Recently, 23,000 year old fish hooks were found in a cave on Okinawa island, Japan (eg, BBC, CNN, Guardian, PNAS, Science). The title of the PNAS article is perhaps even more interesting: “Advanced maritime adaptation in the western Pacific coastal region extends back to 35,000–30,000 years before present”. Note: italic marking is mine.
There is a string of such very ancient advanced artefacts:
– the dagger in Tutankhamun’s tomb, made with iron from a meteorite (eg, Guardian)
– the Antikythera Mechanism, a “machine that seemed to predict the position of celestial bodies, phases of the moon, and the timing of eclipses” (eg, Atlantic)
– an ancient Chinese pyramid near Delingha City. At the front of the pyramid are three caves with triangular openings. One cave contains 150,000 year old pipes leading to a lake in the Qaidam Basin (eg, Epoch, Xinhua).
A Chinese pyramid is less weird than you might imagine. The Chinese professor and geochemist Weidong Sun claims that the Chinese civilization stems from Egypt. The French philologist Albert Terrien de Lacouperie identified the ancient and first Chinese Yellow Emperor as King Nakhunte of Elam. He supposedly led his people out of the Middle East and into the Central Plain of the Yellow River Valley around 2300 B.C. Please take a look at this beautiful story in Foreign Policy.
Some other ancient advanced artefacts have been covered in my earlier blogs: Piri Reis map, worldwide pyramids and the Egyptian Sphinx. The “problem” with these ancient advanced artefacts is that they contradict the common scientific belief that there was no advanced human civilisation before 4000 BC.
To some extent that belief is even true. The Last Glacial period (or: Ice Age) occurred from about 110,000 to 12,000 years ago. The interglacial period (or: global warming) that followed caused an extreme global melting of ice that resulted in a global sea level rise of 120-140 meters (about 400 feet). Guardian, September 2016: “The sea level on Australia’s north-west coast rose 130 metres after the end of the ice age, at a rate of about a metre every five to 10 years.”
It is quite likely that human legends and myths refer to this very long period of global sea level rise by its nickname “The Great Flood“. National Geographic: “Many scholars argue that the real rising sea level slowly invaded the Stone Age hunting territories for thousands of years, and the stories compress this event into overnight floods, storms, and destruction.”
Until today, we still don’t know how the Egyptian pyramids were built. Live Science (2012): “Even with cranes, helicopters, tractors and trucks at our disposal, it would be tough to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza today. Its construction 4,500 years ago is so astounding in some people’s eyes that they invoke mystical or even alien involvement. But the current theory of the building of the Great Pyramid — the notion that it was assembled from the inside out, via a spiraling internal ramp — is probably still the best construction plan.”
I suppose it’s just a matter of time before we find compelling evidence of highly advanced ancient civilizations. Perhaps it may even give us a sense of humiliation. We could certainly use that.
Michael Kiwanuka – Tell me a tale (2011) – artist, lyrics, video, Wiki
Tell me a tale that always was,
Sing me a song that I’ll always be in,
Tell me a story that I can read,
Tell me a story that I believe.