I'm trying to form a complete hypothesis. I think this is version 3.0
My hypothesis about why history about the Ice Age was so taboo in cultures such as the Qin Dynasty of China, Dynastic Egypt, or even how the Bible
discusses people before "the flood" being "wicked".
My hypothesis is that the Ice Age was simply a better time. Humans lived comfortably as hunter gatherers who did not need to move around to find
prey. The population was small because a favorable "young to old" ratio was unnecessary. Everyone basically lived the life of an
Unlike the others, Greek legend actually says this was the case.
Mammoths have to eat 150 pounds of food per day to survive (for a small one. Bigger ones require more). The Earth had many big herds of them.
The Boreal period, which came after the Younger Dryas event, is the time when Europe got most of its forests.
Presently, my thinking on this is that most of the terrain prior to the Boreal, was covered in "fast growth" vegetation, like tall grasses. The
Mammoths would basically walk around stripping the land bare, and then come a few months later to find it had all grown back.
Humans hunted mammoths. But Mammoths are more intelligent than most prey animals, so I'm sure they probably knew about the threat and tended to
avoid human occupied lands.
But, because they avoided those lands, the vegetation just kept growing greener and greener, until they couldn't resist. (Sort of like how if
you try to crack down on the illegal drug trade in a major city, the street price of drugs just goes up until someone is crazy enough to try selling
Or maybe lone stragglers would go there if they lost their herd.
Also mammoths can be territorial. Those tusks aren't there just for warding off predators. They also allow pairs of mammoths to have tusk
offs to fight over mates, or grazing privileges.
The loser, or losing herd, might find they have nowhere else to go and try their luck in human lands.
Either way humans could just sit and wait, and food would come to them. One kill could feed their whole tribe for a month or so, and during
a cold winter, they didn't even need to eat it right away.
The basic idea?
Rulers who came after the Younger Dryas event didn't want their people learning about that age, because they wouldn't be content with their
Having to plow and harvest is mind numbing, repetitive, joyless work. And the majority of the population had to do it every day.
The overpopulation that came from having large families, to create the needed "young to old" ratio meant constant, and frequently genocidal, wars
between groups of humans. You were lucky if you could go a whole century without watching a generation march off and many not return.
What ruler WOULDN'T want to bury the older history?