This research project investigates our accepted understanding of history and asks whether some of the anomalies in the data may point towards a non-linear history for homo sapiens. That is to say, people rise up and become civilised to a certain level, but some event disrupts that progress. It is certainly not unreasonable to propose that human history may be filled with stops and starts.

According to a conventional history of human kind, there was first what is known as prehistory which began with the Palaeolithic era (also known as the early stone age) and followed by the Neolithic era (also known as the new stone age), which also was marked by the Neolithic revolution from around 10,000 BC where we transitioned from a hunter-gatherer people to an agricultural-farming one. The first human civilisation then rose up in ancient Mesopotamia, which is in Western Asia and currently the location of the countries Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey. Early history, especially written history, was then dominated by the Sumerian and Akkadian societies. However, recent discoveries are raising the possibility of whether an earlier civilisation existed prior to the Neolithic revolution, and this includes discoveries of Megalithic sites such as Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Gunung Padang in West Java, Indonesia to name just two examples. If such civilisations did exist it is not clear what would have happened to them, but a working hypothesis is destruction by natural catastrophe or existential threat such an a comet impact.

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The evolutionary tree of hominids is non-trivial. Far from being well understood, how each of the species are related to each other is mostly hypothesis. In addition to modern day humans (Homo Sapiens), there is also Homo Neanderthanlensis, Homo Erectus, Homo Habilis, Australopithecus to name a few. The reason it is so poorly understood is due to the scarcity of fossil records. Indeed, as shown in the image below which is a document photographed at the Museum of Natural History in New York, the family tree is presented as ‘hypothesis’, and not even theory. Is it possible that in the distant past there were other species of hominids we are yet to discover?

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In this project we have been building a model of human history, development, civilisation and also in conjunction with historical geological eras. In the process of this research we have been visiting natural history and archeological museums around North America and Europe as a means to validate or invalidate existing paradigms of belief. At some point, we will release a version of that model for further scrutiny.

The Interstellar Research Centre continues to research ancient history and we are building a model of human evolution, development, civilisation and our relation to other hominids so as to better understand our origins and also the future that awaits us.

References:

  1. D J Stanford, B A Bradley, Across Atlantic Ice, The Origin of America’s Clovis Culture, University of California Press, 2012.

  2. D Rohl, Legend, The Genesis of Civilisation, Century, 1998.

  3. A. Cotterell, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations, Papermac, 1980.

  4. K Schmidt, Gobekli Tepe, Arkeoloji Sanat Yayinlari, 2013.

  5. G Hancock, America Before, The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilisation, Coronet, 2019.

  6. G Hancock, Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilisation, Coronet, 2016.

  7. G Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods: The Quest Continues, New Updated Edition, Century, 2001.