Graham Hancock: Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization (Audio Only)

Interviewed on 10/30/02

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Graham Hancock

Central Theme
Lost and advanced civilizations existed on planet earth just after the Ice Age and before Sumer and other civilizations currently described as the ¢â‚¬Ëœearliest.’

Hancock goes under water in marine archaeology to extend the on-land case made for earlier civilization in ¢â‚¬ËœFingerprints of the Gods.” He examines deep-water formations miles off the coast of Japan, India, Malta and elsewhere to make the case for advanced coastal cities wiped out after the Ice Age and covered by a rapid rise in sea level. Also explores maps, introduces like-minded contrarian marine archaeologist, throws in some credible geologists and ancient maps to weave an intriguing proposition of early, advanced ancient civilization. Also ties together the over 600 flood myths to reveal some interesting similarities, including 7 sage traditions in Sumer and India.

As always Hancock is focusing on mysteries, unanswered questions and providing just enough data to make it seem like he might be onto something. Underneath it all he suspects these ancient civilizations wanted to pass on important spiritual insights and that with their discovery the human race might possibly be jarred to what is important and away from the materialism that currently preoccupies us.

Beliefs num
–Ancient civilizations lived on coastlines during the Ice Ace.
–They warned of impending disaster involving a massive, destructive flood.
–With the meltdown of the Ice Age and the subsequent rising sea levels the ancient cities were submerged, often miles off of today’s coastlines.
–These cities are observable to divers as often-massive architectural structures beyond anything found in Sumer, the current ¢â‚¬Ëœcradle of civilization.’
–The academic bias towards conventional wisdom results in a resistance to new unorthodox theories or the thorough exploration of their viability.
–The evidence accumulated thus far is promising, but requires massive investigation, costly because these installations are in deep water.
–Marine archaeology is focused on ships because it bears immediate and sometimes lucrative payoffs.
–The lost civilizations referred to in so many ancient texts including Plato’s Atlantis, need to be found because they may hold important lessons for today.
–These lessons may be of spiritual significance to the planet.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Does an earlier dating of human civilization pose a threat to the Judeo-Christian history or worldview?
–How do you explain the plethora of creation and flood myths?
–Is the Biblical creation and flood story one of many or is it unique and reliable as historical fact?
–Could any archaeological discovery threaten your confidence in the reliability of the Bible and your own faith journey?

Provocative Quotes byline
–If you do not expect it, you will not find the unexpected, for it is hard to find and difficult.
–Deep can mean very old.
==A Sea Level change implies this.
¢€œMy central research and writing interest for years has been the possibility of a lost civilization destroyed in the cataclysmic global floods that brought the last Ice Age to an end.
–I have seen things underwater in Alexandria during the last 17 years that challenge all our knowledge of this history of this area.
==Why Alexandria takes on new interest? There is another underwater site that is older than 332 BC.
–My guess is that such thinking will not much longer survive the steady accumulation of scientific evidence, which suggests that a series of gigantic cataclysms, exactly like those described in the flood myths, changed the face of the earth completely between 17,000 years ago and 8000 years ago. At the beginning of the this period of extraordinary climatic turbulence and extremes, fully evolved human beings of the modern type are thought to have been in existence for 100,000 years-long enough in theory for at least some of them to have evolved a high civilization.
–Millions of square kilometers of useful human habitat swallowed up by rising sea-levels at the end of the Ice Age. Myths of an antediluvian civilization destroyed by global floods. Sightings and rumors of inexplicable submerged structures in many different parts of the world. Could there be a connection?
–Now we know that man is more than two million years old. It would be very strange if our ancestors lied like primitive food collectors for all that time until suddenly they started in the Nile Valley, in Mesopotamia and even in the Indus Valley, to build a civilization at peak level pretty much at the same time. And here¢â‚¬Ëœs a question I ask that I never get an answer to, The tombs from the first kingdom of Sumer are full of beautiful ornaments and treasures of gold, silver, platinum, and semi-precious stones-things you don’t find in Mesopotamia. All you find there is mud and water good for planting but not much else. How did they suddenly learn in that one-generation just about-where to go to find gold and all those other things? To do that they must have known the geography of wide areas, and that takes time. So there must have been something before.
==Thor Heyerdahl on Sumer.
–I think it is time to consider seriously the possibility that the true story of Sumerian origins may have proved so elusive because it is veiled beneath the waters of the Persian Gulf. In that case, Eridu and the other four ¢â‚¬Ëœantediluvian’ cities of Mesopotamia might well bear the same relationship to the original antediluvian cities of the Gulf floor as Halifax Nova Scotia bears to Halifax, England or as Perth Australia bears to Perth, Scotland. They could, in other words a, have been named in memory of other, older cities somewhere else normal, well-justified behavior by migrants of almost all cultures in every epoch.

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