Holocene Mysteries

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Categories: History
Publisher: Clocktower Books and Far Sector SFFH (magazine) | Date published: 11/01/2009

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What really happened during that early twilight zone of human existence--after the last Ice Age, but before people started writing things down? We live in an epoch called the Holocene, which began about 12,000 years ago, and of which we know relatively little except for the past 6,000 years since writing was invented. But there are mysterious megaliths around the world, and strange cities built by skull cultists who kept their dead around--and other evidence that all is not what we may think. Will we ever find out the whole story? To understand the missing 6,000 years, we actually have to delve back at least 50,000 years into the Ice Ages, where we will meet our ancestors. They are fully modern human beings who sing, who make music, weave beautiful clothes, paint glorious Dreamtime images deep in the caves of France and Spain. Meanwhile, our cousins, the Neanderthals are not oafish brutes, but people not unlike ourselves, who die out shortly after 30,000 years ago. Mesolithic man in the Holocene was little more than Paleolithic man without the ice and the megafauna. Jericho, the world's oldest city, population 500, was actually started in the last shadows of the Paleolithic. From Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to Neolithic farmers and city builders, we follow the miracles of wheat and wine, and the ritual killing and resurrection of kings who atone for their people. We uncover the dark secrets of the prehistoric Holocene. As always with history, we learn surprising things about ourselves.