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Lost Worlds Found, by Graham Hancock
Graham Hancock is back and better than ever. Author of Fingerprints of the Gods and The Sign and the Seal and host of several television programs questioning conventional views of prehistory, Hancock is ready to get rolling again with his latest theories about ancient cities now submerged underwater.
Fresh off the plane from India, Hancock slipped into his 3 p.m. slot at this year's Unconvention in London, an annual gathering of fringe thinkers and enthusiasts organized by Fortean Times magazine. He came prepared with slides offering images of what seem to be manmade structures one mile off the shore of southern India.
Mainstream scientific opinion holds that has the last ice age ended some 7000 years ago; as polar ice slipped into the seas, the accompanying rise in sea level occurred gradually, not to be noticed by anyone lurking about the soon-to-be-lost beachfronts. Hancock argues otherwise and claims there's plenty of evidence supporting three large and significant calvings of polar ice, causing at least one massive flood around the same time that so many worldwide flood myths point to.
For his presentation, Hancock set his sights on southern India, Malta, the Persian Gulf and Japan (yes, he's standing firm on the underwater pyramids of Yonaguni), noting the prevalence of flood myths and local traditions regarding ancient cultures in the area. Hancock can place all of these sites on solid ground by referencing scientific models of ice-age shorelines, and argues that there may be many more "high cultures" that have been forgotten.
Why is this important? Most significantly, argues Hancock, if just one of these cultures is proven to have existed -- say, this city located off the Indian coast -- then our entire history would need to be rewritten. It would place the development of culture thousands of years earlier on the accepted timeline. The same thing goes for Malta, the Persian Gulf and Japan, not to mention dozens of other potential lost cities around the globe.
Before you dismiss Hancock as a crackpot -- in case you've seen some of his specials on the Discovery Channel, or maybe the title Fingerprints of the Gods recalls Von Daniken a bit too much -- consider that Indian civilization was widely believed to have developed 1500 years ago until, in the 1920s, archeological discoveries pushed that number up to 2500 years ago. Or consider Heinrich Schliemann, the German archeologist who believed -- contrary to just about everyone else -- that ancient Troy and Mycenae were not just myths. Before Schliemann in the 1870s, the civilizations of preclassical Greece were not thought to have even existed.
Hancock promises a press conference on Wednesday where he will unveil more photos and data from the Indian expedition and, one assumes, heavily plug his new book, Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilisation.