Monday, April 24, 2017

The Ancient Navigators

A common theme in History is that "People were not able to cross large bodies of water until we made large wooden ships". And for the most part, this has gone unchallenged. But a few things Archaeologists and Anthropologists have discovered leave large questions to be answered. Such as, the Mungo man. The Mungo man is a skeleton that is located in Australia, and he died in Australia 70,000 years ago. Think about this, we are in 2017 AD and we think 2000 years is a long time. Imagine humans going from Africa to Australia via Asia and a theoretical land bridge (or possibly by boat) 70,000 years ago. Then that leaves another question, "How did the modern Aboriginals (supposed descendants of the Mungo man) become Homo Sapiens with a massive body of water in the way that we can't even find a missing plane in today (The Indian Ocean is where the Malaysian Airliner disappeared)

To get to Australia they would have needed a boat right? Now, I am not denying the land bridge theory, but a man named Thor Heyerdahl did some research and discovered that they had boats in Ancient Egypt, but we just don't have many left because they were made of reeds and didn't preserve long enough for us to keep. But we do have drawings of boats, and men fishing, which proves that they at least had the concepts if not used boats regularly. In 1947 (Kon-Tiki), 1969 (Ra I) and 1970 (Ra II) Thor Heyerdahl used ancient Egyptian and Peruvian Reed boat models (which are both basically identical even though they were across the ocean from each other), and he proved that using simple read boats ancient people could have gone anywhere a large wooden ship could. Look at Hawaii, look at Papua New Guinea.
Modern Peruvian Made
Ancient Egyptian Model
This is a little off topic, but you may be wondering "Aren't Australians kinda Britishy?" and you are right, modern Australians are. But those are not Aboriginals. Those are the descendants of prisoners that were stranded there, because Britain used to use Australia like it was New York in the movie "Escape from New York". Australians are not bad people though, we are all related to bad people in history. But anyways, when you say "Australia" most Americans have a few things pop up in their heads. A Kangaroo and a Boomerang. Which brings up the next unexplained phenomenon known as "Throwing Sticks". Most Historians will chalk this up to "They probably invented these things independent of each other out of necessity" and I would like anyone reading this to accept that theory, until you start to see correlations that are too strong to be coincidence. What a throwing stick is, is basically a curved stick for throwing, so you can hit a bird or small animal in the neck or back and knock it down. The Boomerang is basically an advanced version of a Throwing Stick. The ones in the picture are actually African (Egyptian) not Australian. They can also be found in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Then, next as you may have been thinking after the throwing stick, comes the lineage of the Dog. The first Dogs were around Europe and Asia, which is also where the first Boomerangs/Throwing Sticks were, and the first dogs that they consider to be truly "domesticated" are the ones than got buried the same as humans. The first domestic dogs have also been found to have been on mostly sea food diets, which leads me to believe that the people that domesticated them had boats to fish on, and dogs may have even been fishing companions. Dogs are another strange phenomenon that no one can really explain why, but they are in Australia (Dingo), America (Carolina Dog), Asia (Common Breeds) and Papua New Guinea (the Singing Dog). Another animal like this is the Opossum, which can only be found in America and Australia and I think they have a relative in Africa, like the tree Kangaroo or something.
Then there is the Pepper plant and its relatives (Like Kava Kava). The pepper plant (and its relatives) has a unique formation, where the leaf seems to have a spear poking out. And this plant have traveled to all the same places as the "AtlAtl" which is known as a "Woomera" by Australian Aboriginals, and seems to be modeled after the pepper leaf.
Woomera, can be used as grinding bowl or weapon sling.
American AtlAtl
How they are used
And I am not sure if you have heard of these things, but there have been a few strange underwater discoveries. The most recent and most epic of which is Dwarka in the Gulf of Khambhat in India. The reason this is such a big deal is because before this, the oldest known civilization in India was the "Indus Valley Civilization", but this civilization is not only older, but right on (actually under now) the water. And since it was built so close to the ocean, this means they were fishing or boating for trade. And this is 10,000 BC-ish. Imagine trans-oceanic trade happening for like 8,000 more years than we thought it was. And if India was trading by boat, this would explain how all these things got from Africa to Australia and vice-versa since it is in the middle. And not a lot of people know this, but most of the caves from Ancient "Cave Man" times can be found in Asia, and the way they were made was by using hard stones to carve out the wall of a softer stone until a cave existed, and even now people in India will use this method to create elaborate cave temples.
And not only have they found a possible Ocean fairing city in India, but they have found various mummies, tattoos and tools in America (The Spirit Cave Mummies, Canadian Tribal Tattoos, Maori Traditions, etc) similar to Egyptian mummies, etc. So these people may have had cultural ties to people across the ocean. One theory is that there was a series of floods at the end of the Ice Age, and people were forced to learn how to use boats or find new land to live on or both.
There is a book about Games and Weights and Scales in Ancient Egypt that was written by this guy linked below and it will open up your mind to a whole new idea of Ancient Egypt. They had board games, and this guy had to figure out the rules. And they had globs of metal and he had to find out that they were weights that were meant for a scale, etc

 Here is an online copy of "Hebrew is Greek" if you want to read it. If the only story you have ever heard about languages is the tower of Babel, read it. The Phoenicians invented most languages that Humans speak, and while this book may overstate the direct connection between Hebrew and Greek, it does show how similar the two languages are and show you how the Phoenicians invented different languages for different things.

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