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The Rise and Fall of Civilisations – part 2

In my blogs of 14 and 15 January 2016 (Piri Reis Map and Great Flood), I mentioned the possible existence of highly advanced civilisations that were wiped out by the Great Flood which caused a global sea level rise of (at least) +120 meters (+400 feet) and which lasted from (at least) 11,000 BC to some 4,000 BC. Many of the “mysterious” ocean findings (see list in my 15 January blog) have two things in common: low depth and high ageing.

Given the picture to the left, I am surprised why these discoveries are considered a “mystery” as human beings still continue with what they have always been doing: to build large settlements close to the oceans, seas and/or rivers.

The underlying logic is quite simple as such locations enable efficiencies in drinking (water), food (fish), trade (harbour), transport (boats, ships), war (naval bases, swift transport of many troops) and even waste disposal.

My 25 March 2015 blog on the “Rise and Fall of Civilisations” already stated: “Most of the oldest and largest cities in the world that we know, are built near the sea or along major rivers. The opportunity for trade following the availability of (water) transportation (i.e., ships) is most likely to be the main reason. Our civilisation went from (tribal) hunter-gatherers to farmers, from trading (posts) to cities and ultimately to nations.”

A great example is the Hanseatic League, a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns. It dominated Baltic maritime trade (c. 1400–1800) along the coast of Northern Europe. It stretched from the Baltic to the North Sea and inland during the Late Middle Ages and early modern period (c. 13th to 17th centuries). (Wiki). Also see my 28 May 2015 blog.

The real question is what happened after the immense destruction that came with the Great Flood. Just imagine a global sea level rise of 120+ meters (or 400+ feet)! How did new civilisations arise without the knowledge of 10,000+ years which must have been largely lost during the Great Flood? 

The 1995 worldwide bestselling book Fingerprints of the Gods (27 languages and > 3 million copies) by author and journalist Graham Hancock mentions some most remarkable myths. These creation myths refer to a person (and his helpers) who came to bring knowledge about nearly anything after the Great Flood (eg, Osiris, Thoth, Quetzalcoatl, Viracocha).

Even a skeptic like me is fascinated by this book.


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