Part of our study into Plato’s concept of The Great Year involves a look at ancient civilizations. This week’s post examines a sunken, lost city, found in 2001. This discovery challenges previously held archeological beliefs about the timeline of our Earth and man’s progression.
From our post last week, we define The Great Year — in simple terms — 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. During a grand cycle, civilizations experienced high ages of enlightenment and low ages of darkness.
Ruins Reveal Advanced Civilizations
Examples of sophisticated cultures — that we know of — are ancient Egypt, the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, the Megalithic civilization, and the Mayan civilization. All of which appear to have — at some point — slipped into an age of darkness, resulting in a collapse of the civilization.
Archeologists study civilization ruins, hoping to discover more of our ancient history. They can undertake this research because we have remains from these sophisticated cultures. But what if a catastrophe, of biblical proportions, like a flood, buried these once vibrant civilizations? No ruins, thus nothing to compare or research.
It would be as if no other civilizations ever existed.
In conclusion, an absence of ruins mean we have no knowledge of older advanced civilizations. Without these remains, a timeline of Earth’s history — like the one upon which we currently depend — could be totally bogus.
As far as we know, Earth could just now be crawling out of the dark ages.
India’s Gulf of Cambay Discovery
Divers found one of the most recent discoveries of our time in India’s Gulf of Cambay. Oceanographers from India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology made this chance discovery. According to BBC News, these researchers were conducting a survey on pollution.
They discovered geometric structures at the bottom of the sea. This discovery could indicate an ancient civilization, predating the oldest ruins found so far by some 5,000 years.
Significance of Cambay Discovery
Before recent discoveries, archeologists 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 accepted timeline.
These Gulf of Cambay remains were found 120 feet underwater and could be over 9,000 years old, some researchers say. However, because the artifacts were dredged up instead of archaeologically excavated, controversy has surfaced regarding the find. Consequently, the actually dating of the ruins is in question.
From what was reported, the lost city appears to be five miles long and two miles wide. Side-scan sonar identified the huge geometrical structure. Artifacts recovered from the site include construction material, pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculpture, and human bones and teeth.
Carbon dating of these remains show them to be nearly 9,500 years old ( being questioned). Four thousand years older than today’s calculations of the earliest possible chance of an advanced civilization.
Controversy aside, who were these people? And what happened to them?
The evidence shows they were not the hunters and gatherers typically connected to small village settlements. This creates one big chronological problem and puts into question our currently accepted Earth timeline.
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.
Putting It Into Perspective
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 and had well-defined streets in straight lines with proper drainage. They had ways of conveying water with dams for water storage. In addition to this, they had a means of keeping their cities sanitary.
Possible Missing Link
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.
However, treacherous waters — with strong currents and riptides — have made exploration of the site difficult. BBC News reported the problems with excavation after the initial finding was made.
Plato’s Grand Cycle
Plato thought this grand cycle of the heavens influenced the rise and fall of civilizations. If Plato’s concept of the 25,800 year cycle is valid, did this lost city fall victim to The Great Year?
As we advance, as technology charges ahead to help solve such mysteries, perhaps we will find answers to the how, the why, and the who of these long lost, advanced societies.
And maybe, just maybe, we can prevent our civilization from becoming victims of The Great Year.
Video on the Cambay Ruins
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. He searches for evidence to support his unconventional theories involving ancient civilizations.
Hancock believes these discovered 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 video originally aired on the BBC network and runs a total of 48:19 minutes.
Quality is not great, blurry images and sound, but it is fascinating.
What do you think? I love hearing from you.
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