Catastrophism through the ages, and a cosmic catastrophe at the origin of civilisation

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Abstract

Developments in the Earth Sciences over the last decade point towards a great cosmic catastrophe at the onset of the Younger Dryas period, towards the end of the Palaeolithic. It has been suggested this event was caused by a collision with a swarm of comet fragments, consistent with the theory of Coherent Catastrophism. Earlier this year, it was shown how symbols at the ancient archaeological site of Göbekli Tepe can be interpreted as supporting this view. This convergence of geochemical, astronomical and archaeological evidence has potentially profound consequences for our understanding of the emergence of civilisation and ancient history.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArchaeology & Anthropology
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2017

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