Ancient History

Covering from 20,000 BC to year 0

harappaFor many researchers, this is perhaps the most important period that shaped who we are today. This is when agriculture began to develop and people transitioned from being hunter gatherers to urban dwellers though that is not exactly clear cut.

From the standpoint of most modern historians, the first real sign of civilisation is the anomalous site of Göbekli Tepe and what is left of the later ruins of Babylon. Then from 5000 BC we have the increased desertification across the Middle East and North Africa, and the first beginnings of Egyptian civilisation.

Yet historians seem to deliberately neglect what was happening in India. There is the now famous lion statue discovered in Germany dated to 40,000 BC and then there is a later solidified Mercury statue of Hindu origin dated to about 26,000 BC. Then off the coast of India we have several underwater cities that were submerged at the end of the ice age between 12,000 and 8000 BC - the same period as Göbekli Tepe.

While most historians seem to be sticking to the 'out of Africa theory', there is considerable evidence of 'civilisation' before this time. But here we are trying to piece together a more consistent and realistic timeline which could well prove that the subcontinent of India was in fact home to the first civilisation which then spread around the world.

The history of India contains stories of people circumnavigating the globe and of trade taking place around 10,000 BC. What has been referred to as the Indus Valley civilisation has been accurately dated to have existed at 9000 BC with many sites from coastal Gujarat running north and north-east into the Himalayas. It is thought that people of Hindu origin went west along the coast to settle in coastal Babylon and they may have become a first Jews.

All the evidence I have examined so far points to India as being the home to human civilisation, science and technology. But as traders and explorers moved about, due to the difficulty of travel where there may have been only one or two points of contact within a generation, the knowledge taken back into local communities was watered down and twisted.

From a documentary on history Channel, the presenter was showing a 5000 BC modelling carved into the crude shape of a cow. Then she went on to explain how the cow morphed into a goddess. Society was polytheistic and life was in harmony with nature. Then she went on to explain the development of writing from 3000 BC touting it as the origin of writing neglecting the fact that similar writing is found in the Indus Valley but dating from several thousand years earlier.

When we look at the ideas developed in India, it is possible to see how they transitioned around the world and the perhaps infamous Mayan calendar is in accord with old Hindu calendars which implies that there must have been some direct communication either via the Pacific or via Africa and the Atlantic. We must also remember that in the first 5000 years BC, it was possible to sail from the Mediterranean through the Black sea, through the Caspian and Aral seas, then up the Oxus River into North India and that region was well populated with really massive irrigation schemes predating the Alexander some call great.

harrdent"The Indus Valley Civilization has yielded evidence of dentistry being practiced as far back as 7000 BC. This earliest form of dentistry involved curing tooth related disorders with bow drills operated, perhaps, by skilled bead craftsmen. The reconstruction of this ancient form of dentistry showed that the methods used were reliable and effective. Cavities of 3.5 mm depth with concentric grooves indicate use of a drill tool. The age of the teeth has been estimated at 9000 years." The Lost Generation: Chronicling India’s Dying Professions
By Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

In addition to the Mayan calendar, there is direct evidence of Hindu visitation in Hawaii and New Zealand, show the continental coastlines of the world similar detail but broader in scope than the Pier Ries map. One must also remember that Hindu technology made possible the construction of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the cities that preceded that. If you look at the temple culture of Japan, it is pure Hindu and we know for a fact that Hindu influence was widespread across Southeast Asia which was then complemented by or superseded by Buddhism before Islam spread its tentacles in the modern era.

It seems probable that from 40,000 BC, North India was the hub of widespread trade or at least communication across the vastness of Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa. In all our research, we must remember that the technology that went into constructing many of the ancient Hindu temples and irrigation systems as well as the Pyramids of Egypt and the Americas cannot be matched today because as sophisticated as we are, our scientific and technological endeavours are still far behind.

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