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Ice-Age-Making Impact Crater Found?

For years now, many of us in the alternative research community, including this publication, have argued that a catastrophic event—perhaps a hit from a large meteor or comet—about 12,000 years ago led to the destruction of an advanced civilization on Earth, killed off the woolly mammoths, and sent humanity back to the stone age. From the Bible to Plato, many ancient sources have described such an ancient catastrophe, but academic science has rejected the notion that anything like that could have happened on Earth for at least millions of years. While there is plenty of evidence for a mini-ice-age known as the Younger Dryas, which began about the time Plato said Atlantis went down, no one had found the actual crater that such a giant impact would have caused—at least, until now.

In November 2018, in a major report entitled: “A Large Impact Crater Beneath Hiawatha Glacier in Northwest Greenland,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances. As recently as 12,000 years ago, say the authors, an enormous, iron meteorite plunged into Greenland and left a 20-mile-wide crater beneath what we now call the Hiawatha Glacier. Among the 25 largest such bolides ever known to hit Earth, the mile-wide meteor is now acknowledged by scientists to have caused ripple effects throughout the region and maybe worldwide. The impact, it is said, would have had the force of 700,000,000 nuclear bombs. The researchers now confirm that the event could indeed establish the ‘Younger Dryas impact hypothesis’ as a fact. While that theory has been controversial, there are many who have been arguing that a large impact in North America 11,000 to 13,000 years ago, could have been the cause of massive wildfires across much of the Americas and Europe, large mammal extinctions, and disruptions in the weather of the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantis Rising has reported on other evidence for such an event—see “Comet Impact Caused Mini Ice Age, Says Major New Study,” AR #132 (November-December 2018)—but the new Greenland discovery is the first to identify an actual impact site.

 

45,000-Year-Old Ivory Tiara in Siberian Cave

A sophisticated ivory ‘tiara’ made from the tusk of a woolly mammoth, an astonishing 45 to 50 thousand years ago, has been found in Siberia’s famous Denisova Cave. On the border of the Altai region and the Altai Republic, in the south of western Siberia, the site is where, in 2017, a sophisticated stone bracelet, with a drill hole requiring a high speed drill, was found. The ivory tiara was found in 2018, along with other advanced artifacts including ivory needles. The existence of such technology in that era contradicts all orthodox theories for the capabilities of paleolithic man.

The belief among Russian archaeologists is that the tiara—or diadem—was made by Denisovan people. Its practical purpose appears to have been to keep hair out of the wearer’s eyes. The tiara’s size indicates it was for male, not female, use. And according to researcher Alexander Fedorchenko, from Novosibirsk Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, it would have required a man with a large head. In an interview with the Siberian Times, Fedorchenko said, “Finding one of the most ancient tiaras is very rare, not just for the Denisova Cave but also for the world. Ancient people used mammoth ivory to make beads, bracelets, and pendants, as well as needles and arrowheads.”

The stone bracelet found earlier had already been declared a game-changing artifact. According to Dr. Anatoly Derevyanko, of the Museum of History and Culture at Novosibirsk, it is “stunning,” requiring a very high level of skill to make something previously not thought possible for Denisovans.

Described as a species of hominins from the Homo genus, but distinct from either Homo sapiens or Neanderthal, the Denisovans have long been considered much less developed than modern humans or even Neanderthals, but the artifacts found in the Denisova Cave are disrupting all such thinking. The bracelet, says experts, would have required skill 30,000 years ahead of its time. Made from chlorite, it used stone originating 125 miles away. It was apparently held in place with a leather strap, passing through a hole that could not have been made without a high-speed drill.

For more on the amazing emerging Denisovan story, see the article by Andrew Collins on page 28 in this issue.