New Evidence Suggests That A Huge Asteroid DID Hit The Earth 12,800 Years Ago, Causing An Ice Age – Decimating Humans And Wiping Out Dozens Of Species – Vindication For Maverick Archaeologist Graham Hancock
Vindication for maverick archaeologist Graham Hancock. New evidence indicates that an asteroid did indeed hit Earth 12,800 years ago, something that Mr. Hancock has been writing and saying for at least the past several years. Milly Vincent posted an October 8, 2019 article to the website of the DailyMail.com, noting that evidence of such an asteroid strike has been recently uncovered/confirmed in South Africa. “A team of scientists discovered signs of a ‘platinum spike,’ suggesting a meteor had hit — at a site called Wonderkrater in the Limpopo Province, north of Pretoria in South Africa,” Ms. Vincent wrote. “Until now,” she added, “proof that meteoroids had impacted during that period and potentially led to a mini ice age, had only been documented in the northern hemisphere. A total of 28 areas with high platinum levels” have been discovered in the northern hemisphere; and, now evidence suggests the same high platinum levels are present in the southern hemisphere as well.
“Findings from researchers from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, partially supports the theory that meteorites crashed into Earth, leading to consequences globally — along with another meteorite site discovered in Chile,” Ms. Vincent wrote.
“An episode of rapid cooling, known as The Younger Dryas is a well documented, believed to have contributed to the extinction of many large species of animals, 12,800 years ago,” the DailyMail reports.
Dr. Francis Thackeray of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa believes a platinum spike found near Pretoria proves that the extinction of many large animal species globally 12,800 years ago, could have been caused by multiple meteor strikes,” Ms. Vincent wrote. Dr. Thackeray, who was working with researcher Philip Pieterse from the University of Johannesburg, and Professor Louis Scott, of the University of the Free State said: “Our finding at least partially supports the controversial Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis (YDIH). We need to seriously explore the view that an asteroid impact somewhere on Earth [12,800 years ago] may have caused climate change [mini ice age] globally. And [it may have] contributed to some extent to the process of extinctions of large animals at the end of Pleistocene, after the last ice age.”
“In South Africa, a few extraordinarily large animal species became extinct at that time, including the giant African buffalo, a large zebra, and a very big wildebeest, each weighing more than 500 kg than its modern counterpart,” Ms. Vincent wrote. “Human populations may have also been indirectly affected at the time,” she added.
“Dr. Thackeray argues that a dramatic halt in the development in the use of stone tools by the Clovis people in North America, and the Robberg stone artifacts used by populations in South Africa around that time, could indicate that an asteroid strike may have caused global consequences,” Ms. Vincent noted.
Dr. Thackeray said: “Without necessarily arguing for a single causal factor on a global scale, we cautiously hint at the possibility that these technological changes in North America, and on the African subcontinent at about the time, might have been associated [at least] indirectly with an asteroid impact with global consequences.” He added: “We cannot be certain, but a cosmic impact could have affected humans as a result of the local changes in the environment and the availability of food resources.”
“At Wonderkrater, researchers also uncovered evidence from pollen, to show that there was temporary cooling 12,800 years ago,” Ms. Vincent wrote. “Thackeray’s team believes their discovery of a platinum spike 12,800 years ago at Wonderkrater, is just part of the strengthening view that an asteroid or cometary impact might have occurred at the time.”
Younger Dryas platinum spikes have been found in 30 locations around the world, including Greenland, Eurasia, North America, Mexico, and recently in Pilauco in Chile,” Ms. Vincent wrote.
Below, is an article I posted back in August, 2017
Is This Stone Proof An Asteroid Wiped Out A Civilization Like Ours 13K Years Ago…..And Does It Vindicate Maverick Scholar Who Says A Giant Meteorite Will Destroy The Earth In 2030?
Christopher Stevens wrote in the April 28, 2017 edition of the Daily Mail Online, has a very interesting and thought-provoking article discussing ancient Earth history; and, why we may be facing a potential planet-killing asteroid strike in the year 2030. Mr. Stevens wrote that “the announcement in an obscure scientific journal this month, vindicates 20 years of maverick research and best-selling books by the eccentric archaeologist, Graham Hancock.”
According to his Wikipedia biography, Mr. Hancock, who is an author and journalist, as well as an archaeologist, “specializes in unconventional theories about past ancient civilizations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical/astrological data from the past.” Mr. Hancock is a fascinating individual, who’s theories about the Earth’s ancient past is rich, interesting, and leave you with much to think about. Mr. Hancock has long argued that mankind has suffered from a kind of historical and intellectual amnesia — which has resulted in significant gaps about our ancient past.
His books include, but are not limited to: “The Sign And The Seal,” “Fingerprints Of The Gods,” “Message Of The Gods,” “Entangled,” and “War God.” His latest book, which was published by St, Martins Press in the fall of 2015 is titled, “Magicians Of The Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom Of The Earth’s Lost Civilization.”
It was Mr, Hancock’s research for the Magicians Of The Gods, which prompted him to pen an editorial in the September 10, 2015 edition of the Daily Mail Online, in which he warned that “within the next 20 years, a comet — big enough to end life on Earth as we know it — will hit the Earth, triggering epic floods,” tsunami’s, and existential devastation.
In his September 2015 article, Mr. Hancock noted that “around the world, from Alaska to Indonesia, more than 200 ancient myths tell of a civilization brought to an end by flood and fire. Compelling scientific evidence, which began to emerge only on 2007, indicates that these stories, such as the tale of Noah and his ark — are based on hard fact.”
“A cataclysm rocked our planet 12,800 years ago, causing mass extinctions of large animals such as the mammoth and sloth bears, and all but wiping out our own [the human] race. An entire episode in the human story was rubbed out, a chapter not of unsophisticated hunter-gatherers — but, of an advanced technology. All the signs are that remnants of that civilization struggled on, sustained by a few individuals who knew the secrets of the former age. To their primitive contemporaries, it appeared that they possessed magical holy powers — they are what I call — The Magicians Of The Gods,” Mr. Hancock wrote.
“These magicians left a message for us — not a metaphorical, spiritual message; but, a direct and urgent warning: What happened before, can happen again; and, what destroyed the [their] world — can destroy ours. Those warnings have gone unheeded for millennia. Now, we have the scientific evidence to decode them — but, it is almost too late,” Mr. Hancock warned.
“Within the next twenty years, Earth faces a catastrophe one thousand times worse than the detonation of every nuclear weapon on the planet — a collision big enough to end life as we know it. To understand what that could mean, we need to look back at the tumultuous epoch between 10,000 BC, and 9,600 BC — which geologists call — Younger Dryas. A period Mr. Hancock describes as “a time of extraordinary shifts in the world’s climate. But the most devastating change of all came when the ice caps suddenly collapsed, dumping all the water they contained into the oceans; and unleashing a tsunami that swept across the continents.” Some scholars and archaeologists who agree with Mr. Hancock, believe the height of the tsunami could have reached a height of 800 feet. “As we shall see,” Mr. Hancock wrote, all the evidence suggests this was the result of a comet crashing into Earth. Many native American tribes describe the devastation in tales passed down through generations.”
“The Brule’ people of the Lakota nation, [the Sioux tribe of Sitting Bull fame], modern-day South Dakota, have a vivid legend of a fiery blast [that] shook the entire world, toppling mountain ranges; and, setting forests and prairies ablaze….Even the rocks glowed red-hot; and, the giant animals and evil people burned up where they stood. After the fiery devastation….came the floods; The rivers overflowed their banks and surged across the landscape. Finally, the Creator stumped the Earth and, with a great quake…..the Earth split open, sending torrents….across the entire world, until only a few mountain peaks stood above the flood,” Mr. Hancock wrote.
“This is not an isolated myth,” Mr. Hancock argued. “The Cowichan of British Columbia, the Pima of Arizona, the Inuit of Alaska, and the Luiseno of California have similar stories,” that have been handed down through the generations. “But, it is the Ojibwa people of the Canadian grasslands,” Mr. Hancock wrote, “whose legend seems most credible, almost scientific today. Their storytellers remember a comet called Long-Tailed Heavenly Climbing Star — which swept low through the skies, scorching the Earth; and, leaving behind a ‘different world.’ After that,” Mr. Hancock wrote, “survival was hard work. The weather was colder than before. And, the Ojibwa believed this was just a foretaste of an apocalypse to come. They spoke of a stark prophecy, foretold by their medicine men” ‘The star with the long, wide tail — is going to destroy the world someday…..when it comes again.”
“It was not until the 20th century that scientists began to consider the possibility that ancient American myths might [actually] be based on real events,” Mr. Hancock wrote. “J. Harlen Bretz, a noted geologist in the 1920s, began to investigate the notion of a prehistoric flood, when he discovered hundreds of ‘erratics,’ — colossal boulders that didn’t belong in the landscape, scattered across the rocky Scablands of Washington state. Bretz examined a colossal feature, a 600-mile depression, filled with basalt silt 400 feet deep. He saw only one explanation. It was scoured by a spectacular flood that ended as abruptly as it began. Amateur archaeologist, Randall Carlson has taken up Bretz’s work, and he took me [Mr. Hancock] to Dry Falls, in Grant County Washington — to see the most spectacular evidence of the deluge. The water-less falls are on the Grand Coulee, a sheer-sided gash, hundreds of feet deep; and, almost 60 miles long, which looks as though the hand of God has [had] seized a chisel and ripped it along the landscape. This chisel was not made of metal; but, of immense quantities of turbulent, debris-laden water that flowed for just a few weeks.”
“In all directions across the prairie,” Mr. Hancock says, “it has left millions of jagged basalt boulders, some no bigger than a football, and others the size of a family car. Dry Falls itself, is close to three times higher than Niagara, and around six times as wide. The waters, 12,800 years ago that carved out this vast cliff,” Mr. Carlson told Mr. Hancock, “were more like a slurry of thick mud. There’s whole forests, torn up by roots rolling around in it; and, fleets of icebergs jostling on the surface; and, this whole mess is plucking blocks out of the basalt bedrock, dragging them into the torrent, and sweeping them downstream.”
“It might have been the biggest one; but, it was far from the only one,” Mr. Hancock wrote. “Oceans of ice melt had been unleashed around the world. Like me [Mr. Hancock], Randall believes the most probable explanation for this deluge, literally of Biblical proportions, was a comet impact — just as the Ojibwa described. A giant comet, travelling on an orbit that took it through the inner solar system — broke up into fragments; and, some of these — including four objects more than a mile across, smashed into Cordilleran and Laurentide ice caps covering North America in 10,800 BC. The heat of these monster meteorites melted the ice. But, they also threw vast clouds of dust and sooty smoke into the upper atmosphere — blotting out the Sun.”
“That sent temperatures plunging across the Earth,” Mr Hancock wrote; “initiating a new Ice Age that lasted 1,200 years.”
“This is not mere speculation and hypothesis,” Mr Hancock argued at the time. “In September 2014, the Journal of Geology presented a mass of evidence, confirming the copious presence of so-called nanodiamonds in samples from the Younger Dryas boundary layer. The boundary layer is the deposit laid down by a geological event. It can be seen, for instance, as a stratum in rock. Nanodiamonds are microscopic gems that form under rare conditions of great shock, pressure and heat; and, are recognized as signs of powerful impacts by comets, or asteroids.”
“The big question,” Mr. Hancock postulates, “was not whether there had been a comet strike 12,800 years ago; but, why there was no crater. The explanation,” he wrote, “is simple” while smaller, low density particles of the comet would have exploded in the atmosphere, the larger fragments hit the two-mile ice-caps. The craters left, simply melted away at the end of the last Ice Age. That long winter is remembered in many legends, and sacred texts. The Zoroastrian region in the Near East, for example, speaks of a ‘fierce, foul frost,’ and a ‘fatal winter’ inflicted on the whole of Earth by an evil spirit who ‘made the world as dark at ,midday — as though it were dark night.'”
Meanwhile, “on the other side of the world, the ancient Ouiche Maya people in Guatemala spoke of a flood with ‘much hail, black rain, and mist…..and, indescribable cold,’ Mr. Hancock wrote.
“But, the texts also tell of leaders who arrived in the wake of the disaster, armed with exceptional knowledge. These people I [Mr. Hancoclk] calls — ‘The Magicians of the Gods.’ They understood how to construct buildings on a grand scale, how to organize and govern; and, how to engineer tools of remarkable sophistication. Some of the technology they describe appears to rival modern electronic wizardry.”
“The Zoroastrian’s wise man, Yima, was said to possess a miraculous cup, in which he could see anything that was happening — anywhere in the world — and, a jeweled glass chariot that could fly. In carvings uncovered at ancient sites as far-flung as Turkey and Mexico, these wise men are depicted in strangely similar costumes: they are bearded men, holding a bag, or bucket, with a curved handle, with the heads of birds, or fish,” Mr. Hancock wrote.
“The Babylonian priest Berossus, writing in the third century BC, described a mythical figure who arrived in Mesopotamia. His name was Oannes, and he had the ‘whole body of a fish; but, underneath, and attached to the head of the fish, was another head — human. Joined to the tail of the fish [were] feet like those of a man, and it had a human voice. It sounds very much as if Oannes was a human being,” Mr. Hancock wrote, “wearing an elaborate fish costume that might have been holy robes, or a piece of showmanship. At the semi-subterranean temple of Tiahuanaco in Bolivia, South America, similar shamanic figures are depicted wearing garments from the waist down, patterned in fish scales. Experts disagree over the age of these carvings, but they do also show animals that appear to be toxodons — gigantic, rhino-like animals that became extinct around 12,000 years ago.”
“The Magicians of the Gods,” Mr. Hancock eloquently wrote, “seemed to roam all over the world.”
“In the Middle East, Qannes was accompanied by seven sages, who are repeatedly described as conjurers, sorcerers, warlocks, and magicians, who were masters of chemistry and medicine — and, who understood carpentry, stone-cutting, and metal-working. Magicians such as these, also turned up in Egypt at the same time. At the Temple of Horus, in the Egyptian city of Edfu, inscriptions known as the Edfu Texts, describe a god-like beings who were refugees from a sacred island destroyed by flood and fire. Their home, ‘the mansions of the gods,’ was utterly destroyed; and, their civilization wiped out — but, a few survivors had luckily been at sea when the disaster struck. The seven sages who arrived in Egypt, understood how to lay foundations; and, plan for the reconstruction of buildings. They were also steeped in knowledge that the primitive people who revered them — believed they were wiser and more powerful than their own gods.”
“Arab tradition,” Mr. Hancock wrote, “says that the secrets of this technology were buried in the pyramids in Giza millennia later. The 9th-century historian, Ibn Abd El Hakem, believed the pyramids were designed — not as tombs — but as places of safekeeping for books of knowledge before The Great Flood. These books contained ‘profound sciences, and the names of drugs and their uses and hurts, as well as the science of astrology, arithmetic, geometry, and medicine…..arms which did not rust; and, glass which might be bent, but not broken.”
“That evidence, of a civilization far older than the Babylonians and the Egyptians, a civilization that was all but destroyed by a comet 12,800 years ago, has long been lost.” Mr. Hancock laments.
“But, there are other historic sites, just as breathtaking as the pyramids, but much less known. One is Gobekli Tepe, (meaning Potbelly in Turkish). Located in Turkey, Gobekli Tepe “is the oldest work of monumental architecture in the world…..and, it is massive,” Mr. Hancock wrote. “It is here, according to the late archaeologist, Professor Klaus Schmidt, that Neolithic man discovered farming. It is also the place where ancient humans first tackled megalithic stone carving, erecting stone pillars that weighed 20 tons. This is architecture on the scale of Stonehenge; but, far more sophisticated — and, while Stonehenge is generally reckoned to be 4,600 years old, Gobekli Tepe is at least 12,000 years old.”
“Bizarrely, as far as archaeologists can tell, the astonishing strides in human development at Gobetki Tepe came out of nowhere,” Mr. Hancock wrote. “It’s as if its people quite ‘suddenly invented’ both agriculture, and monumental architecture at the same moment. Now. it seems unthinkable that primitive hunter-gatherers, could dream up all the technology and know-how required — without any [known evidence of] experimentation.”
“Surely,” Mr. Hancock argues, “Gobetki Tepe is powerful evidence of knowledge imparted by a prior civilization. But, the site is also significant, for a far more ominous reason. Complex zodiacal signs are inscribed on one of its limestone pillars, incorporating astronomical data supposedly not discovered until thousands of years later. Even more puzzling, is the position of the stars — not quite where they would have [expected to have] been in the sky 12,000 years ago…..but, exactly where they are today. It is as though these mysterious, impossibly learned builders, constructed their temple as though it existed in the present day.”
“The Magicians of the Gods had a message for our times; and, it is not one we can afford to ignore. The explosive power of the Younger Dryas comet, was in the order of ten million megatons, two million times greater than the biggest nuclear bomb ever detonated; and, 1,000 times more powerful than all the atomic devices stockpiled on Earth,” Mr. Hancock warns.
“But when the Earth emerged from the path of the comet’s debris stream 12,800 years ago, that was not the end of the story,” Mr. Hancock wrote. “My intuition [Mr. Hancock’s] is that the Gobetki Tepe pillar is a coded message for the future — our present — about a second, impending strike. As long ago as 1900, well before the discovery of the physical evidence that proved The Younger Dryas Ice Age was caused by comet fragments, colliding with Earth, two far-sighted British scientists were sounding the alarm. Astrophysicist Victor Clube, and astronomer Bill Napier, believe that a giant, unseen comet is now careening towards us through space. It is concealed within a cloud of cosmic debris known to astronomers as the Taurid meteor stream.”
“This poses a double danger: We could be hit by any one of the millions of space rocks in the stream; or, much larger pieces of the unseen comet itself — if, and when it explodes. And, it could explode at any moment. It is nothing less than an interplanetary had grenade,” or existential time bomb.
Mr. Hancock wrote that “sealed within its shell, is a seething mass of pitch-like tar, which will gradually build up pressure — until, like an overheated boiler with no release valve, the comet will detonate and shatter into fragments, a mile wide or more, tearing through the solar system at tens of thousands of miles per hour. We cannot [with any reasonable certainty] when that explosion might actually occur. It could happen as we re-enter the meteor stream; or, shortly before — strewing our planet’s path with hurtling boulders.”
“All we can know for certain,” Mr. Hancock concludes, “is that in around 15 years [2030 or so] the Earth will once again cross the Taurid meteor stream, that vast highway of cosmic debris, right at the place where the biggest; and, most numerous fragments that currently exist are collected. Some of them are three times the size of the asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago, setting off a global firestorm, and bringing about the demise of the extinction of the dinosaurs. This is when the risk of a collision is most severe. This is when the prophecy of the Ojibwa people is set to come true. The star with the long tail is going to destroy the world someday — when it comes in low again.”
“We can’t say we weren’t warned,” Mr. Hancock concluded. “The Magicians of the Gods were trying to get a message to us here in the 21st century……………..WE NEED TO LISTEN.’
New Research Vindicates Much Of Mr. Hancock’s Claims/Warnings
Mr. Hancock’s argument that a potential planet-killing comet or asteroid is on its way and will reach Earth orbit sometime around the year 2030, has been mostly rejected by mainstream archaeologists and cosmologists — until now. Christopher Stevens writes in the April 28, 2017 edition of the Daily Mail Online, that newly published research has vindicated much of what Mr. Hancock has been warning about; and, instead of being well out of the mainstream — he may well turn out to have been a light among the darkness.
Mr. Stevenson wrote that a new study by researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, has concluded that “the carvings at Gobekli Tepe do indeed describe a comet strike in 10,950 BC. This report was published by the University of the Aegean in “a little known,” International Journal of Archaeology and Archaeometry.
“But, the obscurity of the source cannot mask the scale of the scientific back-tracking,” Mr. Stevenson wrote. “Hancock’s claims sound like a Hollywood disaster movie, a sci-fi epic and a detective thriller all rolled into one. If more conventional archaeologists are going to start agreeing with Mr. Hancock, this represents a seismic shift of direction,” for Mr. Hancock’s hypothesis.
For a more detailed understanding of what the Edinburgh researchers found, I refer you to Mr. Stevenson’s April 28, 2017 article. But, it is clear that the study vindicated much of what Mr. Hancock has been warning about for nearly two decades. Perhaps he has been right all along; and, mankind has been suffering some kind of historical amnesia, and/or, for whatever reason, we have intellectually refused to consider what we did not want to believe. Whatever the case, perhaps we all need to pay more attention to those whom Mr. Hancock refers to as “the Magicians of the Gods,” — or else we may be the one’s attempting to leave behind the ingredients that will warn our successors that another potential planet-killing asteroid or comet is once again on a collision course with Earth. And more importantly, what steps do we need to take now, that will give us the means/method to alter this rock’s course, and safely miss us…….this time. V/R, RCP