In my new book “Magicians of the Gods” (https://grahamhancock.com/magicians/) I present evidence for the cataclysm of horrific proportions that overwhelmed North America 12,800 years ago.
I believe that an important part of the human story was lost to us then — an advanced global civilization that had flourished in remote prehistory and that was almost completely wiped out during the “Younger Dryas” earth changes of 12,800 to 11,600 years ago.
Until recently archaeologists en masse subscribed to the so-called “Clovis model” according to which there were no humans present in North America before about 13,000 years ago, with the ancestors of all Native Americans crossing the Bering landbridge from Siberia at around this time. Despite many anomalous findings that contradicted the basic assumptions of this model it has been the ruling paradigm for decades, closing minds to other potentially much more fruitful possibilities.
The new discoveries from Florida (see collage of reports in the illustration above) should settle all this. North America was populated thousands of years earlier than had previously been accepted. Undoubtedly some of those early settlers were hunter-gatherers — as evidenced from the Florida site. But did others from a more advanced civilization walk amongst them? And when the cataclysm fell, what happened to these “Magicians of the Gods”? I suspect the true story of the peopling of the Americas has only just begun to be revealed.
Some recent press coverage of the Florida discoveries: