In 2017, a team of scientists from The University of Edinburgh found an ancient stone tablet that confirmed that a comet struck Earth 13,000 years ago, leading to global destruction including the extinction of the woolly mammoth and the rise of a new civilization. The ancient stone tablet was found at the Göbekli Tepe temple, located in southeastern Turkey.
Göbekli Tepe is considered to be the oldest megalithic monument known in human history. It is 6,500 years older than Stonehenge and 7000 years older than the oldest of the Pyramids. The site is over 12,000 years old, built around 10,000 BC, and has always baffled scientists regarding the purpose of its construction.
According to archaeo-astronomer Giulio Magli, the monument could have been built as an observatory and as a place of worship for the star Sirius. However, the mayor of the Turkish city, where Gobekli Tepe is located, has recently offered a fantastic theory for the ancient archaeological site’s origins: aliens.
In a March 2017 article in the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Martin B. Sweatman and Dimitrios proposed a bold theory: the pillars are telling the story of a comet hitting the earth and triggering an ice age some 13,000 years ago. The discovery was focused on the carvings discovered on a pillar called the Vulture Stone. These carvings portray different animals that correspond to astronomical constellations. Besides, they found an image of a headless man on a stone which, according to ancient people, was a symbol of disaster and mass casualties.
Many researchers believe that this catastrophe coincides with the emergence of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilizations. They were aware of the Ice Age that occurred at that time, but the reasons for this phenomenon had remained unclear until this discovery.
With the help of computer simulations, scientists compared the images on the rock with the solar system that seemed to be thousands of years ago. It turned out that the ancient inhabitants recorded the comet strike event that happened around 10,950 BC. Likely not coincidentally, this is the start of the global cooling event called the Younger Dryas.
The Younger Dryas marked a crucial turning point for human civilization. Prior to this period, humans were predominantly hunters, leading nomadic lives and collecting wild grains without forming permanent settlements. However, with the onset of global cooling, communities began to cultivate crops in order to survive the harsher climate.
The Younger Dryas occurred during a transitional period as the Earth shifted from an Ice Age to a warmer interglacial period. This event was unique in that there was a brief, temporary reversal of the overall warming trend, resulting in approximately 1,200 years of cooling.
Did a comet destroy this Paleolithic village 12,800 years ago?
Smithsonian reported that an analysis of soil and artifacts recovered from the original excavation suggested that the Paleolithic settlement at Abu Hureyra, Syria was destroyed by the impact of comet fragments that collided with Earth approximately 12,800 years ago. So do ancient carvings on the Vulture Stone suggest this coment impact?
“When we dug the site way back in 1973, I had noticed that there was heavy burning in one area, but of course, back then I wasn’t thinking about comets or asteroids or anything of that kind,” said Andrew Moore, an archaeologist and professor at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology, who led the excavation at Abu Hureyra.
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Scientists discovered tiny pieces of melt glass in soil samples from Abu Hureyra, indicating the site was hit by a cosmic impact. The team found melt glass among seeds, cereal grains and adobe covering buildings, as well as high concentrations of microscopic nanodiamonds, tiny carbon spherules and charcoal. The discovery suggests the impact occurred while the village was inhabited.
The presence of specific minerals within the melt glass discovered in Abu Hureyra provides evidence supporting its origin from an impact event. The molten grains of minerals found, including quartz, chromferide, and magnetite, require temperatures between 1,720°C to 2,200°C to melt, indicating that they were subjected to extreme heat.
Abu Hureyra is a site in the Middle East where evidence of a cosmic impact has been found, part of a larger series of sites around the world. This impact is believed to have caused a cold spell and altered Earth’s climate for 1,300 years, leading to the extinction of many large animals and possibly contributing to the disappearance of the Clovis culture in North America. The evidence includes a carbon-rich layer known as the “black mat” containing nanodiamonds and rare elements, as well as charcoal indicating widespread wildfires.
Archaeologists also link the Younger Dryas event to the beginning of systematic agriculture in the Middle East. Radiocarbon dating at the village of Abu Hureyra revealed that it was rebuilt shortly after the impact, and its first occupants were the same group of people who re-established it. They began farming, cultivating fields of rye, and later wheat and barley, and eventually started livestock keeping with sheep and goats. The settlement became enormous with several thousand inhabitants and turned into a dominant village in Syria.
In his book “Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilisation,” Graham Hancock claimed that more than 200 myths about the creation of the world, from the Arctic tribes to Central Africa, tell about the destruction of highly developed civilization by fire from heaven and a flood.
As evidence, Hancock suggested paying attention to huge megaliths, deposits of platinum and diamonds in North America – traces of a collision with a comet. According to him, all those descriptions correspond to the pictographic chronicle found on one of the columns of the prehistoric temple in Göbekli Tepe.