Last night I attended a talk by Graham Hancock, a British author, historian, researcher and pseudo-scientist. Many people like to call him that because of his controversial research on ancient civilizations around the world. I don't know anyone who has done more rigorous research and written more books in the field than Hancock.
Hancock recently published a new book on America's lost civilizations, titled America Before. I saw him speak last night in Boulder, CO but he is touring the entire United States doing talks and book signings. If you're interested in ancient history and want to have your mind blown then I highly, highly, recommend you go to one of his appearances.
Alternatively, check out a recent podcast he did with Joe Rogan which touches on many of the topics in his talk and the book.
Without going into too much depth and doing Hancock an injustice let me just say that everything you think you know about history will be tipped on it's head. There's a mounting body of evidence out there to suggest that our planet was severely damaged by a asteroid impact some 11,000 - 12,00 years ago. The major area of impact was, in fact, North America. When this happened the vast majority of the human race was abolished, leaving the remaining survivors to pick up the pieces and start anew.
Because this "impact hypothesis" is gathering mainstream attention there are many more scientists willing to put their reputation on the line and rediscover history. American history, in particular, has always been thought to have "started" around this impact date and that's without even bringing the impact into the picture. But now that scientists are starting to see the bigger picture, more questions and answers, are emerging.
What Hancock reveals through his research is that people have been in America much, much longer. Recent evidence suggests humans have inhabited the continent at least 130,000 years ago.
This is all very controversial as you can imagine. And I'm not here to say whether it's true or not. But what I can say is that we all need to have an open mind when it comes to history. There's nothing to be gained to say I'm right and you're wrong.
Textbook authors and archeologists are most afraid of this new evidence because their reputation may be tarnished. When a new idea surfaces the scientific community tears it apart like a pack of hungry wolves because they don't want to rock status quo. That's why Hancock's work is so important. He's at the forefront of this new wave of history and isn't afraid to ask questions that mainstream archeologists don't want to touch.