The Younger Dryas refers to a period from 12,800 to 11,600 years ago when Earth returned to glacial conditions.  

Evidence shows The Younger Dryas was triggered by impacts from several fragments of comet which hit Earth.

While the devastation from the impacts was global, the carnage centred on North America where at the time a two mile thick sheet of ice covered half the continent. 

When one fragment of comet hit this glacial shelf near Washington state, the ice instantly liquified causing a flood of meltwater 1,000 feet high to tear across the land. Caught in this rush of water were blocks of ice as big as oil tankers, which ground across the earth like erasers.

When the floodwaters reached the coast, sea levels immediately rose. More than 10 million square miles of land—the size of Europe and China combined—were submerged by water. 

Fiery ejectors from the comet impacts also ignited wildfires that raged all over Earth, destroying 10% of Earth’s vegetation and 25% of Earth’s edible biomass.

This ash and debris from the impacts and fires blocked the light from the sun causing temperatures to plummet—Earth was plunged into a 1,200 year thaw.

During this period, tens of millions of large animals perished. In North America alone, 75% of megafauna went extinct, including: the woolly mammoth, mastodon, sabre tooth tiger, short-faced bear, giant sloth, giant beaver, and the dire wolf. 

At the same time there was a 30-60% crash in the human population. Quarries mined for centuries by the Clovis people in North America were suddenly abandoned and the use of the distinctive Clovis spear point disappeared for good. 

This is also the time when the Flores people—pygmies living in Indonesia—disappeared from the fossil record.

Today, there is no question whether a comet hit Earth 12,000 years ago. The Comet Research Group—a consortium of 60+ scientists from 16 countries—have put together an undeniable case for the Younger Dryas comet hypothesis

The question isn’t whether a comet hit Earth, but rather how much was mankind impacted by this event? And how much of our knowledge and achievements were lost forever?

The fact is 10,000-12,000 years ago is credited as the beginnings of just about everything we associate with human culture and civilization, whether it’s the dispersion of languages, the emergence of agriculture, the first city, the domestication of animals, the genesis of religion. Over and over, the same dates show up. 

But what if these artefacts aren’t evidence of the beginnings of civilization but rather the rebooting of it? What if we are really seeing the fingerprints of a people who managed to claw their way out of this 1,200 year ice age after fleeing their flooded lands. People who clearly knew a lot more about engineering, astronomy, and global navigation, than mainstream historians would dare to admit. 

Take Göbekli Tepe in Turkey (pictured below), perhaps the most obvious fingerprint of an advanced ancient people. The enormous megalithic site has been dated to at least 11,500 years ago. It’s discovery in 1994 pushed back the estimated birth of agriculture by more than 5,000 years and the estimated birth of religion by more than 2,000 years. The site is archeology’s greatest crown jewel after The Great Pyramid of Giza, and yet, in 25 years less than 5% of the site has been excavated.

Göbekli Tepe is the oldest known perfectly north-south aligned site, it appears almost like an astronomy deck for reading the sky. The site features dozens of enormous classroom-like structures made from stones—some heavier than 50 tonnes—arranged in circles with a t-shaped obelisk in the centre. The obelisks feature detailed etchings of animals, constellations, and iconography, matched by objects found in Peru and Egypt. 

The most puzzling thing about Göbekli Tepe is that it was deliberately buried around 10,000 years ago. It’s as if its inhabitants were trying to preserve its knowledge for us to find.

Twelve-thousand years ago also shows up in Egypt. Twist the stars back 12,000 years and the three Pyramids of Giza line up perfectly with Orion’s Belt, while The Sphinx lines up with the constellation of Leo, and the Nile River with The Milky Way. Coincidence or design? You be the judge but keep in mind Ancient Egyptians believed the soul of the dead entered the sky through Orion’s Belt and travelled along The Milky Way in order to enter the next life. 

Atlantis also dates back 12,000 years. Although “Atlantis” has become a career-killing word among archaeologists, the myth matches perfectly with the date of the Younger Dryas comet impacts and resulting flooding. There is only one record of Atlantis, it comes from Plato who lived 3,000 years ago. He describes how 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. 

Recently another site was discovered off the coast of Sicily. Megalithic structures which look to be man-made 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 to Ganung Padang in Indonesia where an enormous pyramid two thirds the height of The Great Pyramid in Egypt dates back at least 20,000 years. And many geologists argue The Sphinx in Egypt is just as old, erosion from weeks of prolonged rain suggests The Sphinx was standing long before the Younger Dryas impacts, perhaps thousands of years before.

I became obsessed with this period of history after coming into contact with Graham Hancock’s books: Fingerprints of the Gods, Magicians of the Gods, and America Before. Hancock presents robust evidence an advanced people existed before the time of The Younger Dryas. His research forges geological and archeological evidence with ancient myths told by more than 2,000 cultures, all of which recall a great flood thousands of years ago.

I was drawn to Hancock’s work, not just because of the overwhelming evidence, but also the aggravation I felt towards the science community’s reluctance to embrace these new findings. Graham Hancock is considered a heretic within the science community because his ideas challenge the research and work done by others. Even though it was his research that led to first theorizing a ‘comet hypothesis’.

Of course, it makes sense. If all your life you’ve written books/papers stating Egypt is 3,500 years old, you’re going to be compelled to turn a blind eye when new evidence arrives challenging your dates. This is likely why Egyptologists have refused to investigate an enormous void found above The King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza, they are afraid of what they might find. 

Ganung Padang in Indonesia has been abandoned altogether after rival archeologists convinced The President to redirect funding to other projects. So too has Göbekli Tepe, abandoned with 95% of the site yet to be investigated.

This fictional tale is an attempt to cast the spotlight on a time in history long forgotten. A time when I believe our ancestors surpassed us in many ways, from designing buildings in tune with Earth to navigating transcendence and the spirit realm.