Ancient Apocalypse: Episode 1 Gudung Padang (REWIND)

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Derek Olson

If you haven’t heard yet, Netflix recently released their new documentary series featuring Graham Hancock called Ancient Apocalypse, where Graham travels the globe hunting for evidence of mysterious lost civilizations dating back to the last Ice Age.

What makes this series so important, is that this is one of the first times that a film, which goes against the mainstream narrative of history, has been released and promoted by a major modern streaming platform like Netflix.

Obviously, the mainstream narrative of history is that the further we look back in time, the more archaic the ancients were and the more inferior their methods of architecture.

Graham Hancock is the author of several books such as “America Before” and “Fingerprints of the Gods.” This latter book really impacted Joe Rogan years ago, and for the last several years Joe has been inviting Graham Hancock onto his podcast to talk about these alternative ancient history theories. Therefore, Rogan has really helped to push Graham’s ideas into the mainstream to where Netflix is now launching this series.

In episode one of Ancient Apocalypse titled “Once There was a Flood,” Graham travels to Gunung Padang, an Indonesian archeological site, to find proof of a lost civilization — and the potential cataclysm that he believed wiped it out.

Graham makes a statement in the opening few minutes which has got to be throwing the mainstream history and archaeological communities into convulsions…

“I’m trying to overthrow the paradigm of history.”

Graham continued to say, “One of the most remarkable and controversial archaeological discoveries of our time is located in Java, Indonesia at a site known as Gunung Padang. The initial evidence has utterly confounded mainstream archaeologists because it calls into question everything they have taught us about the prehistory of humanity. It’s a site that raises a disturbing question – what if an advanced civilization flourished here during the last ice age?”

According to Hancock, archaeologists had always assumed that this was just a jungle hill. However, once you ascend over the crest of this huge hill, there you see it – thousands upon thousands of basalt hexagonal blocks scattered everywhere. These stones that have clearly been cut and shaped. As you look closer, you can begin to see large mounds, rectangular rooms, and long retaining walls.

Archaeologist Ali Akbar from the University of Indonesia began working at the site in 2012 and states how everyone of these 50,000 blocks were not originally found on top of the hill, but were carried over 300 feet up the massive hill from somewhere else down below.

According to the archaeologists, there are two cultural layers: the surface layer that is dated from 500 BC, but at 4 meters down, they date it at 5,200 BC. When they drilled down deeper to 15 meters, they found core samples they dated to 11,600 years ago, and as old as 24,000 years ago.

Ground penetrating radar has revealed at least three large rectangle chambers between 20-30 meters deep.

Graham Hancock states “At almost 500 feet long and featuring five terraces using approx 50,000 basalt blocks, this was a massive terraforming project that turned a volcanic hill into a massive step pyramid.”

Graham ends the episode by sharing how nearly every ancient culture preserved ancient traditions of a flood, and the Batak people of Indonesia have their own tradition which states that long ago the earth grew old & dirty. So the creator god Debata sent a great flood to cleanse the earth of every living thing. The last human pair had taken refuge on the highest mountain. But just as the waters were about to drown them, the god repented from ending human kind. He conjured a clot of earth into being and laid it on the rising flood forming the islands Micronesia. And the pair was saved & had children to repopulate the earth.


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