Of all the work, I’ve [done] over the last quarter of a century The reason I felt I had to do it. I mentioned [Gobekli]. Tepe [we] talked at the beginning of this discussion about Plato’s Atlantis story, and how he said that Atlantis went down Eleven thousand six hundred years ago Nine thousand years before the time of [so] [long] that’s eleven thousand six hundred years ago in our time That’s the date of the foundation of Gobekli tepe It’s very set very clear absolutely founded eleven thousand six hundred years ago. Exactly the date that plato gives for the ending of Atlantis and and [Gobekli] tepe Doesn’t fit it. Just comes out [of] nowhere out of nowhere We understand a site like stonehenge makes perfect sense it’s about Four-and-A-Half thousand [years] old start henge [we] know that it was centered in [a] agricultural community which? Generated surpluses those surpluses allowed labor to be freed you could Fund people to become astronomers or architects or engineers they need to be producing all the time so we can understand the social and economic Context in which a huge megalithic site like stonehenge emerged Go to [Gobekli] tepe you’re seven thousand years earlier The entire area prior [to] the appearance of Gobekli. Tepe is inhabited only by hunter-Gatherers There’s no agriculture whatsoever They haven’t built anything ever and then suddenly without any background or any preparation Appears this huge megalithic site which is incredibly sophisticated turns out because a large part [of] it’s still under the ground seen with ground-Penetrating radar that the whole site is actually 50 times bigger than Stonehenge and seven thousand Years older, so How do we account for this did a group of hunter-Gatherers [in] turkey wake up one morning? magically inspired That they suddenly knew how to cut and quarry stone move blocks weighing in some cases up [to] 50 tons Create gigantic stone circles in an area with [no] water Involving bringing a labor force and organizing that labor force and feeding and watering them to create the world’s first Perfectly North-South aligned building which involves accurate astronomy to do all of that and at the same time to invent Agriculture because at the same moment that [gobekli] tepe pops up suddenly agriculture appears in that same region of turkey It’s obvious to me that that wasn’t a group of hunter-Gatherers who woke up one morning suddenly equipped with the skills What we’re looking at the transfer of technology? This was the survivors of a lost civilization they already knew how to create megaliths they already knew how to do agriculture They settled amongst The hunter-Gatherer people who they may have reached out to before they settled amongst them and they created this project, and this [project] was to restart Their civilization it didn’t quite work, but they got somewhere they created this huge site they invented agriculture We are all the descendants of that all of the agriculture in the world today began around [Gobekli] Tepe Eleven thousand six hundred years ago It’s an extraordinarily employed moment are these Aliens are they know they’re human human a human being but came from this and transferred technology over to this other space. Yes First of all it’s important to understand that the Earth changes that took place between twelve thousand eight hundred and Eleven thousand six [hundred] Years ago were utTerly cataclysmic Beyond all imagining The science is now in [its] very clear We had an interaction with the fragments of a very large comet a giant comet Which originally may have been as much as a hundred miles in diameter. It was drawn into the inner solar [system] about 20,000 years ago these things come from very far away, they come from a place called the oort Cloud which is almost Light year away. It’s so far away it’s so far [away] a huge sphere of trillions of comets in the very outer solar system, but Disturbances gravitational disturbances can send comets out of those safe orbit swinging in towards the inner solar system it happens from time to time and the evidence now is that we Got one of those a big one about a hundred miles in diameter [about] 20,000 years ago it entered an orbit that crosses the orbit of the Earth and For the next eight thousand years nothing bad happened They missed each other [but] twelve thousand eight hundred years ago at least eight fragments of that comment And we know comets break into fragments [many] of your audience are young but those who were around in 1994 Will Remember Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 which hit jupiter with spectacular effect it broke up into 20 fragments each One of those fragments hitting jupiter was equivalent to more than the entire nuclear arsenal of the Earth going off at once Something similar happened to the Earth Twelve thousand eight hundred years ago At least eight pieces of this large comet some of them up to a mile in diameter Hit the Earth the primary impacts were on the [North] [American] ice cap there were impacts on The Northern European ice cap and the Furthest east that we’ve documented in caps Impact is actually syria 50 million Square [kilometres] of the Earth’s surface was devastated by this compact a comet impact sea levels Rose Rapidly and the Earth’s climate Plunged into a dreadful deep freeze that lasted 1,200 years This event was of a scale of a magnitude that is quite capable of having wiped out almost all traces of a former civilization and that’s why I think again about what plato had to say and I think also about [our] civilization