming to Ecuador from Argentina. This was because Juan needed to live closer to the area that he most needed to investigate in the field.

Juan Moricz discovered the underground passages of the Cueva de los Tayos in June 1965, during his field work, while being guided by local Indians who acted as intermediaries between him and their less-trusting fellow tribesmen. Being cautious by nature and skeptical as a scholar should be, he kept silent for three years. Not until he had covered many miles of underground passages and found all kinds of remarkable objects did he ask President Velasco Ibarra for a meeting in the spring of 1968.

On July 21, 1969, Juan Moricz, an Argentine subject, deposited a legal title deed signed by several witnesses with Dr. Gustavo Falconi, a notary in Guayaquil. The deed set out Moricz’s claim to be the discoverer of the tunnels as far as the Republic of Ecuador and posterity are concerned. Here is the exact wording of the document…

“Juan Moricz, Argentine citizen by naturalization, born in Hungary, Passport No. 4361689...

“I have discovered objects of great cultural and historical value to mankind in the Province of Morona-Santiago, within the boundaries of the Republic of Ecuador.

“The objects consist mainly of metal plaques inscribed with what is probably a résumé of the history of a lost civilization, the very existence of which was unsuspected by mankind hitherto. The objects are distributed among various caves and are of many different kinds. I was able to make my discovery in fortunate circumstances… In my capacity as a scholar, I was carrying out research into the folklore and the ethnological and linguistic aspects of Ecuadorian tribes

“The objects I found are of the following kinds:

“1. Stone and metal objects of different sizes and colors.

“2. Metal plaques (leaves) engraved with signs and writing. These form a veritable metal library which might contain a synopsis of the history of humanity, as well as an account of the origin of mankind on earth and information about a vanished civilization.

“The fact of my discovery has made me the legal owner of the metal plaques and other objects in accordance with Article 665 of the Civil Code.

“However, as I am convinced that the objects, which were not found on my own land, are of incalculable cultural value, I refer to Article 666, according to which the treasure I discovered remains my personal property, but subject to State control.

“I beg you, most excellent President of the Republic, to appoint a scientific commission to verify the contents of this document and assess the value of the finds...

“I am prepared to show such a commission the exact geographical position and site of the entrance, as well as the objects I have discovered so far…”

Juan then waited for a response from the president. But the president of a country in which nearly all his predecessors had been deposed by rebellions before the expiry of their term of office, had no time for this unknown researcher with his incredible tale of discovery.

The presidential palace assistants found the obstinate archaeologist very charming and assured him, after long delays, that the president would be glad to receive him in a few months’ time, but Juan was finally told he could not have a meeting until 1970. Disillusioned and embittered, he decided to approach the situation from a different angle.

Juan then decided to form his own expedition with a group of friends and associates who could be witnesses to the great claims that he had publicly made. The expedition was conducted near the end of 1969.

The most complete account of this expedition is found in a book entitled, My Two Trips to the Cuevas de los Tayos by Gaston Fernandez Borrero, one of the expedition’s participants. The pertinent chapters of his book are included in my new e-package mentioned above. Please be sure and go see the new photo of the 1969 expedition flag in the PHOTOS section at Yahoo Groups.

About a year after Juan passed away, I went to visit Zoltan in Guayaquil. When I arrived at the apartment next to his (I often stayed in Roger Coulville’s apartment when he wasn’t in town), I found a huge stack of research papers in the closet.

“Zoltan,” I asked, “Whose papers are those in the closet and what are they all about?”

He explained that they were the possession of a Sr. XXXXX, a man I had previously met and photographed in Juan’s library the year before (please see the PHOTOS section at Yahoo Groups). Zoltan explained that Sr. XXXXX was a Jesuit and was on a secret mission in Ecuador. Since Sr. XXXXX, Juan and Zoltan were all Hungarians, they had a common bond and spent a lot of time together. Further, Sr. XXXXX often used Juan’s library when conducting research for his secret mission.

“What is the “secret” mission all about Zoltan? I asked. “What is this guy up to?”

Zoltan said, “I’m really not supposed to say anything about this. However, I am quite upset because I gave Sr. XXXXX two thousand dollars to file a mining claim in Quito for me. Now he has disappeared from Ecuador with my money and I hear he has gone to Panama.”

“Is he gone for good Zoltan,” I asked.

“I really don’t know for sure,” Zoltan responded, “but I think he ran into some big problems here in Ecuador and won’t be able to return. I think my money is gone for good too.”

“So what is this secret mission he was on,” I asked again.

Zoltan then began to tell me a rather amazing story about Sr. XXXXX and the Jesuit organization. Back in the 1500’s, the Jesuits came to Ecuador and Peru. They set up a number of missions whose primary motive was really to mine gold. Eventually they employed slave labor and began producing literally tons of gold each year. The Jesuits eventually built a church in Quito called La Compania (the Company). The church displays seven tons of gold on the walls, ceilings, alters, etc. You can see a photo of the gold on my web page at:


By the 1600’s, a number of these “missions” began having problems keeping their slave labor forces properly staffed. There were also problems from Native uprisings in protest of the poor working conditions. A number of the missions or towns were shut down. Most of them were reopened at later dates, but in most cases they were reestablished in locations quite different than the original sites. For more information on this subject, please see my web page at:


Zoltan then went on to explain that there were seven original primary gold producing sites that were eventually referred to as the Seven Lost Cities of El Dorado. Then Zoltan told me something pretty incredible.

“Stan, Sr. XXXXX is here in Ecuador to relocate each of the Seven Cities of El Dorado. The Jesuits want these locations but Juan won’t tell me why. All of the research papers in the closet are photocopies of old Jesuit documents and maps from public and private archives. Together, they lead to all of the El Dorado locations.”

“Wow,” I blurted out, “That information must be worth a fortune!”

“Stan,” Zoltan looked very serious now, “Why don’t you take all of that information and photocopy it for yourself?”

“What?” I couldn’t believe my ears.

Zoltan told me to make copies of all the important looking documents because it was most likely that Sr. XXXXX would never be returning to Ecuador. Zoltan didn’t have to ask twice. It took me three days to make all of the copies and when I returned to Canada after my visit, I nearly had to pay for overweight baggage.

The subject of the original Jesuit mission sites (El Dorado) is something I’ll be writing of in future editions of this newsletter. I am currently in the process of finding and filming the sites. Please stay tuned for more on this great adventure in the near future.

There was also a lot of other information contained in the photocopied documents. There were Spanish and English shipwreck sites marked on maps, old buried treasure sites from when the Jesuits were immediately expelled from the Americas by the King of Spain in the 1700’s, and there was also gold mining information from all over today’s Ecuador. I even found information related to the old Knights Templar and the Masons. I am currently researching this occult information and will write more about it in the future.

Each day in the late afternoon, Zoltan and I would go to “The Pirate” (see photo above) for some food and refreshment. Zoltan began explaining much more about Juan’s theories of ancient advanced civilizations, ancient migrations, where the Egyptians came from and why the pyramids were built, mankind’s origins and UFO’s. Zoltan also mentioned that (very) giant human skeletons had recently been discovered in southern Ecuador.

Please carefully read all of the important related documents found on my web page at:


Much of what Zoltan explained to me was hard to believe at that time. I, however, maintained an open mind. Zoltan was one of the most sincere people I have ever met.

Eventually, in passing years, a lot of documentation has come to my attention supporting many of the things that Zoltan shared with me. I am in the process of investigating and documenting many of these ancient mysteries right now. You will be the first to know of my results by reading future editions of this newsletter.


My next newsletter will include some specific details of Juan’s controversial theories, which could really turn the history books upside down. I’ll also write more of my recent expedition in search of one of the Lost Cities of El Dorado in southern Ecuador.


Adventures Into the Unknown

November 28, 2003

Juan Moricz, Ancient Tunnels, Metallic Library, etc. newsletter #7, continued from newsletter #6…

Welcome back to a new edition of Stan Grist’s Adventures Into the Unknown.

First off, I want to clarify a few important points concerning something I wrote in the last newsletter. This is what I wrote:

“I even found information related to the old Knights Templar and the Masons. I am currently researching this occult information and will write more about it in the future.”

When I sent out the last newsletter, one of my subscribers immediately sent me an email objecting to my comments about the Masons possessing “occult” information. We exchanged a few emails and here are my views and conclusions…

First off, the word “occult” seems to carry a negative or “dark” meaning for many people. This was never my intention in the use of this word. My intended use of the word “occult” was simply to say “hidden”; certainly nothing negative or dark.

Now, when I say that much of the information possessed by the Masons, the Rosicrucians, the Knights Templar, the Pythagoreans, or any other similar organization is hidden, I don’t mean that it is kept locked up in a vault somewhere. Basically, this information is available to anyone who is willing do the work and research to put the pieces together. I consider this information to be “hidden” because there are very few people who actually go to the trouble to do the research.

To me, the information that has been passed down through the ages, through these various groups and organizations, is some of the most important information that you could ever obtain, study and put to use. Have you ever heard of the Philosopher’s Stone? I wish to offer any of you who may be interested, access to a free e-book that is one of the best that I have ever read concerning this body of knowledge. The book is entitled Alchemy Key and is available for immediate download at:


I hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to download and read the free book. It could be the beginning of something very important for you. It is long and deep, so be prepared for quite a read. You may be shocked by what you learn. I look forward to your comments, questions and feedback. OK, enough said for now.


Shortly after Juan Moricz arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a young man, he was attracted to the brilliant work of multi-faceted scientist Florentino Ameghino. To learn more of this work, you can go to:


Be sure to look at his paper called, “Origen y emigraciones de la especie humana”. In English, this is: “The Origin and Migrations of the Human Species”. This is believed to be the best work ever published on this subject to date.

The information at this site is in Spanish. If you don’t read Spanish, I suggest that you use a translation program to translate this information into your native language. The translation won’t be perfect, but it will be good enough for you to understand the main points of the text. One free translation service can be found at:


While at the library one day, Juan ran into another man who was studying the works of Ameghino as well. This man was Julio Aguado Goyen. He had immigrated to Argentina at a young age. He was a Basque from Spain.

The two men quickly struck up a friendship and found that they had many interests in common. Perhaps the largest single interest they shared was the theory that the roots of modern mankind were in South America and not in Africa or the “Old World”. This, of course, is a very controversial topic. Both men dug in and dedicated themselves to the study of this subject for what was to be the rest of their lives.

I will have much more to say about Julio in future newsletters. I had the pleasure and opportunity to fly to Buenos Aires with a film crew about five years ago in order to interview Julio over a five-day period. Sadly, Julio passed away a couple of years ago while on a very important archaeological expedition. Julio was one of the most amazing explorers and investigators I have ever met.

Both Juan and Julio soon became convinced that the extensive studies and resulting conclusions of Ameghino were correct. After many years of study and fieldwork, Juan Moricz was to write the following…

“The exclusion of the American continent from our current view of ancient migrations and settlements, is the keystone to the distortion of our current understanding of prehistory.”

“The complex problems of our understanding of the origin of prehistoric settlements and cultural migrations cannot be resolved when excluding the American continent from the picture. From our global perspective we can see that prehistoric settlements migrated, settled, diffused, colonized and eventually filled the globe as we find it today.

“Today our current studies and understanding of prehistory suffer from chronic failure of the “global vision” of original settlements, how they migrated and formed around the entire planet.

“The predominant confusion is even increased in the niche scientific disciplines where, in each, discoveries are made and announced regularly. Today, the successful archaeologist will have discovered one or more cultures. And in this successful career, the archaeologist seeks pots, vessels and cooking implements; he studies hardness, color, engraving, printing, etc. They seek to place their discovery in context. They attempt to understand the discovery in relationship to other cultures already classified.

“Accordingly, we have ended up this way documenting hundreds of cultures in relatively small areas. However, no proper global investigation has really ever taken place. Nobody has yet ever taken all of the small pieces of the puzzle and put them together into a great whole.

“Linguistic investigations are not much better. We have classified on only a part of the American continent, 396 different languages, arbitrarily divided in groups and subgroups, creating a type of linguistic map. There are still many remote, little-studied regions in the world today such as the Amazon jungle where such a profusion of different languages are spoken in such a small area that it seems like there is a different language spoken behind every tree.

“About the supposed arrival of mankind to the American continent, such a surprising uniformity exists that accepts the “theories” of migrations through the Bering Strait.

“Cultural Unit

“The American continent exhibits a wonderful Cultural Unit that extends to Polynesian, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Further on and below the equator. This Unit continues on to India and Lower Mesopotamia, as well as to Central Europe and the Iberian Peninsula.

“In this line that follows the "path of the Sun", mankind recorded his history, and in the North, as in the South, the large cultural centers of antiquity began to diminish in size.

“This same "path of the Sun" was used by the ancient inhabitants of America to migrate throughout the world by ocean. Following the equinox line they created ancient settlements with a view of the necessary constellations from this latitude. By day they navigated following the "path of the Sun."

“The extraordinary knowledge they possessed of the four basic elements: earth, water, air and fire, is reflected in that only in the American continent are the respective temples erected, confirming the Cultural Unit of the prehistoric settlements of the continent. Two of the temples are in the Southern hemisphere and two in the Northern hemisphere.

“Having knowledge of marine currents and trade winds along with having the best materials for sailing such as balsa craft, they made regular transoceanic trips a common feat in spite of the time that was required.

“The ancient American settlements have a rich marine history that has been recorded in their oral traditions. Recently, long journeys by balsa raft have been conducted on the coasts of the Pacific, from Tumbez, Guayaquil to Panama and Mexico and they were able to carry loads of a hundred tons and more.

“Great capacity for long transoceanic trips has now been demonstrated in modern times.

“These same ancient settlements have never given us reason to think that, in order to arrive in the Americas, it was necessary to cross the ice or land connection of the Bering Strait. If they had crossed the Strait, there would be far more evidence of it in their traditions and legends. Their ancient transoceanic voyages are quite worthy of our admiration. Even today, these trips are not easy for well-equipped expeditions.

“Cultural Diffusion from America

“In the cultural complex of our planet, it is most important to understand and restore the American continent to the ancient role it played in the migrations of settlements which has brought the world to where it is today.

“The high crests of the Andes Mountains reveal the remains of an extraordinary culture that, because of their location and their cultivated fields situated in practically inaccessible areas today, there is much evidence that a remarkable civilization survived the unfortunate days of the universal flood, in the cities and strongholds that crown the high summits of the Andes Mountains.”

As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, I have recently been contacted by a European researcher who has spent the last 30 years of her life, dedicated to the study of this subject. She has continued the works of Ameghino and carried them to a whole new universal level. We have now reached an agreement and I am in the process of translating her work. This will begin to be made available in coming months. I am in awe of what her work reveals.


As promised, I’d like to share some information with you about one of my more recent expeditions, the search for Ancient Zamora, one of the lost seven cities of El Dorado. This expedition was conducted as part of a group of projects in Southern Ecuador. You have already read of one of the other projects in a previous newsletter.

The Zamora expedition began in modern-day Zamora, the gateway to the El Dorado region. The first stop was an interview with local historian an ex-mayor of Zamora, Hugo Arias Benavides. Senor Hugo wrote, what is probably the best history ever of ancient Zamora. The book is entitled “Zamora of Yesterday and Today. Please see the Photos section of my Yahoo Groups to see a photo of the book and a photo of Hugo and me.

Senor Hugo was very helpful and was able to give us a great amount of details about where to begin the search and with whom to speak for further information once we were in the general target area. My exploration partner and I drove to the area in order to conduct a preliminary recon in preparation for the actual expedition to pinpoint the site. We met and spoke with several key people who claimed to know of the exact site.

Then my partner and I struck off in the direction of Ancient Zamora, not intending to actually reach the site, but to familiarize ourselves with the “lay of the land” so that we would be sure to take the appropriate equipment to maximize our chances of success. I have posted a photo of me holding a map on this recon trip so that you can see what the region looks like. It is mountainous jungle.

We soon came upon the remnants of an old gold mine shaft. This was a great sign that we were on the right path. See the photo of the mine in the Photos section. The shaft was caved in about 20 meters from the entrance. A vein was visible in the ceiling along the length of the shaft. We continued on.

Finally it became late and we needed to return in order to reach our truck before dark. The approach to the site looked “straight forward” and we determined that we should be able to reach the site within one day. We returned to our hotel in Zamora and began preparations for the expedition.

On the morning of the expedition, we awoke to a heavy rain. It had been raining all night. We still loaded up our gear and drove out to the site, hoping that conditions would allow us to proceed. We were very disappointed to find the initial path completely flooded and impossible to walk on. We returned to the hotel. We decided to wait one more day to see if conditions would improve.

This is the problem with operating in a rain forest; it rains a lot. The next day was no exception to the rule of the rain forest. This time, conditions were far worse. It was obvious that even if the rain stopped soon, it would be a week or two before we would be able to enter the area. We were rained out and that was to be the end of our attempts on this particular trip. Sometimes things work out in the exploration business and sometimes they don’t.

All I can say is, “I’ll be back!” There will be another opportunity to reach the site of Ancient Zamora. There should still be a lot of gold in the area according to old documents. Stay tuned for more on El Dorado expeditions in coming months.

In the next newsletter I will begin to highlight some of the information being revealed by the work of my new European researcher friend. I will also begin to write about one of the most important archaeological discoveries that I have ever made in my life. Amazingly, my discoveries closely relate to those of my researcher friend. You won’t believe how this all ties together!


END OF 2003


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