What if everything you've been taught about the origins of civilization is wrong?
Be it that certain pieces of our history have been intentionally hidden, or that we have yet to discover and realize the true story of our past, new archaeological and geological discoveries are revealing that sophisticated civilizations have likely existed in prehistoric times.
Until recently, the archaeological community has spread the view that the beginnings of human civilization started after the last Ice Age, which ended around 9,600 BC. All human ancestors prior to this time were recognized as primitive, uncivilized hunter-gatherers who were incapable of communal organization and architectural design.
It was only after the Ice Age, when huge 2-mile deep ice caps that covered much of Europe and North America melted, that our human ancestors started to develop and perfect agriculture, forming more-complex economic and social structures around 4000 BC.
On the European continent, the oldest megalithic sites are dated around 3,000 BC, and the popular Stonehenge is dated between 2,400 BC and 1,800 BC. This is the established chronology being taught in schools and believed by modern society. Prehistoric societies such as Atlantis have been declared myth.
New research now reveals that civilized humans were settled on Earth during the prehistoric era.
Since 2011, Dr. Danny Natawidjaja and his team have worked on a geological survey site in Indonesia about 100 miles from the city of Bandung.
The significance of the site was first recognized in 1914 when megalithic structures made from blocks of columnar basalt were found around a summit of a large hill. When the hill's summit was cleared of trees, it was realized that the blocks formed five terraces. These were believed to be used for meditation and retreat.
The site was deemed sacred by locals and dubbed Gunung Padang, meaning "Mountain of Light" or "Mountain of Enlightenment". The age of the terrace structures was estimated around 1,500 BC to 2,500 BC.
What Natawidjaja discovered at Gunung Padang was astounding. The hill was actually not a natural hill but a 300-ft high step-pyramid. And what's even more controversial is that the structure was much older than anyone imagined.
Natawidjaja radiocarbon dated the terrace structures at around 500 to 1,500 BC, similar to previous estimates. He also used tubular drills to bring up cores of earth and stone from various depths underneath the surface megaliths. As the drills dug deeper, Natawidjaja continued to discover that the columnar basalt structures extended far beneath the surface and yielded much older dates.
At depths of 90 feet and more, the material was found to be 20,000 BC to 22,000 BC years old.
Using radiocarbon dating, Natawidjaja and his team proved that man-made megalithic structures and hence a prehistoric human civilization existed well into the Ice Age.
The Greek philosopher Plato was also a believer that high civilization existed well into the last Ice Age.
His recorded dialogs with other scholars of his time date Atlantis and its submergence by floods and earthquakes at around 9,000 BC, which is, coincidentally, in agreement with modern scientific knowledge about the rapidly rising sea levels towards the end of the Ice Age at 9,600 BC.
The question now arises:
It is known that the Younger Dryas was a truly cataclysmic period on Earth, with immense climate instability and terrifying global conditions.
Scientists have long debated the mystery behind this and the reasons for the massive extinction of North American megafauna such as short-faced bears and saber-toothed cats dated around 11,000 BC.
Was the same mystery responsible for a massive human population decline and disappearance of advanced prehistoric societies?
New research conducted by geologists around the world, including James Kennett, professor emeritus in the Department of Earth Science at the University of California Santa Barbara, has linked the Younger Dryas period to a cosmic-impact event, possibly a comet collision with Earth.
The international research team from 21 universities and 6 countries has identified a distribution of nanodiamonds of extraterrestrial nature at 32 sites in 11 countries, spanning an area of 50 million square kilometers across the Northern Hemisphere.
It's known that during the Younger Dryas, the Earth experienced great global instability, with a sharp decline in temperatures even colder than during the peak of the Ice Age.
A return to a warmer climate around 9,600 BC caused a sudden melting of the remaining ice caps, resulting in a quick rising of the ocean levels.
Kennett and his colleagues believe that the beginning of the Younger Dryas and the sharp temperature decline were caused by a cosmic event, similar to the event responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The scientists have called the moment in time illustrated by the nanodiamond datum as an isochron.
Was this isochron responsible for creating the mystery of lost civilizations?
Kennett believes so: