27 September 2021: Academia has long suggested and settled on the premise that the origins of human civlization arose in the Old Kingdom of Egypt some 5,000 years ago. This is what most everyone in the modern age has been taught about the origins of humanity. In this article, everything you learned about the onset of human civilization will be thrown out the window through the representation of the most recent evidence that suggests human civilization is much, much older than previously thought.
The Rise of Modern Humans
It is generally accepted that the ancestors of present day human beings emerged in the geologic record some 2 million years ago. Over hundreds of thousands of years, our very early ancestors evolved to become the intellectual individuals we are now. Modern human beings, individuals of our species that share our present day capacities for intellectual thought, have been on the planet for an estimated 200,000 years (4). In other words, the human beings that walked the Earth some 200,000 years ago had the brain power that we do today.
Present day human history has suggested that for the first 195,000 years of modern human existence, our species spent its existence on this planet constantly hunting, foraging, and traveling. These peoples are known as the hunter-gatherers and lived in this capacity prior to the development of agriculture in the Old Kingdom of Egypt 5,000 years ago.
This had been the widely accepted premise for decades as, until recently, we had no substantial evidence of previous existing civilizations. Now, with new evidence suggesting that the Great Pyramids and Sphinx predate the Old Kingdom of Egypt, plus the discovery of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, this entire theory of human existence must be redrawn.
Humans in the Americas 12,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought
At the end of the last glacial maximum that sparked the end of the Pleistocene epoch, the glaciers that covered much of the North American continent began to retreat (1). With the retreating of the ice, the previous accepted hypthosesis of the first humans in the Americas suggested that these early settlers used this opportunity to cross the Bering Strait - a land bridge that had opened up between Siberia and modern day Alaska (2,3).
The humans that crossed this patch of open land into the Americas is though to be the Clovis culture - a peoples that are commonly known to have used tools and arrowheads. The Clovis peoples were said to be hunter-gatherers and lived as nomads - those that traveled the land in search for food (5). All of this is said to have occurred over 11,500 years ago.
New evidence has effectively debunked this previously accepted hypthosesis however. In White Sands National Park in New Mexico, USA, a group of researchers has made one of the most important discoveries pertaining to human history this century. The group found indisputable evidence of a human prescence in the area as old as 23,000 years ago - outdating the previous accepted hypothesis by nearly 12,000 years (6,7). Remarkably well-preserved footprints in White Sands has been rigoruously tested and the dating confirms this to be the case.
To reach this area of land during the Pleistocene means that these early humans may have had to travel by boat along the coastline around the existing ice to reach this habital land in the South - if these people did in fact come from Siberia as previously believed (6,7). Regardless, the implications of such a discovery are truly amazing. This means that not only did these early humans possess the knowledge of seafaring to navigate themselves in such a way, but they also possessed the technological means to successfully complete this journey in the first place.
Again, this was 12,000 years before mainstream archeology has stated human beings were ever in the Americas!
During the onset of the Younger Dryas period, a well-known period of absolutely catastrophic abrupt climate change, the Clovis culture and signs of human presence within the Americas nearly disappears entirely, suggesting a massive stress event that may have wiped them out (8). The causes of why this happened are fiercely debated, but at the end of this article, I will provide evidence for the solar outburst hypothesis and why it potentially fits the bill.
The Discovery of Gobekli Tepe
While the Clovis peoples were widely considered to be nomadic, though the early humans that were in the White Sands may dispute this notion, there had not been any substantial, hard evidence to suggest that civilization started prior to the Old Kingdom in Egypt some 5,000 years ago - until now. The discovery of Gobekli Tepe, a highly advanced civilization that is thought to have been an ancient observatory, has completely blown up our previous historical beliefs.
Gobekli Tepe, megalithic structure located in southeastern Turkey, predates the earliest known megaliths by over 6,000 years. Dating has been linked to atleast 12,000 years old, with some parts of the structure dating even further back to potentially 14,000 years (9,10,11). According to mainstream human history, this should even be remotely possible and yet here it is.
The evidence is clear cut and demonstrates humans that lived prior to the Younger Dryas catastrophe had the technological skills to construct immense architectural structures. They also have demonstrated an absolutely profound understanding for astronomy and mathematics, leading us to seriously question our fundamental understanding of where we come from.
This begs the question - if civilization began thousands of years prior to the findings in Egypt, why is there such a substantial gap in ability for so long? Additionally, what else could potentially point to clues of a much older civilization?
Re-dating the Great Pyramids & Sphinx
The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx had long been dated to the Old Kingdom of Egypt 5,000 years ago. However, the evidence found in the rest of Egyptian history does not match these structures nor does it ever mention the construction of these megaliths. The Egyptians simply did not have the means.
The work of many historians, geologists, and researchers has demonstrated that the lack of evidence found in Egyptology should lead us away from the current hypothesis that the Egyptains somehow miraculously built the Great Pyramid without the technological capability nor the obvious continuing skillset to keep that level of architectural ability going.
First off, while every single other monument, pyramid, and building dated to this period is covered in hieroglyphs and filled with treasures, there was never a single item found within the Great Pyramid nor any writings at all (12). None. Additionally, in ancient Egyptian literature, while there are records of all other events, not a single time is it mentioned when, how, or why they built the Pyramids (13). You would assume that the single largest structure known to have been built by man in antiquity would come with some records. They do not.
The more likely hypothesis:
The Egyptians found the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx and claimed them for themselves, even building copycat pyramids around the Giza plataeu that have sinced crumbled and fell into decay (because they did not possess the skills nor technology to recreate the Great Pyramids).
Even more intriguing, Robert Schoch, a renowed professor with decades of experience at Boston University, has provided substantial evidence that the Sphinx is much, much older than originally thought. His work has shown undoubtedly that the Sphinx has undergone water erosion from a climatic period that predates the Sahara Desert reaching the Nile - a period that would put the Sphinx into at least the Pleistocene (14). Additionally, it is also known that the head of the Sphinx was recarved to look like a human - possibly during the Old Kingdom of Egypt for Khafre (15).
The Sphinx was originally a lion - an amazing fact considering that if the Sphinx is in fact older, due to the direction and way it was built, points directly East and aligns perfectly with the precession for the equinoxes (15). Graham Hancock has stated that the previous constellation that would have been visible during the last precession was none other than the constellation Leo (15).
- The Great Pyramids are the only structures completely different than other Egyptian findings
- The Sphinx has obvious evidence for rain erosion - impossible in the current era
- The head of the sphinx has been recarved as it was previously a lion
- No plausible explanations have ever been given on how the Egyptions miraculously built the Great Pyramids nor is it ever even mentioned in Egyptian literature
Our current understandings of these structures were defined well prior to the discoveries of White Sands or Gobekli Tepe. As our technologies have improved and new discoveries made, so too should our understanding of these structures as the present hypothesis has never been proven.
This obviously raises two prominent questions - who built these structures and what happened to cause such a falloff in human capabilities?
The Solar Induced Dark Age (SIDA)
SIDA, or the Solar Induced Dark Age, is a term coined by Robert Schoch to explain the immense drop off in technology post-Gobekli Tepe that lasted for thousands of years. Many different hypothesis have been drawn to explain the abrupt climate change, immense glazing, megafauna extinctions, and other notable factors that coincide with the Younger Dryas period. However, with the abundance of evidence available, none of the previous accepted thoughts on this matter have been able to explain all the factors we now know.
First, the hypothesis that humans hunted 75% of the world's megafauna to extinction all at once, all the while being wiped out themselves, literally does not make sense. It does not explain the cosmic materials and evidence of a substantial impact event that also show up during this time, nor does it explain the the drop off in technological capability that humans underwent.
Next, the comet impact hypothesis does not accurately explain the mass changes seen on a global level. While there is evidence that some form of impactors did strike the North American ice sheets and Greenland ice sheets, there is not enough substance here to explain the worldwide implications nor the glazing found on the Moon.
Solar Outburst Hypothesis
The best hypothesis is that of a signficant solar outburst. Solar outbursts of sufficient magnitude could effectively cause the glazing on the Moon and around the Earth, it could also come with plasma-induced impactors and debris that cool on their trajectories to the Earth after an outburst, it would explain the worldwide implications seen, the megafauna and human die offs (also considering some mammoths were found to have frozen instantly), and offer an explanation on how a highly advanced civilization may have been wiped off the face of the Earth.
The evidence left over from a micronova eruption or highly destructive superflare would in fact mirror that of a celestial object impact - this satisfies the evidence demonstrating an impactor event. In ancient legends, a huge number of cultures have talked about what they described as the blood moon or red moon, which is what our ancestors would have witnessed after a significant solar outburst (17).
Additionally, evidence brought back from the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission shows obvious evidence of glazing due to a solar outburst. During this mission, the crew found substantial evidence for that of a massive solar outburst in the from of a micronova eruption (16). The Moon itself shows large areas of glazing and is covered in evidence that suggests major radiation fallout which would only be found in that of a solar outburst (16).
With the onset of such a catastrophe, this could have undoubtedly plunged survivors into the likes a long dark age in which previous technologies began myths and the previous existing high societies became nothing more than oral legends. Sound familiar? This could also demonstrate why early advanced civilizations, like the Maya, were so obsessed with astronomy and cosmology. If they believed that such a solar event occurred, that is sufficient evidence to worry about it happening again. Thus, watching the starts and charting observations would be immensely important.
Considering the substantial evidence we have that suggests this solar outburst did in fact happen, combined with all the evidence, both in the archeological / geological record and through our previous oral histories, it now begs the question how much of our own history we have forgotten. It seems absolutely ludicrous that modern humans, which had been around for tens of thousands of years, were too incompetent to facilitate civilization prior to 5,000 years ago.
Now, with the latest discoveries, we know that is bogus. Civilization started at least twice as long ago as originally thought. Today, we do not even possess the means to recreated the megalithic structures like the Great Pyramid. If the implications of these studies turn out to be true, was this previous civilization more advanced than even we are today?
How many times in humanity's 200,000 year history have we reached this point of technological progress, only to be wiped out be reccurent events in our own celestial backyard? Surely if we may reach this point of technological progress within 5,000 years (especially considering the industrial revolution got us from wagons and laterns to the tech we now possess in just a couple hundred years), we ought to have been able to do it faster.
These questions are fundamentally important not only to understand who we are and where we come from, but to also understand what may lie ahead for humanity in the future.