They thrived continuously for 14,000 years

The Jomon people lived in Japan and perhaps spread to many other places starting at least 17,000 years ago, and finally becoming mixed with other groups migrating to Japan only 3,000 years ago. They had stone tools and pottery thousands of years ahead of other cultures. And the fact that their style of pottery is found as far away as South America suggests they may have had ships capable of trans-Pacific travel even before the end of the last ice age, 12,000 years ago.

One of my favorite and most optimistic topics is permaculture [previous posts 1 and 2]. The conventional history of man is that there were hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years, and they settled down and formed agricultural communities starting ~30,000 years ago. But there are suggestions from America and Japan that ancient people knew how to culture sustainable ecosystems that resisted insect predators, that built up more topsoil year after year, and that were enriched in the food species that people could harvest abundantly. Perhaps when Columbus discovered America, it was an Eden not because it was untouched but because it was wisely managed by people with a traditional knowledge of ecology.

For here were a people who had explored their world by land and sea–reaching the Americas at least twice between 15,000 and 5,000 years ago. Here were a people who had used pottery millennia before anyone else and gone on to refine it into a beautiful artform. Here were a people who engineered their landscape to create sacred mountains, circles of stone, temples of rock. Here were a people who lived in harmony with their environment, who made use of an intelligent mix of strategies to insure survival and security for the future, and who succeessfully avoided the pitfalls of militarism, materialism, conspicuous consumption, and overpopulation that so many other cultures of the ancient world lost their way in. Here, above all, were a people whose civilization remained intact and even flourisyed — decently, humanely, and even generously, as far as we can know these things from the archaeological record, for more than 14,000 years.

Graham Hancock

Was invention of the written word, on the whole, a good thing?

Here’s what Socrates had to say on the subject:

At the Egyptian city of Naucratis, there was a famous old god, whose name was Thoth; the bird which is called the Ibis is sacred to him, and he was the inventor of many arts, including his great discovery, the use of letters for writing. Now in that time came Thoth to the king Thamus and showed his inventions, desiring that the other Egyptians might be allowed to have the benefit of them. This (said Thoth) will make the Egyptians wiser and give them better memories; it is a specific both for the memory and for the wit. Thamus replied: O most ingenious Thoth, the parent of an art is not always the best judge of the utility of his own invention. And in this instance, you have been blinded by a paternal love. In fact, this discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality. [from the Phaedrus]

Tune in tomorrow, and I’ll tell you what Socrates had to say about Wikipedia!
— JJM

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I found this quote in Graham Hancock’s book, Underworld. He goes on to describe the Rigveda, a Sanskrit holy text still memorized and still quoted in everyday life by hundreds of millions of Hindis. It contains 20,000 mantras, and it was first written down less than 1,000 years ago. Before that, it was transmitted by word of mouth only, for untold thousands of years. Despite the fact that the written Sanskrit language existed 5,000 years ago, the tradition was to memorize it word for word and pass it from generation to generation without committing the words to writing.

Anachronistic Chronometer

On May 31, 1902, a diver exploring a 2500-year-old wrecakage off the coast of Greece retrieved an anachronistic clock-work mechanism. Though heavily corroded, it could be analyzed with x-rays to reveal its inner workings. We now know that it is a mechanical computer, with precisely-calibrated gears that can forecast lunar cycles and solar and lunar eclipses. A modern reconstruction has been created, demonstrating how it works.

X-rays also revealed an engraved instruction manual, written in old Greek.

Ancient knowledge of astronomy isn’t surprising, but the metal-working technology behind these precision gears says that an industrial infrastructure at least as advanced as 19th century Europe was available in ancient Greece.

Why is there no reference to this in any of the surviving text from that era, including Aristotle and Thucydides How do we reconcile this with the crude bronze coins that have been preserved from that time?

Greek Coins (by Mark Cartwright, CC BY-NC-SA)

A lost antedeluvian culture? Help from landed aliens? However you cut it, a re-writing of ancient history is long overdue.

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Graham Hancock tells of the Prophecy of Toth

Do you know, Asclepius, that Egypt is an image of heaven. To speak more accurately, all the powers at work in heaven are present in Egypt, below. The whole cosmos dwells in this, our land, as in a sanctuary. And yet, since it is fitting that wise men shall have knowledge of all events before they come to pass, you must not be left in ignorance of what I now tell you.

There will come a time when it will have been in vain that Egyptians have honored the godhead with heartfelt piety and service, and all our holy worship will be fruitless and ineffectual. The gods will return from Earth to Heaven. Egypt will be forsaken, and the land that was once the home of religion will be left desolate, bereft of the presence of its deities. O, Egypt, Egypt! Of thy religion, nothing will remain but an empty tale, which thine own children in time to come will not believe. Nothing will be left but graven words, and only the stones will tell of thy piety. And in that day, men will be weary of life, and they will cease to think the universe worthy of reverent wonder and worship. They will no longer love this world around us, this incomparable work of God, this glorious structure which He has built, this sum of good, made up of many diverse forms, this instrument whereby the will of God operates in that which he hath made, ungrudgingly favoring Man’s welfare. This combination and accumulation of all the manifold things that call forth the veneration and love of the beholder.

Darkness will be preferred to light, and death will be thought more profitable than life. No one will raise his eyes to heaven. The pious will be deemed insane, the impious wise. The madman will be thought a brave man and the wicked will be esteemed as good. As for the soul, and the belief that it is immortal by nature, or may hope to attain to immortality (as I have taught you)–all this they will mock, and even persuade themselves that it is false. No word of reverence or piety, no utterance worthy of heaven will be heard or believed. And so, the gods will depart from mankind, a grievous thing, and only evil angels will remain, who will mingle with man and drive the poor wretches into all manner of reckless crime–into wars and robberies and frauds, and all things hostile to the nature of the soul.

Then will the Earth tremble, and the sea bear no ships. Heaven will not support the stars in their orbits. All voices of the gods will be forced into silence. The fruits of the Earht will rot. The soil will turn barren and the very air will sicken with stagnation. All things will be disordered and awry. All good will disappear.

But when all this has befallen, Asclepius, then God, the creator of all things, will look on that which has come to pass and will stop the disorder by the counterforce of his will. He will call back to the right path those who have gone astray. He will cleanse the world of evil, washing it away with floods, burning it out with the fiercest fire, and expelling it with war and pestilence. And thus he will bring back the World to its former aspect, so that the Cosmos will once more be deemed worthy of worship and wondering reverence, and God, the maker and maintainer of the mighty fabric, will be adored by the men of that day with continuous songs of praise and blessing. Such is the rebirth of the Cosmos, by the eternal will of the Creator.

 

The last time the world ended

I’ve told pieces of this story before but it takes a long time and a lot of processing to let the message in. It upends our view of who we are and where we came from.

Brien Foerster and Graham Hancock have both devoted their careers to compiling and documenting evidence of a previous technological civilization, and of a global cataclysm 12,000 years ago that ended the last ice age suddenly, raising sea levels 300 feet in a matter of a year or two, wiping out the majority of humanity and erasing knowledge and advanced technology, causing our species to start over from bronze age technologies.

In this video, Foerster catalogs the evidence as if he were reading from the phone book or filibustering the US Senate. He has collected this evidence for decades, and he has said this hundreds of times before. It’s good for getting a sense of the breadth of the evidence, and beginning your dive into this subject.

  • Exhibit A is the Egyptian Pyramids. If you’re like me, you’ve known the bare facts since childhood, but never faced the obvious inference that they could not have been built even with 21st Century technology, let alone the bronze age technology available to Dynastic Egyptians. Every stone block is a different size. And the largest are bigger than can be lifted by today’s construction equipment, used to build skyscrapers. And yet, the stones are perfectly flat and fitted so tightly that you can’t fit a razor blade between them.Giza Great Pyramid - the Queen's Chamber NO MUMMY found there. no ...
  • Precision drill holes in hard stone, also from Egypt, with drill marks indicating that the drills were cutting faster and more efficiently than the best drills available today.Egyptian Core Drill Holes In Stone: Evidence Of Machining Before ...
  • 40,000 bowls and vases carved from hard stone. Today, we might attempt this with diamond blades mated to industrial lathes, but it has not been replicated in modern times.Clear Evidence Of The Existence Of Lathes That Turned Hard Stone ...
  • Statues and obelisks cut from single pieces of stone, transported hundreds of miles, weighing up to 1,000 tons. We could not do this todayAncient Engineering Wonders: 5 of the largest stones ever cut in ...
  • Megalithic structures in South America, also made from hard stone, irregular shapes polished to smoothness and fitted with precision to make structures that are more earthquake-proof than stones of uniform size. Strange Megaliths Of Peru From The Age Of “Atlantis” by Brien Foerster
  • Water erosion marks on the Great Sphinx. The last time there was significant rain in the Nile Valley was 12,000 years ago.
  • much more…

One thing that was new for me in this video was evidence of heat blasts affecting the surfaces of many of these ancient relics. It made me wonder if the ancient technological civilization ended with nuclear bombs. — JJM

Ancient technology exceeding anything we can do today

It’s a technical argument dependent on engineering and material science, but well worth following in detail because it is some of the solidest evidence we have that human history is in need of a thorough rewrite.

There are drill holes from ancient Egypt into granite that could only have been made with a very sharp, very hard drill under enormous pressure. Granite is so hard that it can only be cut by corrundum or diamond. And spiral scars on the cores that were removed from these holes tell us that with every turn of the core-drill, the blade advanced several millimeters into the stone. The drills that we have today operate at high speed, and with each turn of the drill they go much less than 1 mm into the stone. Hence the conclusion that these drills were made of a very hard mataerial and were backed by several tons of pressure.

CoreDrillHole

Traditional archaeology dates these drill holes to the earliest dynasty or pre-dynastic Egypt, and people at that time did not have iron, let alone diamond drill bits or power tools. They had not yet invented the wheel.

A growing consensus among rebel archaeologists is that an ancient high-tech civilization left us the Pyramids and the megaliths of Machu Picchu and some other examples of precision work with giant pieces of stone. Their technology was lost in a global catastrophe that suddenly ended the last ice age, 12,700 years ago. Civilization rebooted from a few surviving hunter-gatherers, but our surviving myths of floods and a race of gods remind us today of that earlier civilization.