Thursday, 11 March 2021

The Younger Dryas Impact that Gave Birth to Ancient Civilisation | Ancient Architects

12,800 years ago the world was plunged into another mini ice age, known as the Younger Dryas, a key event in the evolution of human society. It is the most recent and longest of several interruptions to the gradual warming of the Earth’s climate since the Last Glacial Maximum and many believe it was caused by an impact event or airburst, or more specifically, numerous events from the break-up of a comet.
In March 2020, Andrew Moore et al released a paper regarding one of the impact sites located at Abu Hureyra in Syria, which shows evidence of high temperature melting at more than 2200 degrees Celsius.
This impact would have been a major event in the pre-Neolithic days of the Middle East and could have even been one of many impacts felt in the region.
From previous videos we know that the Levant and Anatolia was the place where Neolithic society emerged from after the Younger Dryas but with Gobekli Tepe only around 250 km north of the Syrian Impact site, well, I was surprised that the Fertile Crescent was the birth of Neolithic civilisation after experiencing such an event, an area that was directly affected by the Younger Dryas impacts. But after a little research, it really shouldn’t be a surprise.
In this video I explain why the Younger Dryas Impact in the Middle East actually gave birth to Ancient Neolithic civilisation and why, if this impact didn't take place, human evolution may not have accelerated quite as quickly as it did.



The 11,000-Year-Old Urfa Man and Links to Gobekli Tepe, Ancient Europe & Egypt | Ancient Architects

In my last video I showed you the incredible ancient Ain Ghazal statues of ancient Jordan, lime plaster constructions that date back to around 9,000 years ago, being some of the oldest, almost-life-size representations of the human form ever discovered.

But these exquisite examples are not the oldest in the region, because that title belongs to Urfa Man, a stone human statue that was found in excavations near Urfa, in the geographical area of Upper Mesopotamia in the southeast of modern-day Turkey.

Incredibly, it is around 11,000 years old, carved by humans just 700 years after the end of the freezing conditions of the Younger Dryas.

Urfa Man, as it is crudely known, is considered to be the oldest naturalistic life-sized sculpture of a human and is contemporaneous with the incredible site of Gobekli Tepe, and geographically close by.

Furthermore, it has a very similar appearance to later statuettes that appeared as Neolithic civilisation reached new parts of the world, and similar examples are seen throughout Europe and into Egypt. Some of the statuettes have a the style of the face, have the chevron or V-shape around the neck, as well as the same hand pose.

Is this another example of ancient civilisations originating in Anatolia and the Levant? Is Urfa man an iconic statue, a god perhaps, that future god and goddess figurines are based on? Watch the video to learn more:



Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The 9,000-Year-Old Statues of Ain Ghazal of Ancient Jordan | Ancient Architects

In my last video, I presented information on the incredible early Neolithic spirit masks from the ancient Levant, which is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/L1kRfW5mPgc

This is all part of my quest to find out more about who I’m calling the primal culture, the people that created the first Neolithic society post-Younger Dryas and then migrated from the Levant and Anatolia, spreading their knowledge, art, religion and practices to indigenous cultures around the world.

Whether by settlement or trade, or both, they influenced the origins of Ancient Egypt, the cities of Ancient Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and Europe. They seem to originate from another culture known as the Natufian and whilst I’m in the process of writing a video on this lost ancient culture, I’m finding out about many amazing archaeological finds, each worthy of their own separate videos.

In this video I’m taking a look at the Ain Ghazal Statues, dating back roughly 8,500 to 9,500 years ago to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period of the history of the Levant.

The statues consist of a number of monumental lime plaster and reed statues, discovered at the ancient site of Ayn Ghazal in Jordan. In total, 15 statues and 15 busts were discovered between 1983 and 1985 in two underground caches, created around 200 years apart.

They are incredible works of art of our ancient ancestors and something we should all know more about as they were made in a settlement that shows clear evidence of transitioning from hunting and gathering to farming, a pivotal time in the evolution of human civilisation.

Watch this video to learn more.




The 9,000-Year-Old Spirit Masks of the Ancient Ancestors | Ancient Architects

Recently I’ve been looking into the origins of what I’ve called the Primal Culture, the civilisation that seems to have influenced the origins of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, European Civilisation and the amazing Indus Valley Civilisation.

All evidence seems to point to the Levant in the Fertile Crescent, the place where we see the birth of the Neolithic society around 10,500 BC, people who may have taken their way of life, religion, art and skills to various places around the world.

In doing this research I came across a collection of 16 incredible ancient artefacts that were found in the southern Judean Desert and Hills.

They are all made of carved limestone and date to the Neolithic Age, some time around 7,000 BC, each weighing between one a two kilograms with an oval visage, glaring ocular cavities, sometimes a toothy grin, as well as holes around the outer edge.

These incredible ancient artefacts were made at the beginning of Neolithic life after the Younger Dryas Cold Phase came to an end, and like the art and iconography of the Ancient Near and Middle East, they could also have parallels in the Neolithic Era of Pre-Dynastic Ancient Egypt.

Furthermore, before these limestone masks were made, the people of the Levant were also plastering the skulls of their ancestors and adding seashells for eyes and painting on facial hair. Is this all part of the same ancient practice? Is this an Early Neolithic funerary tradition or part of a religious belief? Watch the video to learn more.



In Search of Our Origins, the Primal Culture & the Birth of Solar Bird God Cult | Ancient Architects

In my last video I looked at the ancient Jiroft civilisation of Iran, a site that was only uncovered 20 years ago after river flooding eroded an ancient cemetery, exposing hundreds of incredible ancient relics: https://youtu.be/ZxlPF-gNz0o

I noted the stylistic similarities between the artefacts of Jiroft and Mesopotamia and then also the potential cultural links to Egypt. Common symbolism of scorpions, bulls as well as the association between solar birds of prey and snakes seems to indicate a common primal origin for the cultures mentioned.

These cultural and religion icons, as well as the solar bird death and rebirth myths, the great flood, the overall belief systems, the style of artwork and pottery and stone working practices could well have spread throughout the ancient world from one source, originating with the first Neolithic Society after the Younger Dryas, a source I call the Primal Culture.

In this video, I take a look east to Mehrgarh in Pakistan, the original settlement that gave birth to the Indus Valley Civilisation, to trace the Solar Bird God even further from the Near and Middle East. But did the Solar Bird God/Goddess Cult enter the region, it did it originate there?

Watch this video to learn more about the origins of some of the most successful and powerful civilisations of the ancient world and how they all could be descendants of this lost primal culture.



The Lost Ancient Civilisation of Iran: Links to Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia & Gobekli Tepi

Back in 2001, flooding caused the Halil River in southeastern Iran to overflow its banks and erode the surrounding lands. Layers of ancient sediment were washed away and what was uncovered were the remains of an ancient, unknown cemetery.

Before archaeologists were alerted locals and looters moved in and artefacts were appearing on the black market, artefacts that relate to an undocumented Bronze Age culture dating back nearly to 5,000, possibly 7,000 years ago.

Excavations began in February 2003 as Iranian archaeologist Yousef Madjidzadeh identified the main necropolis and led the excavation, uncovering evidence of a wealthy, sophisticated lost ancient civilisation that could rival the famous cities of Mesopotamia and Egypt.

But do the artefacts and structures show links to Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and also Gobekli Tepe? Can we link the Pre-Dynastic Naqada Culture of Egypt to the iconography of the Jiroft civilisation? And could all these civilisations be pointing back to the ancient site of Gobekli Tepe?

Watch this video below to find out and learn more or watch on the Ancient Architects YouTube Channel.



Solving the Mystery of the Great Pyramid of Egypt (2020 Documentary) | Ancient Architects

A title with a bold claim of solving the mystery of the Great Pyramid of Egypt needs to the most in-depth study ever produced by the Ancient Architects YouTube channel, and in this new documentary (first published 2020) I attempt to do just that with a feature-length 90-minute video (below).

After reading just about every primary and secondary source available, I present the most logical explanation for the pyramid - who built it, when it was built, how it was built and what function it actually had. I attempt to explain every major anomaly inside the pyramid, including the Queen's Chamber "air" shafts and Gantenbrink's Doors, the unfinished Subterranean Chamber, the damage in the King's Chamber and where the secret chambers lie within.

I also draw upon microgravimetry data from the 1980s, muon scans by the ScanPyramids project, architectural ideas from Jean Pierre Houdin and Old kingdom cosmological afterlife beliefs as studied by Anthony Sakovich to help me formulate a master plan - a plan that works for me and satisfies the complex Great Pyramid conundrum.

You can watch the video here: