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New Evidence Lost Civilizations Really Existed

ganung padangTerence Newton, Staff Writer
Waking Times

What if everything you’ve been taught about the origins of civilization is wrong? Be it that certain pieces of our history have been intentionally hidden, or that we have yet to discover and realize the true story of our past, new archaeological and geological discoveries are revealing that sophisticated civilizations have likely existed in prehistoric times.

Until recently, the archaeological community has spread the view that the beginnings of human civilization started after the last Ice Age, which ended around 9,600 BC. All human ancestors prior to this time were recognized as primitive, uncivilized hunter-gatherers who were incapable of communal organization and architectural design. It was only after the Ice Age, when huge 2-mile deep ice caps that covered much of Europe and North America melted, that our human ancestors started to develop and perfect agriculture, forming more-complex economic and social structures around 4000 BC. Archaeologists believed that first cities started around 3500 BC in Mesopotamia and, shortly after, in Egypt. On the European continent, the oldest megalithic sites are dated around 3,000 BC, and the popular Stonehenge is dated between 2,400 BC and 1,800 BC.

This is the established chronology being taught in schools and believed by modern society. Prehistoric societies such as Atlantis have been declared myth.

Until now. New research now reveals that civilized humans were settled on Earth during the prehistoric era.

“Everything we’ve been taught about the origins of civilization may be wrong. Old stories about Atlantis and other great lost civilizations of prehistory, long dismissed as myths by archaeologists, look set to be proved true.” ~ Danny Natawidjaja, PhD, senior geologist with the Research Centre for Geotechnology at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Source)

Since 2011, Dr. Natawidjaja and his team have worked on a geological survey site in Indonesia about 100 miles from the city of Bandung. The significance of the site was first recognized in 1914 when megalithic structures made from blocks of columnar basalt were found around a summit of a large hill. When the hill’s summit was cleared of trees, it was realized that the blocks formed five terraces. These were believed to be used for meditation and retreat. The site was deemed sacred by locals and dubbed Gunung Padang, meaning “Mountain of Light” or “Mountain of Enlightenment”. The age of the terrace structures was estimated around 1,500 BC to 2,500 BC.

What Natawidjaja discovered at Gunung Padang was astounding. The hill was actually not a natural hill but a 300-ft high step-pyramid. And what’s even more controversial is that the structure was much older than anyone imagined. Natawidjaja radiocarbon dated the terrace structures at around 500 to 1,500 BC, similar to previous estimates. He also used tubular drills to bring up cores of earth and stone from various depths underneath the surface megaliths. As the drills dug deeper, Natawidjaja continued to discover that the columnar basalt structures extended far beneath the surface and yielded much older dates. At depths of 90 feet and more, the material was found to be 20,000 BC to 22,000 BC years old. Using radiocarbon dating, Natawidjaja and his team proved that man-made megalithic structures and hence a prehistoric human civilization existed well into the Ice Age.

“At 7,000 or more years older than Stonehenge the megaliths of Gobekli Tepe, like the deeply buried megaliths of Gunung Padang mean that the timeline of history taught in our schools and universities for the best part of the last hundred years can no longer stand. It is beginning to look as though civilization, as I argued in my controversial 1995 bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods, is indeed much older and much more mysterious than we thought.” ~ Graham Hancock (Source)

“Gunung Padang is not a natural hill but a man-made pyramid and the origins of construction here go back long before the end of the last Ice Age. Since the work is massive even at the deepest levels, and bears witness to the kinds of sophisticated construction skills that were deployed to build the pyramids of Egypt or the largest megalithic sites of Europe, I can only conclude that we’re looking at the work of a lost civilization and a fairly advanced one. ” ~ Dr. Danny Natawidjaja (Source)

The Greek philosopher Plato was also a believer that high civilization existed well into the last Ice Age. His recorded dialogs with other scholars of his time date Atlantis and its submergence by floods and earthquakes at around 9,000 BC, which is, coincidentally, in agreement with modern scientific knowledge about the rapidly rising sea levels towards the end of the Ice Age at 9,600 BC.

The question now arises: What happened to prehistoric civilizations? Why did they not survive the “Younger Dryas” period, which dates from 10,900 BC to 9,600BC? It is known that the Younger Dryas was a truly cataclysmic period on Earth, with immense climate instability and terrifying global conditions. Scientists have long debated the mystery behind this and the reasons for the massive extinction of North American megafauna such as short-faced bears and saber-toothed cats dated around 11,000 BC. Was the same mystery responsible for a massive human population decline and disappearance of advanced prehistoric societies?

New research conducted by geologists around the world, including James Kennett, professor emeritus in the Department of Earth Science at the University of California Santa Barbara, has linked the Younger Dryas period to a cosmic-impact event, possibly a comet collision with Earth. The international research team from 21 universities and 6 countries has identified a distribution of nanodiamonds of extraterrestrial nature at 32 sites in 11 countries, spanning an area of 50 million square kilometers across the Northern Hemisphere. Kennett comments:

“We conclusively have identified a thin layer over three continents, particularly in North America and Western Europe, that contain a rich assemblage of nanodiamonds, the production of which can be explained only by cosmic impact. We have also found YDB glassy and metallic materials formed at temperatures in excess of 2200 degrees Celsius, which could not have resulted from wildfires, volcanism or meteoritic flux, but only from cosmic impact.” (Source)

It’s known that during the Younger Dryas, the Earth experienced great global instability, with a sharp decline in temperatures even colder than during the peak of the Ice Age. A return to a warmer climate around 9,600 BC caused a sudden melting of the remaining ice caps, resulting in a quick rising of the ocean levels.

Kennett and his colleagues believe that the beginning of the Younger Dryas and the sharp temperature decline were caused by a cosmic event, similar to the event responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The scientists have called the moment in time illustrated by the nanodiamond datum as an isochron. Was this isochron responsible for creating the mystery of lost civilizations? Kennett believes so:

“It’s not surprising that many large animal species, such as the mammoths, went extinct during this precise time and of course it had huge effects on our ancestors, not just those ‘primitive’ hunter gatherers the archaeologists speak of but also, I believe, a high civilization that was wiped from the historical record by the upheavals of the Younger Dryas.” (Source)

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Terence Newton is a staff writer for, interested primarily with issues related to science, the human mind, and human consciousness.


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  • Koolz

    the Great Pyramid that most call the Great Pyramid of Giza is over 36,000 years old.
    Pyramids are all over the world. But the Great Pyramid is the Center of all things, the Earth, Moon, Sun. It divides the Earth and the distances of each Heavenly Body.

  • Kunjabihari Adhikari

    Please read ‘Forbidden Archeology’ by Drutakarma Das (Michael Cremo_

  • There is a lot more out there if you look.

    Have a look at this series on the ancient original races from Australia

    Astounding when you get the ‘gravity’ of it all.

  • I have a problem with the narrative of the ice sheet over northern Europe & Northern Asia… During the last glacial period we see a mile thick ice sheet over North America down to around 45deg N’ lat .. We know this because the ice ground down to bed rock and left marks in the bed rock of the ice flows from boulders it pushed under the sheet.. Any flora and fauna that is not Really, Really old that its fossilized into and below the bed rock is non existent.. There is no remains of anything say from 75,000 to 300,000 years old found above 50 deg N lat in North America, before the last glacial period.. The reason is given is that the mile or two ice sheet would have ground such surface remains to dust..

    But in Europe and Asia we find flora and fauna remains back as far as we look up to the 75th N. Lat.. We find Camp Sites of Neanderthal and remains in Norway that date 200,000 years… In the exact same places that climatologists say there was a Ice sheet, Paleontologists & Archaeologists tell us there were plants, animals and even hominids ..

    If the last glacial period was a Global event where global temps fell causing the Ice of the poles to cover then those ice sheets should be fairly close to symmetrical around the rotational poles.. So the claim by climatologists of ice sheets equal to N. America over N. Europe and Asia.. But that would have ground to dust those remains of flora and fauna down to at bed rock…

    This leads me to consider Hapgoods crustal shift theory as a better explanation of the observed.. If a 30 deg shift happened about 20,000 years ago then before such event the North rotational pole would be just above the US, Canadian border… This would make Northern Europe and Asia a Temperate latitude explaining the finds of Maga Fauna with temperate plants undigested in their bellies.. Since the N. American Ice sheet would have been on Land the sea levels would be 400 to 600 foot lower..

    Such a shift would have been catastrophic to the planet with massive earth quakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis globally.. If a advanced civilization existed it would have been mainly along coast lines that today are several miles out to sea, under 400 foot of ocean and 20,000 years of silt… The places that would have been on the main lands would have been devastated… Then any survivors would have over time used any such sites and any archaeological remains reused for 1000’s of years until such evidence is lost to use..

    Then if survivors were to attempt to rebuild they would have the communal memory of the event and would build using massive stone structures to deal with the on going earth quakes that would have persisted for generations leaving us many of the megalithic structures that were again reused for 1000’s of years before the first Historical civilizations arose…

    • Louis

      I like the theory! I’ll have to look into the facts, but it rings true to me. Not sure about the reason for the stone structures though… the origins of those are still fairly mysterious.

  • Peter Sharpen

    You might like to read Immanuel Velikovsky: Ages in Chaos, or Earth in Upheaval, or Worlds in Collision.

    Preferably with an open mind. These works provided the basis of the Thunderbolts project.

  • carroll price

    Maybe this explains the existence of highly advanced African civilizations that never actually existed outside the imagination of Black History professors and New World social planners.

  • !

    What happened in a distant past? What is going to happen in the future? Read a book “Praregėjimas”. I am not saying that an information in this book is 100% true, I don’t know, but the book itself is indeed very interesting. There are three more books of the same author on the same subject. Short description of these books:
    “As we know earth is moving around the sun and around its own axis. Main assertion of his books is-the earth every 6000 years completely turns over its poles. The process of pole inversion is continual, as the earth moves around its axis and around the sun. Continuous pole inversion is the third law of geophysics. Just because of this process earth’s climate and seismic activity is periodically changing. This is certainly not one of these theories about sudden pole change:))) So, according to this theory earth’s climate is changing slowly and a men in his lifetime can’t notice anything, but over 3000 years while south pole comes to the north and north pole comes to the south, climate changes dramatically, so as changes seismic activity, volcano eruptions, hurricanes, sea level, population migration and many more. There is a lot of interesting stuff in these books, actually. The author claims there were no wars in the past, at least not at a such scale as we were tought at school. All destructions which were blaimed on wars seems they occured just because of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions, cunamis, floodings etc.”
    The book “Praregėjimas” you can get here:
    But even if you buy that book you only be able to read a summary of it, six pages in total, english text is from page 185 to page 191. So help yourself and translate it :))
    Visualization of third and fourth law of geophysics here:

  • [ Smiles ] Most of what we learnt in our history books are wrong anyway; so it doesn’t hurt to be open-minded about this theory.

  • There are many instances of archaeologists reporting finds of artefacts that could only be made by some type of humanoid with intelligence to homo sapiens that have been dated long before what is considered the human era. Somehow these are always kept out of the official archives, we might see a few newspaper reports then they are forgotten.

  • wjs

    interesting reading,
    I believe that there are some people who know more than it is in the textbooks but, information is power so no one will share it.

  • hp

    There’s no such thing as Dwarka
    There’s no such thing as Dwarka
    There’s no such thing as Dwarka…

  • huhu

    so you are an admitted lying mason like the rotten dog pooet?

  • Rumi SAnova
  • Rumi SAnova
  • “we” are not all the same…or “equal”

    lying to ourselves won’t change the truth

    there is us and “Them”, and “They” print the currency and own the

    and just now the rocks and trees are screaming…

  • Antonietta Francini MD MA

    Physical events happen…why do we insist in closing our eyes instead of organizing a concrete, elaborate survival plan?
    Only FEAR prevents us from being RATIONAL!
    Taking care of the planet and of ourselves!
    When Nature moves, where are you going to hide with all your money?

  • Victor Gagnon

    I certainly agree and believe that there where some civilizations much more advanced than ours and did what we are doing now today destroying ourselves. All we have to do in this day and age is to look around at what we are doing now and that will give us a picture of what happened in past civilizations. The expression that we humans live in the past comes to mind. We continually repeat our downfall. This planet has been at war for many hundreds of thousands of years just as we doing today. Maybe the big question should be why do we ‘WAR” with each other. Makes no sense at all, ludicrous, and the height of stupidity yet those who are at the for front of our demise present themselves as being intellectual. A bit of a oxymoron in my opinion.

    • Louis

      I am thinking at this point that our inability to “act nice” and “do what is right” really comes down to WHAT we are rather than who we are. Human beings are the most violent, territorial and dangerously abstract apex predator on the planet. I think we are hard-wired for violence based off self interest and no matter how hard we try and paint a veneer of civility over the top of our true nature, our true nature is always at the forefront. We are in a constant (and never ending) state of war. I mean we have people beheading other people right now! It’s the year 2014 and people are still raping women and beheading men. (Sometimes beheading women too!). We flick a switch, a missile shoots off, hundreds of people are blown into pieces. We are hard wired in a top down leadership structure. The biggest, toughest ape is the one in charge, and all the others live under that rulership. Anyone who steps out of line gets their ass beat (if they are IN the tribe) or slaughtered (if they are outside of the tribe). Look at every company and government on the planet and you will find the exact same social structure. We are hard wired to have an alpha male and alpha female on “top” and everything comes after that. Can anyone say “Homecoming King and Queen”? It’s taught to every single one of our kids. The British Royal Family (among many others) makes a living off it. We are a fundamentally flawed species because the very traits that helped us survive in prehistoric times: Having a strong instinct for close social groups along with a strong male and female leadership along with a drive to combat predators and other competing groups almost automatically sets us up for war. Also, it is well documented that our closest primate relatives (chimpanzees) fight “wars” against competing “tribes” sometimes for food, sometimes for territory AND sometimes for no apparent reason at all! Maybe the other group just smelled funny… Yes, we can talk, build buildings and cars and computers, but at the end of the day we are what we are. Until we undergo some type of major evolutionary advancement, no matter what we do, the results will be the same. No matter how hard we try, the instincts to rule and instincts to follow and instincts to attack and destroy are going to continue to dominate our behavior. The only good thing about the human race is that eventually we will become extinct. If I was an alien scientist in a cloaked ship monitoring Earth, I’d be sending a message back to base saying that we’re far too dangerous to ever let into space. Time to nuke us from orbit! It’s the only way to be SURE…

  • Proudie

    This is conclusive with the Sanskrit texts of pre-Christ india which speak of a great war between the gods, huge burning fireballs, people’s hair and fingernails falling out etc. Bowl shaped lakes have been found in the middle east with the underwater surface crystallised in glass. Only one such thing capable of producing heat at high enough temperatures to turn rock and sand into glass is the atom bomb. If civilisations existed in prehistoric times, would it not be more likely that they destroyed themselves through the miss-use of technology (nuclear or something more advanced), just as we ourselves are on the brink of, rather than an asteroid? This would answer many questions. Especially as to why radioactive material has been found in the craters of supposed comments that collided with earth long ago. It would explain why so many cultures speak of a “great war of the gods” in a time long ago.

    • Rob Parker

      …yes, in fact the worldwide K-Pg iridium boundary layer was the result of a nuclear conflict between a Reptilian Draco and Humanoid Pro-scion species. The blast 66 million years ago, near the Yucatan peninsula, caused a global nuclear winter and resulted in an extinction level event (I.E – the dinosaurs).

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