Finding Atlantis

The expression ” rewriting history” couldn’t be more accurate if it tried. History is a chameleon, changing colour as it reflects the perspective of individual orators. Inoffensive landmarks faithfully, universally noted – controversial or distasteful facts, omitted or presented in more favourable light. History is a subject open to interpretation; often a best guess or comfortable middle ground. The last few thousand years are easy. Reasonable written records piece together an accurate portrait of humanity’s sordid parade.

Ancient history is another story; a far different story than I learned in school. I was taught that “civilization ” began in Mesopotamia. I learned of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Taught that civilization began with the advent of written language, I happily absorbed my lessons, textbook timeline and all.

Now I’m wishing they would find Atlantis. The only written record comes from Greek philosopher Plato in 360 B.C. He described the city in great detail, dating it to 9,600 B.C. That would put it thousands of years before Mesopotamia. Many scholars believe Plato wrote of Atlantis, not as fact, rather as a tool to express his ideas on society. At the heart of the debate are the extreme details Plato used to describe the physical lay out of the city. If simply a metaphor, why would he painstakingly scribe such details?

Archaeologists and historians have placed it under Antarctic ice, off the coast of the Bahamas, under Spanish marshland, and in the Aegean Sea. It tickles our imagination; fuelling tales of Poseidon and Captain Nemo. Finding this mythical city would re-write history.

We need to find Atlantis because we’ve all heard of it. Atlantis would be the spark needed to ignite the accepted timeline of civilization – blowing it to smithereens. I can think of no other course of action; Atlantis would tip the cart. My dismay stems from the realization my textbook history was shot full of holes years ago. Watching my children; dutifully hand in the same reports I did; colouring the same tired historical march, not once presented with possibilities of civilization lost.

Mention civilization lost and most people would think of Atlantis or Shangra-La. Not a shred of evidence has ever been found to support either. Meanwhile, irrefutable scientific evidence dates Gobekli Tepe at 7000 years before the pyramids. Puma Punku is older than that, perhaps the oldest structure on earth. These aren’t stone huts, I’m talking mind boggling monolithic stone structures.Places that defy explanation Documents such as the Piri Reis map, showing the outline of Antarctica under miles of ice;.as it would have been before the last ice age.

Ancient history has more questions than answers.One thing for certain; the cradle of civilization is no more Mesopotamia than the world is flat. We can’t discount facts simply because we don’t have all the answers. A closed mind is a sorry excuse, it’s time to re-write history.

Why Puma Punku Makes Me Smile

History is fluid, a never ending story with twists and turns dictated by centuries of  religious, political and scientific bias. In the handful of centuries since science got a foot in the door, release from religious restraints and political white wash steadfastly turn historical stone to dust.

Gobekli Tepe, discovered in Turkey during the 90s, turns accepted historical timelines on their head. We cling to cradle of civilization Mesopotamia, yet science proves Gobekli Tepe is thousands of years older. Most people haven’t heard of it. Educators rely on unimaginative textbooks, unwilling to introduce irrefutable science because facts are few. Science believes Gobekli Tepe a place for religious gatherings. Circle after perfect circle, with reliefs of animals carved into surrounding pillars. Each pillar the exact same height, many of the animals not thought to be indigenous to the area. By all appearances it was purposely buried.

Then there’s Puma Punku. My pulse races pondering this place. Located in Bolivia no one knows who built it. By some estimates – 17,000 years old. At an elevation of 12,000 feet, granite slabs of stone weighing hundreds of tons were somehow moved from a quarry miles away. If that doesn’t make you smile; ponder the precise stone work and intricate carvings. Science deals in facts of which there are few.

Puma Punku makes me smile because it obliterates “set in stone” history with more questions than answers. I smile because we can ask those questions and hopefully expand our shallow textbook minds.

Who Decides History Starts When We Write Sumarian?

The history I learned named Mesopotamia, located in the “fertile crescent” as the cradle of civilization. Researching historical timelines, I find it astounding that this is still taught as fact. No question Mesopotamia was a great civilization, if you were alive in 3500 BC, Mesopotamia was the place to be. Credited with the first written language ( Sumarian ) the first recorded religion, remarkable groundwork in mathematics and astronomy, including the 24 hour day,  7 day week, and 365 day year. Mesopotamia had libraries, irrigation, were said to be the first metal and copper workers, worked with glass, made lamps, had temples, and awe inspiring palaces.

The history I learned presented these  facts as if prior to Mesopotamia the world was nothing but trailer parks and tent cities. At one time the world was also thought to be flat.

So lets ponder – who decides historical fact or fiction? At what point do we cease to re-print textbooks,  opening minds instead to further possibilities? Gobekli Tepe in Turkey is estimated to be 6 – 7 thousand years older than Mesopotamia. At Varna in Bulgaria  almost 300 graves dating 2 thousand years before Mesopotamia have been excavated. These graves contained almost 3000 pieces of gold, the earliest known gold in the world, including a gold penis sheath. They’ve found weapons, and evidence of a highly structured society. Derinkuyu is another baffling site. Located in Turkey its an underground city, built to house 20,000 people, complete with stables, breweries, shops, and lets not forget the elaborate ventilation system, impenetrable stone doors, and no idea who, when, or why it was constructed.

We may not have found their libraries, but they deserve pondering in that dusty old high school history text.

Grave 43, full of gold, from the Varna Necropolis.

Photo from the above link. Grave at Varna.

Gobekli Tepe

Gobekli Tepe an architectural site discovered by a Kurdish farmer in 1994, pre-dates the pyramids by 7000 years, Thousands of years before conventional thinking believed possible. This site shatters our former timeline of human evolution.

Pillars at the temple of Göbekli Tepe