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Archaeology & Anthropology: Open Access

Catastrophism through the Ages, and a Cosmic Catastrophe at the Origin of Civilization

  • Open or Close Martin B Sweatman*

    University of Edinburgh, UK

    *Corresponding author: Martin B Sweatman, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, UK

Submission: September 22, 2017; Published: November 03, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/AAOA.2017.01.000506

ISSN: 2577-1949
Volume1 Issue2


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 Paleolithic. 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 civilization and ancient history.

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