Younger Dryas refers to a climate period from 12,800 to 11,600 years ago when the temperature on Earth dropped significantly. Evidence suggests the onset of the Younger Dryas was caused by the impact from several fragments of comet. While the devastation from the collisions was global, the carnage centred on North America where at the time a two mile thick sheet of ice covered half the continent.

When the comet hit, the glacial ice shelf instantaneously liquified, causing a flood of meltwater 1,000 feet high to tear across the land. Caught in this rush of freshwater were blocks of ice as big as islands, which ground across the earth like erasers. When the water reached the coast, sea levels immediately rose, submerging more than 10 million square miles of landthe size of Europe and China put together. 

At the same time that these catastrophic floods swept across Earth, fiery ejectors from the impact were thrown into the air, setting the world on fire. In a matter of days, wildfires ravaged the land killing almost 10% of total biomass. Debris from the impact and ash from the fires accumulated in the sky causing black muddy rains that blocked out the sun’s rays. This prolonged darkness caused temperatures to plummet. Earth turned cold and dead for 1,200 years.

During this period 75% of all of North America’s megafauna went extinct, including the woolly mammoth, saber-toothed cat, short-faced bear, giant sloth, giant beaver, and the dire wolf. There was also a major human population crash. Quarries that had been mined for centuries by the Clovis people in North America were suddenly deserted. Campsites that had generations of activity were suddenly abandoned. This is also the time when the Flores peoplepygmies living in Indonesiaare thought to have gone extinct. 

Did this extinction-level event bring the entirety of human civilization to a standstill? And if so, just how much had mankind achieved before being set back? 

Mounting evidence suggests that we have completely underestimated our ancestor’s achievements. So much evidence in fact that I believe our entire framing of progress needs to be re-examined. Our idea of the trajectory of mankind, that we have always trended up and to the right, is wrong. Of course, it’s not our fault. Darwinism, the rise in technology, and the meme of an ape becoming a man have made us think this way. Only when you actually look at the evidence, it’s overwhelmingly obvious that the fingerprints of an advanced civilization predates the Younger Dryas. The fact is that 10,000-12,000 years ago is credited as the beginnings of everything, whether it’s the dispersion of languages, the emergence of agriculture, the first city, the domestication of animals. Again and again the same dates show up. What if these discoveries are not evidence of the birth of civilization but rather the rebooting of civilization? 

Take Göbekli Tepe, the most prized fingerprint of an advanced ancient people. The discovery of Göbekli Tepe in 1994 pushed back the estimated birth of agriculture by more than 5,000 years and 95% of the site is yet to be excavated. The enormous megalithic site has been dated to at least 11,500 years agoright when the Younger Dryas ended and temperatures rapidly increased. It is the oldest known perfectly north-south aligned site. It looks almost like an astronomy deck for reading the sky. The site features dozens of enormous classroom-like structures made from stones, some in excess of 50 tonnes. The stones are arranged in circles with a t-shaped obelisk in the centre. The obelisks feature detailed etchings of animals, constellations and iconography that can be matched to similar markings on objects found in Peru and Egypt. The most puzzling thing about Göbekli Tepe is that it was deliberately buried 10,000 years ago. It was as if its inhabitants were trying to preserve the knowledge for us to find.

Twelve-thousand years ago also shows up in Egypt. Twist the stars back 12,000 years and the Pyramids of Giza perfectly line up with Orion’s Belt, while The Sphinx lines up with the constellation of Leo and the Nile river lines up with The Milky Way. Egyptians believed the soul of the dead entered the sky through Orion’s Belt and travelled across The Milky Way in order to enter the next life through Sirius. Atlantis is also dated back 12,000 years. Although “Atlantis” has become a career-killing word in archeology circles, the myth does match perfectly with the date of the Younger Dryas cataclysm. There is only one record of Atlantis. It comes from Plato who lived 3,000 years ago. He describes that his uncle Solon visited Egypt and was told by a priest that 9,000 years earlier there was a great civilization that fell in a mighty flood. Coincidence? 

Recently another site was discovered off the coast of Sicily. Megalithic structures were found under the ocean. The last time the site was above sea level was 10,000 years ago. This means the site is at least 10,000 years old but perhaps much older. Go back even further and we’ve discovered a pyramid in Ganung Padang Indonesia that is two thirds the height of the great pyramid in Egypt and dates back at least 20,000 years. And many geologists argue that The Sphinx in Egypt is just as old. Erosion from weeks of prolonged rain suggests it was standing before the Younger Dryas comet hit. 

I became obsessed with this reframing of history ever since coming into contact with Graham Hancock’s research. Graham Hancock is a British journalist who wrote Fingerprints of the Gods, Magicians of the Gods and American Before. It seemed like the greatest story never fully told, the fingerprints of a lost advanced civilization. It also angered me that many archeologists were doing their best to suppress the evidence because they had hitched their careers on incorrect assumptions. There also seems like there is no pressing need to investigate.

Today Göbekli Tepe has been abandoned again. This time by archeologists who stopped excavations after uncovering just 5% of the site. Ganung Padang has also been abandoned in Indonesia after archeologists convinced the president to redirect funding to other projects. And Egypt is no different. Egyptologythe study of ancient Egyptis far more political than scientific. Egyptologists are so embedded in their ideas that they become combative when questioned by external archeologists and geologists. They have also chosen to simply ignore new findings. For instance, an enormous void has been discovered hidden in the great pyramid above the king’s chamber, but Egyptologists have declared that they are unlikely to ever investigate the area. Because of this lack of thorough excavation and discussion, most of Egypts dating remains open to debate. 

We have always credited 10,000-12,000 years ago as the genesis of “advanced” man but the more evidence that comes to light, the more clear it is that we are wrong. I believe we are not witnessing the birth of civilization 10,000-12,000 years ago but rather the rekindling of civilization after a 1,200 year hiatus when the Earth started again. 

In Peruvian stories the ancients tell of a time after a great flood where strange “enlightened” people arrived on their beaches and settled with them. Known as The Viracocha these people introduced agriculture, astronomy and stonemasonry to the natives. They are also credited as giving makeup to the women and instilling ideas of governance. The Viracocha were known as many things to many different groups: Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpents, sea foam. In one Inca myth the god Viracocha is said to have risen from a cave in Lake Titicaca after the world had started again and visited the natives bringing “light”. It is told that he had a staff and a book and a big beard. 

Are we hearing handed down first-person accounts of these very people? Perhaps there is an element of truth in all great myths. This fictional tale is an attempt to recast the spotlight on a time in human history that we have long since forgotten. A period where our ancient ancestors shared much more in common with modern man than traditional archaeologists are prepared to admit. 

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