posted on Jul, 1 2011 @ 12:47 PM
Interesting idea. I’m sure there has been what you would call advanced civilizations’ long before we know about them.
The Mayan calendar going back so far has always interested me (along with all ancient cites and righting) I think some of the religious practices were
a way of preserving knowledge through ritual.
If there was a much older culture, they would have to have had interaction with others around them and inevitably passed knowledge to them. How old
that culture was, will be up for debate for a long time, I suspect for older then we currently think.
After all, we have had the same brain for about 200000 years. So we could have easily lost some pretty advanced couture’s and not know about
I believe that they would know the stars extremely well and it would make since, understanding patterns in nature is essential to life. Expanding on
culture along with the understanding of the celestial bodies would improve their ability to keep time which we all know is extremely important.
Patterns in the stars along with seasons then years would inevitably link events, and the longer you keep track, the more clear these events become,
making you able to predict the next years cycle, then the next 5-10-20……
If I were trading with my neighbors and liked their wares I would want them to keep those wares coming so I would share my knowledge of cycles to keep
my goodies coming, thus preserving such knowledge through time.
A 26000 year cycle seems a long time, but passing down at least a calendar would be relatively easy so to speak since it would be a valuable tool.
The stories of such a culture would also be passed down, although it would get bent and twisted with time. And personal prejudice would intersect as
well. This would sever the elite.
Essential information like the calendars and maps would be less likely to be destroyed, thus the best information on the age of older cultures.
I don’t believe the world will end in 2012 and neither did the Mayan, it is the end of one cycle and the begging of another. Not all their cycles
had the same outcome but they thought the end of one and the begging of the other was a changing, and that changing was not always catastrophic. That
the end of the last cycle may have been catastrophic doesn’t mean the end of this one is, they simply say is a change.
With all the new discoveries being made I’m sure we will find a culture that links all the older cultures together somehow. If there were and
culture tens of thousands of years ago there won’t be much left, stone monuments or structures will have to be found and somehow dated but I do
think they were there. One good smack by Mother Nature to an unprepared culture, could easily put it back hundreds of years.
Good post, always interested in this ancient stuff.