Here is my full interview with Graham Hancock. He is a journalist, writer and author, best known for his theories on human civilization. His new 8-part docuseries ‘Ancient Apocalypse’ is streaming now on Netflix. Most of his work has focused on investigating his thesis that a global cataclysm wiped out a great global civilisation thousands of years ago.
In short, Ancient Apocalypse makes a case for the existence of ancient advanced civilizations that rose and fell, much like how our current civilization is showing imminent signs of imploding.Contrary to the leftist claim that mankind is “evolving” all the time to become better and better, Ancient Apocalypse suggests that there have always been times of what appeared to be progress followed by regress.
The political left is really upset about a popular show on Netflix that suggests humanity in its current form may not be all that advanced after all.
Civilizations of the past, claims Ancient Apocalypse, which has been dubbed “the most dangerous show on Netflix,” may have been far more advanced than civilization as it currently exists now.
What the left has dubbed as “progress” is actually a form of regression, the show’s content reveals, which is why many leftists are scoffing at the show for being “anti-intellectual” while promoting “dangerous conspiracy thinking.”
There are even claims that journalist Graham Hancock, the show’s presenter, is a “racist” – this is what the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) called him – simply because he presents another version of history that defies the current narrative.
“… Hancock’s claims aren’t ‘dangerous’ or ‘racist.’ They are countercultural,” writes Kenneth Schrupp for The American Conservative.
“These vile smears are the thrashings of a runaway monoculture that suppresses the discussion of any ideas that challenge prevailing narratives, especially from sources outside of the mainstream, credentialed, left-of-center media and academia.” (Related: In 2020, Netflix was indicted for streaming and promoting a pedophilia film called “Cuties”.)
Humanity is not progressing towards “perfection” – we are bound by something much greater than we can control
In short, Ancient Apocalypse makes a case for the existence of ancient advanced civilizations that rose and fell, much like how our current civilization is showing imminent signs of imploding.
Contrary to the leftist claim that mankind is “evolving” all the time to become better and better, Ancient Apocalypse suggests that there have always been times of what appeared to be progress followed by regress.
History is full of boom-and-bust cycles, in other words, not the linear growth pattern pushed by “progressives.” Past civilizations were likely far smarter and more advanced than the current age, which is marked by gender confusion, population reduction, and widespread suffering at the hands of tyrants.
At its core, Ancient Apocalypse simply aims to explore the past through a different lens than the one the globalists have put forth as the truth. And for that, the show is widely denigrated by the current establishment.
“The show’s success demonstrates that humans across the world are curious about mankind’s past and excited about what truth we might uncover,” Schrupp says.
“You would think honest academics who have long called for the ‘democratization of science’ would use this moment to foster sustained public interest in archaeology, rather than slandering competing ideas as ‘racist.’”
The biggest issue the left seems to have with Ancient Apocalypse is the idea that we are not, contrary to their fervent wishes, evolving towards perfection. If anything, humanity is in a devolution cycle right now that will lead to societal ruin.
It turns out that civilization has always been subject to things outside of our control, i.e., asteroids that destroy the societies that were built; famines that destroyed the food supply; solar flares that destroy our best technologies.
“In this existential schema, we are just the lucky ones, who have had enough time without an astronomical apocalypse to develop an industrial civilization and be spared from the frequent solar flares that would render our electricity-dependent civilization inoperable,” Schrupp says.
“And if civilization is so precarious, then the measures we are taking to actively destabilize our own civilization in the name of this progress myth – from self-imposed food and energy shortages to intersectionality-driven race and gender politics – should be publicly challenged and put to an end. Thanks to progressive policies, our civilization faces an apocalypse right now.”
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Why has the popular Netflix documentary ignited the ire of the media?
It never ceases to amaze me what seemingly innocuous ideas the establishment media find ‘dangerous’ or ‘controversial’.
Netflix recently released an eight-part documentary series titled Ancient Apocalypse, where Graham Hancock (who has been a household name for “alternative archeology” since the release of his book ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ in 1995), introduces us to his central theory that human civilisation is considerably older than current archeological orthodoxy believes, but that most evidence for this was wiped out by a colossal natural disaster around 12,000 years ago.
He supports this theory with physical evidence for such a natural disaster, curious geological anomalies and seemingly ancient megalithic structures.
He points out that the mainstream view of pre-history insists civilisation did not and had never existed before the year 4000BC, but that recent discoveries such as the Temple at Gobekli Tepe, which dates back to 9600BC call that mainstream view into question.
He also collates mythic stories and old legends from over around the world that all reference some massive, global catastrophe. (Floods, earthquakes, giant snakes in the sky, strange visitors from across the sea etc.) And then emphasises their many eerie similarities.
Through the collation of this research, Hancock then asks some questions of the mainstream view of our ancient history and posits a theory of his own – that ‘we are a species with amnesia’, who have forgotten our own past.
These are not new ideas, solely from Hancock’s imagination. Immanuel Velikovsy said something very similar half a century ago, in fact, his last book, published posthumously, was titled “Mankind in Amnesia”, and explored the psychological impact of us, as a species, repressing the memories and forgetting the stories that echo from a distant, traumatised past.
These questions might sound intriguing to you, or you may be indifferent to them, or you may even vehemently disagree with them, but I bet you didn’t know they were racist, did you?
That’s right. Racist. Don’t believe me, you conspiracy theorist? Just ask the Guardian.
Yes, the Graun has spoiled us with not just one hit-piece, but two! All in the space of one week.
Robin McKie writes his from an archaeological standpoint, while Stuart Heritage speaks as an entertainment critic. However, one is very much like the other. They both agree the Netflix series is wholly unacceptable. All of it. These are ‘dangerous ideas’ that shouldn’t be ‘allowed’.
McKie alleges Hancock’s claims reinforce ‘white supremacist ideas’, because questioning the age of human civilisation
…strip[s] indigenous people of their rich heritage and instead gives credit to aliens or white people”
McKie further explains:
Then there were the Nazis. Many swore by the idea that a white Nordic superior race – people of “the purest blood” – had come from Atlantis. As a result, Himmler set up an SS unit, the Ahnenerbe – or Bureau of Ancestral Heritage – in 1935 to find out where people from Atlantis had ended up after the deluge had destroyed their homeland.”
There we have it, you see! Don’t even bother linking to any sources, Robin (which he doesn’t). I hear you, loud and clear. The idea of Atlantis is inherently racist, because the Nazis believed in it.
The fact Hancock never mentions race, or white people (or aliens) in the series, nor (to the best of my knowledge) in any of his books, makes no difference to this.
So, what are you going to do now? Keep researching the Atlantis myth?
Like a Nazi would?
Of course, going by this logic, we should really do away with Christianity as well. God in general, in fact. Perhaps we should cancel Volkswagen and Wagner too. Nazis also brushed their teeth and wore shoes, I believe, neither of which shall I be taking part in from this day onwards, just to be sure.
So, there we have it – Ancient Apocalypse is racist, even though it never mentions race.
The remainder of their twin critiques is no better argued or supported by reality. Here is a typical example of the intellectual level they work on:
For a story that was first told 2,300 years ago, the myth of Atlantis has demonstrated a remarkable persistence over the millennia. Originally outlined by Plato, the tale of the rise of a great, ancient civilisation followed by its cataclysmic destruction has since generated myriad interpretations.”
It was this opening paragraph alone that prompted my response. As it is so uniquely meaningless.
What does he mean by ‘For a story 2,300 years old it has demonstrated remarkable persistence’? As opposed to what? All those other stories that we don’t know about? How is that measurable, exactly?
Besides, we have a plethora of stories and mythologies dating back two and a half thousand years, and even much further into the past than that. Including all the Greco-Roman myths, plays by Sophocles and Aesop’s Fables. We have detailed legends and lore passed down from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Old Testament fits the bill as well.
And of course, Homer’s Iliad, which describes the fabled Trojan War.
Let us remember that the City of Troy was also believed to have been just a myth until we discovered that it wasn’t. And I’m sure before 1870, when it was first discovered, that there was no shortage of academics decrying the search for Troy as a heretical waste of time.
What is the essential attraction of the tale? For answers we only have to look at the works of Tolkien, CS Lewis, HP Lovecraft, Conan Doyle, Brecht and a host of science fiction writers who have all found the myth an irresistible inspiration.”
Simplicity itself! The reason the Atlantis myth is so popular is because it’s so popular!
Robin then asserts as fact that Plato intended the tale of Atlantis to be little more than an allegory. There is no way of knowing that, of course, he merely asserts it and then goes into a Gish Gallop.
“As to the likely site of the original Atlantis, the serious money goes on the destruction of the Greek island of Santorini and its impact on Crete and puts the blame on volcanic eruptions – not errant comets, as Hancock argues”
Whoa there, Robin. Firstly, Graham Hancock never ‘argues’ that the Greek island of Santorini was struck by an errant comet. That is misleading. He argues that a comet struck somewhere in North America and rising sea levels may have obliterated an island civilisation (that Plato calls Atlantis) in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s only you, Robin, who is conflating this Atlantis myth with Santorini.
[NB – Robin also fails to mention the physical evidence for just such an impact at the beginning of the Younger Dryas.]
Secondly, should we not give credit where credit is due, and assume that Plato (and Solon, from whom Plato got the story, and the Dynastic Egyptians, from whom Solon got the story), most likely knew the difference between ‘inside the Mediterranean’ and ‘outside the Mediterranean’?
If they place Atlantis beyond the Pillars of Hercules, should we not at least consider it possible that this is indeed where “the original Atlantis” was? (I invite readers to listen to Plato’s accounting yourselves and see what you make of it, here is an unabridged and well-produced reading.)
The history of Santorini’s volcanic eruption was probably, by contrast, relatively well known. Santorini didn’t actually sink, after all, as Atlantis is said to have done. It’s still there. The Ancient Greeks called it ‘Thera’ and they were perfectly well aware of its existence. It shares no cultural, historical or technological similarities to Plato’s description of Atlantis at all, short of ‘being an island’.
But none of that bothers McKie who at this point, and without ceremony, just sort of stops writing. Job Done. Atlantis debunked. What’s for lunch?
Moving on to Stuart Heritage’s piece, which is thankfully briefer but in no way less smug. In his subheading, he boldly asks:
“Why has this been allowed?”
I’m not sure which authority he’s calling on here. Netflix execs? Local, national or perhaps global government? Or maybe it’s rhetorical, and he’s beseeching the Lord God himself how such evil could come into the world.
Beyond this, Stuart seems even less interested in debunking or debating these ‘dangerous ideas’ than McKie was, and far more focused on analysing and ridiculing its (presumed) target audience.
Fortunately, Stuart, with his view unbiased and his mind wide open, has discerned exactly who that is in the first five minutes – because he saw (or thinks he saw) Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson flash up in the pre-show reel.
Joe Rogan appears in one quick interview, which is used in the first episode and the last.
Jordan Peterson does not appear in this documentary at all.
And I’m really not sure why Stuart thought he did. Perhaps he just didn’t watch closely enough to realise this before rushing his five-hundred words off to be published in one of the largest news outlets in the world.
More notably when Heritage later amended the change, he just removed the ‘Jordan Peterson’ reference and neither he nor the editors or sub-eds even bothered to correct the syntax:
“Fortunately, you don’t have to watch for long to find out. In quick succession, during the pre-show sizzle reel, we are treated to a clip of the show’s host Graham Hancock being interviewed by Joe Rogan.”
The laziness is staggering.
Just ‘a different person’. It’s not important who anymore. He’s not on the Guardian’s ‘naughty list.’
Equally strangely, both McKie and Heritage seem to think ‘Ancient Apocalypse’ makes claims of ‘super intelligent beings’ and ‘aliens’, when it simply does not.
Hancock’s argument – whether you accept it or not – is that human beings were more advanced than academia admits. Not robots with flying cars, but more advanced than we currently give them credit for, and he cites evidence for this which both Stuart & Robin ignore in favour of critiquing Hancock for things he does not say.
They cite no sources and debate no actual claims. They use buzzwords and identity politics in place of analysis and between the two of them couldn’t fill one page of A4. It’s as if even they (and their editors) had no faith or interest in what they were doing.
Although Stuart does rather give the game away in his closing statement.
“That’s the danger of a show like this. It whispers to the conspiracy theorist in all of us. And Hancock is such a compelling host that he’s bound to create a few more in his wake. Believing that ultra-intelligent creatures helped to build the pyramids is one thing, but where does it end? Believing that election fraud is real? Believing 9/11 was an inside job? Worse?”
He’s got me stumped there. Because, for the life of me, I literally can’t think of anything worse than ‘believing in election fraud’, which is obviously as fanciful as believing in the Loch Ness Monster. What next? Believing in tax evasion!?
Presumably, he’s referring to the 2020 US election. Because the Guardian has claimed fraud is very real in some elections. Russia, Syria, Bolivia, Brazil, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran and Venezuela to name a few.
And they were pretty darn adamant that it was Russian collusion that got Trump into office in 2016.
Stuart presumably believes election fraud is only a ‘conspiracy theory’ when it happens here, in the UK. Either that or he believes it has literally never happened. Ever. In the whole history of the world.
Or perhaps he’s simply typing up any old nonsense just to get that word count a little higher. Sense and consistency be damned.
Who’s to say?
However, the fragile honesty underlying this is quite telling. He is essentially saying:
“If people become skeptical of one thing, they may become skeptical of another.”
Which is to be expected, but what I can’t understand is how anybody could think this is a bad thing.
People should be skeptical. Skepticism in all things but cynicism in none. People should ask questions, and they should expect answers, especially from those who profess to know them. One should be open-minded and always pursue the truth. And to better decipher what that may be, we need people sharing new ideas, questioning the mainstream view and challenging the established narrative as new evidence presents itself. We need that. Science, progress and discovery all depend on it. Even if the ideas turn out to be false. Prove them false.
In short: No one should be the gatekeepers of our history. Least of all those who laud their certitude in the face of the unknowable.
The mystery is exciting. The evidence is compelling. The series is engaging. Even if none of it turns out to be true, the questions are still worth asking.
These ideas are only ‘dangerous’ if you fear what they question.
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a massive 2,000-year-old sealed tomb and now they want to open it to see what (or who) is inside – much to the horror of easily-spooked tweeters.
The black granite sarcophagus was uncovered in a tomb deep beneath the Egyptian city of Alexandria in early July. It’s believed to be the largest sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria, at 9ft long, 5ft wide and 6ft deep, says Mostafa Waziri, general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The sarcophagus discovery, while intriguing, has raised many questions about why a person would require such a large tomb, what artifacts it could be hiding, and what opening the vault could unleash.
Interestingly, the sarcophagus is also covered in a thick layer of mortar, suggesting it has not been opened since the Ptolemaic period to which it dates back – between 305BC and 30BC. That means whatever is inside; a person, jewelry, clothing and anything else, would still be intact. And that was a fact not well received by some very alarmed netizens.
Also discovered in the tomb was the alabaster head of a man which some believe may represent the person buried in the coffin. Most ancient tombs discovered in Egypt were looted in one era or another, often leaving archaeologists with a limited understanding of the person inside. This untouched artifact gives the eager team a rare opportunity to uncover the mummy for themselves.
Some people suggested the sarcophagus coupled with the recent discovery of a Neolithic henge in Ireland is either a sign of an impending apocalypse… or a very extravagant marketing scheme for a new Indiana Jones movie.
Spooky guesses aside, the greatest hurdle might be figuring out how to open the tomb at all. Estimated to weigh some 30 tons, moving the vault will be no easy feat. Experts will have to either surround it with some protective dirt and lift the entire thing with a bulldozer, or open the coffin in situ and remove the lid and base separately, according to Waad Abul-Ela, head of the projects sector at the Ministry of Antiquities.
So as not to cause damage to the contents, archaeologists are considering using X-rays, computed tomography scans or other scientific means to get a glimpse of the inside before opening the lid.
Not long ago, Egyptian Archaeologists discovered a huge 2,000-year-old sealed coffin, and as you’d imagine, they want to open it to see who or what is inside.
The sarcophagus was discovered in a tomb deep under the Egyptian city of Alexandria earlier this month (July 2018). It’s believed to be the largest sarcophagus ever discovered in Alexandria. It’s 9ft long, 5ft wide and 6ft deep, according to Mostafa Waziri, the general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
This has sparked quite the storm on the internet, as people point to the well known “curse of the pharaohs”, a term used to refer to a supposed curse believed to be thrown upon anyone who disturbs an ancient Egyptian mummy.
In the 10 years that followed the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, 11 people who had at least visited the site died under sometimes myserious curcumstances, including lead researcher Howard Carter and several members of his team. Cureses involving ancient Egyptian tombs and artificats have also been the source of several Hollywood movies. Despite being on the verge of a supposed curse, other social media users are too intruiged to worry about the apparent risks.
A lot of mainstream media outlets present the idea of some sort of ‘curse’ as predominately mythological. The human mind definitely does, today that is, have trouble even comprehending how something like that could actually be real. Perhaps it invokes so much fear in one that we simply choose to ignore it, laugh it off and convince ourselves that such things may not exist. It’s also interesting to note that the sarcophagus is covered in a thick layer of mortar, suggesting it has not been opened since the Ptolemaic period, which dates back between 305BC and 30BC. So, whatever is inside, it will still be intact…
Should It Be Opened?
Personally, I can understand the caution. If these coffins are to be left undisturbed by humanity, as instructed by the ancients, I believe these rules should be followed, and that’s probably because I am convinced in the validity of the concepts discussed in the Encyclopedia of Esoteric Studies, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, written by Manly P. Hall. In it, he describes how ancient rituals, practices, and magic were used by the ancients of different time periods, and this type of magic actually dominated in Egypt, which came to them from Atlantis.
“The masses, deprived of their birthright of understanding and grovelling in ignorance, eventually became the abject slaves of the spiritual impostors. Superstition universally prevailed and the black magicians completely dominated national affairs, with the result that humanity still suffers from the sophistries of the priestcrafts of Atlantis and Egypt.”
Many ancient texts refer to ‘magical’ and ‘mythical’ lands, which is fascinating, particularly when you consider how much of the writings in ancient Buddhism, Vedic philosophy, or other Eastern traditions is being confirmed by modern day science. Quantum physics in particular has gained a lot of momentum recently. One great example is the conundrum of consciousness, which is directly correlated with quantum physics and goes hand in hand with other realms of existence. Perhaps this is why some of Nikola Tesla’s ideas were influenced by ancient Eastern philosophy. Not many people know this, but most of our pioneering scientists were also mystics, including Issac Newton, who studied alchemy, among other subjects.
“Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are.”
This is precisely why we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss other possible knowledge that remains hidden within ancient texts, especially when evidence is increasingly proving the strength of the connection between ancient wisdom and modern day knowledge.
We are surprisingly and inexplicably selective about which parts of ancient writings we hold to be true, and which we dismiss as fantasy. We might take, for example, a description of ancient Greek society written by a philosopher living at the time, such as Plato or Socrates, at face value, yet when confronted with the same philosopher’s description of an advanced ancient civilization, find some excuse to ignore it. We can take Plato’s description of things that are believable to the mind and accept them as fact, but as soon as we are confronted with something outside our known experience, our minds shut down, even in the face of mounting evidence lending credibility to many of these ‘mythical’ stories.
Several ancient texts from various traditions mention beings from ‘another world’ that exist within our own. One such world, referenced in Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu traditions, is Shambhala, which is a hidden kingdom within our own planet, a place which we do not understand and is difficult to find.
Although those with special affiliation may actually be able to go there through their karmic connection, nevertheless it is not a physical place that we can actually find. We can only say that it is a pure land, a pure land in the human realm. And unless one has the merit and the actual karmic association, one cannot actually arrive there. (sources)
This closely resembles descriptions of the spiritual principles that once guided Atlantis given by Plato and other scholars. According to Manly P. Hall, author, historian, and 33rd degree mason:
Before Atlantis sank, its spiritually illuminated Initiates, who realized that their land was doomed because it had departed from the Path of Light, withdrew from the ill fated continent. Carrying with them the sacred and secret doctrine, these Atlanteans established themselves in Egypt, where they became its first divine rulers. Nearly all the great cosmologic myths forming the foundation of the various sacred books of the world are based upon the Atlantean Mystery Rituals. (source)
Sambhala, however, although no erudite Orientalist has yet succeeded in locating it geographically, is an actual land or district, the seat of the greatest brotherhood of spiritual adepts and their chiefs on earth today. From Sambhala at certain times in the history of the world, or more accurately of our own fifth root-race, come forth the messengers or envoys for spiritual and intellectual work among men.
Edwin Bernbaum, Ph.D., a lecturer, author, mountaineer, and scholar of comparative religion and mythology, writes that Shambhala is round but depicted as an eight-petalled lotus blossom, which is a symbol of the heart Chakra (left). He also makes it clear in his book, The Way To Shambhala, that the way is not clear. Shambhala is a physical place existing within the human realm, but it’s also a spiritual, even supernatural place, which many also believe exists within another dimension.
Michael Wood, a BBC journalist, based on his research describes it as a lost kingdom buried somewhere in the Himalayas, and writes about how the name Shambhala first appears in a text known as the Kalachakra tantra – or Wheel of Time teaching. This Kalachakra doctrine belongs to the highest level of Buddhist Mahayana teaching.
He writes that in Shambhala, the people live in peace and harmony, and are faithful to the principles of Buddhist. In this land, war, grief and sorrow were completely unknown. According to Michael, one commentator on the Kalachakra tantra puts it like this:
The land of Shambhala lies in a valley. It is only approachable through a ring of snow peaks like the petals of a lotus … At the centre is a nine-storey crystal mountain which stands over a sacred lake, and a palace adorned with lapis, coral, gems and pearls. Shambala is a kingdom where humanity’s wisdom is spared from the destructions and corruptions of time and history, ready to save the world in its hour of need.
The prophecy of Shambala states that each of its 32 kings will rule for 100 years. As their reigns pass, conditions in the outside world will deteriorate. Men will become obsessed with war and pursue power for its own sake and materialism will triumph over all spiritual life. Eventually an evil tyrant will emerge to oppress the earth in a despotic reign of terror. But just when the world seems on the brink of total downfall and destruction, the mists will lift to reveal the icy mountains of Shambala. Then the 32nd king of Shambala, Rudra Cakrin, will lead a mighty army against the tyrant and his supporters and in a last great battle, they will be destroyed and peace restored. (source)(source)
It is becoming increasingly more difficult for the Western mind to ignore transdisciplinary investigations to (potentially) reveal the greater invisible reality of metaphysics, or to hide the fact that maybe there really are true hallucinations, as the great Terence McKenna once put it.
Although the deity mother ayahuasca is mentioned directly in Graham Hancock’s new book Magicians of the God only once, the intense persistence and wisdom of the plant medicine is felt throughout.
Magicians contains a cogent elucidation of everything from divination, astronomy, the war on consciousness, and the wisdom of the elder magi, to the most strange archeological and geological discoveries currently known. The text is satisfyingly bibliophile grade dense and riddled with footnotes in the best way possible, a veritable alchemical feast for the mind. 
With Magicians, Grahamjoins a host of other grand rollicking meta-alternative history/archeology adventures encapsulated in other tomes like Jocelyn Godwin’s thoroughly underrated Atlantis and the Cycles of Time: Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations and Arktos: The Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism, and Nazi Survival. In the field of alternative history or forbidden archeology, he is also decidedly more conservative then some of his peers. This is a good thing.
There is a convincing argument here that hard science need not necessarily be directly at odds with the spirit world. Along with Jeremy Narby, Hancock also asserts that there is a great deal of inherent value in ‘myths speaking to science’. 
The basic philosophy of Magicians can be distilled into four central arguments:
1. There was an Atlantean (or even pre-Atlantean) civilization that Hancock deems as being generally wise and whom (after the destruction of their own civilization by a comet) taught the early post-Ice Age civilizations nearly everything they know in order to transition them from nomadic hunter gather societies to full fledged civilizations with advanced agricultural systems and knowledge of the calendar/astrology and possibly advanced consciousness altering techniques.
The evidence for the destruction of Atlantis can be found in unusual geological formations such as nanodiamonds, which “…are microscopic diamonds that form under rate conditions of great shock, pressure and heat, and are recognized as being among the characteristic fingerprints…of powerful impacts by comets or asteroids.” This is speculated to have happened around 10,800 BC.
In addition to this, distinct similarities and cross comparison in newer archeological discoveries like Gobekli Tepe (in addition to the much less discussed Kavahan Tepe at the same site) the terraces at Gunung Pang, Tugu Gede and Flores Bada Valley in Indonesia, Tiahuanoco and Cuzco in South America, and Easter Island are included for comparison. Classic sites like the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, and Machu Picchu’s centerpiece at Pisac are discussed in light of new data.
These ancient findings indicate the potential that these later cultures were instructed to build these sites by the ancients.
Said ancients could be Gods/interdimensional beings, who taught the exact same principles to various cultures regardless of the distance or time between them, and who may have been the overlords of Atlantis.
For some reason, archeological specialists and those entrenched in academia sometimes resist the comparison of these sites to one another, and often debate with each other on the origin dates of each, especially when it comes to Plato’s theories on Atlantis— which is not always taken seriously as a verifiable civilization by certain archeologists in the field, despite a great deal of physical evidence that may suggest otherwise.
2. One of the ways that civilizations like Sumer, Babylon, and Egypt may have been in contact with the elder Atlateans is through trance states (entheogenically induced or otherwise). The idea that people can communicate with the dead through a variety of consciousness altering techniques that transcended the mind-brain complex was widely accepted in the past, but is not always considered to be possible today.
3. Deep reading of ancient texts and world mythology indicates that devastation to the Earth’s geological core can be brought on by the spirits or Gods through both extreme weather in order to teach humans valuable (albeit sometimes distinctly mysterious) lessons. Apparently, this happens when humans forget their debt to the Gods and act generally foolishly or destructively on a mass scale. 
4. Because there were extinction threatening cataclysmic events in the past (i.e. Atlantis), it is plausible there may be some more of these events in the future. Although the exact date is uncertain, Hancock proposes rough estimates around 2030, citing both the Mayan calendar and Pillar 43 at Göbekli Tepe for evidence.
The only reason Graham claims this as alternative history is because it is currently in direct contrast to what is taught in the education system the world over. Why? Likely because it disrupts the idea of perfectly neat and linear historical evolution; the central arrogance of the West certainly seems to be that we are somehow the greatest civilization that has ever existed.
Pop culture mirrors these occult suspicions in a somewhat unsettling and inverted way in the original Indiana Jones trilogy, particularly with Temple of Doom, and more recently in the video game Uncharted. Graham does still seem to be the closest thing we have to a real life Indy.
Magicians also differs from the classic Fingerprints in that it incorporates elements of conversations with other researchers in a more direct way, one highlight being self studied catastrophic geologist Randall Carlson, who is lively animated in intense exchanges. These sorts of dialogue are appreciated for the newcomer to alternative archeological discovery, as it opens up further avenues of research to consider in an already vast and extremely fast moving field. It also proves Hancock isn’t alone in his grounded, albeit somewhat paranormal oriented suspicions.
Another highlight is a brief commentary on the Watchers and the mystery of the Nephelim from the fabled apocryphal Book of Enoch:
“…there are good angels, ‘the Holy Angels who watch’—among them Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Saraquel, Gabriel and Remiel.And it’s these good Watcher angels who appear to Enoch in a dream and give him that message of death and destruction to take to the bad Watcher angels on Mount Hermon. He tells us specifically where he received this dream:
‘I went off and sat down at the waters of Dan, to the south of the west of Hermon … I fell asleep and behold a dream came to me and visions fell down upon me and I saw visions of chastisement and a voice came bidding me to tell it to the sons of heaven and reprimand them. And when I awakened I came unto them…’
As I read these passages, set before the Flood, when the people of Lebanon and ancient Turkey were still at the hunter-gatherer stage of development, it seems more and more obvious to me that Enoch is a shamanic figure. And like all shamans, everywhere, in all times and places, he sets great store by visions—which in his case come in the form of dreams received ‘in sleep.’” (p. 424)
While Graham does not claim to understand every facet of the mystery of who exactly are said ancient Magicians (which seems to have already frustrated certain readers), he is simply pointing out there are at least 500+ pages of evidence that can be gleaned in careful cross examination between various academic disciplines. I suspect these findings will also inform the last installment in the excellent War God trilogy.
Theories regarding cultural or historical devolution over time is well known and supported by a host of ancient texts, the most obvious in India’s Vedic scriptures. The Vedas indicate that the universe devolves cyclically from the idyllic union with the gods in the golden age, to the materialistic shackles of the iron age (the illusion and enchantment of matter itself) that we are now supposed to be firmly entrapped in. That’s not to affirm gnostic dualism, no doubt there have to still be ways to pierce the non-dualistic mind-brain veil and contact the spirit world, but it is likely that this was accomplished somewhat easier in the past. 
Fortunately though, for those who are not convinced by myth and philosophy alone, there is an overwhelming amount of concrete material evidence—gathered all in one place—found in the archeological and geological records for a wiser and older civilization than has been previously recognized.
So far one of the repeat central criticisms that has been leveled at Magicians (at least from the Amazon reviews so far) is a so-called dismissal of Zachariah Sitchin, but on previous social media posts Graham seems to have remained open to the implication of Nibiru, although questioning the specific time frame predictions and the overall potential impact of the now infamous planet X theory. In other words, he doesn’t know for sure what is up with it definitively, but will be keeping an open mind to the possibility of its potential existence and spiritual/physical influence.
Thankfully there is nothing about Magicians (or any of Hancock’s previous works) that strikes one as starry eyed or naive. As a post-internet text, it is in every way a more scholarly rigorous book than Fingerprints of the Gods, and Underworld, which were already formidable tomes. A must read. ——
 It’s worth noting that the whole 2012 prediction thing was popularized by McKenna but potentially misunderstood as being negative rather than positive. Time wave zero is complex and probably not fully understood even by it’s supposed diviner.
After first hand experience of ayahuasca in the context of anthropological field work with the tribe of the Ashaninca in the Amazon, Jeremy Narby has also systematically deconstructed the inherent bias latent in Western anthropological discourse in both Cosmic Serpent and Intelligence in Nature.
 Dean Radin’s excellent Supernormal is a testament to this argument.
 Magicians of the Gods p. 115
 The intersection of metaphysics and pop culture has also been treated at length in all of John David Ebert’s books.
 The idea of the four ages is not exclusive to India alone. See Ananda Coomaraswamy’s Metaphysics.
Graham Hancock is continuing the rogue archeological tradition of Chariots of the Gods by Erik von Daniken and more recently the Ancient Aliens series on the History Channel, but this very sober presentation has profound implications.
First it takes on conventional historical “fact” and turns it on its head by addressing the newly discovered astrophysical and geological findings that a cataclysmic extinction event – presumably a strike by a comet similar to what wiped out the dinosaurs – also happened between 11-12,000 years ago, with the date probably being narrowed down to around 11,800 years.
Hancock goes through the very credible conventional scientific proofs in superb detail with supporting photos.
He then lines up this timeline with accounts from Plato about the abrupt disappearance of Atlantis, and makes the startling determination that the two events coincided.
He suggests that Plato’s account of the sinking of Atlantis by a cataclysmic flood, as described in mythical accounts around the world, actually occurred as a result of this comet.
What happens next is amazing – he connects this event with the sudden appearance of immense and scientifically sophisticated megalithic structures around the world, most dramatically Gobekli Tepe in Turkey and of course the pyramids of Giza and Mexico – and the Sphinx.
More recently Indonesia has been the site of controversy over the halted excavation (by archeologists jealous of geologists) of another massive ancient pyramid at Gunung Padang which Hancock says can be dated for approximately the same time period–and certainly before recorded “history.”
His contention is that these megaliths were the attempts of the survivors of Atlantis to preserve their vast knowledge and he asks the most interesting question:
How is it that these megaliths appeared out of nowhere, suddenly, amid the hunter gatherer “primitive” humans of the time at the beginning of agrarian revolutions and the evolution of a technologically advanced culture, rather than at the end?
For example, in Egypt, if his findings are correct, the Sphinx and Great Pyramid preceded the great dynasties of Egyptian pharaohs, and subsequent structures were in fact less advanced. Their civilizations declined rather than advanced after the presumed appearance of the Atlanteans.
(This coincides with Gurdjieff’s suggestion that he had seen a map of pre-sand Egypt and that his teachings came from a “Lost Christianity.”)
In other words, the apex of these civilizations were at their origin — they did not evolve but rather declined.
“Our citizens should know the urgent facts…but they don’t because our media serves imperial, not popular interests. They lie, deceive, connive and suppress what everyone needs to know, substituting managed news misinformation and rubbish for hard truths…”—Oliver Stone