It is an intriguing question. Were there advanced civilizations in the far distant past? The archaeological record is full of odd finds that archaeologists (stiff necked conformists that many of them are) want to ignore for fear of being seen as non-conformists by the community slavishly following the current thought leaders. They are called “ooparts” out of place artifacts. They challenge the accepted wisdom – refined metal objects in rock known to be hundreds of thousands of years old, long buried cities beneath fused earth that could only be melted by nuclear forces, clear references to flying machines in ancient manuscripts, the list is endless across the ‘alternative facts’ purveyors on the Internet.
A ‘machined bolt’ claimed as an oopart in a rock (could well be a fossil plant). Source: Internet.
There is no doubt that there is intense interest in this topic. After all, consider what homo sapiens have accomplished in a mere five thousand years. From the atlatl to the Saturn rocket we have have been here for an amount of time that is invisible on the grand scale of Earth’s existence. In other words, what we have done could have been done by dozens of other sentient life forms over the span of time – cultures that could have risen and disappeared for many reasons from self-destruction to ‘self-deportation’ to other worlds (the Fermi paradox poses the existence of billions of Earth-like planets).
I have always found this idea fascinating. As a writer of science fiction the topic suggests a ton of interesting scenarios and story lines. In 1987 a lake beneath two miles of ice in the Russian sector of Antarctica made headlines. Isolated from the world for hundreds of thousands of years, Lake Vostok offered the possibility of a glimpse into the far distant past uncontaminated by modern organisms. Scientists were busy arguing about the best way to investigate the lake’s volcanically warmed waters without actually introducing new contaminants into it via their instruments.
We are used to looking at our globe from a north-top, south-bottom perspective where Antarctica is a bare rim of lines at the very bottom of the view. This hides the fact that the frozen continent is in the very center of the continental masses around the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. One thing becomes immediately apparent. All of those ‘similar’ ancient sites that contain pyramids and other ancient structures such as henges could well be connected by their proximity to Antarctica.
Ooparts, the frozen lake and the global network of ancient sites are but three of the random pieces of knowledge that began to ferment in the back of my mind. The result is “The Saurian Chronicles: The Gods of Gilgamesh.”
The story begins in the near future when the investigation of Lake Vostok gets underway. It poses the question: What if there was a life form that existed in the far distant past long enough to achieve sentience, then technological sophistication followed by a departure from this planet to explore the Fermi Universe? The answer is that the smartest of the dinosaurs, the velociraptors, did just this. Consider the fact that the dinosaurs existed for millions of years – not a few hundred thousand like homo sapiens – millions. Given that hard to conceive span of time, they could have developed into a hundred different civilizations and vanished utterly and completely by now. In The Gods of Gilgamesh, the science team entering into Lake Vostok for the first time in 500,000 years encounter something totally unexpected – the remains of an ancient civilization – and a chilling message.
As the tale unfolds it reveals the facts behind our myriad ancient flood theories, about the global network of similar cultures – and most chillingly of all, about the deadly legacy of the Saurians – the descendants of the velociraptors who departed Earth in the far, far distant past to explore the Universe.
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