Graham Hancock joins David Wilcock to discuss how archeological discoveries and astronomical interpretations which have arisen since the 1995 publication of his seminal book, Fingerprints of the Gods have tended to support his view that Plato’s descriptions of Atlantis are to be taken literally.
The most monumental development by far has been the 2009 publication of Klaus Schmidt’s findings at the Gobekli Tepe archeological site. The dating of the site to the 10th–8th millennium BCE lends credence to Graham’s claims that the Giza complex is much older than proposed by 19th century Egyptologists.
Graham says that enough scientific studies have been done at this point for him to conclude that a series of cometary impacts that occurred around 11,890 years ago were the cause not just of the megafauna extinctions (mammoths, lions, ground sloths and other huge mammals that roamed the Americas until then) but of a civilizational collapse due to massive flooding, earthquakes and the sudden deep freeze of the Younger Dryas period, which occurred just as the last Ice Age was ending. The biggest impact was at the Laurentide Shield on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes area, which was covered in glacial ice up to two miles thick at the time.
This view is supported by Dr. Victor Clube, retired Dean of the Astrophysics Department at Oxford and former astronomer at the Royal Observatory, as well as Dr. Richard Firestone of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California. Clube proposes that this same cluster today known as Comet Encke and its accompanying Taurid complex was once a much larger body and that it has been breaking up over our heads over the past 20,000 to 30,000 years and that it was also responsible for the collapse of several Bronze Age civilizations in the Fertile Crescent.
The Taurid complex is the largest stream of matter in the inner Solar System. Taurid meteor showers occur twice a year but the stream has a cycle of activity that peaks every 2,500 to 3,000 years, when there are larger impactors. The Royal Observatory in Scotland estimates that the next peak involving large-sized meteors from the Taurids will begin sometime between the years 2400-3000 AD. Some archeo-astronomers note that dates for megalith complexes such as Stonehenge are associated with these peaks.
Due to the stream’s size, the Earth takes several weeks to pass through it, causing an extended period of meteor activity, compared with the much smaller periods of activity in other showers. The Taurids are also made up of weightier material, pebbles instead of dust grains. Many astronomers consider these to be the cause of the 1908 Tunguska event. I wrote about all of this at length in this book, which was based on a film that was inspired by Fingerprints of the Gods!
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s covered in this interview with the great Graham Hancock.