There exists a lost civilization, a forgotten episode in human history. That, according to alternative historian Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods. Was this lost civilization, as he and an increasing number of his contemporaries stipulate, connected with the end of the last ice age about 12,500 years ago? “It takes an almost wilful blindness on the behalf of archaeologists to ignore it,” Hancock states.
It does seem that, at times, society has a vested interest in a particular view of history – that we, ourselves, are the apex and the pinnacle of the human story and that we should be proud and self-satisfied. This idea is still, to this day, taught in mainstream archaeology. A central part of that view is that all civilizations before ours must have been less advanced, much less advanced than we are.
But what kind of cataclysmic event could have occurred that might have wiped out almost all traces of an early, hitherto unknown civilization? Surely there would be artefacts. Some non-biodegradable artefacts would definitely survive for a very long time. A massive cataclysm would have had to have happened.
Submerged In Mystery
What scientists do recognize is the end of the last ice age when for about one hundred thousand years large parts of the earth’s surface were covered by enormous ice sheets; the whole of North America was covered with ice over two miles thick. A similar ice sheet covered almost all of northern Europe. Most of this ice melted very rapidly – no one really know why – and poured its contents into the oceans and raised the level of the sea by more than four hundred feet all around the world, swallowing up ten million square miles of land (roughly the size of Europe and China put together). If there are remnants of Atlantis, Lemuria, or any other lost civilization, most of it could be underwater.
Many myths and traditions speak of an episode of technological advancement in the past, perhaps very different from our own. Artefacts of such civilizations might not even appear to be technological in nature.
In 1999, Graham Hancock and his team dove into the blue waters off of Okinawa, Japan, to see what local fishermen described as the remains of an underwater city. At a depth of one hundred and twenty feet beneath the sea is a gigantic, Stonehenge-like stone circle. The geological evidence showed that this circle has been underwater for more than twelve thousand years – one of a large number of enormous stone monuments found under Japanese waters. “All of this adds up, in my mind,” says Hancock, “to compelling evidence for a forgotten past of the human story.”