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Léon Bakst's vision of cosmic catastrophe. Stat Russian Museum

Bronze Age Cataclysmic Comet Responsible For The Sea People

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The Late Bronze Age collapse of the 12th century BC is one of the greatest and most enduring puzzles of Mediterranean archaeology. A cosmopolitan age, perhaps one of the first true episodes of globalization in human history, which saw the rise of the first historical empires of Egypt and Babylon, as well as the apogee of the Hittite, Minoan and Mycenean civilizations, came within a few years to a sudden and fiery end.  At the same time, a mysterious coalition of peoples, known from contemporary Egyptian inscriptions as the Sea Peoples , appeared on the coasts of Europe, Egypt and the Levant, wreaking havoc on every city or village that they found along their path. Many believe this was the origin of Plato’s story of Atlantis, as retold to Solon by the learned priests of Sais: That of a mighty power that came forth out of the Atlantic Ocean to subdue all of Europe and Africa, as far as Egypt.

Invasions, population movements and destruction during the collapse of the Bronze Age, c. 1200 BC derived from Atlas of World History (2002)

Invasions, population movements and destruction during the collapse of the Bronze Age, c. 1200 BC derived from Atlas of World History (2002) ( Alexikoua / CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Generations of historians have since established a direct connection between the Sea Peoples invasions and the Late Bronze Age collapse. In history, as in many other disciplines, however, correlation does not always mean causation. What then was the role of the mysterious Sea Peoples in the Bronze Age collapse? And from whence did they come to the coasts of Italy, Greece, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey?

A gateway into the fortified Philistine citadel of Megiddo, in present-day Israel.

A gateway into the fortified Philistine citadel of Megiddo, in present-day Israel. (Image: © Marco M. Vigato)

An Age of Cataclysms

The Eastern Mediterranean world of the late second millennium BC was one of exceptional artistic and cultural flourishing, with trade routes stretching far into Europe, Asia and Africa. This produced a cosmopolitan and highly globalized society that would not again be seen until at least the late Hellenistic and Roman period, a thousand years later. It was the time of the Egyptian New Kingdom period, with pharaohs like Amenhotep III, Akhenaton, Tutankhamun and Ramses II, who traded correspondence and held diplomatic relations with Cyprus, Mycenean Greece and the mighty Hittite Empire to the North, in what is today Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. For centuries these great historical civilizations maintained a balance of power that, although not always peaceful, nevertheless favored cultural exchange and international trade on a scale never before seen in human history.

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Marco M. Vigato is an independent researcher into ancient mysteries and megalithic civilizations. A native of Italy, he lives in Mexico City and has travelled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South-East Asia, North and South America. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a B.A. and M.Sc. from Bocconi University. Marco’s next book, The Empires of Atlantis , will be published by Inner Traditions/ Bear&Co in January 2022.

Top Image : Léon Bakst's vision of cosmic catastrophe. Stat Russian Museum ( Public Domain )

By Marco M. Vigato

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Pete Wagner's picture

Answers can be found deep under all that Saharan sand.  Ghadafi was moving forward on it, and then they killed him.

Nobody gets paid to tell the truth.

Pete Wagner's picture

Interesting indeed, my friend.  Lots of missing links, and when you look at the extant ancient artifacts, most have damage – noses cracked off, many seeming repainted, not to mention the dubious characters who control the digs and the media-presented results of them.  You have to be skeptical.  Obviously, there are interests in twisting, concealing, defacing the truth, our history, our origins.  What’s not fake or a trick?

Nobody gets paid to tell the truth.

The Younger Dryas is said to begin about 10,800 BC, with much of North America burned, as well as the extinction of all large animals. Plato’s Atlantis was set at about 9000 BC. The Sea People movement was about 1200 BC. The Thera volcanic explosion was about 1500 BC (some different opinions on that dating).

Immanuel Velikovsky had some controversial ideas about events around 1200 BC in ‘Worlds in Collision’ and ‘Ages in Chaos’, with the idea that Venus had erupted from Jupiter (leaving the red spot), interacted with Mars, and approached Earth before settling into its almost circular orbit and rotation from East to West, like Uranus, the only two planets to do so. Also, the rotation of Venus is very slow – a day on Venus is 243 Earth days. These books make very interesting reading just for the sheer volume of documentary evidence in ancient writings around the world, legends of those peoples who did not write, and studies of archaeological evidence and the contradictions found when analyzing and attempting to date these finds, with the remains of civilizations supposedly hundreds of years apart comingled, i.e. artifacts of Ramesses II at the same level of stratification as those supposedly of 700 BC. His idea here is that a period of history is duplicated, and by comparing recorded events of supposedly different periods of time it can be determined that the two distant times really were contemporary. Controversial stuff, but makes you think. Was there really 500 years in Greek history that disappeared, with nobody writing anything or leaving any trace? The Dark Age of Greece? Did they forget how to write, or leave any trace, then suddenly start writing again and building things after 500 years?

Velikovsky wrote many books; I have all of them. I read the first one in the 1950s. He is/was disparaged and ridiculed by the scientific establishment for his ‘far out’ ideas, but many of his predictions have proven to be true, an early one of which was that Venus would be hot – something that scientists attacked him for, but now Venus is acknowledged to be about 900 degrees.

Reading him certainly offers much to think about.

He was a friend of Einstein. 

It is possible that the Atlanteans spread (from Iberia) throughout the world was a consequence of “Younger Dryas impact event”, but the story Plato narrated was probably a mix of that cataclysmic event, with the “Sea Peoples” raids and the cultural characteristics of the Mycenaean civilization. That’s why there is not just a single category of archaeological evidence that complies with every aspect of that narration.

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