Comet ‘wiped out highly advanced ancient civilisation after smashing into Earth nearly 13,000 years ago’

Sarah Ridely — May 18, 2015

Falling meteor. Click to enlarge

Falling meteor. Click to enlarge

The author of a controversial new book claims a comet struck the Earth nearly 13,000 years ago and wiped out a highly advanced ancient civilisation.

When Graham Hancock wrote Fingerprints of the Gods, it was derided by academics but became a commercial sensation.

He argued an ancient culture in Antarctica was obliterated – but subjects such as astronomy and mathematics were passed to later civilisations.

Despite selling an estimated 3m copies, a BBC Horizon programme sought to demolish his theory.

Paul V Heinrich, a US geologist, wrote: “Rather than stumbling upon an archaeological mystery, he has merely created one.”

Now, 20 years later, he is set to publish a 500-page sequel – Magicians of the Gods – that he believes will prove his critics wrong.

Citing scientific and archaeological research, Hancock, a former journalist, told the Sunday Times: “In 1995, I wrote a book about all the clues — the fingerprints — that pointed to the existence of this lost civilisation.

“But what I lacked was a smoking gun. Now we have it.

“A series of papers in geophysics and geological journals have been bringing forward evidence that the Earth was indeed hit by a comet 12,800 years ago, which is exactly what I proposed in my book.”

Hancock argues that the existence of the comet has been masked because it struck ice and did not leave a crater.

But he acknowledges that many will ridicule his new book, which is to be published in September.


Comment — May 18, 2015

Referred to as the Pleistocene Epoch, the last Ice Age is thought to have begun about 1.8 million years ago and lasted until about 11,700 years ago. This roughly coincides with the arrival of Hancock’s proposed comet.
Interestingly enough, the Peri Reis map also purportedly shows the coastline of Antarctica free of ice. Which has led some to speculate that it may have been the location of the legendary Atlantis before a sudden catastrophic drop in temperatures buried it in ice. Ed.

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