Graham Hancock’s New Discoveries Pointing To Ancient Civilization

Gunung Padang SiteIn a lengthy Facebook post bestselling author Graham Hancock previews some of his research for a sequel to his number one bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization:

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

I’m climbing with Dr Natawidjaja up the steep slope of a 300-ft high step-pyramid set amidst a magical landscape of volcanoes, mountains and jungles interspersed with paddy fields and tea plantations a hundred miles from the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia.

The pyramid has been known to archaeology since 1914 when megalithic structures formed from blocks of columnar basalt were found scattered amongst the dense trees and undergrowth that then covered its summit. Local people held the site to be sacred and called it Gunung Padang, the name it still goes by today, which means “Mountain of Light”, or “Mountain of Enlightenment”, in the local Sundanese language. The summit, where the megaliths were found arranged across five terraces had been used as a place of meditation and retreat since time immemorial, archaeologists were told, and again this remains true today.

However neither the archaeologists, nor apparently the locals realized the pyramid was a pyramid. It was believed to be a natural hill, somewhat modified by human activity, until Natawidjaja and his team began a geological survey here in 2011. By then the summit had long since been cleared and the megalithic terraces recognized to be ancient and man-made, but no radiocarbon dating was ever done and the previously accepted age of the site – about 1,500 to 2,500 BC — was based on guesswork rather than on excavations.

The first scientific radiocarbon dating was done by Natawidjaja himself on soils underlying the megaliths at or near the surface. The dates produced – around 500 to 1,500 BC – were very close to the archaeological guesswork and caused no controversy. However a surprise was in store as Natawidjaja and his team extended their investigation using tubular drills that brought up cores of earth and stone from much deeper levels.

First the drill cores contained evidence – fragments of columnar basalt – that man-made megalithic structures lay far beneath the surface. Secondly the organic materials brought up in the drill cores began to yield older and older dates – 3,000 BC to 5,000 BC, then 9,600 BC as the drills bit deeper, then around 11,000 BC, then, 15,000 BC and finally at depths of 90 feet and more an astonishing sequence of dates of 20,000 BC to 22,000 BC and earlier…

[read the rest of Hancock's Facebook post]

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  • Noah Hopson-Walker
  • Steve Stark

    Yeah I read it, laughed at your silly link, and posted something in response that must really stick in your craw. Must stick in your craw so much that you ad to add on many thousand of years to Hancock’s claims in order to make his claim be about something much earlier than Gobekli Tepe. It’s simply not true that Hancock’s main thesis was about a civilization 15000 years ago – by contrast he was always talking about a civilization ending at roughly the time Plato gave for the end of Atlantis – ie, about 9000 years before Solon – ie, about 9500 bc – ie exactly the time of Gobekli Tepe. Also, your bringing in ancient astronauts, an idea Hancock has always rejected, shows that you’re just throwing out any old rubbish now due to the craw-sticking nature of the evidence that has turned up – as predicted by Hancock and as poo-pooed by the academic establishment who said there was nobody had anything like the technical capabilities at that time to build something like that. They did, it’s there, and thus a central component of Hancock’s main thesis has now been proven.

  • Noah Hopson-Walker

    Good lord, I hope you’re joking. If ad hominem attacks are all you can muster then you might want to take a moment to reevaluate your life and your beliefs. Especially if you can’t recognize how bad Hancock is at archaeology.