Comet Wiped Out Advanced Civilisation 13,000 Years Ago, Author Claims

Author Graham Hancock claims in a new book that a comet struck the earth 13,000 years ago and wiped out a highly advanced ancient civilisation. 

Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock says that an ancient culture in Antarctica was obliterated by the comet, but knowledge from astronomy and mathematics were passed down to later civilisations. reports:

Despite selling an estimated 3m copies, a BBC Horizon programme sought to demolish his theory.

Paul V Heinrich, a US geologist, wrote: “Rather than stumbling upon an archaeological mystery, he has merely created one.”

Now, 20 years later, he is set to publish a 500-page sequel – Magicians of the Gods – that he believes will prove his critics wrong.

Citing scientific and archaeological research, Hancock, a former journalist, told the Sunday Times: “In 1995, I wrote a book about all the clues — the fingerprints — that pointed to the existence of this lost civilisation.

“But what I lacked was a smoking gun. Now we have it.

“A series of papers in geophysics and geological journals have been bringing forward evidence that the Earth was indeed hit by a comet 12,800 years ago, which is exactly what I proposed in my book.”

Hancock argues that the existence of the comet has been masked because it struck ice and did not leave a crater.

But he acknowledges that many will ridicule his new book, which is to be published in September.

  • Danakil Horst

    How did he get to be a “Conspiracy author”? I think I have read almost everything he has written, and I missed the “conspiracy” bit altogether. In fact, he has taken great pains (while remaining a decided critic of the current paradigm) to describe the natural human tendencies that lead people to be resistant to his research and conclusions and, to the best of my knowledge, distanced himself (while always remaining polite and understanding) from the more paranoid and outrageous ideas that do so much disservice to the subject.

  • Corey Gray

    What I find interesting (and compelling) about this is the fact that sometime in my youth (I think I was high school age), I was doing some studying on ancient civilizations for a class (AP course), and remember vividly reading about a 14th century Spanish sailing map marked in such a way that it was known to be at least a 5th generation copy of a Phoenecian map….

    And it accurately depicted ALL continental coastlines, and most known islands on the globe (though it screwed up the interior dimensions of the new world)…and in that map, coastlines of Antarctica, river inlets, and markings for trading settlements up to 50 miles inland were marked…

    Until recently, we didn’t have the ABILITY to confirm any of these drawings…but in the last couple decades, we’ve discovered the actual coastline of Antarctica…under MILES of ice…matches the map, right down to having found rivers where marked, lakes where marked…

    It’s possible…though I have FAR from enough knowledge in the area to make any claims as to how PROBABLE.

  • ThatSonyGuy

    I have always believed this and this current slighty advanced civilization is about to end in 15 years.

  • ericlipps

    The “conspiracy” bit, I think, flows from the suggestion that “the truth” is known to archaeologists and other mainstream scientists but is being covered up.

    As for the evidence that “a comet struck the earth 12,800 years ago,” even if that’s true, how does it prove it wiped out an ancient Antarctic civilization? How, in fact, does it prove there ever was one?

    Ooh, but legends say so–except that they don’t; they don’t mention Antarctica at all. The closest thing to Antarctica described in ancient legends is the so-called Terra Australis Incognita imagined by Ptolemy as a counterbalance to the land known to exist in the northern hemisphere (in his day, essentially Europe and Asia). The Wikipedia article on Antarctica includes a decent summary of this issue, pointing out that the geography is all wrong for this hypothetical continent to have been Antarctica at all.