thinking about pre-history…


Richard Moore

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I’ve been watching some interesting videos on pre-history. Lots of theories and speculations on offer of course, but most interesting to me were certain facts that came to light. In particular, there are two facts that have profound implications: (1) when the last ice age was ending (beginning over 10,000 years ago), millions of square miles of land were inundated with water from the melting glaciers; (2) evidence of advanced civilizations has been found in several parts of the world, in locations that are now submerged, but were above water during the last ice age.

These facts contradict the accepted wisdom, that civilization developed for the first time about 8,000 years ago, and before that humans were exclusively hunter-gatherers. Instead, the facts suggest a different picture. They suggest that civilizations existed during the last ice age (going back how far no one knows), and that the end of the ice age wiped out those civilizations, leaving only stone structures as evidence. The wipeout was so complete that cultural memory was lost: humanity had to learn all over again the arts of civilization, and this took about 2,000 years.

From a geological perspective, the end of an ice age does mark a point of universal destruction. (Ice ages last about 100,000 years, separated by inter-glacial periods of about 10,000 years.) Those areas that are covered by glaciers are pulverized by 100,000 years of unstoppable, flowing glaciers – and as the glaciers melt, massive tsunami floods wipe out everywhere else. It’s not just an incremental melt; there are episodes of ice sheets sliding into the sea, and huge glacial lakes emptying all at once – episodes that cause world-circling mile-high tsunamis.

The end of the last ice age caused a reboot of civilization, and consider how much we have learned, and how many technologies we’ve developed, during a mere 10,000 years or so since the reboot. The ice-age civilizations had 100,000 years to develop. Evidently they didn’t develop some things, such as steel structures, but who knows what knowledge they had, or what technologies they developed, during those 100,000 years? 

If they had technologies that could easily quarry and lift 60-ton blocks of stone, perhaps they had no need of other construction technologies. If they had wiser cultures, perhaps they chose not to pursue the paths that we call ‘progress’ and ‘growth’, and which are unsustainable. 

From the evidence I’ve seen, I think two conclusions are suggested. First, they knew, quite a bit in advance, that the glaciers were going to melt and their civilization was going to be wiped out. Second, they went to great trouble to try to leave a record of their civilization and their knowledge, a record that would survive the era of destruction. They left the record using two vehicles: monumental architecture and mythological stories, both of which are encoded in a way that can be decoded by a later civilization.

For reference, there are some starter links below, and the pages have lots of links to related material.


Graham Hancock and the Sacred Vine | London Real

Yonaguni-Japanese Atlantis

12,000 Years Old Unexplained Structure.flv (Southeast Turkey)