The Land Before Time ?
Around one hundred and thirty years ago, in the Auriferous Gravels of the Sierra Nevada in California, gold miners discovered evidence of advanced human artifacts and, by modern standards, anatomically correct human skeletons in layers of earth several hundreds of feet below the surface, in earth dated an estimated thirty to sixty million years old. The artifacts and skeletal remains were discovered in horizontally mined shafts, below layers of ancient volcanic deposits. Equally puzzling human remains were discovered in Illinois, hundreds of feet deep, in mineral layers tens of millions of years old, interestingly enough directly underneath a giant slab of unbroken slate several feet thick spanning for hundreds of feet in each direction, thus eliminating the possibility of natural submergence into the earth, barring the occurrence of some extremely creative tectonic activity.In 1962 Cynthia Irwin-Williams, with Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard, led a team of archaeologists in Hueyatlaco, an archaeological site in Valsequillo, Mexico. Countless stone tools were discovered scattered throughout the site, the tools ranged from relatively primitive implements , to more sophisticated items such as scrapers and double-edged blades. The diversity of tools made from non-local materials suggested that the region had been used by multiple groups over a considerable period of time. All was well and good until they requested the services of the U.S geological survey to
get the most accurate date possible for the levels in which the human artifacts were found. To the amazement of both the archaeologists and the geologists, the layers were dated at 260,000 years, plus minus 60,000 years. By modern standards humans hadn’t arrived in that part of north america until, at best 30,000 years ago. The controversy was mostly ignored, although in would have profound imlications on a young geological graduate student, one Virginia Steen-McIntyre. McIntyre refused to give up on the findings and fought to have herself heard, a plight that in the end, may have cost her a career.
Curiosly, near to this site in 2003 English researchers made a (possible) amazing discovery. Found in balsaltic lava hidden at the bottom of an abandoned ancient quarry seemed to be human footprints. Although there is great debate over the actual date of the footprints ( and whether or not they’re footprints at all for that matter although there is very compelling evidence that they are), they appear to be at the very least, 50,000 years old, or 38,000 years before humans were supposed to be in the Americas. It turns out that this is only the tip of the iceberg, other estimates have places the footprints at up to 1.3 million years, and, wink wink, around 250,000 years. Sound Familiar?
Of course we can’t leave the discussion of ancient out of place artifacts behind with out first paying homage to the most famous of them all, and coincidentally enough the only openly accepted by (most of) Academia. The Antikythera mechanism has been an object of vast mystery and intrigue for decades. Discovered at the turn of the twentieth century in a few hundred feet of water by sponge divers among the wreckage and bounty of an ancient ship field with roman riches. It wouldn’t be for nearly eighty years before the true significance and implications of the find would come to light when Jacques Cousteau returned to find artifacts to solidly date the shipwrecked remains to approximately 100 B.C. X-rays and recreations have since revealed an extremely impressive feat of math, engineering, and observation containing over 30 intricately intermingling bronze gears. Today the Antikythera mechanism is believed to have been some sort of astronomical analog computer, or quite simply a ancient mechanical calculator. Research into the Antikythera mechanism also provided the revelation of pointed gears to help finally recreate the ancient roman odometer, used to mark the milestones of the roman roads, some of which can still be seen today.
The Vedic texts go on to describe how Brahma lives one hundred years of three hundred and sixty days, or 36,000 days and 36,000 nights equaling an amazing 311,040,000,000,000 years. This is said to be the exact length of the universe, after this the great Maha Vishnu inhales, killing every Brahma and sucking every universe out if existence, when Maha Vishnu exhales again, new universes emanate from the pores of his skin, along with a new Brahma for each and the 311,040,000,000,000 year cycle begins anew. It is interesting enough to note that according to the Veda, each ‘kalpa’ (4.32 billion years) is made up of fourteen ‘manvantara’ periods lasting seventy one yuga cycles (306,720,000 million years). Each ‘manvantara’ ends with the partial destruction of the universe and begins with its partial recreation.
With the coming of the second yuga, the Treta-yuga, humans have devolved roughly one third, hatred and envy begin to creep in, humans begin to selfishly expect reward for their work and prayer. During this yuga, life expectancly begins its plummet, humans in this time live around 10,000 years on average. The last stop before the lowly Kali-yuga we find ourselves in now, was the Dvapara-yuga, a time even further removed from the Satya-yuga. Hatred and envy have become rampant, disease and sensual desires arise and further injustice spreads throughout human civilization, people live no more than 1000 years. Curiously enough, the last Dvapara-yuga allegedely ended around 5000 years ago, or 3100 b.c, and we do hear tales in mythology and even the bible of human longevity reaching close to a thousand years, i.e Methuselah, the son of Enoch and the grandfather of Noah, allegedly live to be 969 years old. Noah himself was said to have lived an impossibly long 950 years
What exactly these different artifacts, skeletons, and ancient mythology have in common, is still thouroughly unexplained, although one thing seems glaringly obvious, human history is as much a mystery today as it was decades, even centuries ago. Although much movement has been made on heboth the academic and “pseudo” sides of the equation, the sides are yet to come together. While academia has repeatedly “pushed back” humans time on this earth from what was once one or two hundred thousand years, many scientists today will except anywhere from a half a million up to two million year old human presences. However we’re still nowhere near the tens, to hundreds of millions, to even the billions of years the out of place artifacts, ancient fossilized human remains, and the legends and myths of the Vedic texts and other cultures from around the globe describe. One can only wonder if future exploration of planets like Mars might not push back the clock on humanity even further. Is it possible that humans have risen and fallen from one great civilization after another only to be destroyed, naturally or otherwise? Perhaps our future holds the keys to our past, perhaps vice versa. Or is it possible somebody already knows and they’re not telling, as the prophetic George Orwell once said…
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”@grimerica