Part of our study into Plato’s concept of The Great Year involves a look at ancient civilizations. In this week’s post we will examine a sunken lost city, found in 2001, that challenges previously held archeological beliefs about the timeline of our Earth and man’s progression.
From our post last week, we learned that The Great Year can be simply defined as being when the planets and the motion of the fixed stars return to their original positions. According to NASA, this takes 25, 800 years. Plato thought this grand cycle of the heavens influenced the rise and fall of civilizations; and that during this cycle, civilizations experienced high ages of enlightenment and low ages of darkness.
Examples of these sophisticated cultures are ancient Egypt, the Greek and Roman Empires, the Megalithic and Mayan civilizations. All of which seem to have at some point slipped into an age of darkness and collapsed. Archeologists study these in hope of discovering more of our ancient history. They are able to undertake this research because we have proof that these sophisticated cultures did indeed exist. We have their ruins to dig up and study.
But what if, like in so many of our religions, a flood came along, or some other catastrophe, and buried highly advanced civilizations during a Great Year cycle leaving no evidence that they ever even existed.
Perhaps, Earth is just now crawling out of the dark ages.
The Short of It
One of the most recent discoveries of our time was found in India’s Gulf of Cambay. According to BBC News, it was a chance discovery made by oceanographers from India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology conducting a survey of pollution.
Massive geometric structures were discovered at the bottom of the sea and could indicate an ancient civilization that predates the oldest ruins found so far by some 5,000 years.
The Long of It
Before recent discoveries, it was widely believed that highly advanced cultures did not exist prior to 5,500 BP. (ProbeNote: BP after a number means: years Before the Present.)
Discovery of the ancient ruins in the Gulf of Cambay, puts this belief into question. It clearly establishes the existence of an advanced civilization before our current day accepted timeline.
The remains were discovered 120 feet underwater and could be over 9,000 years old scientists say. This lost city appears to be five miles long and two miles wide.
Sidescan sonar identified the huge geometrical structure that lies at the bottom of the Gulf of Cambay. Artifacts recovered from the site include construction material, pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculpture, and human bones and teeth. These remains have been carbon dated and believed to be nearly 9,500 years old. Four thousand years older than today’s calculations of the earliest possible chance of an advanced civilization.
So who were these people? And what happened to them?
The evidence indicates they were not the hunters and gatherers typically connected to small village settlements prior to more advanced cultures. This creates one big chronological problem and puts into question our currently accepted Earth timeline.
The ancient Harappan civilization dates back 4,000 years and was thought to be one of three oldest known civilizations. Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia are the other two. These city-states were geometric in shape and had well defined streets in straight lines with proper drainage. They had ways of conveying water with dams for storing water, and they had a means of keeping their cities sanitary.
Some people of India believe the submerged structure to be the lost city of their popular Hindu god, Krishna. The story of the deity tells of a prosperous city Krishna built with 70,000 palaces made of gold, silver, and other precious metals. Upon his death the city sunk into the sea.
The discovery in the Gulf of Cambay may provide a missing link from lesser advanced man to such societies as the Harappan, Ancient Egypt, and Mesopotamia civilizations. Treacherous waters with strong currents and rip tides have made exploration of the site difficult reported BBC News after the initial finding was made.
If Plato’s concept of a 25,800 year cycle, which influences the rise and fall of advanced civilizations, is indeed true, then maybe this newly discovered sunken city fell victim to The Great Year. As we advance, as technology charges ahead to help solve such mysteries, perhaps we can find answers to the hows, the whys, and the whos of these long lost, but not forgotten, older-than-ancient sophisticated societies.
And maybe, just maybe, we can prevent becoming victims of the cycle.
Below is a YouTube video that touches on the findings in the Bay of Cambay. The viewer follows the journey of British author and journalist, Graham Hancock, as he searches for evidence to support his unconventional theories involving ancient civilizations and his belief that these lost cities are much older than their current perceived origins. His discussion on the discoveries found in the Bay of Cambay start at the 41:00 minute marker. The total length of the video is 48:19 and was aired originally of the BBC network. Quality is not great, blurry images and sound, but it is fascinating.
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