Lost Civilizations & Mysteries

Hosted byGeorge Noory

Lost Civilizations & Mysteries

About the show

Adventurer, author and investigator Graham Hancock discussed evidence for a lost great civilization that may have existed as far back as 20,000 years ago, and had sophisticated abilities and technologies. Moses was the inheritor of technological artifacts such as the Ark of the Covenant which came from the lost civilization, he postulated. According to biblical texts, 50,000 Philistines that walked past the opened Ark that was stolen from Moses, ended up dying from cancerous tumors, which suggests it gave off some kind of radiation after its gold lid was taken off, Hancock said. Rather than looking to ETs to explain such ancient mysteries, he believes they were creations of the lost civilization, and we have become "a species with amnesia."

Another piece of evidence are maps of Antarctica from the 1500 & 1600s which show the continent as much larger than it is today. "What these maps suggest is that our Earth was mapped by some seafaring civilization with a considerable degree of accuracy during the last Ice Age when indeed Antarctica was much larger than it is today," and these maps were then copied by mapmakers in historical times, he outlined. Hancock believes that around 13,000 years ago a global cataclysm took place when Earth was hit by a fragmented comet that caused massive flooding, and was followed by a 1,000 year period of freezing conditions due to the formation of a dust cloud that enveloped the planet.

He spoke of the mysterious Gobekli Tepe site in Turkey, a giant series of megalithic circles proven to be 12,000+ years old. "I think in Gobekli Tepe we're looking at the fingerprints of the survivors of a lost civilization-- it was their project to attempt to restart civilization." Gunung Padang in Indonesia, a site similar to Gobekli Tepe, may date back as far as 20,000 years, he marveled. Hancock also touched on his new novel War God which deals with the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the ancient Aztecs, and supernatural forces.

New Mars Probes

First hour guest, space historian Robert Zimmerman talked about two new Mars probes, one just launched by NASA called MAVEN, and another recently sent by India. While the two missions have similar purposes, they each have different sensors and instruments to look at the climate and atmosphere. This may help scientists determine why the environment became so desolate on the Red Planet, when it once possibly had oceans, and a thicker atmosphere. The findings may also reflect on how climate change works on Earth, he added.

News segment guests: Lauren Weinstein, Steve Kates 'Dr. Sky'

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