originally posted by: Misterlondon
There is such little known about ancient civilisations.. But the more I research and read, the more I believe they were actually quite advanced
(compared to what we are told officially) begs the question.. Why did they collapse/go backwards..
Just to add a little weight to your story, in Egyptian mummies that were tested, traces of coc aine were found... which would only have come from
the Americas at the time..
I tend to think these ancient civilisations are not evidence of flourishing societies with linear or progressive development, but could instead be
examples of scattered remnants of a greater 'mother' civilisation that may have been as global in its scope at some point in pre-history, perhaps
very much like our civilisation is today.
The evidence points to a shared global culture, separated only by distance and colloquial differences much like people today.
An example of small differences among people today would be to look at two people, say one from London and one from Washington DC.
They will have slightly different aspects to their personas or cultural views from one another, yet still share many similar cultural and
developmental and technological aspects, both having a common root in history.
The language and culture is pretty much the same in both cases, as too is the written language and the methods used to transcribe this writing, the
art is similar and uses similar methods and ideas, the technological expertise and methods are also very similar too, but there will still be slight
Accents and small changes in dialogue, slight variations in turn of phrase (colloquialisms etc), in local allegiances and politics and in other small
areas...essentially the same cultural and societal makeup, but with slight variations here and there.
Even without a common cultural root like that which exists between UK/USA or UK/AUS, UK/Canada (or many others with a shared common root), our
communications technologies have enabled virtually ALL of Humanity to be connected to one another, in a global way, regardless of culture and language
and in the absence of a shared common root. To connect us all and enable the sharing of culture, and of who we are.
This is what i believe could have been on the Earth sometime before recorded history..a global culture, intelligent, thriving and connected by
technology and shared roots, perhaps exactly as we are today.
As to what form this pre-historical, global civilisation took, it's politics and beliefs is anyones guess, but finding tantalising remnants and
artifacts here and there, odd similarities in cultural practices shared between very distant and globally separate peoples in antiquity, gives pause
Finding very similar elements such as texts and writing styles, similar architectures and monuments, similar religious elements or funery arrangements
and practices, and many other curious aspects of sameness between distant and supposedly always widely separate peoples across the globe.
Elements that taken and viewed individually could understandably be mistaken simply as simultanious, but chance development, AKA parallel innovation
(because we all happen to be Human and share the same thought processes leading to similar solutions to problems), but when so many of these highly
specialised cultural and technological quirks are being discovered among such separated people throughout history, it gives me cause to believe there
may well have once been a common root in a great global civilisation, connected and sharing information, cultural practices and styles in much the
same way we do with each other today.
I presume that something terrible happened that destroyed what our species had achieved and once were. Who knows what.
Perhaps a global series of conflicts, perhaps something natural but tremendously damaging amd ultimately devastating our once connected civilisation,
perhaps something else entirely caused a relatively rapid end to civilisation.
The places we think of now as prehistoric monuments and proto-civilisations of ancient humanity might have been the remaining last gasp of a once
great and global society, struggling survivors of a decimated culture desparately clinging on to a once common knowledge and technological
sophistication and knowing that information will ultimately be lost forever in the face of a daily battle to simply survive.
Knowing the achievements and knowledge of their time was in real danger of being lost forever, It might have been reasoned that to preserve evidence
of themselves, of their once great and global civilisation was best achieved by incorporating that knowledge and technological ability into massive
and timeless monuments showing high technology and mathematical precision and expertise, having encoded complex astronomical alignments to be used as
a means for future generations to be able to date the origin of the monument (or indeed of the calamity itself).
Maybe these isolated and widely disparate groups of people were the struggling survivors left alive, and cut off from one another...what we see as
their crude 'beginnings' into language, the written word, art and philosophy and religious and cultural practices, were not the beginning of any of
those, but in fact glimmers of a once shared and common knowledge and culture, evidence of a global civilisation whose aspects were once very similar
to one another, but obviously became increasingly divergent and different from one another as time and the preoccupation with isolated and basic
survival went on and technological systems became defunct and memories of what came before deminished.
Leading to us, today.
Once again, we are a connected species, linked together by technology enabling us to communicate and share cultural similarities and knowledge on a
If whatever ended a previous global civilisation was a natural happening...let's hope it isn't a cyclic phenomena, or it could separate and degrade
our species and create isolated pockets of survival orientated peoples who forget our current levels of technology and sophisticated communications
devices once again.
If it does, there might one day, perhaps 15,000 - 20,000 years from now, be a group of people from various places on the globe, chatting away on a
communications forum about what might have happened to our global civilisation, from their perspective, a mythical civilisation from 15,000 - 20,000
years ago that seemed to share many common cultural and technological similarities.
What will they think of us?