According to the latest science, the earth is about 4 and a half billion years old, and of that time, it has been relatively inhabitable for about possibly as long as 3 billion years or so. In their book, Forbidden Archaeology, authors Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson present fascinating evidence that life forms capable of tools and technology that dates to incredibly ancient times, as old as the Precambrian Era, 2.8 billion years ago. According to the standard myth, Homo Sapiens appeared about 130,000 years ago, with the oldest civilizations dated to roughly 6,000 years ago. If it takes about 10,000 years to build a civilization, then, time wise, there has been more than sufficient time for 280,000 advanced civilizations to develop on earth.
There is certainly no end of evidence of the older civilizations, with the list constantly growing as new finds are made. Even though the mainstream tends to downplay these finds, some are just too big, like Gobekli Tepe, dated at 10,000 years ago. There are also numerous finds that are rock, and thus far impossible to date. Petra is an example of one of these sites. The technology belies the date given to it. Petra is completely carved out of living rock. The ancient civilization seems to do this a lot. With very primitive tools, they carved, transported and placed blocks of stone weighing 200 tons or more, they carve massive chambers out of living rock. They do things that, given their tools, are insane.
I believe it is more likely that they used huge stones, because they could easily quarry, shape, move and place them. Being pragmatic in that way, I don’t think people with bronze tools and no wheel look at a granite cliffs and thought to themselves that a good idea is blocks the size of houses. They had technology we do not know about, or understand. For them to move a 200 ton block into place on a wall with such precision that even today a thin blade cannot be inserted between them was a task well within the limits of their technology.
Stealing a term from Joseph P. Farrell, I call these builders the paleoancients. It isn’t particularly accurate, and it is redundant, but I like the sound of it, and so far science doesn’t seem to give it enough concern to have a name for it. We have almost no data on the Paleoancients. We know they could move huge blocks, we know they were around long before Sumer and Egypt flowered. We know they almost entirely disappeared from the earth. The rest is speculation. The stories from the Vedas point to a memory of a terrible war, one with flying machines and missiles, fought in vastly ancient times (-80,000). I believe the Paleoancients flourished in the time just before our own civilization began, if fact, I believe we are their legacy, a good deal of our myths are memories of the time.
I do not know what destroyed their cultures. I assume there was more than one, since our myths say they fought a war. It is very likely they destroyed themselves, and possibly brought the planet to an extinction event. One reason I believe we do not see more of them is simply we do not look in the right places. It is easy enough to put forward that these people lived during the last ice age, and at that time water levels were entirely different then they are now. Even if there aren’t vast parts of the globe completely decimated, we theorize that water levels were 400 feet (120 meters) lower at the height of the last ice age. The Mediterranean is half its current size, Africa touches Sicily. The Red Sea is almost dry land.
In any event, their cultures WERE destroyed, either by war or natural disaster, and all that remained were the few scattered bands of survivors. There are traces of them in legends around the world, as teachers and leaders who brought civilization to the local tribes. There appears to have been a group in Northern Ethiopia, and another in the area between Lake Van and the Caspian Sea (the source of Western Eden Myths). This coincides with Farrell’s description of the cultures of the Paleoancients. He suggests there were three main cultures, The Vedics, The Osirians and The Atlantians. Similar myths exist for China and the Americas, in fact one of the amazing earth facts is that the same myths seem to be everywhere, along with evidence of a similarity of technology and tastes. Considering a bit of time for development, we are looking for some cataclysm at about 10,000 years ago. Otto Muck places the destruction of Atlantis at the point of a asteroidal impact in -8498. Muck also states this impact caused the mid-Atlantic ridge as well as the Carolina Bays. If correct, this may dovetail with another theory by Prof Charles Hapgood. He proposed that a 15 degree pole shift occurred around -9,600 (approx. 11,600 years ago). The two dates are plus or minus 5% to be the same event, not bad considering we mostly only have myths to work with.
These Paleoancients who walked the earth and taught the indigenous species in the ways of Civilization left their footprints. If Science was interested, we might know a great deal more of them. But Science is not interested, no matter how much evidence comes forward. They will hide, lie, deny and murder the heretics who point to the obvious clues. Nothing shows the strength of Myth in our sciences than this simple fact.
When presented with the evidence that the Sphinx in Egypt was water eroded by a society of geologists, they said, and I am not making this up, that geologists are not allowed to comment on archaeology, it is not their specialty. While I agree that geologist probably don’t know much about archaeology, I am forced to concede they do know about rocks, and erosion, and any rock, be it part of an archaeological find or not, is a rock. When a robot camera explored the shaft of it discovered a door, with metal seals. The exploration of this door has captured the imagination of everyone who has heard of it. But the same exploration found another artifact, a wooden rod. This evidence is gone. it is never mentioned, and unless you use old internet archives, it has even been sterilized from all reports on the robot explorations. Like the pieces of wood and iron found behind a stone in the late 19th century by Vyse and Dixon (and subsequently LOST by the British Museum) it is something that is carefully left out. Wood can be carbon dated. Iron is an anomaly in the official explanation. It almost seems they do not want the truth to be learned.
It is my belief that a good deal of that was left to us by the Paleoancients is quite beyond our comprehension in those very ancient times. It lies buried in myths and misinterpreted texts, it lies hidden in secret teaching. It is taboo now, as it has always been, to look to these secrets. Indeed, in the fringes of science, we find researchers looking to these obscure texts, long thought meaningless or imagination, and finding clues to the cutting edge of our search.