I’ve decided to devote my next big non-fiction book to the mysteries of ancient America. After my research trip across the channelled scablands of the Pacific Northwest with Randall Carlson, reported in my 2015 book Magicians of the Gods, I became intrigued by the possibility that a HUGE part of the human story, and of the prehistory of civilization, may have been lost to archaeology in the cataclysms that struck North America at the end of the last Ice Age between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago. This is the terrifying and deeply troubling episode that geologists refer to as “The Younger Dryas”. And whereas in my previous work on earth’s lost civilisation I have concentrated on just about every other part of the world and largely ignored North America, in this new book I shall concentrate almost exclusively on North America. I’m increasingly open to the possibility that it IS the missing link we’ve all been looking for.
New science on the peopling of the Americas has turned the old paradigm — the so-called Clovis model — upside down and made it redundant. We must now consider the possibility of stable and advanced civilizations in the Americas going back 60,000 years or more and with mysterious links to the populations that settled Australia and other far-flung regions in remote prehistory.
I am NOT particularly interested in the possibility of later connections between historical Old World cultures and the New World (e.g. Phoenicians, Romans, Ancient Egyptians, etc, etc). Of course this happened. But it has already been well-covered by other researchers and I’m not sure I would have anything new to add to (what should be) such relatively uncontroversial subjects.
My interest rather is in the deep PRE-HISTORY of North America BEFORE the Younger Dryas cataclysms of 12,800 to 11,600 years ago. The working hypothesis is that the lost civilization I have spent the last 25 years of my work tracking may have had its most significant outpost, perhaps even its center in North America. I am fully aware the orthodox dating of significant and sophisticated large-scale ancient North American archaeological sites — eg. those associated with the so-called the ‘Mound Builder’ culture of the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys — is much more recent than that, with the oldest Mounds dated to no more than 5,400 years ago (e.g. Watson Brake), and many (e.g. those linked to the so-called Mississippian mound-building culture) thought to be less than 1,000 years old. But I would like to explore the possibility (a) that these mounds are just the more recent incarnations of much more ancient, prehistoric structures and (b) that they incorporate knowledge from an earlier time and civilization, in much the same way that historical ancient Egyptian monuments from around 5,000 years ago and less also incorporate a legacy of much older knowledge and a memory of “The First Time”.
Because this will be a new investigation, and because the archaeology of North America is still largely unexplored territory for me, I would like to open this whole subject up to comments and suggestions here. Many who visit this page are knowledgeable and have thought-out views on the mysteries of ancient America and I would like to hear from you with any suggestions for subjects and sites that I should investigate, and leads that I should follow. Please do refer me to links on the internet, and books that I should read, etc, etc. I’m particularly keen to learn everything I can about Native American traditions that might shed light on our lost and forgotten past. Your input will be hugely appreciated. Forgive me if I do not reply to every comment individually but as this process moves forward and as I begin to get to grips with the travel and research for the book I intend to post more material here and invite discussion. I feel privileged to find myself in the midst of such a large community of open-minded, inquisitive, inquiring people who just aren’t prepared to put up with the bullshit of mainstream archaeology and the mainstream media any longer.
Graphic of Earth Changes since the Ice Age: NOAA/Wikimedia Commons