Thursday, February 21, 2013

Graham Hancock: Ancient Civilizations Before 12,000 Years Ago & the Global Catastrophe

From Graham Hancock:
I thought I’d share two of the developments, one in the field of archaeology, one in the field of geology, that persuaded me some years ago that it was time to begin work on a sequel to “Fingerprints of the Gods”. Please note, however, that what I’m going to outline in this short post is only a very small part of the much wider range of accumulated evidence I’ll present in the sequel – powerful new discoveries and new understandings in many different fields that have come to light slowly, piece by piece during the past two decades. Taken together, I believe these new findings provide overwhelming support for the thesis I put forward nearly twenty years ago in “Fingerprints” of a titanic global cataclysm in the window between 13,000 and 12,000 years ago, around the end of the last Ice Age, that wiped out and destroyed almost all traces of a great global civilisation of prehistoric antiquity. I’m already well ahead with the research and I aim to complete writing of the book by December 2014 and to publish in the autumn of 2015.

Emerging from mainstream science – which has so often ridiculed and dismissed my work – the first piece of evidence that made me realise there was a new story to be told was proof that north America was struck by several pieces of a giant fragmenting comet 12,900 years ago (i.e. 10,900 BC), causing an extinction-level event all around the planet, radically changing global climate and initiating the sudden and hitherto unexplained thousand-year deep-freeze right at the end of the Ice Age that geologists call the Younger Dryas.

The second early clue was the discovery in Turkey of an extraordinary 12,000-year old megalithic site called Gobekli Tepe, which is on the scale of Stonehenge but 7,000 years older than any of the other great stone circles known to history anywhere else in the world. Furthermore the best megalithic work at Gobekli Tepi is the oldest and the site was deliberately buried 10,000 years ago only to be rediscovered, and to have its importance and mysterious nature recognised long after the publication of “Fingerprints of the Gods”.
Gobekli Tepe
According to orthodox history, the period of 12,000 years ago (10,000 BC) is the "upper palaeolithic", i.e. before "the neolithic", and our ancestors then are only supposed to have been hunter gatherers, and incapable of large-scale stone-cutting and engineering works. Yet the scale and perfection of the 12,000-year old megaliths at Gobekli Tepe speak of a civilisation that had already accumulated -- by that date -- thousands of years of experience of working with and setting up large blocks of stone weighing in the range of 10 to 20 tons each with one piece thought to weigh 50 tons. The site appears literally out of nowhere but even the most sceptical mainstream archaeologists (who recognise its importance but have kept very quiet about its implications for the stories we tell ourselves about the origin of civilisation) now admit that there must be a very long and so-far unrevealed background to the wonders of Gobekli Tepe. That background upsets all established models of the time-line of history and directly supports the thesis of a great civilisation, lost to history between 13,000 and 12,000 years ago, that I controversially put before the public in 1995 with “Fingerprints of the Gods”.

In particular it supports a notion that was central to the case made in “Fingerprints” – the notion that the Great Sphinx of Giza might not be 4,500 years old, as orthodox archaeologists believe, but is likely – on the basis of the distinctive “precipitation-induced” weathering found on it body – to be more than 12,000 years old. At the time the reaction of Egyptologists was to ignore the geological evidence (put forward by John Anthony West and Professor Robert Schoch of Boston University) on the grounds that "the Sphinx can't possibly be more than 12,000 years old because no other large monuments have ever been found anywhere in the world that are as old as that." Needless to say, this argument no longer stands now that we have Gobekli Tepe -- which is not even very far from the Sphinx geographically. Moreover there is the enigma, noted above, of Gobekli Tepe’s deliberate burial 10,000 years ago, two thousand years after the site was founded. Do we have some kind of time capsule here left by the descendants of a lost civilisation of the remote past and perhaps deliberately contrived to catch the attention of humanity far in the future when an advanced global culture armed with science and technology had once again emerged?

I’ll make further posts here over the coming year about the many different aspects of my new research and about various field trips I have planned some of which it may be possible for participants in my online community to join.

Meanwhile I’ll be launching my new book, my novel “War God” – about the Spanish Conquest of Mexico – at Foyles Bookshop in London on Wednesday 5 June. After introducing “War God” I will give an illustrated lecture on some of the new “Fingerprints” research. I hope those in striking distance of London will come along. The event is likely to be oversubscribed and there is only limited space so if you want a place you should reserve seats now (£3 online) – see details here: The same goes for my event at Toppings Bookshop in my home town in Bath three weeks later on Wednesday 26 June – see details here:

For participants in my online community in the United States who are interested in hearing more about my new research into the lost civilisation, and into the origins of consciousness and the mysterious nature of reality, I will be presenting two lectures at a conference in Nashville on 18 and 19 May – see here for details: My fellow speakers there will be Whitley Strieber and William Henry. And I will also be speaking at a second conference in Scottsdale Arizona on Saturday 25 May where my subject will be “The Ark, the Grail and the Temple: Mysteries of the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail and the Temple of Solomon.” A fearsome Biblical weapon and power-source, the Ark of the Covenant, mentioned only as an aside in Chapter 42 of “Fingerprints of the Gods”, undoubtedly had its origins in ancient Egypt (where Moses was reared in the family of the Pharaoh and would have had access to all the secrets of what the ancient Egyptians called Hekau, “Magic” – much of which we would recognise today as science). In the sequel to “Fingerprints”, as I’ll show in this talk, I’ll take my enquiry into the Ark much further, exploring its interconnections with numerous other “out of place artefacts” (‘ooparts’) around the world and linking the evidence of their anomalous powers to a lost science of prehistoric antiquity. Details of the Scottsdale conference here: My fellow speakers will be Richard Hoagland and James Tyberonn.

I will shortly be posting details of several other events on the Talks & Events page of my website:

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